The package deal of Okafor and Jones is an absolutely huge one for the Blue Devils. Okafor is a polished, skilled and reliable low-post scorer and rebounder, while Jones is among the most efficient floor generals to come around in a while. Winslow is a tough and versatile wing and as good a defender as there is in the country. Allen can knock down shots or make plays off the dribble.
It isn't quite the usual Kentucky class, but once again it is the top class in
the country. Lyles has strength, skill and savvy while Towns is another big with
great skill and length. Booker is a shooter with strength and size while Ulis
compensates for a lack of size with quickness and the heart of a lion.
Roy Williams isn't playing around with this highly regarded crew.
Jackson is a savvy forward with 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.
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 is a highly regarded and athletic JUCO player who can play on the wing or run the show for stretches.
So far the Jayhawks have only two recruits in their 2014 class, but they are both big timers. Alexander is a beastly interior player who will rebound and score in the lane. Oubre is one of the most rapidly improving players in the country and is a high end wing scorer who is currently underrated.
The Cards got a huge boost when Snider, a savvy playmaker, flipped back to his hometown program from Illinois. In Aaron, they have landed a lengthy swingman with versatile game. Johnson is an emerging, high-energy four-man with intangibles, and Onuaku is a true five-man who rebounds and protects the rim.
Thad Matta and the Buckeyes have landed a mercurial scorer 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 Reed is a skinny big who has
tools to emerge as a shot blocker.
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
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 who will be
a tough defender and Campbell is a pass first floor general.
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.
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 while Pickens is one of the best shooters on the West Coast.
It may only be a two man class, but Morgan and Okonoboh both have high ceilings.
Morgan is a big wing with some Rudy Gay to his game while Okonoboh is a deluxe
athlete and arguably the top rim protector in the class.
Chris Mack and his staff pulled off a coup when they got the sharp
shooting Bluiett to flip from UCLA. 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.
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.
During his first season in Westwood, Steve Alford and his staff have done a nice job. Looney is a high volume rebounding forward who can score, while Welsh is seven-footer with touch who is arguably the most improved player in the country over the last year. Bolden is an Australian who has caused a stir with his inside out game. A Hungarian big man, Gyorgy Goloman is a newcomer to the States that the staff moved quickly to land.
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 good sized wings with nicely balanced inside/out games who don't
seem to get too high or too low.
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 the has the tools to outplay his ranking. Joseph is the big and physical
point guard that they have done so well with over the years.
In typical Buzz Williams fashion, Marquette has assembled several
interchangeable parts. Hill is a wing scorer while Harris rebounds at a high
level, defends and could play some four in a pinch. Cohen is a tall ball handler
that can play at the one or the two while Shayok is thinking offense. Pierce has tremendous size and could be a sleeper.
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.
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 who can put it on the floor and score it.
The Tigers picked up a big time piece late in the early signing period in Gray. A JUCO scoring machine who had a pretty successful freshman campaign at Texas Tech, Gray is a four-star who should make an instant impact. Robinson is huge, has good touch and screams upside while three-stars Patterson and Epps will add depth at the point and in the post.
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 while Kasongo is a utility athlete
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 while the athletic and big Craig could be a sleeper.
Larry Brown showed he can still get it done landing the nation's top
point guard recruit. Mudiay is only likely to be around for a year, but his
size, playmaking and athleticism are just what the Mustangs need for a
roster that is shaping up very nicely for a big run in 2014-15.
The Tigers have a pair of players that should make noise before their time in
Columbia is over. A slender power forward, Gant is a quick leaper and could
remind Tiger fans of a young Laurence Bowers. Wright is a good sized two guard
with lots of confidence in his jumper.
Matt Painter and the Boilers got an unexpected surprise when Haas flipped over from Wake Forest during the signing period. He's seven-foot plus, has a big frame and can control the lane on both ends with his size. Edwards and Mathias can both shoot the ball a bit and are ranked in the Rivals150. Taylor missed his junior year with injury and holds long-term potential in the paint.
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.
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.