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SI’s 2016–17 top projected freshmen scorers
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SI’s 2016–17 top projected freshmen scorers
Thursday November 10th, 2016

Keep up with all the latest in college basketball recruiting news, rankings, and highlights at Scout.com.

With the first of two signing periods underway, which schools are bringing in the best recruiting class? Here's the breakdown of the top 25.

  • 1
    1Arizona Wildcats
     
    Sean Miller has had a top five recruiting class five of the last six yearm  and it's about to be six of the last seven. Arizona has star power with DeAndre Ayton, the nation's No. 1 overall recruit, in the fold, but they also filled needs at the point guard position, on the wing and inside. Ayton has more potential and upside that anyone in the 2017 class and at nearly 7 feet tall, he brings offensive ability and the potential to be dominant defensively. Brandon Randolph is an equipped with shooter with good size, length and athleticism. Ira Lee is known for his effort, energy and rebounding, while Alex Barcello is an impressive shooter and passer at the point guard spot.
     
    Notable Commitments: DeAndre Ayton (1), Brandon Randolph (38), Ira Lee (80), Alex Barcello (86)

  • 2
    2Auburn Tigers
     
    Bruce Pearl and Auburn were No. 1 in the pre-July 2017 class rankings with pledges from five-star burly center Austin Wiley and Scout's No. 37 overall recruit Davion Mitchell. The Tigers have only improved their position since, as they reeled in Chuma Okeke, Scout's No. 41 recruit, before the July evaluations concluded. This is a versatile class that includes impact players at three different position.
     
    Notable Commitments: Austin Wiley (13), Davion Mitchell (37) & Chuma Okeke (41)

  • 3
    3Washington Huskies
     
    From Marquesse Chriss and DeJounte Murray to current star Markelle Fultz, Lorenzo Romar has had his fair share of studs the past couple of years. Next up is Scout's No. 5 recruit Michael Porter. The 6' 8: wing is arguably the best scorer in the class, and at his size is a heck of an athlete with a pure stroke from deep. Local four-star recruit Jaylen Nowell gives them another scorer on the perimeter, while speedy guard Blake Harris will add depth to their backcourt.
     
    Notable Commitments: Michael Porter (5), Daejon Davis (45) Jaylen Nowell (83), Blake Harris & Mamoudou Diarra

  • 4
    4UCLA Bruins
     
    After a top five class last year, Steve Alford and company currently have the No. 4 overall class in 2017 with four pledges, including three from ranked recruits. Jaylen Hands, an athletic and electrifying lead guard, is the top rated prospect currently headed to UCLA, but Cody Riley, Scout's No. 30 overall recruit, gives them some serious beef inside. Riley is recognized as one of the best rebounders in the class. But UCLA isn't done, as it's a foregone conclusion that they'll officially land five-star wing Kris Wilkes during the initial signing period.
     
    Notable Commitments: Jaylen Hands (27), Cody Riley (30), Jalen Hill (87) & LiAngelo Ball

  • 5
    5Xavier Musketeers
     
    Chris Mack and his staff were looking to ramp up their perimeter play with their 2017 recruiting class. Well mission accomplished for the Musketeers. Four of the five recruits are guards or wings and each is very different. Paul Scruggs is the highest rated of the bunch and at 6' 44", he's versatile and can impact the game on both ends. Naji Marshall, like Scruggs, is a competitor, but he's at best slashing to the rim or making toughness players. Elias Harden is a perimeter scorer, while Jared Ridder is one of the better shooters in the 2017 class.
     
    Notable Commitments: Paul Scruggs (31), Naji Marshall (39), Elias Harden, Jared Ridder, Kentrevious Jones

  • 6
    6Illinois Fighting Illini
     
    John Groce was in need of a quality 2017 class and he's certainly answered the call, reeling in the highest rated recruit of his five years at the helm of Illinois basketball. Jeremiah Tilmon, Scout's No. 19 player, is an impact player and is someone capable of dominating the post in stretches. Illinois also recently picked up their point guard of the future, with the pledge of southpaw scoring lead guard Trent Frazier. Local standouts DaMonte Williams, a combo guard, and Javon Picket, a tall wing, are also expected to sign with Illinois during the early period.
     
    Notable Commitments: Jeremiah Tilmon (19), Trent Frazier (78), DaMonte Williams & Javon Pickett

  • 7
    7Louisville Cardinals
     
    Rick Pitino moved quickly in July, picking up pledges from two of their top targets, Malik Williams and Darius Perry. Williams, a five-star recruit, impresses with his skill set at 6' 10". Perry is similar to guards of Pitino's past, as he brings toughness, intensity, scoring and on the ball defense to the table. Four-star Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora were the latest commits. Thomas is an athletic rim runner that has potential as a shooter, while Nwora is one of the better shooters in the class and shot nearly 40% from three in the EYBL.
     
    Notable Commitments: Malik Williams (21) & Darius Perry (76), Lance Thomas & Jordan Nwora

  • 8
    8Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
     
    When Rick Stansbury got hired at Western Kentucky there was no doubt he was going to get players. That said, most didn’t expect that he’d be able to land a top 10 player in the nation, which is exactly what he did. Stansbury, who had originally recruited Mitchell Robinson to Texas A&M, was able to reel him in the elite prospect at WKU. Robinson projects as the best player to sign outside of a top rated conference in years. WKU also has top 50 recruit Josh Anderson, a 6' 5" athletic, wing on board and picked up Taveion Hollingsworth, a 6' 3" score, on Signing Day.
     
    Notable Commitments: Mitchell Robinson (6), Josh Anderson (50), Taveion Hollingsworth

  • 9
    9Oregon Ducks
     
    Dana Altman received huge news on Monday of signing week when five-star guard Troy Brown opted for the Ducks. Brown, Scout's No. 11 overall prospect, gives them a versatile, two-way player that impacts the game in a variety of ways. Brown joins a class that consists of elite athlete V.J. Bailey and versatile combo forward Abu Kigab.
     
    Notable Commitments: Troy Brown (11), V.J. Bailey, Abu Kigab

  • 10
    10Texas Longhorns
     
    Shaka Smart continues to show his prowess on the recruiting trail, and the Longhorns are building a strong class. Their top recruit is Houston native Jase Febres, who emerged in the summer and an impressive shooter and athlete. The Longhorns also reeled in fast rising center Jericho Sims, who moved into Scout's post-July top 50 rankings. An impressive athlete, Sims is beginning to transition from prospect to player and has intriguing upside. Smart, Texas also hold a pledge from Royce Hamm, a tough and athletic power forward who runs the floor and rebounds well.
     
    Notable Commitments: Jase Febres (47), Jericho Sims (48), Royce Hamm (89)

  • 11
    11Mississippi State Bulldogs
     
    One of the biggest signing day announcements came from four-star center Garrison Brooks. Brooks announced for MSU, picking them over UNC. Brooks' father, George, is an assistant at Mississippi State. Nick Weatherspoon is Mississippi State's highest rated pledge, as he ranks No. 26 in the country. He's an extremely aggressive scorer at the point guard position and someone that Bulldogs fans can count on to be very productive at the next level. Mississippi State also landed a local power forward in KeyShawn Feazell, who Scout ranks as a three-star prospect.
     
    Notable Commitments: Nick Weatherspoon (26), Garrison Brooks, KeyShawn Feazell

  • 12
    12Villanova Wildcats
     
    The national champs are looking to use that momentum to sign a great recruiting class and with a pair of recruits ranked among the top 70 in the country, they are well on their way. Jermaine Samuels, who ranks No. 42 overall, is a great athlete who plays hard and brings versatility to the perimeter. Top 75 prospect Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is a great rebounder and shot blocker with a developing offensive game. Notable Commitments: Jermaine Samuels (42), Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (70)

  • 13
    13Texas A&M Aggies
     
    The Aggies' impressive three-man class begins with Savion Flagg, a local small forward who will provide Texas A&M with athleticism and versatility. Texas A&M also struck a talented local point guard in T.J. Starks and athletic center Isiah Jasey, whose athleticism and defensive upside give him a lot of value.
     
    Notable Commitments: Savion Flagg (55), T.J. Starks (96), Isiah Jasey

  • 14
    14North Carolina Tar Heels
     
    Roy Williams and his staff have added some perimeter firepower to this 2017 class. Leading the way is five-star prospect Jalek Felton, the nephew of former Tar Heel standout Raymond Felton. The 6' 4" guard is oozing with talent and athleticism, while also having good size and skill, allowing him to play either backcourt spot. Felton is one of the best passers and playmakers in the 2017 class. UNC's second pledge is from Andrew Platek, who is one of the best catch and shoot guys in the class. Platek should prove to be a specialist at UNC.
     
    Notable Commitments: Jalek Felton (28), Andrew Platek, Brandon Huffman, Sterling Manley

  • 15
    15Maryland Terrapins
     
    Mark Turgeon continues to add a lot of talent to the program. Bruno Fernando was a one time commitment to SMU, but he opened up his pledge and the Terps were able to take advantage. Fernando is a big time athlete with strength down low, and has a developing skill set on the offensive end. Morsell was one of the breakout players of July, and his ability to play either guard spot as well as his scoring touch make him one of the best guards in his class. Turgeon and his staff beat out some heavy hitters for this two man class, and continue to stock the roster in College Park.
     
    Notable Commitments: Bruno Fernando (57), Darryl Morsell (60)

  • 16
    16Virginia Tech Hokies
     
    The addition of Nickeil Alexander-Walker is great news for Virginia Tech as he's one of the most versatile guards in the country. Alexander-Walker not only has the size and length to play on or off the ball, but also the vision and shooting ability. Wabissa Bede gives the Hokies a potentially elite defender.
     
    Notable Commitments: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (56), Wabissa Bede (73)

  • 17
    17Wisconsin Badgers
     
    There might have been a coaching change in Madison, but things remain the same on the recruiting trail. Wisconsin has done a great job in-state and in Minnesota locking down top talent. Nathan Reuvers is a versatile power forward who can play inside and out, Brad Davison is a tough combo guard who can really shoot it, and Kobe King is a versatile scorer who plays on the wing. The trio builds a very solid foundation for coach Greg Gard.
     
    Notable Commitments: Nathan Reuvers (68), Brad Davison (94), Kobe King

  • 18
    18Colorado Buffaloes
     
    With three four-star commitments, there is a lot to like about the Buffs' 2017 haul. D'shawn Schwartz is a versatile forward who can shoot, rebound and pass. Bey is an athletic forward with a very high ceiling who will be able to play the three and four. Battey is one of the most unique prospects in the country; an undersized post who can shoot, rebound and pass.
     
    Notable Commitments: D'shawn Schwartz (81), Tyler Bey, Evan Battey
     

  • 19
    19Arizona State Sun Devils
     
    Bobby Hurley landed one of the nation's most versatile and productive small forwards in Kimani Lawrence, a player who specializes in his ability to impact the game in a number of ways. Remy Martin is an extremely speedy point guard who can get to the basket or create for others; the Top 100 prospect thrives in transition.
     
    Notable Commitments: Kimani Lawrence (54), Remy Martin (98)

  • 20
    20Connecticut Huskies
     
    Kevin Ollie made Makai Ashton-Langford a priority for years, and he was able to snag his commitment away from Providence following an intense recruiting battle. Ashton-Langford is a high level athlete who is extremely tough, and has proven to be one of the biggest winners in the class at the point guard position. Carlton provides an interior presence with size and solid athleticism, while Polley is a high upside forward who really began to come into his own during July. This is the clear top class in the American Conference.
     
    Notable Commitments: Makai Ashton-Langford (32), Josh Carlton, Tyler Polley

  • 21
    21Arkansas Razorbacks
     
    The Razorbacks got most of their work done early in this class. Daniel Gafford was one of the first players to commit, and his combination of length, athleticism, shot blocking, and rebounding gives him one of the highest upsides in the class. On top of that Gafford is the top prospect in the state, and was a key statement recruit for the Razorbacks. Darious Hall is a big time athlete who should thrive in an uptempo style while Garland is a tough guard with good athleticism who can also score going to the rim.
     
    Notable Commitments: Daniel Gafford (33), Khalil Garland, Darious Hall

  • 22
    22Michigan State Spartans
     
    Tom Izzo has been a force on the recruiting trail the past several years,and adding five-star pledge Jaren Jackson was another huge win for him. Jackson is a Georgetown legacy and the subject of one of the most intense recruiting battles in the country. A player who is young for his grade, Jackson is really coming into his own, and could see his stock soar. Xavier Tillman is just a typical Izzo recruit. He will be physical, play hard, and rebound giving the Spartans quality minutes on the low block.
     
    Notable Commitments: Jaren Jackson (29), Xavier Tillman

  • 23
    23Butler Bulldogs
     
    Chris Holtmann continues to take Butler's recruiting to a new level. Kyle Young is the gem of the class, and the Bulldogs went into Ohio and beat out Ohio State for his commitment. A power forward with skill and athleticism, Young should provide a lot of versatility from day one. Christian David and Cooper Neese give Butler two high level shooters at the forward spot. Each of them is capable of making threes in bunches. Jerald Butler is a bit of a do it all player who has a unique game and could be a sleeper out of the South.
     
    Notable Commitments: Kyle Young (84), Christian David, Cooper Neese, Jerald Butler

  • 24
    24Providence Friars
     
    Ed Cooley has been focused on adding size to his frontcourt for a while, and this class is where the Friars have been able to hit gold. Nate Watson is a high level low post scorer who is tough and will rebound. Providence was able to nab Watson away from Maryland and Miami, and could be an instant starter. Dajour Dickens is a high upside player who needs time. Still his combination of size, length, and shot blocking gives him a high ceiling as he gets stronger and more seasoned.
     
    Notable Commitments: Nate Watson (63), Dajour Dickens

  • 25
    25Miami Hurricanes
     
    The Miami coaching staff had to do some serious traveling to reel in their 2017 recruiting class. Christ Lykes, a Top 100 prospect, is a native of Washington, D.C., and is an electric point guard with game changing speed. New Zealand native and four-star recruit Sam Waardenburg impresses with his skill set and mobility at his size and then there's Aussie Deng Gak, a 6' 9" forward, that has good size, length, mobility and skill.
     
    Notable Commitments: Chris Lykes (93), Sam Waardenburg, Deng Gak

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