Updated 2015 Top 25 Class Rankings
Coach K snagged a pair of five-stars -- Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard -- in the fall and two more in the spring -- Brandon Ingram and Derryck Thornton. Reeling in Thornton was significant, especially with Tyus Jones leaving and the gap that was left at the position. Ingram is among the most improved players in the country and the Blue Devils held off some serious competition for his services. For the second year in a row, Duke is No. 1 in Scout's class rankings.
It sure didn't take Cuonzo Martin long to make California relevant on the recruiting trail. Keeping Ivan Rabb home was huge for the program, but going all the way to Atlanta to get Jaylen Brown showed the Bears are serious. With Tyson Jolly and Davon Dillard, the Bears have the nation's second best class in just year two.
Many have harped on Kentucky for not getting the elite guys late in the spring like they normally do, but this is still a great class, with Scout's top player Skal Labissiere and five-star combination guard Isaiah Briscoe. Labissiere gives UK that top tier big man they are used to having, while Briscoe is a tough, aggressive and physical guard that should mesh with Tyler Ulis quite well.
Sean Miller's recruiting success since he arrived at Arizona has been well documented. The past four years his recruiting class has been ranked in the top 5. Arizona has recruited the west better than anyone since Miller landed in Tucson and there's no reason to believe that is going to change.
#5 LSU Tigers
Johnny Jones reeled in a top 5 recruiting class and the second best group in the SEC. Ben Simmons is an elite prospect and the Tigers better enjoy him because he's sure to be one and done. The addition of wings Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson is significant and will give the Tigers a scoring jolt on the perimeter.
This is the best recruiting class Rick Pitino has assembled in some time, as there are three guys in this group that will impact his program for years to come. Donovan Mitchell is tough, athletic & fast. Deng Adel is a big, versatile wing that defends, rebounds & can make shots. And their third best recruit ultimately has the most upside, as Raymond Spalding stands 6-foot-10 and runs the floor with ease.
Lorenzo Romar's 2015 class is arguably Washington's best recruiting class in school history. They have four top 100 recruits on board, plus another four-star guard that fell just outside the top 100. Dejounte Murray is the top rated guy, but Marquesse Chriss, Matisse Tybulle, Dominic Green & David Crisp can all help the Huskies.
Texas A&M's 2015 class is Billy Kennedy best recruiting class yet. Elijah Thomas & Tyler Davis are two of the best center prospects in the class, while D.J. Hogg and Admon Gilder can both fill it up from the perimeter. The Aggies have the third best class in the SEC.
Steve Wojciechowski and his staff got things off to a terrific start in Milwaukee. Ellenson -- a top 10 recruit -- gives them some star power out of the gate. Heldt has upside and the two guard commitments are versatile and can score. This is a great group for the Golden Eagles
Thad Matta and his staff put together a well balanced class that fills a lot of needs. JaQuan Lyle is the highest rated because of his size, skill & passing ability, but all five players should contribute. Daniel Giddens is an impressive shot bocker, Austin Grandstaff is a high-level shooter, A.J. Harris is quick & a gifted passer, while Mickey Mitchell is a unique foward with impressive vision.
#11 Syracuse Orange
Syracuse is tied for the most top 100 prospects with four. This group is full of talent at each position. Malachi Richardson is highly regarded and made the McDonald's All-American game because of his combiation of size, shooting and scoring ability.
#12 Kansas Jayhawks
This a small class for the Jayhawks (although I still expect them to add more to it), but it's a good one. Cheick Diallo gets my vote as the hardest playing prospects in the class. His effort level & intensity is ridiculous. Carlton Bragg is a gifted scorer with versatility and athleticsm.
Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley give FSU a heck of a scoring punch next season. Bacon is one of the elite scorers in the 2015 class and he's physically ready to compete in the ACC. Beasley, at 6-4, is a very good ahtlete that can heat up in a hurry. Terrance Mann is unique and has a good feel, while Jean Marc Christ Koumadje towers over the opposition and is incredibly mobile for his size.
#14 UNLV Rebels
Dave Rice had to keep elite big man Stephen Zimmerman home and he did just that. Big Zimm, as he's known, is will start from day one. He's long, mobile and can impact the game on both ends of the floor.
It certainly didn't take Ben Howland long to get a top tier player. Malik Newman is arguable the top scorer in the class and keeping the legacy recruit home sure has MSU fans liking Howland out of the game. Quinndary Weatherspoon is no slouch either. Those two give MSU's back court some credence.
#16 UCLA Bruins
Aaron Holiday and Prince Ali are both top 40 recruits and four star prospect. Holiday, the brother of Jrue and Justin, is an athletic combo guard that both score and facilitate. Ali bring toughness, athleticism and an improving shooting to the table. They are both difference makers for the Bruins.
This is a terrific two-man class for Kevin Ollie. Jalen Adams is a top tier scorer with a nice burst of speed & athleticism. When he gets it going, he can really shoot it too. Steven Enoch moved his way into our final top 50 and as a prospect is intriguing because of his size, mobility and offensive potential.
John Groce needed to upgrade his perimeter play and that's what he'll do with this class. Coleman is a knock down shooter from three, Williams is a 6-7 forward with his best days in front of him and Jordan can score it.
#19 Memphis Tigers
Dedric Lawson surprised many when he opted to reclassify up to the 2015 class. The move gives Memphis a pair Lawson's in 2015 commits. Both are long, lanky and versatily forwards that can score it. Broddie also reclassed to 2015 and is a combo guard that can fill it up.
#20 USC Trojans
Andy Enfield has had success recruiting locally and that's certainly continuing with his 2015 class. Chimezi Metu is an impressive PF prospect that moved into our top 30 because of improved focus, offensive ability and athleticism. Their second pledge -- Bennie Boatwright -- is one of the top shooters in the class.
From 2002 to 2014, Oregon State pulled in just two top 100 prospects. They have three in their 2015 recruiting class. Thompson is a wiry scorer. Tinkle is a combo forward with offensive ability. Eubanks is an emerging post prospect with upside, while Bruce is a wiry PG that keeps getting better.
Caleb Swanigan shook up their recruiting class when he recently opted to decommit, but the Spartans still have a top 25 recruiting class with top 35 big man Deyonta Davis and gifted shooters Matt McQuaid and Kyle Ahrens.
This three-man recruiting class is exactly what Buzz Williams needed to get the ball rolling at Virginia Tech. Clarke is a perfect fit for the Hokies with his athleticism and motor. Robinson is a true lead guard that can really pass, while Blackshear is a good area rebounder wtih some skill.
#24 Florida Gators
On Thursday the Florida Gators hired Mike White as their new head coach and his first order of business is keeping this class in tact. It’s already been reported that Kevaughn Allen would ask for his release, so we dropped him from the class. If White can keep these three guys on board it would be a strong start, as all three can help the Gators.
#25 Texas Longhorns
Shaka Smart will inherit a solid two-man class and he is currently looking to add more to it. Davis is a perimeter scoring threat, while Roach is a good long-range shooter and talented passer.
OTHERS: Villanova Wildcats, Auburn Tigers, Indiana Hoosiers, Georgetown Hoyas, Arkansas Razorbacks.
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