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Who won the early basketball signing period?

With the initial basketball signing period over, Scout's basketball recruiting trio of Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Josh Gershon gave their take on which school was the biggest winner of the period.

Who was the biggest winner of the early sigining period?

Evan Daniels: The answer to this one is pretty obvious: Kentucky. The Wildcats added three five-star prospects and moved right up to No. 1 in 2016 top 25 class rankings. So, at least in my eyes, it’s clear they were the biggest winner of the seven-day period that runs from November 11th through the 18th. De'Aaron Fox, the nation’s top rated point guard, got things going on the second day of the period, but that decision was somewhat expected. Edrice Adebayo and Malik Monk weren’t shoo-ins to decide during the period and the Wildcats reeled them in on consecutive days. Those three, plus five-star Wenyen Gabriel and No. 29 overall Sacha Killeya-Jones gives John Calipari Scout’s top rated for the seventh time in eight years.

Josh Gershon: Kentucky closed out strong and has put together another ridiculous class. I love the athletic combination of De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk at the guard positions. Two Top 10 guys who can get up and down the court in a hurry and are elite in transition. That's going to be a really tough duo for opposing guards to defend. The other guys complement them perfectly. Edrice Adebayo is another high-level athlete who plays hard, rebounds and finishes around the basket. Wenyen Gabriel is the Brandon Ingram of 2016, just in that he's a long, versatile and athletic forward who is still scratching the surface. Sacha Killeya-Jones is a nice addition of skill to fit in with all those athletes. It's a big time group.

Brian Snow: I am going to make a bit of a surprise selection here and say Mississippi State. While they didn't bring in the super class that Michigan State, Duke, or Kentucky did, they exceeded expectations the most. This is big for Ben Howland. Malik Newman is likely to leave after this year and outside of him there was a lot of room to improve the roster. The Bulldogs landed five four-star recruits and a big time shot blocking three-star in Abdul Ado. To me this makes Mississippi State the biggest winner of all.


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