2016 Top 25 Class Rankings

With the addition of Scout's No. 11 player Miles Bridges, Michigan State's 2016 recruiting class has moved into the pole position. Duke and Kentucky check in at No. 2 and No. 3.

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With the pick up of Scout's No. 11 recruit Miles Bridges, Tom Izzo and Michigan State currently have the best recruiting class in the country. This class fills serious needs, but is also laced with start power and impact performers. The combination of Josh Langford and Bridges on the perimeter is a scary thought, not to mention Cassius Winston is a tough, versatile lead guard.
Key verbals: SF Miles Bridges (#14 ), SG Josh Langford (#24 ), PG Cassius Winston (#30 ), C Nick Ward (#48 )
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Outside of Michigan State, Duke is the only school with a pair of five-stars on board. Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson are five-star prospects and among the best at their position, while DeLaurier, a four-star, is an active, aggressive PF that plays with energy.
Key verbals: SF Jayson Tatum (#4 ), PG Frank Jackson (#18 ), PF Javin DeLaurier (#41 )
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With the recent addition of five-star Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky moved up to No. 2 in the rankings. Gabriel, an active, aggressive and athletic forward, joins a class that also consists of skilled power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones and four-star New Zealand native Tai Wynyard. While it’s a great group already, Kentucky is far from done as they are in the mix with Harry Giles, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Marques Bolden, Jarrett Allen and others.
Key verbals: SF Wenyen Gabriel (#12 ), PF Sacha Killeya-Jones (#27 ), C Tai Wynyard (#NR )
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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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Fresh off a top 15 class last year, Leonard Hamilton is building a strong 2016 group. 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. While this is a well rounded group, the Seminoles are far from done in 2016.
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: PF Juwan Durham (#63 ), PG Alterique Gilbert (#31 ), PF Mamadou Diarra (#NR )
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Tony Bennett and his staff have done a great job building Virginia's 2016 class. 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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Oregon's 2016 recruiting haul has somehow flown under the radar. But this is a terrific three-man recruiting class that will boost their perimeter and post play. M.J. Cage is the latest to jump on board. The Mater Dei big man is physically gifted and has scoring ability.
Key verbals: SF Keith Smith (#75 ), C M.J. Cage (#76 ), PG Payton Pritchard (#52 )
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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 improviing 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 PF.
Key verbals: PG Tony Carr (#37 ), PF Lamar Stevens (#83 ), SG Nazeer Bostick (#NR ), C Joe Hampton (#NR )
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Roy Williams & North Carolina have a pair of four-star recruits, which is good enough to catapult their class to No. 11. Tony Bradley, Scout's No. 31 player, is terrific area rebounder with potential as a post scorer. Brandon Robinson, the No. 55 player, gives them an athlete that scores it well from the perimeter and has potential as a defender.
Key verbals: C Tony Bradley (#26 ), SG Brandon Robinson (#56 )
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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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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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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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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 five-satr prospect 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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Richard Pitino & Minnesota made a move into Scout's 2016 class rankings with the addition of Amir Coffey and Eric Curry. Coffey is the highest rated recruit of Pitino's head coaching career. He has very good size and skill for a guard. Curry boosts their post player with his size, athleticism and mobility.
Key verbals: SF Amir Coffey (#39 ), PF Eric Curry (#94 ), PF Michael Hurt (#NR )
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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 ), SG Ar'Mond Davis (#NR )
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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, on board 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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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 prosepcts out of the state of Texas.
Key verbals: PF Robert Williams (#46 ), PG J.J. Caldwell (#55 )
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The Runnin' Rebels now have a trio of commitments. Justin Jackson is the crown jewel of their class. At 6-7, he's 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 ), SG Christian Vital (#NR ), SF Carlos Johnson (#NR )
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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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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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It's been quite the week for Derek Kellogg and Umass, picking up three recruits. DeJon Jarreau is a versatile guard and Scout's No. 66 prospect. Brison Gresham and Chris Baldwin give them a pair of tough, active post players, while Unique McClean is one of the nation's best all around athletes.
Key verbals: PG DeJon Jarreau (#67 ), PF Brison Gresham (#NR ), PF Chris Baldwin (#), SG Unique McLean (#NR )
OTHERS: USC Trojans, Northwestern Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, Xavier Musketeers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, and Butler Bulldogs.

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