Memphis Signee Wiseman Could Be Next Zion Williamson

Monday, April 8, 2019 5:21 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019 5:21 PM UTC

The 2018-19 NCAA basketball season is in the books, and it’s never too early to speculate which highly-touted freshmen could be the stars of the sport next season a la Zion Williamson. 

<p>Sorry to say, there is no <a href="" target="_blank">Zion Williamson</a> in the next batch of NCAA basketball recruits at least from a social media hype standpoint. Of course, Duke’s superstar freshman was the biggest story of the 2018-19 season, winning just about every award possible. He’s going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and is considered the top prospect heading to that league since Kentucky’s Anthony Davis left Lexington after just one season.</p><p>Recruiting rankings are a crapshoot. Williamson was not the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018. That honor went to another Dukie, Canadian point guard RJ Barrett, who also had a fantastic season and will be a Top 3 pick this summer in the draft.</p><p>Duke had easily the top recruiting class with Barrett, Williamson and Cam Reddish, who somewhat underachieved. The early leader in the Class of 2019 rankings is Arizona even though that program might be headed for some NCAA issues in the wake of that FBI investigation. Will Sean Miller even be Arizona’s coach next season? If he’s out, then that class could fall apart. Miller’s top recruits are shooting guard Josh Green of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and point guard Nico Mannion of nearby Scottsdale. Both already have signed.</p><p>The consensus top player in the Class of 2019 is 7-footer James Wiseman of Memphis, who signed with the hometown Tigers and Coach Penny Hardaway – a pretty good player in his own right back in the day. Wiseman was the first No. 1 prospect to commit to Memphis since ESPN's recruiting database began in 2007 and the first Top-10 prospect to pick the Tigers since Adonis Thomas committed in 2011.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>It came down to Memphis and Kentucky, but Hardaway had the advantage of coaching Wiseman in high school and AAU ball. Many believe Wiseman will be the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Hardaway has a Top 10 class that also includes five-star small forward D.J. Jeffries and four-star center Malcolm Dandridge.</p><p>New Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean hit a home run in landing the player many consider No. 2 in the Class of 2019 in Atlanta shooting guard Anthony Edwards. He’s the first five-star recruit to join the program since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played at Georgia from 2011-2013. The Dawgs beat out Florida State and Kentucky.</p><p>John Calipari has another monster haul coming to Lexington, led by a pair of five-star pledges in Texas guard Tyrese Maxey and New Jersey small forward Kahlil Whitney. Mike Krzyzewski has perhaps his Zion replacement in Fort Lauderdale big man Vernon Carey Jr., who was thought to be a Michigan State lean. Carey's father played football at Miami and for the Miami Dolphins, and Carey also considered the Hurricanes. Duke is one of five schools in the country with multiple five-star commitments in 2019.</p><p>The top two uncommitted recruits as of now are New York point guard Cole Anthony and state of Washington forward Jaden McDaniels. Most projections have Anthony landing at North Carolina and McDaniels at the University of Washington. Huskies coach Mike Hopkins already has one five-star recruit in Indiana big name Isaiah Stewart.</p><p>Perhaps the best-known potential Class of 2019 recruit is LaMelo Ball, but there’s no way the NCAA would rule him eligible considering he already had hired an agent, played professionally both overseas and in the JBA league, and has his own signature shoe. In fact, loudmouth father LaVar Ball already has stated that LaMelo would play next year in Australia or China.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank">Talk College Hoops At SBR's NCAAB Betting Forum</a></p>
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