For the seventh time since he's been at Kentucky, John Calipari boasts the top overall class at Scout.com. This group is different than pasts, as it's not full of top 10 players, but it is full of five-star prospects and top 100 recruits. Hamidou Diallo, who enrolled in January, is the highest rated at No. 10. Jarred Vanderbilt and P.J. Washington give them two productive forwards that excel in the rebounding department. Nick Richards is a rim protector and rebounder. Their perimeter is in good shape with the nation's third best point guard, Quade Green, another versatile guard with size in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and shooter Jemarl Baker. This is a well-balanced class with pieces that fit together.
#2 UCLA Bruins
After a top five class last year, Steve Alford and company currently have the No. 2 class in 2017 with six pledges, including four from ranked recruits. Three of their recruits rank among the top 31 players in the country. Kris Wilkes is regarded as the top prospect. A forward out of Indiana, Wilkes has quality size for the position, good athleticism and can score. With Lonzo Ball off to the NBA, the Bruins needed a dynamic playmaker and they are getting that in Jaylen Hands, Scout's No. 6 lead guard. He's fast, athletic and has a good balance of scoring and passing. Inside the Bruins have one of the best rebounders in the country in Cody Riley and two forwards with upside in Jalen Hill and Chris Smith.
Sean Miller has had a top five recruiting class five of the last six years and it's about to be six of the last seven. Arizona has star power with DeAndre Ayton, who finished ranked No. 3 overall. Ayton is a ridiculous talent with absurd upside. If he buys in, he's the type of player that could lead Arizona on a deep tournament run, especially when you consider what they return and who else is coming in. Brandon Randolph brings size and shoot to the table, while Ira Lee is an energy guy and Alex Barcello is steady and can run a team.
Avery Johnson has built a star studded 2017 recruiting class, led by the No. 6 overall prospect and the top point guard -- Collin Sexton. Sexton is a dynamic player and one of the most competitive prospects of the past five years. Sexton is a terrific scorer, which was evident by leading the EYBL in scoring, but he showed he could distribute at McDonald's and the Nike Hoop Summit. But he's far from the only player in this class. Alabama has two other top 100 prospects headed there way in John Petty and Alex Reese, both of which can help them immediately.
The Duke Blue Devils check in at No. 5 on this list with a pair of five-star recruits and another ranked among the top 100 players. Wendell Carter is the jewel of the class, as the 6-foot-9 big man is a talented scorer on the block. He has soft hands, good touch and can score the ball in a variety of ways. He's flanked by Gary Trent, who has built a strong reputation as a shot maker, and Alex O'Connell, a 6-foot-5 guard with athleticism and shooting ability. But Mike Krzyzewski and his staff aren't done and there's a strong possibility they move up this list before things are final, as they are still actively recruiting Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox, Mohamed Bamba and others.
After a top five class last year, Shaka Smart is backing it up with four top 100 prospects that fit their needs. Jase Febres is their highest rated at No. 46 and his athletic ability and shot making should help give the Longhorns perimeter a boost. Matt Coleman will as well. Although not ranked the highest, he may be their most important recruit, as the Longhorns needed a point guard to run their team and he can do just that. Jericho Sims, a 6-foot-9 athlete, and Royce Hamm are both low post players that will help Texas, potentially immediately in the paint. ;
Xavier has the best incoming class in the Big East. Chris Mack has a well-balanced class that fills needs. Paul Scruggs and Naji Marshall are the highest regarded players and each will be relied on to contribute early. Scruggs is versatile enough to play all three perimeter positions, while Marshall impacts the game with his toughness, energy and defense. Harden is an equipped scorer, Ridder will bring shooting and Kentrevious Jones is an improving post player that rebounds well and has a soft set of mitts.
Stanford closed well in 2017 and has compiled a top 10 recruiting class. The Cardinal did a tremendous job of identifying Kezie Okpala early on and now he's developed into a five-star recruit. They also got some help from Washington, as Daejon Davis opted out of his pledge during the coaching change and landed at Stanford, giving them a pair of impressive perimeter prospects in their class. Although not much is known about Oscar Da Silva, the Cardinal will rely on him a great deal. The German big man should help immediately and he drew rave reviews at the U18 European Championships.
With one Top 25 prospect and three four-stars in the class, it's another impressive group for Rick Pitino and company. This class is headlined by Malik Williams, a 6-foot-10 power forward with long arms who can run the floor, shoot out to 22 feet and blocks shots. Darius Perry is a four-star point guard who will fit right in at Louisville with his aggressive approach to the game on both offense and defense. Louisville landed a high level shooter in four-star Jordan Nwora, while Lance Thomas is a four-star post with the size and length to play the four and five for the Cardinals.
#10 Miami Hurricanes
There's a lot for Jim Lorranga and his staff to be happy with here, especially at the top. Lonnie Walker is a five-star shooting guard with good size, very long arms, plus athleticism, a smooth stroke and ability to score with his jumper and handle. He projects as an instant impact guy in the ACC. Miami should get plenty of longterm production from Chris Lykes, a four-star point guard who can really score it with his jumper. The Hurricanes went to New Zealand to pull in skilled power forward Sam Waardenburg, while Australia native Deng Gak will help Miami with his size, length and motor.
#11 Oregon Ducks
As he seems to do every year, Dana Altman sought out talented athletes that fit his system in his 2017 class. The headliner here is Troy Brown, a five-star small forward who is one of the nation's most versatile prospects. Brown can play minutes at the one, two and three on both sides of the court, is a plus defender, rebounds, passes and scores. Bailey is an explosive athlete who thrives in transition due to his athleticism and finishing ability, while he's also a strong defender. Abu Kigab is a versatile defender who plays hard and will help the Ducks on the glass.
One of the signature moments of the 2017 recruiting cycle was when Rick Stansbury landed Top 10 center Mitchell Robinson. McDonald's All-Americans don't make their way to the Conference USA often and Robinson is a kid who will have a huge impact from day one with the Hilltoppers. An explosive athlete with good size and length, Robinson is one of the nation's top rim protectors. Stansbury also picked up a Top 60 prospect in shooting guard Josh Anderson, an explosive athlete who thrives as a slasher and in transition.
The Friars put together a talented 2017 class with three four-star prospects. Former UConn signee Makai Ashton-Langford headlines this class and was a big late pickup for Providence. Ashton-Langford has a terrific feel for the game, has good size and knows how to run a team. Watson is a slightly undersized five who has long arms and plays very hard. He's best scoring on the offensive glass, but has a hook shot and can step out and hit from midrange. Providence also landed a long center in Dajour Dickens, who has a smooth jumper and high ceiling.
#14 Missouri Tigers
While Missouri landed two three-star guards in Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts, there's no doubt who headlines this class. New head coach Cuonzo Martin hired assistant Michael Porter, Sr. away from Washington and in the process landed the nation's top 2017 prospect. Michael Porter, Jr. is a 6-foot-10 small forward who is one of the most productive players in high school basketball. He's a big time shooter and scorer who can hit jumpers off the catch or take defenders off the dribble and pull up or get to the basket. Porter will be a big time performer from day one at Missouri.
Notable Commitments: Michael Porter (1)
Tom Izzo is adding a very important piece to a team that could win it all next season in Jaren Jackson. At 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-4 wingspan, Jackson has big time physical tools and significant upside. He was a late bloomer and hasn't stopped improving at a very quick rate, to the point where it wouldn't surprise anyone if he out-performed his ranking due to his ridiculous progress over the last year and a half. Jackson has range out to three, while his size and length help him on the glass and as a rim protector.
#16 Oklahoma Sooners
This class really revolves around local product Trae Young. The McDonald's All-American is one of the top shooters in the country and a player who will be counted on to score big points from day one, something that he is more than capable of. While Young has the ability to handle and pass, there's no doubt that shooting is what he does best. Oklahoma also landed a stretch four in Brady Manek who can really shoot it out to three.
#17 Kansas Jayhawks
Bill Self is adding a couple prospects who will help him continue to compete for championships in Lawrence. The two-man class starts with Billy Preston, a 6-foot-10 power forward with legit shooting ability and ball skills. Even though he's got the size and length to impact the game around the basket and on the glass, Preston will be toughest to contain on the perimeter, as he'll be able to take bigger opponents off the dribble and shoot over smaller defenders. Self also pulled a versatile athlete from Texas in Marcus Garrett, who should be able to play a number of positions on both ends of the court.
It was a banner recruiting class for Greg McDermott and the Bluejays. Creighton got off to a quick start by landing a pair of talented shot makers in Mitchell Ballock and and TyShon Alexander. Ballock is a good athlete who can make shots from deep also is a gifted passer, while Alexander can be lethal in catch and shoot situations and plays under control with a good basketball IQ. With that to build on, Creighton then got one of the higher upside bigs in Jacob Epperson. A native of Australia, Epperson runs the floor well and has a nice touch, but needs to add strength.
Leonard Hamilton saw a ton of talent exit Tallahassee, and the Seminoles have replaced that talent with a deep group of players. Leading the way for Florida State is top 50 commitment Ike Obiagu. Obiagu is one of the most gifted shot blockers in the entire class, and is someone who can also really rebound. Also there is a lot of depth behind him in this five man group. Anthony Polite gives the Seminoles another four-star talent, with a trio of three-star players led by RaiQuan Gray giving Florida State a ton of versatility at the forward positions.
#20 Auburn Tigers
Bruce Pearl has made Georgia a second home on the recruiting trail for a while, and he went into the Peach State again to nab a pair of top 50 talents. Versatile forward Chuma Okeke is the highest rated recruit. Okeke can play either the small forward or power forward spot, and is as productive as nearly any player coming into the SEC. Davion Mitchell is a tough and athletic floor general who can score from the point guard spot. He is excellent at getting into the lane and should be a dynamic defender. Malik Dunbar is a junior college prospect who should provide depth this season.
It wasn't a vintage recruiting cycle for Roy Williams, but he still managed a top 25 class led by a five-star legacy recruit. Jalek Felton committed to UNC early in the process and he brings a highly athletic combo guard who can score. Felton is capable of getting into the lane at will, and has an ability to make shots from deep as well. Andrew Platek brings the Tar Heels and elite shooter, while Brandon Huffman and Sterling Maney are three-star bigs who each provide physicality and length with an ability to really rebound the basketball.
Jay Wright and still did their typical thing on the recruiting trail focusing on quality players who fit their culture. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is one of the highest motor bigs in the class. He has greatly improved as an offensive player, but it is his rebounding and defense that set him apart from many others in the class. Jermaine Samuels is a top 50 talent who can play either forward spot and is a tremendous athlete who rebounds and scores it well going to the rim. Collin Gillespie completed the class in the spring by having a tremendous senior season in which his stock soared, and is the type of tough and smart point guard that Wright and his staff love
This could end up being a huge class for the Rebels. Ole Miss was able to bring in a ton of firepower in this class and guys that can really shoot the basketball. Jamarko Pickett is one of the fastest risers in the class of 2017. He is a combo forward with good athleticism and a high skill level both off the bounce and as a shooter. Devontae Shuler is one of the most gifted perimeter scorers in the class, while three-star Parker Stewart brings catch and shoot ability. Also Andy Kennedy and his staff are excited for junior college big Bruce Stevens who has inside-out ability.
#24 Texas A&M Aggies
As usual the Billy Kennedy and the Aggies did an excellent job of mining the very fertile state of Texas. Top 60 prospect Savion Flagg is the biggest name in the class, and as a skilled forward he should score a ton of points during his four years in College Station. T.J. Starks is a fellow four-star who provides a steady influence at the point guard spot and a ton of quickness. As a pair of three-star prospects in Isaiah Jasey and Jay Jay Chandler have upside. Jasey is a big man who runs the floor and has good hands while Chandler is a combo guard with athleticism and an ability to get into the lane.
The Terps needed some star power to complement the very talented group brought in, in the 2016 recruiting cycle and Mark Turgeon got that in 2017. Four-star big man Bruno Fernando has a ton of natural talent. Fernando is big, athletic, has a nice shooting touch, and should be an excellent rebounder. With a need for an immediate contributor down low, Fernando's college ready physique should get him on the floor right away. Darryl Morsell was a fast riser in July with his ability to get into the lane and finish around the rim. If he refines his outside shot he will be one of the tougher guards to defend in the class.