Roundtable: Predicting the misses

The Scout team always takes great care to produce accurate rankings, but of course disagreements among staff members do arise. In this Roundtable installment, we’ve asked our scouts to identify which class they believe may be getting overlooked.

Taking a look at the team rankings, what one school do you think signed a class that will prove underrated?

Josh Gershon: I'll go with Auburn at 19. I don't think the importance of recruiting for your system can be properly stated, and it's something more rare than the average fan would realize.

Auburn is signing three high school kids in shooting guard New Williams, small forward Danjel Purifoy (pictured above) and center Horace Spencer as well as a JUCO wing T.J. Dunans, all of which are high level athletes who should fit in perfectly in head coach Bruce Pearl's up and down system.

Rob Harrington: This may sound strange, but LSU is my choice. The Tigers landed but one player, but when that recruit is No. 2 overall senior Ben Simmons, I don’t believe that a No. 22 ranking is nearly high enough. Put another way, I doubt 21 other programs will prove to have done as well.

For me, it’s simple. You win behind the presence of your stars, and Simmons should be ready to make a dramatic impact upon his arrival in Baton Rouge. Beyond his on-court contributions, however, Simmons is the kind of player and representative who could pay dividends to LSU for a long time.

If he’s successful in the NBA — as I very much suspect he will be — then that will help the Tigers recruit future pros. He’s also likely to create more national television appearances for LSU next year, which they could build upon and thus transform the program into one that’s more visibly competitive with the SEC elite.

Brian Snow: For me I look at it and I say Nebraska. The Cornhuskers aren't in the top 25, but they signed the kind of class that could get them back into the NCAA Tournament on a fairly regular basis.

Glynn Watson is one of the more under appreciated players in the country in my opinion, and Ed Morrow is someone who can be a major help in college basketball with his motor and athleticism.

Watson will give the Huskers a potent weapon at point guard

Add in a solid skill kid in Michael Jacobson, and I really think this is a class that will do a lot more good than their current ranking suggests.

Evan Daniels: Virginia Tech’s class sits at No. 21 in the 2015 recruiting rankings. While No. 21 overall and No. 5 in the ACC is solid, I think the class is exactly what Buzz Williams and his staff needed to get the ball rolling. All three of their commitments are top 100 prospects and all three are players that can help immediately.

Chris Clarke is a perfect fit for Williams and how he likes to play. He’s active, aggressive and plays with great energy, and Williams thrives with those type of players. Justin Robinson is a dynamic floor general who understands how to run the point guard position. He’s pass first, but also a capable shooter. He’s their point guard of the future.

Then, they added a nice post player in Kerry Blackshear who rebounds the ball well and has some skill. This is a program building class for Virginia Tech and one that will pay off for them down the road.

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

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