Arizona’s Recruiting Class of 2022 — the best group in Wildcats history — now has three of the top 31 players rated in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings after Monday night’s commitment of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) Long Island Lutheran High School guard Paris Clark.
Clark is the No. 21-rated recruit and the fifth-best shooting guard listed by ESPN’s rankings.
The others in Adia Barnes‘ Class of 2022 rated among the top 31 are No. 9 Maya Nnaji (Zeke Nnaji’s sister) and No. 31 Kailyn Gilbert. Maya, a forward, hails from Hopkins (Minn.) High School and Gilbert, a point guard, from IMG Academy in Manatee County, Fla.
Another Class of 2022 recruit for Arizona is No. 85 Lemyah Hylton, a guard from Southwest Academy Girls Prep in Canada.
Nnaji and Clark are rated as 5-star recruits by ESPN and Gilbert and Hylton are regarded as 4-star prospects.
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— Paris Clark (@Paris_Clark2022) December 14, 2021
Arizona and UCLA have the most recruits rated in the top 35 with three, leading seven with two — Stanford, UConn, Oregon State, Oregon, South Carolina, Miami and Duke.
Clark originally committed to UCLA in April but decided to reopen her recruitment on Nov. 18 after she did not sign during the signing period from Nov. 10-17. Nnaji, Gilbert and Hylton signed with Arizona at that time.
Clark made MaxPrep’s All-American Fifth Team as a sophomore in the pandemic-shortened 2019-2020 season, averaging 18.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.7 steals per game for Long Island Lutheran.
ESPN’s analysis of Clark: “Athletic combo-guard with poised back court game handles and distributes in transition; court awareness, executes in half-court game; manufactures, knocks down mid-range jumpers to the arc; crafty playmaker with a scorer’s mentality; a coveted prospect in the class of 2022.”
The regular signing period starts April 13 and lasts until May 18. Verbal commitments are non-binding.
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