Updated 2016 Top 25 Class Rankings

Since we updated the 2016 top 25 two and a half weeks ago, there have a handful of game changing commitments. While Duke held on to the top spot, Connecticut moved into the top five and North Carolina State, Maryland, North Carolina and Michigan jumped into the top 25.

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Duke now has a pair of five-star commitments in the 2016 recruiting class and that's enough for the best class and they are far from done. Jayson Tatum is one of the most skilled scorers in the class, while Jackson is a dynamic guard that can really shoot.
Key verbals: SF Jayson Tatum (#4 ), PG Frank Jackson (#18 )
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Michigan State has three players among the top 47 players in the country, all of which will help immediately. Josh Langford is a tremendous scoring threat from the perimeter, Cassius Winston can run a team and score it, while Nick Ward is an active rebounder and scorer in the paint.
Key verbals: SG Josh Langford (#24 ), PG Cassius Winston (#30 ), C Nick Ward (#48 )
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Steve Alford and UCLA focused on home base and their current class is made up of three talented players from Los Angeles area. Lonzo Ball is very gifted passer, Ike Anigbogu has major upside and Kobe Paras is an athletic wing that can shoot.
Key verbals: PG Lonzo Ball (#7 ), C Ike Anigbogu (#17 ), SF Kobe Paras (#NR )
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Only two top 10 players are currently committed and FSU has one of them. 6-10 forward Jon Isaac is a high-level, versatile talent with major upside. Trent Forrest, a slashing guard, and skilled PG C.J. Walker round out their three-man recruiting class.
Key verbals: SF Jonathan Isaac (#5 ), SG Trent Forrest (#95 ), PG C.J. Walker (#100 )
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Kevin Ollie has had success with guards as of late and Alterique Gilbert will be the next in line at UCONN. A fast, tough and gritty guard, Gilbert can run a team, is equipped to score when needed and is a scrappy on the ball defender. Juwan Duwham gives them terrific size, length & mobility, Momadou Diarra gives them a tough, hard playing post prospect.
Key verbals: (#), PG Alterique Gilbert (#31 ), PF Mamadou Diarra (#NR )
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Virginia currently has the most top 100 commitments with three. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy will boost their guard from both a skill and shooting standpoint. Then you have Jay Huff, Scout's No. 88 player, and he will bring good size and skill to their post play, as well as long, rangy wing DeAndre Hunter.
Key verbals: PG Ty Jerome (#54 ), SG Kyle Guy (#42 ), PF Jay Huff (#84 ), SF DeAndre Hunter (#NR )
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Lorenzo Romar went to the opposite coast to snag one of the best guards in the country -- Markelle Fultz. At 6-4, he's an athletic slasher with an improving jump shot. Sam Timmins is a 6-foot-9 New Zealand native that won a Gold Medal this past summer in the FIBA 3x3 tournament
Key verbals: PG Markelle Fultz (#3 ), C Sam Timmins (#NR )
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Penn State has ramped up their recruiting efforts and now have a top 10 recruiting class that consists of a pair of top 100 prospects. Reeling in Tony Carr, a top 50 prospect, is a big deal. He'll be handed the ball from day one, as he's terrific PG prospect with good size, speed, athleticism and ball handling ability. Lamar Stevens gives them a tough, physical and aggressive combo forward.
Key verbals: PG Tony Carr (#37 ), PF Lamar Stevens (#83 ), SG Nazeer Bostick (#NR ), C Joe Hampton (#NR )
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Kentucky will likely finish much higher on this list when things are said and done. But for now they have the 8th best class. Sacha Killeya-Jones is a skilled 6-10 big man, while Tai Wynyard, of New Zealand, is a strong, tough & physical center prospect. If Wynyard was playing in the U.S. he'd be considered a top 50 prospect.
Key verbals: PF Sacha Killeya-Jones (#27 ), C Tai Wynyard (#NR )
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The NCAA issues haven't impacted Syracuse on the recruiting trail. Jim Boeheim and his staff have reeled in five-star perimeter scorer Tyus Battle and versatile forward Matt Moyer, giving them a pair of top 100 recruits in the class.
Key verbals: SF Tyus Battle (#33 ), PF Matthew Moyer (#71 )
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Oklahoma is off to a strong start in 2016. Kameron McGusty is one of the best scorers in the class and even led the Under Armour Association in scoring. While Matt Freeman doesn't have a ranking because he's from New Zealand, he is rated as a four-star prospect and can stretch the floor with his jump shot. Talented wing Kristian Doolitte rounds out their current class.
Key verbals: SG Kameron McGusty (#35 ), PF Matt Freeman (#NR ), SF Kristian Doolittle (#NR )
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Bruce Pearl reeled in a pair of top 100 recruits in 2015 and he's off to a great start in 2016 with five-star wing Mustapha Heron, four-star PG Jared Harper and active and aggressive PF Anfernee McLemore. Heron is the crown jewel of the class and is one the best perimeter scorers in the country.
Key verbals: SF Mustapha Heron (#25 ), PG Jared Harper (#NR ), PF Anfernee McLemore (#NR )
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It's only one commit, but its certainly a big one. Dennis Smith is an elite point guard prospect because of his size, athleticism, speed, scoring and playmaking ability. N.C. State has also targeted his AAU teammate and top 10 player Edrice Adebayo.
Key verbals: PG Dennis Smith (#10 )
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Omari Spellman committed to Jay Wright early on and that's a significant pull for their post player because of his size and versatile scoring attack. Dylan Painter gives them a strong, tough and physical post presence as well.
Key verbals: C Omari Spellman (#21 ), C Dylan Painter (#88 )
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Avery Johnson didn't waste much time creating a stir in Tuscaloosa. Terrance Ferguson, Scout's No. 13 player, is Alabama's highest rated recruit since Richard Hendrix back in 2005. At 6-6, Ferguson has the size, athleticism and shooting ability to be a force in the SEC.
Key verbals: SG Terrance Ferguson (#16 )
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Coming off having the nation's No. 7 class last year, Louisville has five-star wing V.J. King, of Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, onboard in 2016. At 6-6, he has legit size for the perimeter and is a terrific all around scorer with significant upside.
Key verbals: SF V.J. King (#20 )
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Oregon has focused on northwest recruits in 2016 with Keith Smith, a Washington native, and Payton Pritchard, of Oregon. Smith is a gifted scorer with very good size for the perimeter, while Pritchard is a crafty, aggressive combo guard that shoots the ball at a high-level.
Key verbals: SF Keith Smith (#75 ), PG Payton Pritchard (#52 )
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Last year Billy Kennedy built a top 10 class by recruiting the state of Texas and he's up to similar tricks in 2016. Robert Williams is an emerging PF prospect with serious athleticism, while J.J. Caldwell is one the best set up men in 2016. Both are top 60 prospects out of the state of Texas.
Key verbals: PF Robert Williams (#46 ), PG J.J. Caldwell (#55 )
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Maryland will add to their perimeter with Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter. Cowan gives them a speedy floor general that can make shots, while Huerter is a very good shooter with size. The Terps are also one of the front runners for five-star combo forward Wenyen Gabriel.
Key verbals: PG Anthony Cowan (#58 ), SG Kevin Huerter (#61 )
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North Carolina recently got on the board in the 2016 class with a big pledge from 2016 four-star post player Tony Bradley. An air craft carrier of a big man, Bradley is a very good area rebounder, plus has good hands and touch around the goal.
Key verbals: C Tony Bradley (#26 )
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The Runnin' Rebels have just one commitment, but Justin Jackson is certainly a good one. At 6-7, Jackson is versatile and can play both forward spots. A standout at local Findlay Prep, Jackson is regarded as the nation's No. 32 player.
Key verbals: PF Justin Jackson (#36 )
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Bobby Hurley's first class at Arizona State is off to a strong start. He's added two top 100 pledges -- one from Texas and one from Washington. Jethro Tshisumpa gives them a strong, tough and aggressive interior prospect, while Sam Cunliffe is a shooter with good size for the position.
Key verbals: C Jethro Tshisumpa (#NR ), SF Sam Cunliffe (#45 )
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With the recent pick up of four-star point guard Xavier Simpson, Michigan moves into the top 25. Simpson had a terrific summer and showed off his ability to run a team, but also score. He joins a class that also consists of three three-star prospects.
Key verbals: PG Xavier Simpson (#57 ), C Jon Teske (#NR ), C Austin Davis (#NR ), SF Ibi Watson (#NR )
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Chris Collins has focused on recruiting the state of Illinois and both Rapolas Ivanauskas, Northwestern's highest rated recruit in recent memory, and Barrett Benson are from the state. Isiah Brown gives them a combo guard that can score.
Key verbals: PF Rapolas Ivanauskas (#NR ), C Barret Benson (#NR ), PG Isiah Brown (#NR )
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Thad Matta and Ohio State always do a good job of recruiting the Midwest and that's where both of their 2016 prospects reside. Derek Funderburk is a key piece to their future interior, as he's mobile, a very good athlete and has significant long-term potential.
Key verbals: PF Derek Funderburk (#53 ), C Micah Potter (#NR )
OTHERS: Xavier Musketeers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Butler Bulldogs, Brigham Young Cougars, and Harvard Crimson.


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