2016 Basketball Team Rankings
MORE TEAM RANKINGS: Class of 2015
1. Kentucky Wildcats
Overview: In Fox, the Wildcats have a dynamic point guard capable of dictating tempo on both ends of the floor. On the other hand, Monk is a wildly athletic two guard with a great first step. Adebayo is a physically imposing and athletic tough guy who plays with great physicality. Gabriel is a high energy and skilled forward who may end up playing the wing in Lexington. In Killeya-Jones, UK has a skilled, mobile and slender four-man who can play above the rim and shoot threes.
2. Duke Blue Devils
Overview: Riding high after another championship in 2015, Coach K and the Blue Devils have swung for the fences and hit big in 2016. Giles will have to come back from a knee injury but is a dynamic power forward. Tatum is a big and versatile wing while Jackson is an explosive guard who can play either the point or shooting guard. DeLaurier has a non-stop motor and does the little things.
3. Michigan State Spartans
Overview: Tom Izzo and his staff have hit the class of 2016 with vigor and the results speak for themselves. Bridges is a homegrown star and big time athlete. Langford is a big guard who can play multiple positions while Winston is a natural leader. In Ward they have a big body who has talent but won't be relied on too heavily early in his career.
4. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Overview: Ben Howland hasn't wasted any time replenishing the talent in Starkville. Kegler is a ready to contribute and produce guy as soon as he arrives on campus. Herard is a bruising big man who is strong near the rim and Carter is a fast rising combo guard. Ado is a fluid athlete and shot blocker while Peters is a state championship winning point who can shoot with range. Wright is an athletic scorer who gets hot in a hurry.
5. UCLA Bruins
Overview: The Bruins have things rolling in Westwood. Ball is one of the most creative passing guards produced out West in the last decade. Leaf is a skilled four man who can stretch the floor and has athleticism while Anigbogu is a big-time shot-blocker. Paras is a wing with athleticism and a pretty shooting stroke.
6. Connecticut Huskies
Overview: Durham is a little bit of a wild card after the big man missed the last summer due to injury and he'll have to battle back from another knee injury but he's long and has skill. Gilbert is one of the best leaders in the country, Jackson is a big bodied wing shooter while Diarra is a slightly undersized big man with a non stop motor.
7. Virginia Cavaliers
Commits: SG Kyle Guy (No. 44), PG Ty Jerome (No. 50), SF DeAndre Hunter (No. 66), PF Jay Huff (NR)
Overview: The Cavaliers won't be going away anytime soon. Guy is one of the nation's best shooters while Jerome is a point guard with size and tremendous floor vision. Hunter is a potential mismatch as an inside-out combo forward while Huff is a skinny, floor-stretching four-man who is a great candidate to redshirt.
8. Florida State
Overview: In Isaac, the Seminoles have a skilled face-up guy who has the tools to eventually outperform his already impressive ranking. Forrest is a physical guard and a high level defender while Walker is a crafty, offensive-minded point guard.
9. North Carolina Tar Heels
Overview: Roy Williams and his staff look to be breaking out of a small recruiting slump Bradley is an effective and efficient big man while Woods is a dynamic backcourt athlete. Robinson is a slim shooter who can make plays off the dribble.
10. Miami Hurricanes
Overview: It took until the very end of the early signing period for things to fall the Hurricanes way, but they did. A tough big man, Huell is the highest ranked local to commit to Miami during the Rivals.com era. Brown is a tough-as-nails guard who gives it to you on both ends while Miller is a developmental big man.
11. Syracuse Orange
Overview: NCAA sanctions and scholarship reductions don't seem to have hurt the Orange's recruiting efforts at all. Battle is a big wing with shooting touch while Moyer is a bouncy and versatile swingman who has some C.J. Fair in his game.
12. Oregon Ducks
Overview: The Ducks were able to get Pritchard on the flipside when the high scoring PG backed out of his initial commitment to Oklahoma. Smith is an athletic wing with size who has battled injuries and was also committed elsewhere (San Diego State) before deciding on the Ducks. Cage is a low post scorer with touch and long arms.
13. Auburn Tigers
Overview: The Tigers hope they have their very own James Harden-type in the powerfully built and aggressive Heron. Harper isn't big, but the skinny sub six-footer plays with all kinds of heart and is a deadeye shooter. McLemore is an energy guy who crashes the glass.
14. Alabama Crimson Tide
Overview: First-year head coach Avery Johnson as added some nice pieces. Ferguson is a great athlete and possibly the best pure shooter in the country, Key is a playmaking combo forward while the hope is Davis adds perimeter punch.
15. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Overview: Mark Few continues to attract top talent to Spokane. Collins is a very skilled big man while Tillie is a French import with length and athleticism. Norvell is a good sized wing scorer.
16. UNLV Rebels
Overview: The Rebels continue to attract top talent to play in Vegas. Jackson would be a top 35 player if he attended school in the States and Fisher is a tough floor general who brings it on both ends. Johnson is a linebacker who plays small forward while Vital is a dangerous scorer who could play both guard spots.
17. Indiana Hoosiers
Overview: The Hoosiers needed a post presence and they got him in Davis, who is a big and crafty scorer. Jones is a slender combo guard who is best known for his perimeter scoring while Gelon is an in-state shooter that Tom Crean took a flyer on after a few big summer games.
18. Penn State Nittany Lions
Overview: In Carr, the Nittany Lions have landed their highest rated recruit of the Rivals era. Stevens is an athletic and tough forward who isn't scared of competition. Hampton is a potential mismatch combo forward while Bostick is a tough guy wing that defends.
19. N.C. State Wolfpack
Commits: PG Dennis Smith (No. 4)
Overview: It's only a one man class so far and Smith is going to miss his senior season with a knee injury. But, when healthy he's similar to a young Baron Davis and is an instant impact guy for the Pack.
20. Maryland Terrapins
Overview: The Terps continue to load up on talent as they settle into the Big Ten. Cowan is a floor general who involves others first and scores when necessary. Huerter is a skinny wing with deep range and terrific floor vision.
21. Washington Huskies
Overview: A natural scorer, Fultz will get a chance to play the point for the Huskies as they add to a roster loaded with young talent. Timmons is yet another product of New Zealand who will be making his way to the States to play college ball.
22. Butler Bulldogs
Overview: The Bulldogs' class is a perfect example of the total being greater than any one part. None of the guys jump off the chart at you but together they make a rock solid group. Brunk is a space eater with touch, Baldwin has some juice in his legs and Washington can play either the one or two. Baddley is a big wing with a high ceiling for development.
23. Oklahoma Sooners
Overview: The Sooners have landed one of the best natural scorers in the class in McGusty. Doolittle is a local who brings his lunchpail to the floor and Strong is a physically strong and high-scoring JUCO combo guard.
24. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Overview: Richard Pitino has locked down the State's best player in Coffey and he has big upside as he returns from injury. Curry is an athletic and versatile four man while Hurt is a tough defender.
25. Villanova Wildcats
Overview: Spellman is a deceptively athletic big man who pounds the glass and has range to the three-point line. Painter is a mobile big and good shot blocker who has to get stronger.
26. Texas A&M Aggies
Overview: Caldwell is a tough-as-nails point guard who gets others involved and straps up defensively. "Boo Butt" Williams is a long and athletic four man who plays way above the rim.
27. UMass Minutemen
Overview: Derek Kellogg and his staff have put together an impressive group. Jarreau is a tall point guard with huge upside while Gresham is a bouncy big man. Baldwin adds toughness to the front line and McLean is a big-time athlete.
28. Michigan Wolverines
Overview: The Wolverines landed a solid playmaker with a winning pedigree in Simpson. Teske is a slender big man with some athleticism and face-up ability. Davis is a big low-post presence while Watson is a shooter they hope follows in a long line of wing finds that have outplayed expectations.
29. Louisville Cardinals
Overview: A tall wing with long arms, King's game is built around a pull-up jumper that he doesn't often miss on from between 12 and 17 feet. Hughes is a rangy two guard who can heat up from three point land.
30. Arizona State Sun Devils
Overview: In Cunliffe, Bobby Hurley has found a potential big-time shooter with athleticism. "Death Row" Tshisumpa is one of the country's most physical players and a terrific shot blocker.
31. Harvard Crimson
Overview: What an impressive class Tommy Amaker and his staff have put together. Aiken can shoot and distribute, Lewis is a low-post tail-kicker and Baker is a slender four-man with skill and huge upside. Towns is a borderline Rivals150 talent while, Welsh Juzang and Bassey add depth.
32. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Overview: Waters ranked in the top 80 of the class of 2017 before making a recent switch back to 2016 and he's on target to be a top 100 prospect. McGriff is a bouncy combo forward, Gak is a big with some upside and Dziagwa is a dangerous shooter.
33. Georgia Bulldogs
Overview: The Bulldogs have landed an athletic tandem of in state guards. Crump is a potentially elite defender and may be able to play some point before all is said and done while Harris is an acrobatic off the dribble scorer.
34. Marquette Golden Eagles
Overview: The Golden Eagles have added a pair of swingmen who can really shoot the ball. Bailey has enough size to play as a stretch four and Hauser is an in-state kid who should help space the floor with his deep shooting.