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Kelly Graves close to nation’s top recruiting class after No. 13-ranked Grace VanSlooten commits to Ducks

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The Oregon Ducks scored a huge win on Thursday afternoon, with Grace VanSlooten, the nation’s No. 13 prospect in the 2022-23 recruiting class, committing to come to Eugene.

VanSlooten is a five-star prospect who stands 6-foot-3 and is the 4th-ranked forward in the nation. She chose the Ducks over schools like Gonzaga, LSU, Arizona, Baylor, Duke, and UCLA.

In her junior season at the Notre Dame Academy in Ohio, VanSlooten averaged 21.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. She will now join a 2022 recruiting class in Oregon that already includes Chance Gray, who is the No. 7 rated player in the nation. According to The Oregonian’s Andrew Nemec, the addition of VanSlooten could put the Ducks ahead of the rest of the nation when it comes to recruiting rankings.

Oregon’s class is led by the dynamic duo of Gray and VanSlooten, two of the highest-rated pledges in program history, but it is significantly bolstered by elite wing Jennah Isai (No. 35 nationally) and 6-foot-7 post Kennedy Basham (No. 58), both of whom are on the bubble for five-star status.

The only other program with that level of firepower in its 2022 recruiting class is arguably UCLA, which has also has four top-50 pledges – Nos. 19, 21, 22 and 48.

In 2020, Kelly Graves finished the recruiting year with the No. 1 class in the nation, which featured 5 five-star players, in Sydney Parrish, Kylee Watson, Te-Hina Paopao, Maddie Scherr, and Angela Dugalic.

The year is far from over, but it looks like Graves is well on his way to doing the same thing again.

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