Mike Krzyzewski and Duke have been on quite the recruiting tear. Over the past three years, the Blue Devils have secured 11 players ranked 22 and higher. This time around, Duke has secured two of the top three players in the class with Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. Giles is a dynamic 6-10, well balanced PF, while Tatum is one of the best scorers in the class, especially from the mid-post. Frank Jackson gives them a primary ball handler that shoots the ball at a high-level, while Javin DeLaurier will bring one of the best motors in high school basketball.
Tom Izzo will boost the talent on his roster in a significant way by adding four players ranked among the top 47 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.
Another year and another top tier Kentucky recruiting class. Despite being far from done in 2016, the Wildcats sit at No. 3. De'Aaron Fox is a John Calipari type PG and ranked as the top one in the class. Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-9 athletic and versatile forward, while Sacha Killeya-Jones is a 6-foot-10 skilled face up forward that ranks among the top 30 players in the country.
#4 UCLA Bruins
Steve Alford and UCLA focused on home base and are bringing in four players from the Los Angeles area, including a pair of five-star prospects – Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf. Ball gives them one of the best passers in all of high school basketball, while Leaf is a versatile PF that can score. Ike Anigbogu will give them a booster defensively and Kobe Paras, a four-star, is a sharp-shooting wing. Impressive group for the Bruins.
Fresh off a top 15 class last year, Ben Howland has things rolling in Starkville with five four-star prospects already on board. Mario Kegler was MSU's signing day pick up and he's a top 50 prospect. Schnider Herard is a tough, physical post player that will boost their post play. Lamar Peters is a terrific passer, Tyson Carter is a versatile combo guard that shoot sit well, while Wright is a strong driver and scorer. The Bulldogs are also involved with two other four-star recruits in 2016.
After the No. 21 recruiting class last year, Kevin Ollie and his staff have secured a class that ranks in the top 1o in 2015. Juwan Durham, Alterique Gilbert and Vance Jackson are top 100 players that will help boost the talent level in Storrs. Gilbert is a perfect fit for Ollie and will be the next in a long line of gifted, tough and winning point guards at Connecticut.
Roy Williams & North Carolina have a trio of four-star recruits. Tony Bradley, Scout's No. 31 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. Brandon Robinson, the No. 55 player, gives them an athlete that scores it well from the perimeter.
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 rounds out their three-man recruiting class. While this is a well rounded group, the Seminoles are far from done in 2016.
Tony Bennett and his staff have done a great job building Virginia's 2016 class. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy will boost their guard play from a skill, shooting and passing standpoint. Then you have Jay Huff, Scout's No. 88 player, and DeAndre Hunter. At 6-10, Huff is known for his skill & ability to shoot, while Hunter is a 6-7 rangy, versatile wing.
#10 Oregon Ducks
Dana Altman has secured three players ranked among the top 60 recruits in the country. Payton Pritchard gives them their PG of the future and he's one of the best long distance threats in the country. Keith Smith is a big wing known for his scoring and M.J. Cage, a 6-10 center, is a quality area rebounder and post scoring threat.
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. Adding Braxton Key (formely Blackwell) was big too, as he adds versatility to the forward spot. Key is skilled and a talented passer.
Lorenzo Romar went across the country to reel in his highest rated recruit in 2016. Markelle Fultz, a five-star combination guard, is a terrific athlete that boasts good scoring and passing ability. The addition of Fultz with UW's class last year, gives them a significant amount of talent on the perimeter for years to come.
Penn State's focus on recruiting Philadelphia and specifically Roman Catholic has paid dividends, especially this year as the Nittany Lions will bring in three players from that high school alone. Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens are the jewels of this class and both are impact performers from the minute they step on campus. Carr is a tall, quick and versatile lead guard, while Stevens brings tremendous effort, energy and toughness to the forward spot.
#14 UNLV Rebels
The Running Rebels have four prospects headed their way in their 2016 recruiting class, including a pair of four-star recruits. Justin Jackson is their top recruit. A versatile forward, Jackson can score the ball in a vareity of ways and should be a able to impact UNLV from the get go.
#15 Auburn Tigers
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.
#16 Syracuse Orange
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.
Dennis Smith is an elite point guard prospect because of his size, athleticism, speed, scoring and playmaking ability. N.C. State deserves some credit for being able to lock him down early and before he took other visits. N.C. State has also targeted his AAU teammate and five-satr prospect Edrice Adebayo.
Key verbals: PG Dennis Smith (#10 )
Villanova's two-man class consists of a pair of post players that can help them on the interior. Omari Spellman is a versatile scoring threat that get buckets with his back to the rim or facing it. Dylan Painter, on the other hand, is a strong, sturdy big man that will board it, contest shots and finish off plays close to the rim.
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 play with his size, athleticism and mobility.
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. Three-star Ohio native Frankie Hughes is a 6-5 athlete that has a reputation of a shooter.
#21 Arizona Wildcats
It's just one pledge and he's fairly unknown in the United States, but Lauri Markkanen is a significant pull for Sean Miller and Arizona. At 6-foot-10, Markkanen is a skilled marksmen that can open up the floor with his ability to make jump shots from mid-range out to three.
Key verbals: PF Lauri Markkanen (#NR )
#22 Texas A&M Aggies
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, who played AAU in Texas, but is from Louisiana, 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 prospects in the 2016 class.
Steve Wojciechowski currently has a pair of top 75 recruits in his 2016 class with 6-7 wing Brendan Bailey and 6-5 wing Sam Hauser. Bailey is a bit of a different case, as he intends to do a mission and won't join the Golden Eagles until 2018. He's a gifted scorer. Hauser is classified as a wing scorer that can knock down shots, but is also effective off the bounce.
After reeling in a top 10 prospect (Diamond Stone) in their 2015 class, Mark Turgeon and Maryland will add a pair of top 100 perimeter prospects to their roster. Anthony Cowan gives them a speedy floor general that can make shots, score and run their team. While the addition of Kevin Huerter gives them a major shooting threat with size on the wing.
#25 Texas Longhorns
Shaka Smart's class consists of a pair of top 100 recruits, both of which can help. 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 Andrew Jones, Jarrett Allen and others.