CBB Review’s Ethan Carbone goes in-depth on the top 30 college basketball recruiting classes. Next up are the Clemson Tigers.
Clemson jumped up to the 30th best class in the nation according to the 247 composite rankings, so we roll it back for the Tigers. The players in this highly touted class are RJ Godfrey (147th), Dillon Hunter (156th), Chauncey Wiggins (177th), and Chauncey Gibson (212th).
What Does Each Player Bring?
RJ Godfrey – 6’7″ small forward
Godfrey comes into Clemson as the highest-rated player in the class for coach Brad Brownell, and what a special talent he is. The small forward has an incredible physique and athleticism which allows him to guard any position 1-5.
Godfrey is a modern forward in the sense that if needed he will run the point or bully opposing post players in the paint on defense. On offense, Godfrey will be able to step outside the arc to shoot the three modestly and will be looked at as a key defender.
Heading into his freshman year, Godfrey should be able to carve out playing time right behind Hunter Tyson.
However, by the time he’s a senior, the ACC will need to watch out, because his defense is that good and his athleticism makes for untapped potential.
Dillon Hunter – 6’4″ combo guard
The brother of Clemson hooper Chase Hunter, Dillon decided to go with family values when he committed to Clemson over his former commitment to Baylor.
At 6’4″, Hunter comes in as a bigger guard, especially when he plays the point position. He uses his length to get the ball around defenders and finds open lanes to drive through.
Hunter will come into Clemson competing for backup guard minutes and should get some playing time, although it’s a matter of how much.
By the time he’s a senior, it seems like Hunter has the making to be a power five starting point guard. Clemson fans should be excited to have their facilitator of the future.
Chauncey Wiggins – 6’9″ power forward
Wiggins comes in as an ultra talented and lengthy forward who has tremendous potential. Perhaps the best offensive player in Clemson’s 2022 class, Wiggins is a bigger forward who has the ability to stretch the floor. As a three-point shooter he will help keep the paint clean allowing for guards to drive in and get easier shots up.
Coming in as a freshman, odds are he will play minimally.
By time he’s a senior, he could be a scoring threat for the Tigers.
Chauncey Gibson – 6’6″ shooting guard
Gibson comes in as a 6’6″ shooting guard, giving him fantastic size for his position. He’s a pure shooter who has deep range that he connect on from a high percentage.
Like the other freshman, he may not get a lot of playing time to start, but can grow into his role as his career unfolds. Gibson’s knockdown three-point shot and solid defense could ultimately make him a well known player around the ACC as time goes on.