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Not Too Early to Start Talking College Basketball and Recruiting

by Alec Parker

This year the college recruiting class has been much watch. From number one recruit Michael Porter Jr. decommitting Washington and taking his talent to Missouri to Kentucky racking up the talent with eight top 100 recruits in the country. There are still a few top talents left that haven’t chosen a college like Mohamed Bamba, Trevon Duval, and Brian Bowen. The last day to commit for college basketball division one is May 17th.

Kentucky has been putting in the work with this recruiting class. They have already recruited the number nine player in the country Hamidou Diallo, number ten Kevin Knox, number 11 Jarred Vanderbilt, number 14 P.J. Washington, number 17 Nick Richards, number 23 Quade Green, number 25 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and number 69 Jermal Baker. [1] Kentucky is still working on this year’s recruits. In fact they are the favorites to get the number two prospect in the country Mohamed Bamba. This team is looking like a dangerous young threat, and could be an easy contender for next year’s championship. “I think Kentucky has the best recruiting class by far, like it’s not even close. However they will not win the championship, they usually find a way to lose. I think North Carolina could make another deep run, and there is a chance they could win the championship again with their deep core,” said senior Bryan Johnson.

Arizona is another team that has been getting some huge recruits to commit to the school. This year Arizona has already had four top 100 prospects commit to the school. Those four players consist of the number three player in the country Deandre Ayton, number 35 Brandon Randolph, number 56 Ira Lee, and number 78 Alex Barcello. [2] Arizona is once again in the top ten for recruiting class for four years straight. Arizona is building another great young team with full of huge expectations, and possible could make it to the championship since Gilbert Arenas lead Arizona to a championship in 2001. [3]

Texas is the last team on the list of teams making a huge impact in this years recruiting class. This year Texas has racked up four top 100 recruits. The players consist of number 47 Matt Coleman, number 49 Jericho Sims, number 85 Royce Hamm, and number 86 Jase Ferbes. [4] Texas has really made an impact since they are losing their star player Jarrett Allen. Matt Coleman is the number 11th point guard in the country. In fact every player that has committed to Texas is top 20 in their position. Texas might be the next team to make a run from the Big 12.

“I think UCLA is the next powerhouse, I know they’re losing Lonzo Ball, and TJ Leaf, but they are gaining Jaylen Hands arguable the best point guard in the country. They will also be gaining Kris Wilkes, and Jello. They will be crushing next season, and they will reach the championship, and they will win,” said senior Garrett Allen.

“I have Duke being my national champion. As soon as Trevon Duval commits to Duke, they will completely unstoppable. With Frank Jackson, Grayson Allen, and Duval the backcourt for Duke will destroy any team. I also think Wendell Carer is another important big man that can really contribute to the team,” said freshman Evan Pinetti.

I think this year’s recruitments are top notch. I think this year was dominated by the big man with Porter, Bamba, and Ayton. However I think there are a few future all star point guards out there in this class like Collin Sexton, Hands, and Duval. I’m pretty excited to see how well these players do next year, and watch to see who makes that deep run for the championship. Will it be Kentucky? Or will a new team like Missouri, and Michael Porter take charge?

Sources:

[1] http://kentucky.247sports.com/Season/2017-Basketball/Commits

[2] http://arizona.247sports.com/Season/2017-Basketball/Commits

[3] http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/arizona/2001.html

[4] http://texas.247sports.com/Season/2017-Basketball/Commits