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Posted On: 11/23/18 3:01 PM
The addition of Zeke Nnaji today puts Arizona not only on top of the Pac 12 Recruiting Rankings, but gives the Wildcats the number one class in the nation. The Pac 12 is the only conference with three teams that rank in the top ten nationally.
One. Arizona. Right now the Wildcats have the number one class in the nation and it isn’t even close. Why? They are one of three teams with a top ten player (Nico Mannion), they are the only program with three five star recruits (Nico, Josh Green, and Zeke Nnaji), they are the only team with four top 50 players (Terry Armstrong is 46th nationally), and they are one of only two teams with five top 100 players (along with Louisville).
Two. USC. The Trojans had the number one class in the nation before today’s commitment to Arizona from Nnaji. The Trojans are still right where they need to be though (of course). Five star talents Onyeka Okongwu and Isaiah Mobley will be day one frontcourt fixtures while 4-stars wings Max Agbonkpolo (ranked 57th nationally) and Drake London (93rd) will be one of the more dangerous wing tandems in the league for years. Add in top 150 point guard Kyle Sturdivant from Georgia and you have what is likely the greatest incoming group of talent in USC history.
Three. Oregon. The Ducks have often been overshadowed by their southern opponents in terms of recruiting news this fall but Oregon is 9th in the nation right now with the recent addition of five star small forward CJ Walker. Walker joins 4-star top 100 forwards Chandler Lawson (6-8) and Isaac Johnson (6-10) meaning the Ducks have done a nice job matching what Arizona and USC brought in up front. Six-foot-5 junior college guard Chris Duarte is the fourth member of the class to date. Duarte is the 13th ranked juco prospect in the nation.
Four. UCLA. So far the Bruins have signed two four star top 75 talents in 6-foot-4 wing Jaime Jaquez (61st overall) and 6-foot-7 small forward Jake Kyman (74th). Top 150 3.5-star shooting guard Grant Sherfield rounds out a solid group for Coach Steve Alford. The Bruins are still heavily recruiting players like Cassius Stanley, Matthew Hurt, Keion Brooks Jr, Jaden McDaniels, and Trayce Jackson-Davis (and others) so a commitment from one of those players would vault UCLA from the 21st class in the country to a top 10-12 spot.
Five. Utah. Coach Larry Krystkowiak has put his program in the top five with three commitments led by four star point guard Rylan Jones. The 5-foot-10 Rylan Jones had a fantastic Adidas Gauntlet run this summer and the focus now is to lead the Utes program at PG. Coach Krystkowiak is well know for his development of size and his new big, wait, I should say “new huge” man prospect is top 150 talent Matt Van Komen who stands 7-foot-3. Finnish big Mikael Jantunen is the third member of the fall class (also remember that Branden Carlson and Jaxon Brenchley will be talented frosh next year after returning from their 2 year mission so the Utah freshmen group will be even better than people think).
Six. California. The Bears earned themselves three 3-star prospects ranked from 160 to 215th overall. The highest rated player is 6-foot-4 Georgia guard Charles Smith IV (ranked 161st) followed by 6-foot-7 power forward DJ Thorpe (184th). Brewster Academy point guard Joel Brown is a defensive dynamo also ranked in the Prep Hoops top 250 (212th).
Seven. Arizona State. Bobby Hurley’s team won 20 games last winter and is expected to be an NCAA Tournament team come March. How has that paid off recruiting wise? A new backcourt is what was signed last week with 5-foot-11 point guard Jaelen House being the prize and 6-foot-3 junior college prospect Alonze Verge Jr (15th in the nation juco wise) being the veteran expected to give immediate minutes.
Eight. Oregon State. Coach Wayne Tinkle improved a five win team by 11 games last season and took another step forward by signing three players from the 2019-20 season. The future of the Beavers point guard position is in great hands because Tinkle inked top 200 players Gianni Hunt and Jarod Lucas. Cali small forward Julien Franklin (6-foot-5, ranked 333rd overall) rounds out a nice fall group.
Nine. Washington. Coach Mike Hopkins followed a highly ranked 2018 group by reserving spots for wings Raequan Battle (116th overall) and Marcus Tsohonis (235th). Coach Hopkins has three to give and the hope of Washington fans is that 5-star super recruit Jaden McDaniels chooses to stay home when he decides early next spring.
Ten. Washington State. The Cougars went to the junior college level to bolster their roster for next year and the results were commitments from 6-foot-2 guard Ryan Murphy and 6-foot-8 power forward Deron Henson. Murphy is the 9th ranked junior college player in the country while Henson will arrive from Salt Lake CC as the nation’s 36th ranked juco recruit.
Eleven. Stanford. Four star point guard Tyrell Terry is the floor director of Stanford’s future. Terry turned down several other major conference offers to get a Stanford education and play for Jerod Haase. Six-foot-9 project James Keefe (ranked 376th in the class overall) is the other Stanford commit so far. Stanford also added Neal Begovich as a walk-on. Neal had four D1 offers but choose to pay his own way and play for the Cardinal.
Twelve. Colorado. The Buffs only have one scholarship to give in this class and so far nobody has claimed it.
Where do each of the Pac 12 teams rank nationally in the Prep Hoops Top 150 Team Rankings? Hit the link below and locate your team!