Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison hope to pay coach John Calipari some instant dividends, while Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins looks to give the Big 12 Conference its share of buzz.
Randle and Harrison make up just two members of the Wildcats’ loaded recruiting class, giving the front and back court some added depth, respectively. The Texas twosome is joined by guard James Young and center Dakari Johnson, both ranked at five stars by Rivals.
Wiggins joins the Jayhawks’ lineup coming south from Ontario’s Huntingon Prep, while reaching McDonald’s All-American honors. The 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year is joined by center Joel Embiid and forward Wayne Selden, adding further presence up front.
Tom Izzo’s squad adds guard Alvin Ellis and forward Gavin Schilling to its ranks, backing up a seasoned starting five. Ellis shifted to the Spartans after originally committing to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, while Schilling notched 13.9 PPG for Nevada’s Findlay Prep last year.
Louisville looks to defend its 2013 NCAA Championship with lighter reloading than other rivals, but picks up promising guards Terry Rozier and Chris Jones. Rozier heads down I-71 from Shaker Heights, OH, while Jones was the National Junior College Player of the Year at Northwest Florida State College.
Duke’s biggest rookie splash comes from forward Jabari Parker, following his Illinois Mr. Basketball fame at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy. Parker is joined by guard Matt Jones and forward Semi Ojeleye, who come in with four-star rankings from Scout.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Roy Williams picked up Isaiah Hicks as an early signee, keeping the Oxford native in-state. The power forward ranks 18th in the ESPN 100, arriving with center Kennedy Meeks – who lists as the No. 6 prospect among the nation’s big men.
Arizona is favored by NCAAB odds makers to capture the Pacific-12’s title, picking up a trio of top prospects to replace seven departures. Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson add to the team’s front court with five-star potential, while guard Elliott Pitts turned down 12 other offers to join the duo.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Travis Ford adds a trio with some local presence, topped by Oklahoma City’s Stevie Clark. The promising point guard is expected to add some three-point shooting spark, while Texas natives Leyton Hammonds and Jeffrey Carroll join the front court.
The “Fab Five” is long gone, but a freshman threesome coming in for Michigan could show some impact off the bat. Detroit’s Derrick Walton is positioned to start at point guard, while Indiana’s Zak Irvin and Ohio’s Mark Donnal add depth up front to help those backing the Blue with their college basketball picks.