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NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings

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Top 10 College Recruiting Classes

October is the month every year that college basketball fans have marked on their calendars. It is when practice is allowed to begin for the hundreds of teams of all divisions around the country. Recruiting is the life-line of any good college basketball program. In order to have success, coaches must be able to recruit at a very high level. Our NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings will include the top 10 recruiting classes in college basketball for the 2017-18 season. All 10 teams will have a class summary written on them with in-depth analysis.

Head Coaches and their assistants are on the road during the off-season searching for players who fit their system. Recruiting can be a fierce battle among coaches. Recruiting has become so popular among fans that many incoming players are known before they step foot onto their respective campuses.Remember these player’s names as they are sure to have an impact on their respective teams. Here is our NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings with summaries of the top 10 classes for the 2017-18 season.

 

 XAVIER

#10 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#39: PAUL SCRUGGS (SG)

#49: NAJI MARSHALL (SF)

#132: ELIAS HARDEN (SG)Xavier Musketeers

CLASS SUMMARY: Chris Mack has proven to be one of the top minds in college basketball. He gets the most out of his players. After making the Elite 8 last year, the Musketeers have the makings of another really good squad. However, they did lose star guard Edmond Sumner, who left early for the NBA. Mack got on the recruiting trail and landed a top 10 recruiting class for 2017.

The headliner of the group is shooting guard Paul Scruggs. While evaluating players for our NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings, one of the more underrated players we saw was Scruggs. The 6’3″ guard has the ability to play both back-court spots. Look for him to start from day 1 as he should enjoy an outstanding career for the Cincinnati based college. He has all the makings of becoming an All-Big East type of player in a year or two. Naji Marshall really boosted his stock with a strong summer on the hardwood. At 6’6″, he has the size needed for the small forward position and he has 3-point range. 

We like the tools that Elias Harden possesses. The 6’5″ guard has in the gym range and will be a scoring threat coming off the bench. He will help an already very talented back-court out with his ability to put the ball in the basket. The Musketeers lost talented SF Jared Ridder, who ended up de-committing from the school.

While it is only a 3 player class, the players are perfect for Mack’s system. Mack will get these 3 youngsters into the rotation with Scruggs being a likely starter. The future is very bright with this recruiting class. Xavier brings back a very talented roster and this recruiting class only adds to it. The Musketeers will be a tough team to beat this year and in the years to come.

 

 FLORIDA STATE

#9 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#27: M.J. WALKER (SG)

#74: IKEY OBIAGU (C)

#122: RAIQUAN GRAY (PF)

#139: WYATT WILKES (SF)

NR: BRYAN TRIMBLE (SG)

NR: ANTHONY POLITE (SF)

NR: MFIONDU KABENGELE (PF)

CLASS SUMMARY: Leonard Hamilton has done a phenomenal job at landing high quality prospects. Last year it was Jonathan Isaac and Dwayne Bacon who led the team. Both are now in the NBA, with Isaac being a top 10 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. This year, Hamilton has landed a top 10 recruiting class in our minds. 

Leading the way is M.J. Walker. The 5-star SG will most likely be a focal point on the offensive end of the court. He has the looks of a future pro. Obiagu is 7’0″ and is an athletic shot-blocker who can help start fast breaks with both his shot-blocking and rebounding ability. Raiquan Gray shows surprisingly good play-making ability for a PF and is another versatile and athletic front-court player for the Seminoles rotation. 

Wilkes, in our opinion was underrated as a high school senior. He shows the ability to knock down perimeter shots and will be a stretch-4 in college. Bryan Trimble was a big scorer at the high school level and can score in bunches. Polite was a 3-star recruit from Boca Raton, FL. He is a work in progress and it will be interesting where he fits in this season, although he does show upside. Kabengele is former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo’s nephew. The 6’8″ PF is raw on the offensive end but could end up helping the Seminoles this year with his rebounding and defense.

The Seminoles lose a lot of production from last year’s 26-9 team. They needed a good recruiting class and Hamilton delivered once again. This class will bring much needed depth and talent, which will help off-set the production that has left. Walker is the key to the group. He has 1st round NBA talent. If he can play up to his ability, the Seminoles might just be in line for another NCAA berth.

LOUISVILLE

#8 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#30: MALIK WILLIAMS (PF)

#94: JORDAN NWORA (SF)

#98: DARIUS PERRY (PG)

#146: LANCE THOMAS (PF)

#21: BRIAN BOWEN (SF): Bowen has been ruled ineligible

Brian Bowen

Brian Bowen

CLASS SUMMARY: What an off-season it was for Louisville. And in the worst way possible. Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino was fired in the wake of a huge scandal, which reportedly involved star recruit Brian Bowen. Bowen allegedly received a $100,000 payment from a Louisville assistant coach. He is ruled ineligible as of this article, which is a huge blow to the Cardinals. However, new coach David Padgett has young and talented freshman coming into the program.

Malik Williams was a top 30 recruit who should start immediately. The PF/C has the ability to shoot from long range and will be a mis-match for opposing defenders. He has the ability to be a one and done player with a good season. Jordan Nwora is a combo forward who can really stroke it for a 6’8″ player. He is another player who can stretch the floor, which will allow Louisville guards to gain penetration into the lane.

Perry should be the back-up point guard, as the Cardinals try to replace star guard Donovan Mitchell, who was a lottery pick in this past NBA draft. Lance Thomas was a top 150 recruit who should receive minutes off the bench as the Cardinals have a solid and veteran front-court.

This recruiting class would have been ranked higher if not for Bowen being ruled ineligible. There is a ton of turmoil surrounding the basketball program right now. However, there are a host of returning players from a team that won 25 games a year ago. If Malik Williams plays to his potential, the Cardinals have the talent to make a run in the NCAA tournament, if they aren’t banned from it. Overall, this is another very good class for Louisville. With future NCAA sanctions probably coming, it might be the last good class for awhile.

UCLA

#7 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#20: KRIS WILKES (SF)

#23: JAYLEN HANDS (PG)

#44: CODY RILEY (PF)

#68 JALEN HILL (PF)

#102: CHRIS SMITH (SF)

NR: LiANGELO BALL (SG)

Kris Wilkes

Kris Wilkes

CLASS SUMMARY: UCLA had a resurgence last year and it was because of the recruiting class head coach Steve Alford had in 2016. After a disappointing 2015-16 season, the former Indiana Hoosier’s point guard landed Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf. Those two players most likely saved Alford’s job as they led the Bruins to a 31-5 record and a berth in the Sweet 16. With both players now in the NBA, reinforcements were needed. Alford did it again as he has a recruiting class that we ranked as the 7th best in the country. 

3 players are ranked among the top 50 prospects in the class of 2017. Leading the way is SF Kris Wilkes. The McDonald’s all-american thrives in transition and is a big-time athlete. He will start and will be counted on to put points up on the board. We look for him to be one of the top players in the PAC-12 as a freshmen. He is that talented. Jaylen Hands is another 5-star recruit and he might have the most difficult job in college basketball. That is because he has to replace Lonzo Ball. All eyes will be on the 6’2″ PG from California. He is extremely quick and a terrific ball-handler. He will be counted on to run the offense from day 1. 

Cody Riley already looks like an NBA player. The 6’8″, 240-pounder will bring rebounding and toughness to a Bruins team that was lacking in those areas last season. He plays hard and has a nice lefty shooting stroke. He can hit the mid-range jumper and Alford will hope that he can replace some of the production that Leaf provided.

Jalen Hill will be a very valuable asset to the front-court. The 6’10” PF/C was a key member of Team USA Under-16 championship team in 2015. We look for him to come off the bench and provide defense and rebounding during the season. Smith is a really long SF/SG who has excellent size for either position. The 6’9″ Texas native is raw, however his upside is high. It will be very intriguing to watch him develop. His best days are in front of him and has a chance to be a very good player in a few years.

Perhaps the most popular name in this recruiting class is LiAngelo Ball. The younger brother of Lonzo put up ridiculous stats in high school. The 3-star recruit will have a lot of pressure on him during his college career. He has gotten into very good shape. It will be interesting to see how much time the SG gets during his freshmen campaign.

We really like the overall potential of this crop of players. Alford recruited a nice mix of players. A few will start while others will have time to develop for the future. Wilkes and Hands are the keys. There will be pressure on them to produce. Are they ready for the bright lights? If they are, UCLA will be among the best in the tough PAC-12 conference once again.

ALABAMA

#6 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#8:COLLIN SEXTON (PG)

#28: JOHN PETTY (SG)

#90: HERB JONES (SF)

#99: ALEX REESE (PF)

NR: GALEN SMITH (C)

CLASS SUMMARY: Avery Johnson has done a really nice job in his first 2 seasons at the helm for the Crimson Tide. Expectations are high in Tuscaloosa as the talent is there for this team to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

After a solid recruiting class in 2016, Johnson outdid himself in 2017. He landed perhaps the best freshmen back-court duo in college basketball. 5-star prospects Collin Sexton and John Petty will both start and are outstanding basketball players. Sexton is a score first PG who can do almost everything on the court. He reminds us very much of former Kentucky star De’Aaron Fox. The Georgia native should be one of the best point guards in the country and is most likely a one and done college player. He has NBA Draft lottery pick talent.

The 6’6″ Petty is an aggressive scorer who is excellent while attacking the rim. He sports a solid mid-range game. We look for him to be an impact player along with Sexton right from the get go. He plays extremely hard, which will delight Avery Johnson. He also has an NBA future ahead of him.

Herb Jones was a top 100 recruit in his own right. At 6’7″, he has the size and ability to play both SF and SG. His versatility will earn him minutes coming off the bench. Reese is the 4th and final recruit who was rated among the top 100 players in the class of 2017. He was named the state player of the year in Alabama and decided to stay home despite receiving numerous big-time offers. He will help the Crimson Tide off the bench with his long-range shooting ability. 

Galen Smith was a 3-star recruit who was considered by many analysts as the 2nd best player in the state of Mississippi. He has top-notch athleticism. He is raw, however. The 6’9″ PF will earn his minutes by playing hard defense. He is probably a year away from earning significant minutes.

The amount of success Alabama has this season probably rests on the shoulders of Sexton and Petty. While there is solid talent on the roster, these 2 players are 5-star recruits for a reason. That is because they are excellent basketball players. If this freshmen back-court duo plays up to their potential, the Alabama Crimson Tide will be dancing their way into the NCAA tournament for the first time in over a decade.

TEXAS

#5 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#4: MOHAMED BAMBA (C)

#46: MATT COLEMAN (PG)

#59: JERICHO SIMS (PF)

#69: JASE FEBRES (SG)

#120: ROYCE HAMM (PF)

CLASS SUMMARY: The Longhorns struggled in 2016-17 as they ended with an 11-22 record. However, head coach Shaka Smart is one of college basketball’s sharpest minds and one of it’s most fierce recruiters. The architect of VCU’s shocking Final 4 run in 2011 went all over the country and ended up landing the 4th best recruiting class in the country, in our opinion.

The 5 player class is headlined by Mohamed Bamba. The number 4 overall prospect in high school this past year is the type of big-man that coaches and NBA scouts salivate over. He is only scratching the surface of his potential. He has a 7’8″ wing-span and is one of the top shot-blockers we have evaluated in the past couple seasons. The 6’11” center runs the floor very well and is a perfect for in Smart’s high tempo system. He will be a dominant defensive player in what will likely be his only season in Austin. Once his offensive game develops, he will be a contender for Big-12 Player of the Year. He is likely a top 5 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, with a solid chance to become the first overall pick. Watch him on television if you ever have the chance.

The starting PG for the Longhorns will likely be Matt Coleman. The 6’2″ lightning quick freshmen has been battle tested already as he attended national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. He is a blur in the open court, however, he can also play effectively in a half-court setting. The lefty shooting Coleman will need to improve on his shooting range. This will keep opposing defenders from keying on sophomore star SG Andrew Jones.

Sims is a 4-star recruit who Smart says has a tremendous upside. He will help out on the offensive and defensive boards. His offensive game is raw at this stage in his development, however he will receive a good amount of playing time. He has the looks of being a future multi-year starter. One player who really improved his stock over the summertime was Jase Febras. At one point he was being recruited by mid-majors but that all changed when he showed he could play right with top national talent over the course of a few months. Smart saw his sweet shooting stroke and offered him. Febres looks like he will come off the bench and the Longhorns coaching staff hope he can provide instant offense. He has in the gym range.

Hamm is another Smart recruit who displays excellent athletic ability. The Minnesota native scored a lot of points at the high school level in transition. We believe he will end up playing the “stretch-4” due to his shooting ability. He will come off the bench and provide front-court depth.

Last season looks like it was an aberration. Shaka Smart is one of the best coaches in america. He nailed this class as all 5 players were ranked as 4-star recruits or higher. More importantly, he got players that fit his uptempo system as all 5 players are highly athletic. This crop of talented players will be a major reason why the Texas Longhorns will go back to the Big Dance this season.

 

ARIZONA

#4 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#3: DeANDRE AYTON (C)

#26: EMMANUEL AKOT (SG/SF)

#52: BRANDON RANDOLPH (SG)

#60: IRA LEE (PF)

#118: ALEX BARCELLO (PG)

DeAndre Ayton

DeAndre Ayton

CLASS SUMMARY: The Wildcats are simply loaded this season as head coach Sean Miller chases that elusive Final 4 appearance. Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins return and will be 2 of the best players in college basketball. Miller has always been an excellent recruiter and this year’s class is no different.

DeAndre Ayton was the best big-man in high school basketball last year. We believe Ayton is the best high school center prospect since Greg Oden went to Ohio State in 2006 and became the 1st overall pick in 2007. The 7’0″ Arizona native has a solid chance of being selected number 1 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Emmanuel Akot has the ability to play multiple positions, which will enhance his playing time. At 6’7, he has prototypical size for the SG and SF positions. He impressed us with his passing ability and will be a valuable bench player. Akot enrolled early as he skipped his senior year of high school. He has a very high ceiling. Perhaps the biggest surprise of any freshmen in the PAC 12 conference this off-season has been the performance of Brandon Randolph. While the shooting guard was a highly touted recruit, word out of the Wildcats program is that he has surpassed expectations. If this is true, look for the sharpshooter to start and be one of the better freshmen in the country. He will also take some of the offensive load off of both Trier and Alkins.

Lee was a top 60 recruit who will be a reserve. We see a lot of upside with the 6’7″ forward. We look for him to be a core piece of the Wildcats program over the next 4 years. A player that we were high on during his high school career was Alex Barcello. The combo guard was originally committed to Arizona State. That all changed when the Arizona coaching staff offered him a scholarship. He is a winning type of player and can really shoot the ball. With the high uptempo style of play that the Wildcats employ, Barcello will see minutes on the floor in 2017-18. He should be another steady 4 year college player just like Ira Lee. 

This might be the best team that Sean Miller has had during his 8 years in Tucson. The Wildcats have major talent at every position. This crop of freshmen has a little bit of everything. Potential NBA lottery picks, future starters, valuable bench players. Miller might be the best active head coach in college basketball to never make a Final 4. If this class lives up to its NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings, Sean Miller might just be cutting down the nets in the Elite 8 and heading to the last weekend of the college basketball season.

MISSOURI

#3 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#1: MICHAEL PORTER Jr. (SF)

#25: JONTAY PORTER (PF)

#45: JEREMIAH TILMON (C)

#108: C.J. ROBERTS (PG)

#136: BLAKE HARRIS (PG)

CLASS SUMMARY: What a difference a few coaching changes make. When Lorenzo Romar was fired from his job as head coach of the Washington Huskies, the landscape of college basketball was heavily impacted. Michael Porter Sr. was an assistant coach at Washington. His son Michael Jr. just happens to be the number 1 recruit in the country. New Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin wasted no time in hiring Porter Sr. His son then de-committed from Washington and is now at Mizzou. Adding to the family affair is Jontay Porter. The younger brother of Michael enrolled early and will have an immediate impact for the Tigers.

Porter Jr. is a program changing type of player. He can do it all on the basketball court and has the look of a future NBA superstar. He will be a one and done college player. He will be a top 5 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He is arguably the most talented player in college basketball and that is without even playing one minute of division 1 basketball. The 6’9″ Porter Jr. is the envy of NBA personnel.

Jontay Porter wanted the chance to play with his older brother and he re-classified in order to make that a reality. Ranked as a top 30 recruit for the class of 2018, the 6’10” PF will start alongside his older brother. The sweet shooting lefty big-man is a very smooth player and has a versatile skill-set. He has gotten into much better shape and will be counted on to produce right away. He has the talent to make an immediate impact.

Center Jeremiah Timon was committed to Illinois for awhile. That all changed when Martin became the head coach. They are both from the same hometown in Illinois. The 6’10” big-man will be the likely starter in the middle for the Tigers. He is a true center who will make his contribution to the team by rebounding, shot-blocking, and playing physical defense.

While the Porter brothers and Tilmon make Missouri worthy of a top 5 national recruiting ranking, Martin added a pair of talented point guards to the mix. Both C.J. Roberts and Blake Harris will be in the mix for playing time as reserves. Harris was a one time Washington commit just like Porter Jr. Both point guards will have nice futures in Columbia.

The Missouri Tigers have a proud basketball tradition who have fallen on hard times in the past few years. One coaching change at Washington changed everything for the SEC school. Expectations are high for a team that went 8-24 a year ago. What has happened in the past is in the rear view mirror. With one excellent recruiting class, the Tigers will once again be a factor in the SEC conference and a possible NCAA tournament candidate.

KENTUCKY

#2 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#10: KEVIN KNOX (SF)

#14: JARRED VANDERBILT (SF)

#15: P.J. WASHINGTON (PF)

#17: NICK RICHARDS (C)

#22: QUADE GREEN (PG)

#34: SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER (PG)

#82: JEMARL BAKER (SG)

5-STAR: HAMIDOU DIALLO (SG) Enrolled at Kentucky in 2016. He declared for the 2017 NBA Draft but opted out.

CLASS SUMMARY: It isn’t a surprise to anyone who follows the great game of college basketball that a John Calipari class is ranked either 1 or 2 in the country. It is more a matter of who is the next NBA All-Star out of the group. Nobody in the recent era of the sport has one head coach recruited at such an historically high level. 2017 is no different.

What intrigues us about this Kentucky crop of recruits is that there are no surefire lottery picks. We have a feeling that a few of these players will be around Lexington for 2-3 years, which is a welcome sight to us. With that being said, 6 of the 7 recruits will probably end up as good to excellent college players.

The player with the brightest professional future seems to be Kevin Knox. The 6’8″ Florida native ended his recruitment late as Kentucky came in at the last second to swoop him away from all his other suitors. The small forward is highly skilled and can play multiple positions. He will be a mis-match problem for opposing defenders due to his ability to play both inside and outside. He is the most likely player from this class to be a potential 2018 NBA lottery pick.

Vanderbilt is currently injured after fracturing his left foot during a practice. It remains to be seen how long he will be out for. When healthy, his length, size, and versatility allows him to be a factor on both ends of the floor. When he returns from the injury, it will only boost Kentucky’s team depth. Washington was a man-child during his prep career. The 6’8″ PF played at national powerhouse Findlay Prep in Nevada. He is the odds on favorite to be the team’s rebounding leader. He can play the SF, PF, and C position, which is just another example of this group’s positional versatility.

Nick Richards played his high school ball at “The Patrick School” in New Jersey, which is the same school that produced Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The New Jersey Player of the Year in 2017 is a legit 7’0″ with athleticism to burn. He is a jumping jack and an elite shot-blocker. We compare him to former Wildcat Willie Cauley-Stein. He runs the floor like a guard. He has been making strides on the offensive end but we are pretty sure Calipari will be happy if he becomes an interior presence on the defensive end.

The new point guard in town is tough as nails Quade Green. Green is the exact opposite of former great Kentucky point guards who were mostly tall for their position. The Philly native only stands generously at 6’0″. However, he might be pound for pound the toughest player in the entire class of 2017. He is a pass first PG who looks to get everyone involved. With the loss of star De’Aaron Fox to the NBA, Green is perhaps the most important player on the entire Wildcat roster. He can also keep defenses honest as he can shoot it from long-range. Alexander is a combo guard who can play the 1 and 2. He has great floor vision and size and we can see both Green and him on the floor at the same time. Baker was a 4-star recruit who is being overlooked because of the mass amount of talent Calipari reeled in. He can shoot it from deep and might be a factor this year because outside shooting as a team is and will be a concern for the Wildcats.

Perhaps the key to the entire Kentucky season is how well Hamidou Diallo plays. Diallo enrolled at Kentucky last season but didn’t play. He then entered his name in the 2017 NBA Draft but ended up withdrawing. If he plays up to his enormous potential Kentucky has the look of a title contender. Diallo might be the most athletic player in the college game this season. If his jump-shot has improved he might be a lottery pick next June.

This might be Calipari’s youngest team he has ever coached. There is talent galore and no coach does a better job at getting such talented youngsters to buy in and sacrifice for the good of the team. If this group plays up to their national rankings the Wildcats will be among college basketball’s top teams once again.

 

DUKE

#1 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2017

COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)

#2: MARVIN BAGLEY III (PF)

#5: TREVON DUVAL (PG)

#7: WENDELL CARTER (PF/C)

#18: GARY TRENT Jr. (SG)

#58: ALEX O’CONNELL (SG)

#72: JORDAN TUCKER (SF)

NR: JORDAN GOLDWIRE (PG)

Gary Trent Jr.

Gary Trent Jr.

CLASS SUMMARY: For the majority of his legendary and hall of fame coaching career, Mike Krzyzewski mosty shied away from recruiting one and done college players. That has changed within the past decade as Coach K has fallen in line with the majority of elite college programs.

The Blue Devils already had a top 5 class before getting an unexpected gift. That gift is a 6’11” PF who has the potential to be the number 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Marvin Bagley III re-classified and enrolled in college early. Duke became the instant favorites to cut down the nets next April when the ultra-talented big-man became a Blue Devil. Bagley III is a possible future NBA franchise maker. He can do it all on the hardwood. Enjoy watching him while you can.

Trevon Duval was considered the top point guard in high school basketball last year. The 6’3″ lightning quick Duval will be handed the keys right away. He is a shoot first PG and his main job will be getting all of the other players involved. The third top 10 recruit in the class is PF/C Wendell Carter. We believe he can average a double-double. The 6’10” Carter has a 7’3″ wing-span, which helps make him a premier rebounder and finisher.

Senior SG Grayson Allen surprisingly returned to school for his senior year. Going against him in practice everyday has been Gary Trent Jr. Trent Jr. was one of the top shooters in high school basketball last year. He shows the ability to score at all 3 levels and will just add to the overwhelming talent that this team has. The prep all-american is a future first round NBA selection. It is just a matter of when, not if. O’Connell can play either the SG or SF position. The 4-star recruit is exciting to watch in the open court and has range that extends past the 3-point line. He will be a bench player this year due to the team’s overall depth. However, he looks like he will be a solid 4 year college player and will be a valuable contributor in the future.

Tucker was a top 75 recruit who would start on a lot of good college basketball teams. At 6’7″, he has good size and athleticism. We like the fact that he already possesses a solid mid-range game, which is fast becoming a lost art at every level of basketball. How much playing time he receives this season remains to be seen. Like O’Connell he should be a nice contributor to future Duke teams. It just might not be this year. The only 3-star recruit out of the 7 players in this class is PG Jordan Goldwire. As with O’Connell and Tucker, the 6’2″ youngster’s playing time remains to be seen. He will be backing up Duval as Duke can also play Grayson Allen at the point. Goldwire has the quickness to be a good defender and his play-making ability is above average.

Teams that lose players such as Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard, Amile Jefferson, Harry Giles, and Frank Jackson usually don’t get ranked as the pre-season number 1 ranked team in the nation. Teams also don’t usually get a recruiting class that is as phenomenal as the one Krzyzewski landed in 2017. In our opinion, this class is one of the most talented we have ever seen on paper. Games and championships aren’t won on paper, however. It will be fascinating to watch such talented young players play together. There will be ups and downs at times because of the youth but talent usually trumps inexperience. If you are a fan of college basketball, we advise to just sit back and watch these freshmen play basketball.

This 7 player class has 4 players who stand a good chance of staying only one year in Durham. If all goes according to plan, they will be taking a national championship ring with them to the NBA.

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4 thoughts on “NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings”

  1. Daniel says:

    Thank you for the NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rankings list. This gives a heads up of who to look out for come tournament time.

    It’s no surprise Duke & Kentucky being the top ranking class. Missouri & Arizona are right up there as well. Who are you picking to win the NCAA Tournament?

    Thank you for sharing your NCAA Recruiting Rankings list.

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hi Daniel,

      The regular season starts this Friday. My national championship prediction has Arizona winning it all. I beleve this is the year head coach Sean Miller gets it done. They return 2 potential all-americans in Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins. They also bring in a number of extremely talented freshmen. So Arizona is my pick. What team or teams do you like?

      -Rob

  2. Brendon says:

    I love college basketball, so many games to watch!
    Thanks for a great report, it seems the usual schools are once again boosting the best recruits.
    I am a Notre Dame fan, I can’t wait to see how we do this years!
    What are your thoughts on their incoming recruits for 2017-2018?

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hi Brendon,

      Notre Dame has one of the more underrated head coaches in college basketball. Mike Brey does a phenomenal job getting his teams prepared. Because of the high academic standards that Notre Dame has, they have a difficult time landing the big time recruits. Brey does a great job at finding players that fit his system. The Irish have 2 freshmen joining the team this year. Guard D.J. Harvey and forward Nikolo Djogo. Djojo will be a bench player who should get a few minutes per game this year. Harvey was an excellent high school player who was underrated in my opinion. Expect him to play meaningful minutes this year and then become a starter next year. Notre Dame should have a very good team this year as Bonzie Colson is one of the top 10 players in college basketball.

      -Rob

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