The Blue Devils lose a lot from their 2013-14 team but they sure are gaining a
lot. Okafor is the top player in the land and the big time post presence they
need to help open space for their shooters. Jones strength is getting others
involved while both Winslow and Allen are athletes who will help improve their
During his senior year, Towns took big leaps. He started playing more in the
post and he and Lyles will add even more skill and size to an already loaded
front line. Ulis lacks great size, but he has proven himself time and time again
against top competition. Booker should help stretch defenses.
Thanks to the addition of two late spring signees, Bill Self and the Jayhawks have another great class on the way. Five-stars Alexander and Oubre signed early and they welcome the arrival of five-star Mykhailuk a five-star prospect from Eastern Europe who won't turn 18 until after his freshman year. Graham is a point with good size who flew up the charts during his prep school year.
The Wildcats have landed a true difference maker in Johnson. He scores, he
rebounds, he plays with physicality and most of all he wins. Victor is a
hard working four man who scores from 15 feet and in and goes to the free
throw line. Jackson-Cartwright has tons of heart and leadership but will
need strength. Allen had a big time year in junior college and Ristic is a
Euro big man who adds interior depth and skill.
The Running Rebels have a class with star potential. Vaughn is a big time wing scorer with a college ready body while Morgan is long and versatile. Okonoboh is an elite shot blocker, McCaw can make shots and was a nice spring pickup while Cornish is a strong wing who chose the Rebels after opting out of his scholarship to Tennessee.
Roy Williams isn't playing around with this highly regarded crew.
Jackson is a forward with savvy and the size and skill to play either the
three or four in college while Pinson is a big time athlete and future
defensive ace. Berry is a solid and steady leader at the point.
In Aaron, the Cardinals have the type of long and versatile wing capable of
playing all over the floor that Rick Pitino covets. Snider is a
playmaker for others that can score and they are adding a ton of size to go
along with that duo.
The Bruins have really put together a nice class. Looney is a strong rebounder
who has a balanced scoring game. Bolden is athletic with lots of upside while
Welsh has tremendous size and passing ability. Goloman adds even more interior
In Copeland and White, the Hoyas have a pair of lengthy and interchangeable combo forwards with skill and versatility. Peak is a hard-nosed wing that will be a tough defender and Campbell is a pass first floor general. Mourning is the son of Hoya legend Alonzo Mourning and made huge strides on the offensive end as a senior.
Thad Matta and the Buckeyes have landed a mercurial scorer who has
gotten stronger in Russell. Bates-Diop is a smooth forward who can play as a big
three or a stretch four while Tate is a beastly small forward who loves physical
contact. Bell is a long-term guy with athleticism.
The Terps are building nicely for their move to the Big Ten. Trimble is a tough and proven winner who makes shots while Wiley is a big and strong wing with deep range. Nickens can stretch the nets from deep while Cekovsky is a nice late addition and adds size and skill to their front line. The class suffered a blow when Trayvon Reed wasn't admitted to school.
The Pirates pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the year by landing NYC scoring machine Whitehead. Delgado is a rugged rebounder and interior scorer while Carrington is a volume scorer on the wing and Sanogo is a nice utility athlete. Rodriguez is slightly undersized but plays with athleticism and ferocity while Nzei is another tail-kicking rebounder.
Chris Mack and his staff are going to enjoy watching Bluiett use his pretty jumper to score a boatload of points in Cincy. London is an athletic four man who can move his feet while Macura is a noted sharp shooter from deep. Sumner is a skinny combo guard while O'Mara will be bulked up into a grinding big man. Austin is a top notch defender who backed out of his commitment to Tennessee in the spring.
A former junior college coach, Dana Altman has never shied away from JC kids and he has two of the best. Benjamin is a high flyer while Chandler was a top 50 player coming out of high school. Benson could end up playing more at the two because of his shooting. The late addition of the five-star Lyle, a versatile playmaker, is huge and on top of that they were able to add a Rivals150 floor general in Rorie when he sought a release from Pac-12 foe Cal. The Ducks lost frontcourt player Ray Kasongo who was denied admission.
The Cardinal have a nice looking group headed to The Farm. Travis is an
animalistic rebounder and competitor while Humphrey is a long and athletic big
who can shoot. Cartwright is a true floor general who delivers the ball with
accuracy and has scoring ability.
Because of his size, athleticism and smooth scoring Pope could end up a major
steal if he can fully recover from breaking his leg twice in seven months.
Cheatham is a freaky athlete who can play multiple positions while Kell is a
big time shooter who could be underrated. The hope is Zabo is the answer at
the point but he may be more suited for the two.
Ed Cooley and his staff have earned reputations as some of the hardest workers on the recruiting trail. Chukwu is raw but has legit seven-foot size, pretty good hands and is a true shot rejector. Lindsey is a high-flying wing while Bentil is a power forward that can put it on the floor and score it but sometimes settles for jumpers. The Friars got a late gift when Terrell got cold feet and decided to stay closer to home instead of heading to Oklahoma State.
The recruitment of Blackmon was one of the most wild in the 2014 class. The
homegrown five-star committed before playing a high school game,
de-committed right before his senior year and then ended up back with the
Hoosiers. Blackmon is a big time shooter and Johnson can fill it from deep
as well. Hoetzel is a late-blooming Californian with a rep as a shooter.
April is a big man with size that the Hoosiers hope to mold into a Big Ten
Rick Barnes and his staff were rewarded for their patience when Turner decided to stay in state for college. A five-star with great size and skill, he could be a difference maker. Barnett is a big time athlete and was one of the most improved wings in the class of 2014 as a senior.
New head coach Kim Anderson did a great job of making sure Gant and Wright stayed in the fold. Gant is an athletic big who can run the floor and could remind Tigers fans of Laurence Bowers. Wright is a high scoring guard with confidence. The class got a late boost when tough man wing Gill-Caesar reclassified from the class of 2015, and Allen is a long term pickup who projects as a defender and transition finisher.
The Pack and head coach Mark Gottfried worked hard to land the
punishing Abu who is a physical rebounder and developing scorer. The Martin
twins are wings with good size and nicely balanced inside/out games who don't
seem to get too high or too low.
The Trojans scored a big win in getting the high scoring McLaughlin to sign on and stay close to home. Price-Martin can rebound, has some touch around the rim and needs weight. Marquetti had a huge senior year earning many admirers on the West Coast. After originally signing with LMU, Stewart had a monster senior season and has loads of upside.
With his length, athleticism and natural instincts, McCullough seems born to
play on the bottom of the Orange's 2-3 zone. If he can find consistency and bulk
up then he has the tools to outplay his ranking. Joseph is the big and physical
point guard that The Orange has done so well with over the years.
Kevin Stallings told his staff to go find him some shooters and perimeter firepower and that's what they did. Baldwin is a big time defender and a slashing combo guard while both Fisher-Davis and LaChance can really shoot the ball from distance. Roberson is a nice utility athlete who can defend. The 'Dores landed their highest rated prospect when they were able to obtain Mitchell after the coaching change at Wake Forest.
The Wolverines value skill and versatility and Chatman has loads of it. The
southpaw wing is lengthy, can handle and plays a complete game. Wilson is a four
man capable of stretching defenses while Doyle is a hard working and physical
If things don't work out on the hardwood for Terrell, the athletically gifted
and physically built off guard could easily switch to the Cowboys football team.
Solomon is a skilled, homegrown post man with game while Burton is a slashing
wing scorer and Newberry can play the one or the two and Griffin adds depth to
After struggling to make jumpers the past few years, the Crimson Tide put a
premium on finding shooters. Coleman is small but he is jet quick and a
combustible scorer from deep. Norris can spot up and hit jumpers while Mitchell
is an off guard with a pure shooting stroke.
In Newton, the Hurricanes are getting one of the most competitive and productive
guards in the class of 2014. Palmer is a late blooming sharp shooter with upside
while Sherman is a skilled big man who can shoot to the three-point line. Cruz
Uceda brings size and is the wildcard of the class.