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 signing early who, because of their skills and schools they chose, should be major factors from day one next season.

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Quick Take: Simmons made an early decision choosing LSU and has stuck with the Tigers, giving them a kid who could be one of the top players in college basketball from day one. Simmons is an extremely versatile hybrid forward who is lethal in transition due to his ball skills for his size and vision. His best quality, however, might be his touch, as Simmons has a knack for being able to finish shots many wouldn't be able to around the basket.

Recruiting: Committed to LSU

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Quick Take: Labissiere's major progress over the last couple of years suggests that, despite the fact he won't be entering college quite as strong as you would hope, he's going to be able to still make a major impact with his size, length and shot blocking ability. The five-star center will come right in and be a high level rim protector, while he's also improved his offense with his back to the basket and facing the hoop.

Recruiting: Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Tennessee.

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Quick Take: A kid who keeps progressing as a player, Ellenson is a very versatile power forward who can play inside and out. You have to respect him as a shooter, but his ball skills are legit for his size and he will take defenders off the dribble and attack the basket. A good athlete who can rebound and play multiple positions at the next level, good luck turning a Marquette game on next season and finding Ellenson off the court for more than a quick breather.

Recruiting: Committed to Marquette

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Quick Take: Many project Briscoe as a point guard and while he may ultimately play that position at the highest level, what he does best is score and that's something he's going to be able to do early in his college career. Briscoe is strong, has very good length, ball skills and is an aggressive scorer that can rack up points from all three levels.

Recruiting: Kentucky, Saint John's, Connecticut

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Quick Take: There are others in this class, such as Justin Simon and Jawun Evans, who may have higher upsides than Brunson, but there isn't a more college-ready point guard in the country as of today. Brunson has a tremendous basketball IQ and is an underrated athlete who can create his own shot and knock down jumpers from beyond the arc.

Recruiting: Committed to Illinois

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Quick Take: You can look at Mitchell's monumental progression as a player over the last year as one example of why you could expect him to make a big impact early into his career at Louisville. Or, you could just take a look at him physically and realize he's a powerful, strong, long, athletic and increasingly more skilled guard that won't need much time to adjust to the physicality of the college game.

Recruiting: Committed to Louisville

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