Continuing the discussion from part I, Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington each chime on six questions:
4. Ignoring current commitments, who will lock up the best class between now and April?
JG: I'm including the guys who haven't announced yet but will on Friday. To me, anyone who lands Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, regardless of who else they sign, has the best class in the country. If Jones and Okafor hold through with their promise of being a package deal and end up with the Blue Devils, that's the class I would take over any other one in the country, no matter who joins them.
ED: This one is fairly simple. There are only four top-100 prospects expected to wait until after the early signing period to announce. The four are Myles Turner, Rashad Vaughn, JaQuan Lyle and Jonah Bolden. While it's possible some guys could open up their recruitment due to coaching changes, I'll use what I have to work with. Likely the winner of the Turner sweepstakes would have the best class going forward. It's too early to know where Turner lands, as some of it will depend on Jahlil Okafor's choice on Friday, as I don't see him going to the same school. The teams involved include Kansas, Duke, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma State.
BS: I guess the answer to this question has to be whoever signs Myles Turner. Outside of Turner, Rashad Vaughn is the only major impact guy waiting until the spring, and Turner is the highest rated. So it is pretty clear to me whichever school lands Turner will do the most to improve itself from here on out.
RH: I'm going to guess Kansas, based on the assumption that the Jayhawks miss on both Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor. It's entirely possible they get one of the two, but if not, I don't seen them missing on that duo and Myles Turner as well. Bill Self is too a recruiter to go 0-3 on top targets, and Turner will be best unsigned player in the class after the fall period.
5. If you had a charter plane and could fly anywhere in the country to see one player who would you go see?
ED: I think I'll go with Cliff Alexander. He plays with toughness every time he touches the floor. He's probably my favorite player to watch just because of his effort and energy. He always brings the motor and isn't afraid of any contact in the paint. He's also good for a handful of dunks, usually on a defender or two, each game.
BS: For me, it would be Josh Perkins. I have seen him far less than my colleagues, but I just flat out haven't seen a player who should be even in the discussion of a five-star prospect. However, others swear he simply had a few bad showings when he played in front of me. So for me I would want to see Perkins to see if my eyes lied to me during the summer and he is a borderline elite prospect, or if what I saw was the real Josh Perkins during the month of July.
RH: I'm flying into New York and setting up camp to watch Isaiah Whitehead. He's certainly the primary reason for that, as the future Seton Hall Pirate brings spirit and toughness to every contest, but watching him stare down tough Big Apple kids in succession would be a lot of fun.
JG: We recently ran the Scout.com Ultimate 100, ranking the top prospects in the nation, regardless of class. Coming in at No. 10 on that list, despite being a sophomore, was Jayson Tatum, a 2016 small forward out of St. Louis Chaminade. This is a guy with the upside to be as good as anyone in the country if it all comes together for him, and there's no question he took a huge leap from his freshman to sophomore year. I would be most interested in seeing him this season to see if that progress is continuing.
6. Game on the line, you need a bucket. Which senior are you drawing the play up for?
BS: I am going to take a bit of a different approach here, but I am keeping it simple and going with a high ball screen for Tyus Jones. Not only do I have a ton of confidence with Jones' shooting ability, I know for sure he will make the correct play. He will put so much pressure on the defense coming off the screen that no matter what the defense does, my team will get a good shot. It might not be Jones taking the shot as he always makes the right play, even if that is a pass, but I am going to get a good shot, and it will probably be very high percentage, especially given the situation.
RH: No question, I'm going with Rashad Vaughn. His confidence and concentration make him a cold-blooded assassin in clutch moments, and he has a penchant for burying the kind of contested jump shots that occur in endgame scenarios. He can create his own attempts as well, and his range extends to 23 feet. Keeping it in Minnesota, Tyus Jones would be my No. 2.
JG: In my opinion, the best scorer in the class is Isaiah Whitehead and if I needed a basket, I'd probably go with him. The thing with Whitehead is he can score from all three levels and is such a strong an explosive guard with good size at 6-4, making him a nightmare matchup at the high school level. I'm almost always going to choose a wing in a situation where you absolutely need a bucket, and Whitehead is the player I want with the ball in his hands.
ED: Isaiah Whitehead. In my opinion, he's the best perimeter scorer in the 2014 class. He's a strong handler and able to create his own shot opportunities, but he's also very comfortable shooting on the move. He's consistent with his shot from all ranges and is also strong and athletic enough to make plays at the rim. I have faith in Whitehead to get a bucket.
Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington contributed to this report