Roundtable: Tumbling Dominoes

The fall is nearly upon us and, in the grassroots world, the visit season has begun in earnest.

The dominoes are beginning to topple over in the 2016 class, a direct result of the various official visits that will take place over the next two months. That said, we posed this question to our national team of experts:

Are there any one or two programs out there you believe are best positioned to make huge gains during this stretch?

Brian Snow: For me, even though they are already rated highly, I would say Florida State is a team that could explode even more. Who knows exactly when Dewan Huell and Udoka Azubuike plan on making a decision, but right now most think that the Seminoles lead in each recruitment. If that is indeed the case, landing both of them would really give Leonard Hamilton and his staff a top class.

Evan Daniels: Earlier this week I said that I thought Kentucky and Duke will battle it out for the No. 1 recruiting class in 2016, so that means each will continue to and add more firepower to their recruiting classes. Duke already has a pair of five-star prospects (Jayson Tatum & Frank Jackson) and I expect them to add at least one more. While Kentucky has two highly touted four-star players (Sacha Killeya-Jones & Tai Wynyard), I'd be surprised if they didn't land at least two and likely more five-star players when it's said and done.

Arizona is another school that I expect to make huge gains in the near future. They currently don't have a pledge in the 2016 class, but they are in on some significant players like Andrew Jones, Lauri Markkanen, De'Aaron Fox (pictured above) and a host of others.

Josh Gershon: When you consider that UCLA currently has the number two class in 2016 and is widely considered to add to that haul with a five-star prospect, I think it's safe to bet that the Bruins will end up with a very good class. UCLA already has commitments from five-star point guard Lonzo Ball and Ike Anigbogu, one of the nation's top four stars, as well as a wing with upside in Kobe Paras. Steve Alford and company are considered the team to beat for five-star power forward T.J. Leaf, and should the El Cajon (Calif.) Foothills Christian star choose the Bruins, it would be a big time class for the program.

Rob Harrington: When I examine our recruiting board, I think Mississippi State could make noise in the next few weeks. The Bulldogs will welcome both Tyson Carter and Schnider Herard to campus next weekend, and they appear to be strongly in the mix for both. They’ve also brought Mario Kegler to campus multiple times and factor in for him as well.

MSU already holds pledges from top-75 point guard Lamar Peters and four star wing Eli Wright. On the whole, the Bulldogs have raised their profile considerably under new coach Ben Howland.

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


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