Best 2018 Recruiting Classes

The full top 100 rankings for the 2018 recruiting class can be found in a link below. The class rankings are based on current verbal commits.

Top 100 Recruits

1. North Carolina

Commits:

  • Nassir Little (5-Star Small Forward, 7th Overall)
  • Rechon Black (5-Star Small Forward, 19th Overall)
  • Coby White (4-Star Point Guard, 23rd Overall

The Tar Heels have had a good last couple of weeks, avoiding severe NCAA penalties, keeping their name out of the bribing scandals, and securing a commitment from one of the top wings in the 2018 class in Nassir Little. He looks like a young Kawhi at times, displaying two-way potential that will make him a big time player in the ACC. Black is a playmaking wing with terrific length, athleticism, and feel. White, who played AAU with Black, is a dynamic scoring point guard that can get heat up in a hurry. Given the graduations of Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, these three recruits should compete for minutes. They are still in the running for a number of top recruits. After a few down years, North Carolina is finally back to the crème of the crop in the recruiting world.


2. Arizona

Commits:

  • Jahvon Quinerly (4-Star Point Guard, 24th Overall)
  • Shareef O’Neal (4-Star Power Forward, 35th Overall)
  • Brandon Williams (4-Star Point Guard, 53rd Overall)

Looming FBI investigations fog up the validity of this recruiting class and the potential for its growth. Quinerly, a shifty floor general from Jersey, has hired lawyers in wake of bribing allegations. Shaq’s son Shareef continues to expand his game and display the potential to be a force as an athletic stretch four. Arizona is fairly deep at the guard positions, but Williams is a heady lead guard that can beat you with his shooting or passing prowess. This class has an asterisk by it until all of the investigations are sorted out, but they made the final list of a number of elite players, including #1 recruit R.J. Barrett.


3. Notre Dame

Commits:

  • Nate Laszewski (4-Star Power Forward, 48th Overall)
  • Robby Carmody (4-Star Small Forward, 67th Overall)
  • Dane Goodwin (4-Star Shooting Guard, 79th Overall)
  • Prentiss Hubb (4-Star Shooting Guard, 85th Overall)

Mike Brey has amassed one of his deepest recruiting class so far, with four players who could be impact players early in their time at South Bend. Laszewski is the big get for a team that is losing All-American power forward Bonzie Colson. He’s the ideal stretch four that is fluid, versatile, and most importantly possesses an outstanding shooting stroke. While Goodwin is more of a natural two-guard as a three-level scorer, Hubb is a combo-guard with a lot of ability as a passer. Carmody is undersized for a forward, but he has a strong build and the effort level to make up for it. He’s a plus rebounder and can space the floor. In a dream scenario, 5-star forward Simi Shittu also commits, making Notre Dame a lock to stay in this top three.


4. Kansas

Commits:

  • Silvio De Sousa (4-Star Power Forward, 26th Overall)
  • Devon Dotson (4-Star Point Guard, 33rd Overall)
  • David McCormack (4-Star Center, 45th Overall)

Kansas hasn’t struggled to pull-in the top ranked post players, but they haven’t found the right ones to thrive in their system. That shouldn’t be an issue for De Sousa, who has a relentless style of play that Bill Self should be able to mold into a reliable contributor. Dotson’s calling card is scoring in the paint after using his explosiveness to get by defenders. A solid passer with good size, Dotson is only going to get better with a college training regimen. McCormack is the man-child of this recruiting class, absolutely overpowering smaller post players. He’s not just a brute, though, as he possesses good instincts grabbing balls off the glass and timing blocked shots. Expect one or two more top-50 commits by the end of the season.


5. Duke

Commits

  • Cam Reddish (5-Star Small Forward, 3rd Overall)
  • Tre Jones (5-Star Point Guard, 11th Overall)

Duke already has the foundation for another top-3 recruiting class, starting with a future lottery pick in Cam Reddish. Reddish can do a little bit of everything really well. At 6’7, he can handle the ball in transition and consistently make plays for his teammates. If defenders back off, he is knockdown with his jumper, particularly from the mid-range. Jones isn’t quite the pro prospect that Reddish is, though he could be just as influential at the college level. Like his brother, Jones is a tough, intelligent playmaker that delivers in big moments. Jones is in the discussion for best point guard in the class. Coach K will probably look for another frontcourt player and wing to complete the class.


6. Michigan State

Commits

  • Marcus Bingham (4-Star Power Forward, 68th Overall)
  • Foster Loyer (4-Star Point Guard, 77th Overall)
  • Gabe Brown (4-Star Small Forward, 81st Overall)
  • Thomas Kithier (4-Star Power Forward, 93rd Overall)
  • Aaron Henry (4-Star Small Forward, Unranked)

The Spartans don’t have any big names in this class, but they have a handful of strong recruits. Bingham, Loyer, Brown, and Kithier are all Michigan natives who provide different value. Bingham has a lot of upside as bouncy, lengthy big that already has shown the ability to hit outside shots. Brown is a slashing wing that can guard multiple spots. Loyer, at only 5’9, is a sparkplug that is a lights out shooter and a good decision maker off the dribble. Kithier is the type of rugged, unselfish post that Tom Izzo and Spartan fans seem to fall in love with. Henry brings an above the rim transition scorer to the mix. It’s safe to say this class won’t make a ton of national headlines, but those in the state of Michigan will appreciate the depth.


7. Maryland

Commits:

  • Jalen Smith (5-Star Power Forward, 17th Overall)
  • Aaron Wiggins (4-Star Small Forward, 39th Overall)
  • Eric Ayala (4-Star Point Guard, Unranked)

The prize of the class is high-ceiling paint protector Jalen Smith. He’s already got a face-up game that could create a problem for defenders at the next level. Wiggins is a steady scoring wing that is effective getting to the rim but thrives spotting up on the perimeter. His skill as a ball-handler will allow him to be a difference-maker in many ways. Ayala is a hard-nosed guard with solid scoring ability and good length for his position. Terrapin fans should be on the edge of their seats waiting on the decisions of 5-stars Keldon Johnson and Moses Brown.


8. LSU

Commits:

  • Naz Reid (5-Star Power Forward, 21st Overall)
  • Javonte Smart (4-Star Point Guard, 31st Overall)

This is already LSU’s best class since the Simmons/Blakeney group. Reid is ready right now to step into a college basketball lineup and be a standout. He has nimble footwork to complement a powerful frame that allows him to own both backboards. Few high school players his size are as lethal shooting from the outside, something that could make Reid a monster in pick-and-rolls. Smart, a Louisiana native, has the prototypical size for a modern point guard at 6’4, 190 pounds. He has a downhill style of play that creates scoring opportunities for his team. Though not an elite athlete, Smart is deliberate, strong, and can make outside shots to open up driving lanes. Even without another commitment, this duo will be dangerous in the SEC.


9. Ohio State

Commits:

  • Luther Muhammed (4-Star Shooting Guard, 72nd Overall)
  • Jaedon LeDee (4-Star Power Forward, 89th Overall)
  • Musa Jallow (4-Star Small Forward, 98th Overall)
  • Duane Washington (4-Star Shooting Guard, Unranked)
  • Justin Ahrens (3-Star Small Forward, Unranked)

Muhammed is a guard that can put on shooting displays if left open but he can also be crafty with the ball to get his shot. The player with the most potential in Ohio State’s current class is LeDee, a physically imposing forward that is comfortable facing up, hitting jumpers, or driving strong to the basket. Washington is best described as an all-around player that will make his presence felt, usually with his scoring prowess. Ahrens will come in as one of the best spot-up shooters in the entire 2018 class. Recently, Jallow, an active attacking wing, announced his intention to come to Ohio State which only strengthened an already respectable class.


10. Michigan

Commits:

  • Brandon Johns (4-Star Small Forward, 56th Overall)
  • Ignas Brazdeikis (4-Star Small Forward, 59th Overall)
  • David DeJulius (4-Star Point Guard, Unranked)
  • Adrien Nunez (3-Star Small Forward, Unranked)
  • Taylor Currie (3-Star Center, Unranked)
  • Colin Castleton (3-Star Power Forward, Unranked)

Johns and Brazdeikis are both oversized wings that can score the ball. Johns is more of a deep threat whereas Brazdeikis is more likely to get his shots off the bounce. Both pose mismatch problems on the wing against small guards or at four against slower bigs, as both are plus athletes. DeJulius does most of his damage from three when he isn’t setting up teammates. Nunez, Currie, and Castleton all are good shooters as well. Not the most top heavy of classes, but Michigan has been loading up recruits who stay for multiple years and grow in the system.

 

 

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