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November 18, 2013

Class of 2014 Team Recruiting Rankings

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Rankings updated 11/22/13

Class of 2014 Team Rankings
1. Duke
2014 commits (National rank)
C Jahlil Okafor (No. 1)
PG Tyus Jones (No. 5)
SF Justise Winslow (No.9)
SG Grayson Allen (No. 34)
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.
2. Kentucky
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Trey Lyles (No. 8)
C Karl Towns (No. 11)
SG Devin Booker (No. 30)
PG Tyler Ulis (No. 33)
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.
3. North carolina
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Jackson (No. 10)
SF Theo Pinson (No. 19)
PG Joel Berry (No. 25)
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.
4. Arizona
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Stanley Johnson (No. 3)
PF Craig Victor (No. 28)
PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright (No. 57)
SG Kadeem Allen (JC 4-star)
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.
5. Kansas
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Cliff Alexander (No. 4)
SG Kelly Oubre (No. 12)
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.
6. Florida
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Devin Robinson (No. 20)
SG Brandone Francis (No. 26)
PG Chris Chiozza (No. 38)
Billy Donovan and the Gators keep bringing talent down to the swamp. Robinson is a tall wing with a smooth jumper while Francis is a tough as nails guard. Chiozza is a flashy playmaker.
7. Louisville
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Shaqquan Aaron (No. 27)
PG Quentin Snider (No. 31)
PF Jaylen Johnson (No. 56)
C Chinanu Onuaku (No. 65)
C Matz Stockman (NR)
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.
8. Ohio State
2014 commits (National rank)
SG D'Angelo Russell (No. 21)
SF Keita Bates-Diop (No. 24)
SF Jae'Sean Tate (No. 75)
PF David Bell (NR 3-star)
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.
9. Maryland
2014 commits (National rank)
SG Romelo Trimble (No. 36)
SG Dion Wiley (No. 49)
SF Jared Nickens (No. 93)
C Trayvon Reed (No. 96)
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.
10. Seton Hall
2014 commits (National rank)
SG Isaiah Whitehead (No. 14)
PF Angel Delgado (No. 44)
SG Khadeen Carrington (No. 125)
SF Ismael Sanogo (NR 3-star)
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 athlete.
11. Georgetown
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Isaac Copeland (No. 37)
PF Paul White (No. 54)
SF L.J. Peak (No. 76)
PG Tre Campbell (No. 115)
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.
12. San Diego State
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Malik Pope (No. 17)
SF Zylan Cheatham (No. 73)
SG Trey Kell (No. 118)
PG Kevin Zabo (NR 3-star)
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.
13. Stanford
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Reid Travis (No. 40)
C Michael Humphrey (No. 74)
PG Robert Cartwright (No. 78)
SG Dorian Pickens (No. 126)
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.
14. UNLV
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Dwayne Morgan (No. 15)
C Goodluck Okonoboh (No. 32)
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.
15. Xavier
2014 commits (National rank)
SG Trevon Bluiett (No. 45)
PF Makinde London (No. 79)
SG J.P. Macura (No. 104)
PG Edmond Sumner (No. 133)
C Sean O'Mara (NR 3-star)
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.
16. Indiana
2014 commits (National rank)
SG James Blackmon (No. 23)
SG Robert Johnson (No. 42)
SF Max Hoetzel (NR 3-star)
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.
17. UCLA
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Kevon Looney (No. 13)
C Thomas Welsh (No. 52)
SF Jonah Bolden (No. 62)
C Gyorgy Goloman (NR 3-star)
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.
18. N.C. State
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Abdul-Malik Abu (No. 50)
SF Caleb Martin (No. 59)
SF Cody Martin (No. 106)
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.
19. Syracuse
2014 commits (National rank)
PF Chris McCullough (No. 16)
PG Kaleb Joseph (No. 55)
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.
20. Marquette
2014 commits (National rank)
SG Ahmed Hill (No. 69)
SF Malek Harris (No. 77)
SG Sandy Cohen (No. 97)
SF Marial Shayok (NR 3-star)
C Satchel Pierce (NR 3-star)
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.
21. Oklahoma State
2014 commits (National rank)
SG Jared Terrell (No. 63)
PF Mitchell Solomon (No. 72)
SF Joe Burton (No. 88)
PG Jeff Newberry (JC 3-star)
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.
22. Providence
2014 commits (National rank)
C Paschal Chukwu (No. 60)
SF Jalen Lindsey (No. 68)
PF Ben Bentil (no. 81)
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.
23. LSU
2014 commits (National rank)
PG Josh Gray (JC 4-star)
C Elbert Robinson (No. 51)
PG Jalyn Patterson
PF Aaron Epps
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.
24. Oregon
2014 commits (National rank)
SF Dwayne Benjamin (JC 4-star)
C Michael Chandler (JC 4-star)
PG Casey Benson (No. 149)
PF Ray Kasongo (NR 3-star)
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 with length.
25. USC
2014 commits (National rank)
PG Jordan McLaughlin (No. 43)
PF Malik Price-Martin (No. 99)
C Jabari Craig (No. 144)
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.
26. SMU
2014 commits (National rank)
PG Emmanuel Mudiay (No. 2)
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.
27. Missouri
2014 commits (National rank)
PF JaKeenan Gant (No. 47)
SG Namon Wright (No. 87)
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.
28. Purdue
2014 commits (National rank)
C Isaac Haas (No. 64)
SF Vince Edwards (No. 122)
SG Dakota Mathias (No. 141)
C Jacquil Taylor (NR 3-star)
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.
29. Alabama
2014 commits (National rank)
PG Justin Coleman (No. 82)
SF Riley Norris (No. 116)
SG Devin Mitchell (No. 129)
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.
30. Vanderbilt
2014 commits (National rank)
SG Wade Baldwin (No. 92)
SG Matthew Fisher-Davis (No. 105)
PG Riley LaChance (No. 147)
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.

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