Arizona leads the way in the Pac-12, but this is a conference that has several schools very happy with their 2015 recruiting classes.
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has consistently put together elite recruiting classes under Sean Miller and the Wildcats' 2015 group is Scout.com's top-ranked group in the country. Arizona has four commitments, three of which are Top 25 prospects and the other landing in the Top 50.
Arizona's highest ranked commitment at 12th nationally is Ray Smith
, a small forward out of Las Vegas, who has one of the highest ceilings in the 2015 class. Smith's size, length, body control, improved shooting, slashing, passing, rebounding, defending and versatility make him a guy who could be extremely successful if everything goes his way.
Also in Nevada is Findlay Prep shooting guard Allonzo Trier
, Scout.com's 13th ranked prospect in 2015. When Trier has his feet set, there aren't too many comparable shooters in the class. Not just a shooter, Trier can put the ball on the ground and finish with both hands and also possesses very good vision for the position.
Ranked 17th nationally is Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy point guard Justin Simon
, who is one of the country's most versatile prospects. The 6-foot-5 guard can play and defend the one, two and three at the next level due to his size, elite 6-foot-11 wingspan and skill set. He's a terrific passer with big time body control whose success in the game will be completely dependent on the continued development of his ball skills and jumper, two areas he's shown consistent improvement.
Arizona will sign Beverly Hills (Calif.) center Chance Comanche
, who is Scout.com's 44th ranked prospect in 2015. Comanche has good size, length, feet and hands with a skill set that has developed over time. He can knock down hook shots with both hands or step out and shoot. Comanche will need to keep adding weight to speed up his development.
The Wildcats are also in the mix for a few more five-star prospects in power forward Ivan Rabb
and centers Stephen Zimmerman
and Caleb Swanigan
is bringing home one of the nation's top recruiting classes in the country. Between shooting guard Dejounte Murray
, power forward Marquese Chriss
, small forward Matisse Thybulle
and point guard David Crisp
, Lorenzo Romar has four Top 100 prospects, but the Huskies are also bringing in a couple posts in Malik Dime
and Devenir Duruisseau
. It's a very successful recruiting class for Washington.
has just two 2015 commitments but they are both extremely athletic and hard-nosed backcourt players who should have productive careers in Westwood. Point guard Aaron Holiday
and shooting guard Prince Ali
have terrific toughness, lateral quickness and approaches to the game, as they'll relentlessly attack the basket on offense but don't take plays off on the other end.
's 2015 class is one of the best in the school's recent history, as shooting guard Stephen Thompson
, Jr., power forward Tres Tinkle
and center Drew Eubanks
are all Top 100 prospects, while Derrick Bruce
has a lot of upside at point guard and Gligorije Rakocevic
should provide some stability in the post.
Don't sleep on USC
's two-man class of post Chimezie Metu
and power forward Bennie Boatwright
. Metu is an athletic prospect who will help the Trojans at both the four and five and has a very high upside. Boatwright has very good size at 6-foot-8 and is one of the nation's top shooters.
Who will help the most as a freshman?
Oregon State needs any help it can get so its top two members of the 2015 class, Stephen Thompson, Jr. and Tres Tinkle, will be relied on very early in Corvallis.
|Top Pac-12 Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Ray Smith, Arizona|
|Best Scorer:||Allonzo Trier, Arizona|
|Best Passer:||Justin Simon, Arizona|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Marquese Chriss, Washington|
|Best Floor General:||Aaron Holiday, UCLA|
|Best Post Player:|| Chimezie Metu, USC|
|Best Athlete:|| Ray Smith, Arizona|
|Best Rebounder:|| Matisse Thybulle, Washington|
|Best Shooter:||Bennie Boatwright, USC|
Thompson is a very good three-point shooter who can also rack up points with his floater or take the ball to the basket. His instincts and motor also make him a player who will be helpful on defense at the next level.
Tinkle is an extremely versatile hybrid forward who can knock down shots from three, take defenders off the dribble and get to the basket, rebounds, is a very good passer and always plays hard.
The Beavers have a serious lack of Pac-12 talent and those two guys will be counted on very early in their careers in Corvallis.
How they stacked up
The Pac-12 is entering the fall signing period with more talent committed to its schools than any other conference.
Schools in the Pac-12 currently have commitments from three five-star recruits, which is second only to the ACC, as well as 17 total top 100 prospects, nine of which are in the Top 50.
The Pac-12 also spread out the talent. Eight of the 12 schools currently have a commitment from at least one four-star prospect and seven schools have multiple four-star commitments.
Arizona and Washington have four Top 100 commitments each, while Oregon State has three top 100 pledges.