We'll spend our summer discussing the rise and fall of rising seniors in the Class of 2016, and of course along with that we'll be tracking their recruitments closely as well.
That said, what is one recruitment that, by the time signing day arrives, you anticipate will become wild? It can be an elite prospect but doesn't have to be, and you don't need to predict where he'll choose. But identify one situation that could capture the grassroots world's attention as signing day approaches.
Brian Snow: In order for a recruitment to really capture the attention of everyone and become wild, there has to be access, and with that the kid has to be outgoing and willing to listen. Also, it tends to happen in a major media market that is covered closely and with a player whom a lot of high profile programs want. With that in mind, I am saying Rawle Alkins (pictured above).
Alkins is never someone to shy away from an interview, and his personality screams of a long and drawn out recruitment. Add in the schools he’s considering such as St. John's, Indiana, Louisville, NC State and many others, and you have the perfect recipe for what could be a long and very interesting recruitment. Kids from New York also have a history of intriguing recruitments, so to me this one has all the ingredients for some fun that will play out in the media.
Josh Gershon: I'm going with Josh Jackson as the most intriguing recruitment of 2016. Jackson already transferred from Detroit to a brand new prep school in Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep and has the entire country chasing after him.
What's most unique about Jackson is the fact that, no matter what he says publicly, he can't seem to shake the rumors of him ultimately not playing college basketball, which means that even when Jackson chooses a school, all eyes will still be on whether or not he shows up. Add all that to the fact that he may be the top prospect in the class and to me there's no more interesting recruitment in the country.
Evan Daniels: I think in order for a prospect to capture the attention of everyone it has to be national level recruitment, an elite level prospect and someone that plans to wait out the process, much like Jaylen Brown did this past year.
That said, elite candidates with recruitments that range across the high-major sphere include Harry Giles, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith, Kobi Simmons and many, many others. But which one of those guys may wait it out? I'll go with Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith.
Rob Harrington: It’s tough to bet against Josh Jackson or Dennis Smith, for reasons my colleagues already have covered. Jackson’s geographical move and potential to become No. 1 in the class make him a candidate to undertake severe dramatics, while Smith is ensconced within Tobacco Road but it’s the non-blueblood — NC State — that many believe holds the edge over Duke and UNC.
But I also have my eye on Javin DeLaurier. Speaking to him last week, I got the sense he’s going to take his time, and why not, given that he’s picking up offers almost by the day? His rise likely will land him in the national top 35, at worst, and and such a gifted big man — who’s open to be recruited and also is a strong student — inevitably will bring out schools coast to coast.
The mainstream sports media likely won’t hone in on his recruitment, but within our universe I think the crashing waves of interest could produce a highly entertaining cacophony of good information, bad information, wild guesses and overall suspense.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report