Duke moves to No. 1 in updated 2016 top 25 class rankings

The Duke Blue Devils now have the top recruiting class in the country for the second time in the past three years. NC State and Texas A&M also made moves in the updated list.

#1 Duke Blue Devils

On Thursday, Mike Krzyzewski and Duke reeled in their third top 10 pledge with the addition of No. 8 overall recruit Marques Bolden. He joins a star-studded class that includes No. 2 overall Harry Giles, the No. 4 recruit Jayson Tatum, No. 18 Frank Jackson and top 50 prospect Javin DeLaurier. The last time Duke brought in the nation’s top recruiting class it led to a National Championship. This class features scoring, versatility, skill, size and certainly a lot of star power. With the addition of these five players, Duke will be the preseason favorite to win it all.

Notable Commitments: Harry GilesJayson Tatum, Marques BoldenFrank Jackson & Javin DeLaurier

#2 Kentucky Wildcats

Another year on the recruiting trail and another year that John Calipari and Kentucky sit at No. 1 or No. 2 in Scout's top 25 class rankings. The Wildcats have four of the nation's top 13 prospects headed their way, led by the No. 6 overall prospect De'Aaron Fox. To go with four five-star prospects, Kentucky also has No. 27 overall prospect in Sacha Killeya-Jones. The Cats will at the very least lose Tyler Ulis, Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray to early entry, but they'll reload once again with the nation's top class.

Notable Commitments: De'Aaron FoxEdrice AdebayoMalik MonkWenyen Gabriel & Sacha Killeya-Jones

#3 Arizona Wildcats

UA struck early by landing a talented Finnish shooter in Lauri Markkanen, before striking with three Top 35 guys late. Terrance Ferguson can defend at a high level, while he's also a very good three-point shooter. Rawle Alkins is a tough and physical wing who can drive, get to the line or knock down shots, and Kobi Simmons is an athletic guard who thrives in transition.

Notable Commitments: Terrance FergusonLauri MarkkanenRawle Alkins & Kobi Simmons

#4 UCLA Bruins

This was a big time class for UCLA with three Top 25 guys that can immediately contribute to Steve Alford's team. Lonzo Ball is one of the best passers high school basketball has seen in recent history, while Ike Anigbogu is an elite defender at center and T.J. Leaf is a skilled power forward. The Bruins also landed athletic Filipino wing Kobe Paras.

Notable Commitments: Lonzo BallIke AnigboguT.J. Leaf & Kobe Paras

#5 Michigan State Spartans

Tom Izzo will boost the talent on his roster in a significant way by adding four players ranked among the top 48 prospects in the country. This is a well-balanced class that fills needs at every position but center. Miles Bridges and Josh Langford on the same perimeter is a scary thought and should quickly became one of the best wing tandems in high school basketball.

Notable Commitments: Miles BridgesJosh LangfordCassius Winston & Nick Ward

#6 NC State Wolfpack

Mark Gottfried and NC State have two top 10 caliber prospects headed to Raleigh (N.C.). Dennis Smith, who tore his ACL and enrolled during the December break, is a dynamic and athletic lead guard that can score or facilitate. Throw him on the court with their most recent pledge -- Omer Yurtseven -- and the Wolfpack have one of the best 1-2 combinations in college basketball. Not a lot is known about Yurtseven, but the Turkish star would be regarded as the nation's top center if he lived in the United States. 

Notable Commitments: Dennis SmithOmer Yurtseven & Darius Hicks

#7 Mississippi State Bulldogs

Fresh off a top 15 class last year, Ben Howland has things rolling in Starkville with five top 100 recruits, which is tied with Kentucky for the most. Schnider Herard is a tough, physical post player that will boost their post play. Mario Kegler is a versatile forward that can score, while Lamar Peters is a terrific passer, Tyson Carter is a versatile combo guard that shoot sit well and Wright is a strong driver and scorer. The Bulldogs also have a pledge from rim protector Abdul Ado.

Notable Commitments: Schnider HerardMario KeglerLamar PetersTyson CarterEli Wright & Abdul Ado

#8 Kansas Jayhawks

Whenever you land the top prospect in the country, you probably had a successful class. That was definitely the case for Kansas, which landed freak athlete Josh Jackson, a big time defender who can also rebound, pass and score. Udoka Azubuike is a bully in the paint and Jayhawks fans will enjoy how hard Mitch Lightfoot plays.

Notable Commitments: Josh JacksonUdoka Azubuike & Mitch Lightfoot

#9 Texas Longhorns

Shaka Smart's class consists of three top 100 recruits. Five-star point guard Andrew Jones is the highest rated of the bunch and the one that should help the most immediately. A talented athlete, Jones is capable of playing both on and off the ball and fits Smart on the defensive end. At 6-10, James Banks has significant upside, while Jacob Young, the brother of NBA player Joe Young, is a tremendous shooter/scorer. The Longhorns are still actively recruiting and possibly the leader for five-star center Jarrett Allen.

Notable Commitments: Andrew JonesJames Banks & Jacob Young

#10 Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes landed a great foundation class led by high four-star combo guard Bruce Brown and power forward Dewan Huell. Brown especially has the chance to be huge freshman contributor. Rodney Miller adds depth in the post and European prospect Dejan Vasiljevic should provide shooting on the wing.

Notable Commitments: Bruce Brown, Dewan HuellRodney Miller & Dejan Vasiljevic

#11 North Carolina

Roy Williams & North Carolina have a trio of four-star recruits. Tony Bradley, Scout's No. 26 player, is terrific area rebounder with potential as a post scorer. Seventh Woods, who committed on Signing Day, is an elite level athlete with potential as a defender and Brandon Robinson, the No. 55 player, gives them an athlete that scores it well from the perimeter. This is another quality class for Williams and his staff.

Notable Commitments: Tony BradleySeventh Woods & Brandon Robinson

#12 Florida State Seminoles

Five-star Jon Isaac is the headliner of this crew, and someone with NBA all-star potential. Wing Trent Forrest provides toughness and an ability to attack the basket while C.J. Walker is one of the better scorers from the point guard position in the class and a proven winner.

Notable Commitments: Jonathan IsaacTrent ForrestC.J. WalkerMfiondu Kabevgele & Brian Angola

#13 Virginia Cavaliers

Quality depth is added for Tony Bennett in this class. Guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy can play either guard spot and are excellent shooters. DeAndre Hunter is a wing with major upside, and then power forward Jay Huff has the potential to be the next under the radar star at UVa.

Notable Commitments: Ty JeromeKyle GuyDeAndre Hunter & Jay Huff

#14 Connecticut Huskies

Alterique Gilbert is a gem of a point guard who was one of the best floor generals during the McDonald's All-American Game. He could start right away. Juwan Durham has star potential if he can stay healthy while Vance Jackson provides shooting from the forward spot.

Notable Commitments: Alterique GilbertJuwan DurhamVance JacksonMamadou Diarra & Christian Vital

#15 Gonzaga Bulldogs

As has been common practice for Gonzaga, the Zags staff used its international connections to put together a strong class. Four-star Las Vegas center Zach Collins and Chicago shooting guard Zach Norvell give Gonzaga some skill, while Gonzaga went to Tokyo for small forward Rui Hachimura, Denmark for center Jacob Larsen and Paris for power forward Killian Tillie.

Notable Commitments: Zach CollinsZach NorvellRui HachimuraJacob Larsen & Killian Tillie

#16 Oregon Ducks

Oregon head coach Dana Altman and staff did a nice job collecting talent in the West Coast in 2016. The Ducks landed a point guard who can score or create in Payton Pritchard, a long and versatile wing in Keith Smith, a skilled center in M.J. Cage and a highly regarded JUCO center in Kavell Bigby-Williams.

Notable Commitments: Payton PritchardKeith SmithM.J. Cage & Kavell Bigby-Williams

#17 Washington Huskies

The Huskies' two man class is led by Markelle Fultz, Scout's 3rd ranked prospect in the 2016 class. A 6-foot-4 point guard, Fultz has made freak improvements in his game over the last two years and has the handle, vision and scoring ability to play on and off the ball. Washington also landed early enrollee Sam Timmins, a center from New Zealand.

Notable Commitments: Markelle Fultz & Sam Timmins

#18 Auburn Tigers

Five-star Mustapha Heron is one of the biggest gets in the class. Bruce Pearl beat out a lot of suitors for Heron who is a big time scorer off the wing. Jared Harper is a solid floor general who can stretch the defense and Anfernee McLemore is a power forward who could develop into a starter in time.

Notable Commitments: Mustapha HeronJared Harper & Anfernee Simmons

#19 Villanova Wildcats

The Wildcats added to their frontcourt will a pair of quality pickups. Omari Spellman has NBA upside with his ability to shoot it from deep, strength on the low block, and surprising explosion off the floor. Dylan Painter is more of a project, but he has legit size and can play facing the rim or down low.

Notable Commitments: Omari Spellman & Dylan Painter

#20 Marquette Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles put together a really respectable three-man class. Local small forward Sam Hauser can shoot it off the catch abut also can create off the bounce, Brendan Bailey is a versatile scorer who will go on an LDS mission out of high school, and Markus Howard is a score-first point guard who can really shoot.

Notable Commitments: Brendan Bailey, Sam Hauser & Markus Howard

#21 Arizona State

Arizona State and Bobby Hurley recently added 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward Romello White, giving the Sun Devils their third four-star prospect in a class for the first time in school history (based on Scout ratings). To go with White, ASU has a significant pledge from top 50 wing Sam Cunliffe, talented big man Jethro Tshisumpa & Ukrainian forward Vitaliy Shibel. This class gives them scoring on the perimeter and some legitimate size to man the paint against the PAC-12.

Notable Commitments: Sam CunliffeRomello WhiteJethro Tshisumpa & Vitaliy Shibel

#22 Penn State Nittany Lions

This is a potential program defining class for Penn State. Point guard Tony Carr is big, athletic, and can really get to the rim. Combo forward Lamar Stevens is one of the toughest kids in the class, and could be a four year starter. Nazeer Bostick and Joe Hampton give Penn State depth in the frontcourt.

Notable Commitments: Tony CarrLamar StevensNazeer Bostick & Joe Hampton

#23 St. John's Red Storm

The Saint John's staff was creative putting together its 2016 class. Landing score-first local point guard Shamorie Ponds was big, but Chris Mullin and company also signed four-star German small forward Richard Freudenberg and JUCO small forward Bashir Ahmed.

Notable Commitments: Shamorie PondsRichard Freudenberg & Bashir Ahmed

#24 Harvard Crimson

This might be the best class in program history for the Crimson. Three four-star prospects are led by scoring point guard Bryce Aiken. Wing Seth Towns had a great senior year and Chris Lewis brings size and athleticism down low. Also watch high upside power forward Robert Baker.

Notable Commitments: Bryce AikenSeth TownsChris LewisRobert Baker & Henry Welsh

#25 Texas A&M Aggies

After a late addition of three-star guard Deshawn Corprew, Billy Kennedy’s 2016 recruiting has been bumped into Scout’s 2016 top 25 class rankings. Corprew is a 6-foot-4 scoring guard with good athleticism. He joins a pair of intriguing prospects in top 60 recruits Robert Williams and J.J. Caldwell. Williams is an elite run and jump athlete, while Caldwell is one of the best passers in all of high school basketball.

Notable Commitments: Robert WilliamsJ.J. CaldwellDeShawn Corprew


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