Where Auburn recruits stack in latest On3 basketball recruit ranking

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On3 has released its final ranking for 2022’s basketball recruits, and the Auburn Tigers are well represented.

The list ranks the top 150 basketball recruits in the nation, and three of those recruits are currently committed to come to the Plains next year. Head coach Bruce Pearl will certainly enjoy the added firepower after the departures of Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler to the NBA.

The highest-ranked recruit is five-star Yohan Traore, who slots in at No. 12 on the list. Traore was originally committed to play for the LSU Tigers, but he reopened his commitment after the departure of head coach Will Wade. Traore chose Auburn, and he’ll be joined by two other players on this list — Chance Westry and Tre Donaldson.

Westry is No. 33 on the list. The combo guard from Pennsylvania committed to Auburn on Nov. 10 of last year, and the four-star will form what the Tigers hope to be a lethal partnership with the likes of Traore and Donaldson — he’s ranked the second-best player in the state by On3. Donaldson himself clocks in a 120, and the point guard from Tallahassee was also a four-star recruit as a safety (although Pearl confirmed he will only play basketball as a freshman).

Finally, there is a recruit to watch on the list that could be favoring Auburn. The 14th-ranked recruit on the list, Julian Philips, is currently projected to Auburn via On3’s RPM at 46 percent. The five-star small forward out of South Carolina would complete a phenomenal recruiting class from Bruce Pearl, so he’s certainly a name to watch as next season approaches.