Top 10 recruiting classes in the nation
BY JOE HENRICKSEN Special to Sun-Times Media
1. Kentucky: There isn’t a top-five megastar, but it’s still another No. 1 recruiting class, which includes Marian Catholic point guard Tyler Ulis. The headliners of John Calipari’s four-man class are a pair of big men — 6-10 Karl Towns and 6-10 Trey Lyles — and shooting guard Devin Booker.
2. Duke: The nation’s top player, 6-11 Jahlil Okafor, and the best point guard in the country, Tyus Jones, give the Blue Devils star power at the most important positions. They’re joined by sharpshooter and top-50 recruit Grayson Allen.
3. North Carolina: Roy Williams welcomes three players ranked among the top 25: 6-7 Justin Jackson, 6-6 Theo Pinson and point guard Joel Berry.
4. Ohio State: Keita Bates-Diop of Normal U-High is part of a banner five-man class led by 6-5 guard D’Angelo Russell, one of the top 15 players in the country, and Ohio product Jae’Sean Tate.
5. Kansas: A pair of five-star recruits in Curie’s Cliff Alexander, a 6-9 manchild, and versatile wing Kelly Oubre of Findlay Prep in Nevada are headed to Lawrence.
6. Florida: It’s a second consecutive top-10 class for coach Billy Donovan. It includes top-25 player Devin Robinson and a big-time backcourt in 6-4 Brandone Francis and point guard Chris Chiozza.
7. Louisville: Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-6 wing, is the best in a class featuring four top-100 players, including hometown kid and Illinois de-commit Quentin Snider.
8. Arizona: Friday’s addition of top-10 prospect Stanley Johnson of California takes this four-man class from really good to great.
9. Maryland: The Terps reeled in four top-100 talents, including guards Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley.
10. Seton Hall: Isaiah Whitehead, a 6-4 guard from Brooklyn who’s among the top 20 players in the nation, anchors a terrific four-man class.