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Penn State Hoops Signs Highest-Ranked Class In Program History

As hoops season kicks off, Penn State’s men’s basketball team has officially added five new prospects to its Class of 2022.

Head coach Micah Shrewsberry amassed a group that is already the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history. Penn State’s class ranks 16th in the nation, according to ESPN. 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN all say Penn State’s group is the fourth-best in the Big Ten.

Without further ado, get to know Penn State’s newest prospects:

Kanye Clary

Clary is a four-star guard from Massanutten Military Academy. He is described as a left-handed, true point guard who can create his own shot.

Clary is ranked the No. 38 point guard prospect in the country, according to ESPN. He is a four-year captain who averaged 21.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.3 steals per game during his junior high school season.

“His ability to beat his man off the dribble in the half-court and in transition puts the defense at a significant disadvantage,” Shrewsberry said.

Jameel Brown

Brown is a four-star recruit and the 23rd-ranked shoot guard prospect in the nation, according to ESPN. He is described as an outside shooter with great basketball IQ.

“I also have a great relationship with the coaching staff. Coach Shrewsberry, Coach Fisher, and I have built a great relationship these past couple of months,” Brown said. “Their vision for me and the program really stood out.”

Brown plays for Haverford School/Westtown and was named first-team All-State after his junior season. He averaged 21.7 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game during his high school career.

Demetrius Lilley

Lilley is a forward from Lower Merion High School and a consensus three-star recruit who is the No. 7-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania, according to the 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Lilley’s size will provide a great advantage for Penn State in the coming years and is one of the main reasons Shrewsbury brought him in.

“He has the basketball IQ and size and skill to be a major factor for us going forward,” Shrewsberry said.

Averaging 22.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game during junior season, Lilley became the first player at Lower Merion High School to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game since Kobe Bryant.

Kebba Nije

Njie is ranked No. 79 among ESPN’s top 100 recruits for 2022. He is a great rebounder, a solid defender, and has improved his offensive game in the last year.

Njie is Penn State’s first ESPN Top-100 recruit since Tony Carr in 2016, and according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, he is the second highest-ranked commitment in the history of Penn State basketball.

“I wanted to go to a school where I could excel on the court and in the classroom,” Njie said. “I saw this opportunity and chose Penn State to pursue my dreams and goals.”

Evan Mahaffey

Mahaffey is a three-star wing from Cincinnati, Ohio, who is considered the No. 3 prospect in Ohio, per 247Sports. Mahaffey is an elite passer with a developing jump shot, and he’s an intelligent defender.

Mahaffey is the No. 35-ranked small forward in the country according to Rivals, and he’s the No. 13-ranked commit in the history of Penn State basketball.

“We have high expectations for Evan and what he can accomplish,” Shrewsberry said. “We believe Evan will be a great fit for our program.”

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Matt Brown

Matt is a Junior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in Sports Studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him watching reruns of "The Office" or "Friends." To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected]

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