Men’s Basketball Inks Agarwal, Thompson
STANFORD, Calif. – Continuing the program's run of signing highly-rated recruits, Stanford men's basketball added a pair of four-star players to the program in the class of 2022. Ryan Agarwal (Coppell, Texas) and Jaylen Thompson (Oakland, California) signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the start of the early signing period.
Thompson and Agarwal join a program that signed top-20 classes nationally in three of the past four seasons, while this year's class begins with Stanford signing two four-star players for the third consecutive year.
Ryan Agarwal | SG | 6-6 | Coppell, Texas | Coppell
Agarwal gives Stanford a signee from Texas for the second-straight season, joining as a four-star recruit from Rivals, once ranked as high as No. 84, and a three-star get from 247 Sports and ESPN. 247 has Agarwal as one of the top-13 signees from Texas. Standing at 6-6, Agarwal is an elite shooter with the ability to make teammates better with the ball in his hands.
One of the top Indian basketball prospects in recent memory, Agarwal averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game as a junior while making more than three triples per game. A first team all-region selection in each of the last two years, Agarwal has already eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for Coppell.
He played AAU basketball with 3D Hoops Academy, and chose Stanford over Creighton, Oklahoma State, Harvard and Rice, among others.
Head Coach Jerod Haase: "We have recruited Ryan for a long time, and are thrilled to welcome him to the Farm next year. His skillset is unique for someone with his size. He passes the ball well, has a great feel for the game, and is an excellent 3-point shooter. On the defensive end, he is extremely versatile with great length and quickness. Like Jaylen, he is passionate about the game and improving."
Ryan Agarwal: "I chose Stanford because it has always been a dream school for me. Ever since I stepped on campus I fell in love with it even more. The coaches and the teammates have always welcomed me like I've been a part of the family for years. I'm super excited to meet new people there, because everyone there is so unique in their own way. Go Cardinal!"
Jaylen Thompson | SF | 6-7 | Oakland, Calif. | Southern California Academy
Thompson will make the short trip to Stanford after growing up in the Bay Area, and will be welcomed to the Farm as a consensus four-star and top-100 signee from 247 Sports (No. 67) and Rivals (No. 95), while 247 ranked him as the No. 19 small forward in the country and the No. 9 recruit in California. A long and athletic wing, Thompson is an excellent shooter with tremendous defensive potential.
Thompson averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior for Southern California Academy, shooting 41 percent from 3-point range in the process, and 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals per game as a sophomore at St. Joseph's Notre Dame High School in Alameda, en route to earning MVP honors of the Bay Counties-East league. He is a two-time participant at the prestigious Pangos All-American camp.
He played his AAU basketball with Team Arsenal and picked Stanford over USC, Arizona State, San Diego State and Washington, among others.
Head Coach Jerod Haase: "Jaylen is someone we believe has tremendous upside and is a great fit for our program. He is already an elite perimeter defender, with great length, quickness, and athleticism. He has made huge strides offensively as of late, proving he can score from the 3-point line, but also put the ball on the floor and score on the interior. His ceiling is sky high, and we are so excited for his future on the Farm"
Jaylen Thompson: "I chose Stanford because I feel like I can best grow on and off the court, surrounded by a supported staff that believes in me. I'll be around amazing individuals and receive the best education possible. Go Cardinal!"