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Two Four-Star Prospects Sign with Men's Basketball

Nov 14, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil Men's Basketball signed a pair of four-star prospects that will join the roster for the 2023-24 season.

Guard Braelon Green and Forward Akil Watson make up the 2023 signing class as Head Coach Bobby Hurley continues to bring in talent to the program. The duo received a four-star rating and were tabbed as Top-100 prospects by at least one major national recruiting publication. Every one of Hurley's signing class has included a four-star prospect. According to 247 Sports, of the Top-25 highest-rated recruits to sign with Arizona State since 2000 (22 years), 15 have come under Hurley in the past eight classes.

"Akil and Braelon are both just quality kids and at one point super highly rated," Coach Hurley mentioned when asked about his class after the victory over NAU. "I think both will have a chip on the shoulder getting here. Both have great families, so that's a positive and they just bring different things to the table. Akil's a versatile forward and Braelon could play multiple positions in the guard spot, so we're super excited for those two guys."
Braelon Green, Guard (Southfield, MI/Southern California Academy)
Braelon Green is a 6-3 guard with the ability to play either position in the backcourt...Known for his combination of skill and athleticism, making him extremely difficult to guard...Originally from Michigan before moving to play for Southern California Academy...One of two Top-100 rated prospects by Rivals, as they tabbed him as the No. 65 overall prospect and the No. 21 shooting guard in the nation...ESPN rated him as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 overall player in the state of Michigan...Four-star prospect according to 247 Sports consensus rankings, which rates him as the No. 127 overall prospect and No. 22 shooting guard in the nation...No. 114 overall prospect and No. 25 shooting guard prospect in the country according to On3.

Akil Watson, Forward (Middletown, NY/Roselle Catholic)
Akil Watson is a 6-9 forward with a versatile skill set that allows him to thrive at multiple positions...Equally as effective stretching the floor as he is producing in the post...Stars for Roselle Catholic, the No. 1 team in the nation in the 2022-23 Max Preps Preseason Rankings...Averaged 11.9 points and 6.4 rebounds while adding 20 steals and 17 blocks for a Roselle Catholic team that went 28-2 and won the New Jersey State Championship...Finished the year as the No. 1 team in New Jersey... Consensus four-star prospect among all the major national recruiting services...One of two Top-100 rated prospects by Rivals, who ranked him as teh No. 95 overall and No. 26 small forward prospect in the country...247 Sports ranked him as the No. 114 overall and No. 23 power forward prospect nationally...ESPN slotted him as the No. 5 overall prospect out of New Jersey and No. 26 small forward prospect in the nation...No. 107 overall and No. 21 power forward prospect in the country according to On3.

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