What Schools Lead the 2017 Class Rankings Early

June 19 -- Auburn, UCLA and Creighton currently have the best recruiting classes in 2017. Why? Who else made the top 10? Find out in Scout's inaugural release of the 2017 class rankings...

#1 Auburn Tigers

Bruce Pearl and Auburn currently have the No. 1 recruiting class in 2017 with two of the top 36 players in the country. Austin Wiley is the highest rated commit in the entire class at No. 8. At 6-foot-10, he’s a physical low post presence that protects the rim and boards it at a high-level. Davion Mitchell is a tough, hardnosed and aggressive combination guard that can score it and facilitate.

Notable Commitments: Austin WileyDavion Mitchell

#2 UCLA Bruins

UCLA landed a five-star point guard in Jaylen Hands, whose handle, speed, vision and shooting ability make him a promising prospect. The five-star prospect has good size and is a plus athlete for the position with a frame that still has plenty of filling out to do. Jalen Hill projects as a four-year post who can help the Bruins with his size, athleticism and defensive feel. LiAngelo Ball is a specialist with a big frame that can get hot from deep.

Notable Commitments: Jaylen Hands, Jalen HillLiAngelo Ball

#3 Creighton Bluejays

While the Bluejays might not end up sticking in the top 5 they are off to a tremendous start. Creighton landed a pair of impressive wings in TyShon Alexander and Mitchell Ballock. Both are four-stars who can really shoot, and then big man Hunter Thompson provides rebounding and toughness on the low block.

Notable Commitments: Mitchell BallockTyShon Alexander

#4 Florida Gators

The Florida Gators are one of three teams that currently have pledges from a pair of top 100 prospects. Both prospects are perimeter players that could potentially impact the Gators early in their careers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the highest rated of the two, checking in at No. 48. He’s a gifted playermaker and scorer. DeAundre Ballard, who ranks No. 95, is a talented scorer out of Georgia.

Notable Commitments: Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderDeAundrae Ballard

#5 North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels only have one pledge in the 2017 class, but it’s a big one as the nephew of former UNC player Raymond Felton, Jalek Felton, is on board. Felton is a tremendous passer and long-range shooter and checks in 28 overall and is regarded as a five-star prospect.

Notable Commitments: Jalek Felton

#6 Arkansas Razorbacks

The Razorbacks have done a good job of controlling their home state to start this class. Daniel Gafford is a big time rebounder and shot blocker who shows some feel for how to score down low, and Darious Hall is an elite athlete with toughness and length who should fit in well in Head Coach Mike Anderson’s pressing system.

Notable Commitments: Daniel GaffordDarious Hall

#7 Wisconsin Badgers

Even without Bo Ryan the Badgers have it rolling on the recruiting trail. Top 75 power forward Nathan Reuvers is someone who can stretch the floor, but is also working on his strength to be more of a factor on the glass. Kobe King is a pure scorer who can really shoot and shows versatility on both ends of the floor. When healthy he is one of the most consistent performers in the Midwest.

Notable Commitments: Nathan ReuversKobe King

#8 California Bears

Jemarl Baker is a quickly rising prospect who can flat out shoot the ball. He's got good size at 6-foot-3, long arms and is a kid who can hit jumpers at a high level both off the catch and pull. Baker can play some on the ball due to his vision, but how he really helps is his jumper. Alec Hickman could help Cal down the line with his size and shooting ability.

Notable Commitments: Jemarl BakerAlec Hickman

#9 Villanova Wildcats

The National Champions are off to a good start with their 2017 recruiting class. Dhamir Cobsy-Roundtree, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is an active, mobile and hard-player prospect that ranks No. 62 overall. The Wildcats are sure to add others, but any time you start your class off with a local, highly touted prospect, it's certainly a major positive. 

Notable Commitments: Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

#10 Virginia Tech Hokies

Nickeil Walker-Alexander is one of the nation's more versatile guards in 2017. Walker-Alexander has very good size at 6-foot-5, an impressive frame with long arms and still has plenty of room to get stronger. Walker-Alexander's ability to shoot will allow him to play off the ball, while he has the vision to play on the ball as well. His upside is very high.

Notable Commitments: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

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