#1 Kentucky Wildcats
Another year on the recruiting trail and another year that John Calipari and Kentucky sit at the top of Scout's top 25 class rankings. Although they were pushed by Duke, 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.
#2 Duke Blue Devils
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 four 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6 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.
#7 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.
#8 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.
#9 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.
#10 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.
#11 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.
#12 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.
#13 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.
#14 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.
#15 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.
#16 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.
#17 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.
#18 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.
#19 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.
#20 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.
#21 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.
#22 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.
#23 Syracuse Orange
The Orange landed a couple talented prospects from the region, starting with wing Tyus Battle, a versatile athlete from New Jersey who should fit right into Syracuse's system. Cuse also landed an athletic power forward from Connecticut in Matthew Moyer.
#24 Xavier Musketeers
Combo guard Quentin Goodin is the four-star headliner of this class. The big and athletic Goodin could be a defensive stopper from day for Xavier. Also the Musketeers replace their frontcourt with a pair of four-stars in Eddie Ekiyor and Tyrique Jones who provide length, toughness, and rebounding ability.
#25 NC State Wolfpack
While Mark Gottfried currently only has one player on board, it's a big one. Dennis Smith is an elite level talent and one of the nation's top point guards. Smith enrolled at the semester break and is currently recovering from an ACL injury. Gottfried and his staff are focused on Turkish star Omer Yurtseven and are one of a handful of school with a chance of landing the elite level big man.
Notable Commitments: Dennis Smith