Schools in the SEC West have really picked up the pace on the recruiting trail in the past 18 months.
For good reason the SEC is looked at as a football league. The conference has been on a very good roll on the gridiron over the past decade, but now the SEC is trying to make a name for itself in basketball as well. After some recent struggles things look to really be picking up on the recruiting trail.
In the class of 2015 the names were impressive Ben Simmons
, Malik Newman
, Antonio Blakeney
, Tyler Davis
, D.J. Hogg
, Elijah Thomas
, and Brandon Sampson
. Those were just some of the top prospects who picked schools in the SEC West.
was continuing to do its impressive thing on the recruiting trail, 2015 marked the first time that the schools in the West were able to match their counterparts in the East, and now in 2016 that trend is continuing.
On Sunday Auburn
landed five-star wing Mustapha Heron
followed that up on Monday by landing another five-star wing in Terrance Ferguson
Having these two schools match each other with elite talents coming in to the program is huge. With LSU
, Texas A&M
, and Mississippi State
all landing huge recruits in 2015, and potentially putting themselves in a position to bring in more quality recruits in 2016, things are looking up in the SEC.
A strong Kentucky has always been huge for the SEC, and the machine in Lexington is showing no signs of slowing down, but depth through the middle of the conference might be just as important, and more and more it is looking like that is coming to the league.
Now there are going to be many more opportunities to snag quality RPI boosting wins in league, while also limiting to the number of “no win” league situations where you aren’t playing a quality team, so a win is expected and a loss hurts your case big time with the NCAA Tournament Committee.
With the added star power in the coaching ranks as well as the added talent coming into the league through tremendous recruiting, the arms race is definitely on in the league, and the SEC West might be at the center of it.
made the tournament last year and returns key pieces, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and LSU are all looking loaded for years to come, and there is some impressive young talent coming out of SEC West friendly areas like Memphis, Louisiana, and Mississippi in the coming years as well.
We don’t know exactly how this will turn out, but one thing is for sure, the SEC West is delivering on their promise to improve and it has started with a strong effort on the recruiting trail.