Surprised? Kentucky has collected yet another plug-and-play recruiting class, with five commits so far and the “worst” of them being No. 30 overall Sacha Killeya-Jones. The Wildcats have managed to haul in the top-ranked point guard in De’Aaron Fox and the No. 1 shooting guard in Malik Monk. The only question now is whether they can add another piece to the puzzle before the regular signing period ends.
Another year, another great class for the Blue Devils, who landed Scout’s No. 1 overall recruit in 6-10 power forward Harry Giles (Oak Hills, Va.) and the nation’s No. 3 player, St. Louis (Mo.) guard Jayson Tatum in the fall. Coach K also signed athletic, four-star forward Javin Delaurier (Charlottesville, Va.) and a third five-star player in Frank Jackson, a guard from Highland, Utah. The Blue Devils could wind up with the top recruiting class if they can sign Marques Bolden, a five-star center from DeSoto, Texas who is also looking at Kentucky.
3. MICHIGAN STATE
Tom Izzo might be better known for playing veterans like Denzel Valentine and Draymond Green, but his 2016 recruiting class contains a bunch of players that are ready to make an immediate impact. Five-star players Miles Bridges (SF) and Josh Langford (SG) lead the group, but it’s also a deep class that includes four players in Scout’s top 50.
Arizona’s class might not be as big as some of the other elite classes in the country – it only includes three players. But when those three players are all five-star players, it doesn’t really matter. Kobi Simmons is a 6-5 point guard who throws down in-game windmills, Rawle Alkins is the best guard from Word of God Christian Academy since John Wall, and Lauri Markkanen is a long, skilled 6-10 forward that can spread the floor or drive to the rim. So, yeah.
The Bruins are looking for a quick turnaround after last season’s disappointment, and they will have the pieces to do it. Five-stars Lonzo Ball (No. 4 PG) and T.J. Leaf (No. 4 PF) join a four-deep class that focuses on length and skill. Importantly, UCLA has recruited their area well. All four of their commits – which also include four-star players Ike Anigbogu (No. 6 C) and Kobe Paras (No. 20 SF) – come from the state of California.