The spring signing period takes place in April, wrapping up the 2017 recruiting cycle. While most classes are complete, there’s still work left to be done for many of the nation’s top programs. Here are six schools that got the job done during the early signing period and put together respectable classes that will outperform their final rankings.
Whenever you have a guard like Nick Weatherspoon as your foundation, you have to feel pretty good. The prized point guard commit stayed home and opted to play for the Bulldogs, giving Ben Howland a strong foundation for the future.
A consensus top 50 prospect, Weatherspoon is one of the best floor generals in the 2017 class. Mississippi State paired him with long athletic forwards Garrison Brooks and Keyshawn Feazell to round out their three-man recruiting class.
Kansas has only signed two prospects thus far, but it’s a very solid duo. Highlights by five-star forward Billy Preston, the Jayhawks are getting one of the most intriguing prospects in the country. A 6-foot-10, 230-pound post prospect, Preston can impact the game all over the floor and is most impressive with his ability to handle the ball in transition and go coast-to-coast.
Kansas also has one of the most underrated point guard prospects in the country in Marcus Garrett. A 6-foot-5 lead guard with few holes in his game, there’s not a lot Garrett doesn’t do well.
The Jayhawks still have more work to do as well. Kansas is in the mix for the likes of Trevon Duval and Trae Young.
Tom Izzo’s 2017 class might be light on numbers, but it doesn’t lack star power. The Spartans signed two top 100 talents in Jaren Jackson and Xavier Tillman. Teammates with Spiece Indy Heat, Jackson and Tillman play very well off each other. Jackson can step out and play on the perimeter, while Tillman can do the dirty work inside.
Michigan State can make a big splash if they can reel in five-star wing Brian Bowen. Blue chip power forward Brandon McCoy is also within their reach as well.
Most project Indiana’s 2017 class outside of the top 25 and borderline top five in the Big Ten Conference, but there’s a lot of promise for the future, starting with Justin Smith. Already a top 100 talent, Smith isn’t even close to reaching his high ceiling, but showed major, consistent flashes in July.
Head coach Tom Crean recruited nationally in this cycle, picking up Clifton Moore and Al Durham the kind of point guard that should thrive in his up-tempo system.
Since Dave Rose arrived, the Cougars have been one of the most stable programs in the country, posting 10 consecutive 20-win seasons, including two 30-win campaigns. Needless to say, Rose has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough.
BYU has made the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last 10 seasons and that success should carry on through their two-man class of Kolby Lee – a skilled and powerful big man – and Christian Popoola – a high-octane combo guard with athleticism and length.
This class will finish in the top 15-20 nationally, but it’s better than that. You have to admire what Dana Altman did in 2017, landing one of the most special talents in the country in Troy Brown Jr.
A unique 6-foot-7 prospect with the mind and feel for the game of a point guard, there are few players you’d want leading your program more than Brown who’s a natural leader and winner.
The Ducks paired Brown with the sweet shooting Victor Bailey and a high-upside wing Abu Kigab. Oregon is also in the Brandon McCoy sweepstakes and are perhaps the leader for the five-star power forward.
A program that’s been on the rise over the past 5-6 seasons, expect the Ducks to keep elevating.