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Post-summer Top 10 recruiting class rankings for ’17

As the summer live evaluation periods have closed, several college basketball programs have already got a quality job on their 2017 recruiting classes, and are off to a hot start.

With the No. 2 player overall in the 2017 class, Michael Porter along with a quality backcourt in Blake Harris and Jaylen Nowell, along with high-potential big man Mamoudou Diarra, Washington has barely edged Auburn, for the early No. 1 overall slotted class.

Austin Wiley (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Austin Wiley (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Auburn has a stellar group on its own merits, as it is one of two schools to possess pledges from three top-100 players at this juncture in the recruiting cycle. No. 15 big man Austin Wiley head lines a class that looks to produce three starters down the road for the Tigers.

Like Auburn, UCLA also has three top-100 pledges, in an all in-state class thus far. The Bruins are followed by Florida, which has two top-100 players, and Illinois, which has top-20 center Jeremiah Tilmon as the centerpiece of the class.

The next five to date, after the aforementioned programs, are (in no order) Creighton, Michigan, North Carolina, Western Kentucky, and Xavier.

All player rankings are from the Hoopniks Top 100 for the 2017 Class.

As a reminder, the Hoopniks recruiting class rankings are based on the following criteria:
1) Overall talent
2) Average talent of each player in the class
3) Fit of the class with the projected returning players
4) Positional diversity, i.e. it is better to have players in a variety of positions; a class of a center, forward and guard will score higher than a class with three guards.

The class rankings include players with eligibility to play next year, and junior college transfers are counted but four-year college transfers are not included.

1. Washington

 

NAME HEIGHT POSITION SCHOOL (STATE) TYPE RANK
Michael Porter 6′-9″ SF Nathan Hale (WA) HS 2
Blake Harris 6′-3″ PG Word of God (NC) HS
Jaylen Nowell 6′-4″ SG Garfield (WA) HS 41
Mamoudou Diarra 6′-9″ PF St. Louis Christian (MO) HS

2. Auburn

 

NAME HEIGHT POSITION SCHOOL (STATE) TYPE RANK
Davion Mitchell 6′-2″ PG Liberty County (GA) HS 38
Chuma Okeke 6′-8″ PF Westlake (GA) HS 63
Austin Wiley 6′-9″ C Spain Park (AL) HS 15

3. UCLA

 

NAME HEIGHT POSITION SCHOOL (STATE) TYPE RANK
Jalen Hill 6′-10″ C Corona Centennial (CA) HS 42
LiAngelo Ball 6′-6″ SF Chino Hills (CA) HS 100
Jaylen Hands 6′-2″ PG Balboa Prep (CA) HS 27

4. Florida

 

NAME HEIGHT POSITION SCHOOL (STATE) TYPE RANK
DeAundrae Ballard 6′-6″ SG Southwest Atlanta Christian (GA) HS 71
Shai Alexander 6′-5″ PG Hamilton Heights (TN) HS 52

5. Illinois

 

NAME HEIGHT POSITION SCHOOL (STATE) TYPE RANK
Da’Monte Williams 6′-3″ PG Manual (IL) HS
Javon Pickett 6′-5″ SG Belleville East (IL) HS 19
Jeremiah Tilmon 6′-10″ C La Lumiere (IN) HS

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About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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