Six who should make an early impact

It isn't always the top prospects who have the most immediate impacts. Here is a look at six players because of their skills and schools they chose that should be major factors from day one next season.

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Quick Take: Mudiay went against the grain and decided to stay close to home and pick the Mustangs. Now the nation's top point guard has put himself in the position to have an absolutely incredibly productive season. Nic Moore will return for Larry Brown and company, but Mudiay should have the ball in his hands from day one. Mudiay is so big and athletic that he should terrorize defenses going to the rim, and in the American Conference he should be able to overwhelm nearly every opponent he goes against. Also Mudiay has the chance to be "the guy" who leads the Mustangs to the NCAA Tournament and kind of make a legacy for himself as a program changer.

Recruiting: Committed to SMU

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Quick Take: Whitehead is one of the top scorers in the entire country and now he will have the weight of the world on his shoulders. He now is charged with bringing the Pirates back to their former glory in the 1980's and 90's. Whitehead picked the Pirates over some of the top programs in the country, and now he is in a position to not only lead the Big East in scoring, but be one of the most productive players right away in the class. With his athleticism, college ready body, and available minutes, look for Whitehead to have as good a year as any player in the class, even if he isn't a top 10 prospect coming into the season. The bottom line is Whitehead now has a chance to change the fortunes of a program, and there is no reason to believe he won't hold up his end of the bargain.

Recruiting: Committed to Seton Hall

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Quick Take: Ulis isn't the type of five-star prospect that John Calipari typically brings in at the point guard position, but as a college player, and a first year player his production should be as good as any of them. With Andrew Harrison all but out the door as a one and done, Ulis will get the ball from the moment he walks on campus and will be asked to run the show. The production should be huge from Ulis who is college ready because of his feel for the game and basketball IQ. While one and dones are the norm at the point guard position for UK, Ulis won't fit that mold, but his numbers as a freshman should rival anybody.

Recruiting: Committed to Kentucky

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Quick Take: In his time as a coach John Groce has had a lot of successful point guards on his watch. Finally the Illini will have that guy for Groce with Snider. Snider de-committed from his hometown school of Louisville, and he chose the Illini because of the freedom that they offer. Look for Groce to put the ball in Snider's hands from day one and tell him to be the man in his point guard friendly system. Given that Snider is a big time shooter with an excellent feel for the game, Snider should thrive using a ton of ball screens. While there will be other more highly rated freshmen coming into the Big Ten, Snider has a chance to be the one who puts up the best numbers.

Recruiting: Committed to Illinois

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Quick Take: Travis isn't rated as a five-star prospect because he does have some limitations given his height, but that shouldn't matter right away in the Pac 12. Travis should wreak absolute havoc on the conference with his toughness, athleticism, and desire. He will be someone who rebounds his butt off, and puts up huge numbers. Add in that Stanford loses Dwight Powell, and the minutes will be there for him at the power forward position. Overall look for a huge freshman season from Travis as he brings a toughness and culture to Stanford that hasn't been there recently.

Recruiting: Committed to STANFORD

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Quick Take: If there is one spot where Chris Mack's team has been sorely lacking recently it has been on the wing. That should no longer be an issue with Bluiett in the fold. The Musketeers desperately were in need of three point shooting, and now they have one of the best in Bluiett who could start from day one. Even if he isn't the immediate starter, he should get loads of playing time and put up big numbers as one of the more polished scorers in the class. If he can show enough to be capable on the defensive end, he has a chance to lead the Musketeers in scoring as a freshman.

Recruiting: Committed to Xavier


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