Recruiting Roundup: Top Classes

With the NCAA tournament in the books and high school basketball season over, recruiting is in full swing. The AAU is season is kicking off and coaches are looking for the best fits for their rosters. With National Signing Day coming up on May 18, coaches have to be on their “A games” in the cutthroat business of recruiting. Here is a list of the top 10 recruiting classes to date (subject to change).

1. Kentucky

Coach Cal looks to reload his roster yet again, and could possibly finish with the No. 1 recruiting class for the seventh time in eight years. With seven scholarship players in NBA mock drafts, Coach Cal needs to have a good recruiting class to make it back to the Final Four.

National Rank Name Position Height
3 Skal Labissiere C 6-10
13 Isaiah Briscoe PG 6-3
42 Charles Matthews SG 6-5

2. Michigan State

Tom Izzo did what he does best again this year, making his way to the Final Four when the odds were against him. Izzo has struggled in recruiting the last few years, finishing 32nd last year, and not in the top 40 the year before. His incoming class, however, looks to change that.

National Rank Name Position Height
8 Caleb Swanigan C 6-8
16 Deyonta Davis PF 6-9
67 Matt McQuaid SG 6-4
NR Kyle Ahreins SG 6-4

3. Arizona

Arizona made it to the Elite 8, but fell short of making it to the Final Four by the hands Wisconsin. Arizona looks to reload its roster with a number of players possibly leaving early for the NBA draft.

National Rank Name Position Height
15 Allonzo Trier SG 6-4
28 Ray Smith SF 6-8
37 Justin Simon PG 6-5
90 Chance Comanche C 6-0

4. Texas A&M

The Aggies look to build a roster that can contend with Kentucky in the SEC. Not only are the Aggies looking to compete in the SEC, but are also battling teams like Texas and Baylor for the best high school talent in Texas.

National Rank Name Position Height
18 Tyler Davis C 6-10
29 Elijah Thomas C 6-9
33 DJ Hogg SF 6-7
66 Admon Gilder SG 6-3

5. Syracuse

After serving a self-imposed ban from post-season play, Jim Boeheim looks to land big time recruits to potentially make it back to the NCAA Tournament. Competing in the the ACC is not an easy task, and Syracuse needs a good recruiting class to make a post-season run.

National Rank Name Position Height
19 Malachi Richardson SG 6-6
55 Moustapha Diangne PF 6-8
64 Tyler Lydon PF 6-8
91 Franklin Howard SG 6-5

Rounding out the Top 10 …

6. Ohio State
7. LSU
8. Florida State
9. Florida
10. Marquette

With National Signing Day right around the corner, we have entered crunch time my friends. With eight of the top 100 players still uncommitted, keep an eye out for these rankings to change. The madness of recruiting is in full swing. Happy hunting, coaches.

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