Roundtable: Creeping Concern?

Each week, we ask the Scout.com hoops recruiting team to ruminate on a specific question.

Heading into October, some very prominent programs have empty 2015 classes, including Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, St. John's, Xavier and Georgia Tech, among others.

How concerned should fans of these programs be, and are there any that should be more or less concerned than the others?

Brian Snow: For me it is a school by school thing. Michigan was short on scholarships and added a transfer, that was a decision they made. No one in their right mind would have one bit of concern for Kansas, and Xavier brought in six freshmen last year, so clearly they were going to have a small class this year.

With North Carolina they always manage to get players, and the roster is pretty stacked for 2015, so I would say they have no issue. Now St. John's and Georgia Tech, that is a different story. This absolutely must be a good class for the Red Storm, and while they still could get guys like Cheick Diallo and Isaiah Briscoe, that is a dangerous game to playing late in a class that you have to do well in. Georgia Tech also needs to get a few guys to help continue to shape that roster.

So team by team it is all very different, but a few schools do have reason for concern.

Evan Daniels: With only 33 prospects still available in the 2015 top 100, there's a reason to be a little concerned. With that said, some of these schools you mentioned like Kansas for example, are in on some key targets and there is plenty of time.

This is the quickest I've seen players fly off the board. I'm sure we are due a couple recommitments here and there. Regardless, I think it works on a team basis. If I'm a coach at Kansas (I think they have a great shot at Stephen Zimmerman and a few others), I'm not all that concerned. Some of the other schools that don't have that same type of momentum with certain recruits, I would be a little nervous.

Josh Gershon: I think it's still early enough where there's no reason for concern for the elite to very good programs mentioned, in terms of both who they have left on the board and who is currently in their programs.

For the others, while there are still some top prospects on the board, doing a great job evaluating and being resourceful becomes more important. There are quality players outside of the Top 100 that are always available, while the transfer market is always ripe in December, January, April and May. The worst thing a program can do is take a player who isn't good enough, so not wasting scholarships is key.

Rob Harrington: It largely depends on need. Michigan and North Carolina never intended to take big classes, while Kansas is involved with several elite prospects — who largely still haven't decided — that there's no cause for concern. The methodical commitment pace is simply the price of doing business at the top of the class.

Some of those other schools may end up scrambling, however, although I think it's misleading to evaluate them on the number of commitments alone. Numerous other schools have taken flyers on more marginal prospects, and frankly in those cases it's probably not going to work out. So, having the confidence and flexibility to be deliberate actually could pay off in the end for some of the other empty class programs.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report.


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