Arizona Basketball – UofA should be thankful Tim Floyd was on the NCAA’s hot seat and didn’t take this job, as they then found themselves with a much better candidate, Sean Miller. While Miller has added quite a few recruits already, most are not worth their ranking in my opinion. Nonetheless, Miller is not allowing Arizona to drop off, and with his coaching skills and future ability on the recruiting trail Arizona will be close to where they always should be.
Josh Pastner- It may be perfect timing or truly a reflection of his recruiting ability, but Pastner is finding a load of talent for his Memphis Tigers. Adding Latavious Williams, Will Barton and possibly kids like Joe Jackson, and Johnny O’Bryant in the future will keep the Tigers atop CUSA.
Mike Rosario- The sophomore to be at Rutgers has had an impressive summer with his Puerto Rico national team, including his 54 point out burst. If he is able to understand what is a good shot and when to take it, Rosario can become a much better player for Fred Hill.
Howard Thompkins- A man who has gone under the radar in the SEC, is another player coming off his freshmen year, Howard Thompkins of Georgia. He proved to be a steady player on the US National team and should provide new Coach Fox a big building block for his program.
Fab Melo – The obvious recruit on the list who has blown up. The 7 footer has skills and a wide, active body. The who’s who of college programs have lined up for his services. Pitino and Louisville appear in the lead.
Tobias Harris – Harris is showing off a slimmed down and more tone version of himself this summer and it is paying dividends. He is scoring wherever and whenever he wants on the floor. A combo forward who will provide instant offense as soon as he steps on a college campus.
Kyrie Irving – The point guard that has everyone buzzing. Indiana would appear a likely destination, with Louisville, Duke, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Texas A&M all in the hunt as well, among others. He will be an impact guard who can score and set up teammates.
Jelan Kendrick – A versatile player that can play the 1-3, Kendrick impresses with his maturity and constant improvement. More can be read about Jelan in other parts of this blog.
Joe Jackson- Jackson is staking a claim as a top player in the class, regardless of size and position. Once he understands how to run a team fully and look for his own shots when the opportunity presents itself he has the chance to be a star.
Duke- Funny to see on this side of the list, as it’s still a grantee the win 20+ games and contend in the ACC. However, Elliot Williams transferring to Pastner and Memphis, leads the Blue Devils with exactly two guards on it’s roster. And the back court on recent Duke teams has been the strength, outside of Kyle Singler the Duke big men have left a lot to be desired. And Coach K does not appear on the verge of reeling in the elite big man that the program has needed since Shelden William’s departure.
Tim Floyd- Yeah, OJ Mayo recruited himself to USC. Yeah.
USC Basketball – First Floyd tears their program apart with his scandals. Now they’ve hired Kevin O’Neill. Who is just not a good coach, and can not recruit in the modern landscape of college basketball. Why not Reggie Theus?
West Virginia’s Back Court- The Mazzulla loss can be overcome. Truck Bryant? Not so much.
LaQuinton Ross- The once reported #1 player in the class of 2011, has just not developed as you would like to see. At 6’8 he hangs around the perimeter and does not display a high basketball IQ.
Brandon Knight’s Health- A shame that he injured his ankle at the peach jam. That is the only thing that has ever stopped Knight and should get back to staking his claim on the top spot in 2010 this coming year.
Tony Wroten – Wroten has long been regarded as a challenger as a top player in the class of 2010. While still a great talent, he may not be among the elite and is seeing other guards garner more praise.