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2017 Rivals basketball team rankings

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Bruce Pearl
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To date, only 29 players from the 2017 Rivals150 have made verbal commitments and taken themselves off the market. So, it’s too early to go raising any recruiting championship banners on the Auburn campus.

However, that doesn’t take away from Bruce Pearl's hot start as the Tigers hold the top spot in the first edition of Rivals.com’s 2017 team recruiting rankings in basketball.

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1. AUBURN


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Commits: C Austin Wiley (No. 15), PG Davion Mitchell (No. 34).

Overview: An Auburn legacy, Wiley is a big man who embraces his size and plays a power game around the rim. He has the tools to be an instant impact guy. In Mitchell, Pearl and his staff have found one of the more athletically explosive and physically tough floor generals in America.

2. UCLA

Commits: PG Jaylen Hands (No. 22), PF Jalen Hill (No. 56) and SG LiAngelo Ball (NR 3-star).

Overview: What Hands lacks in physical strength he makes up for with extreme quickness and an ability to slip past defenders via the dribble. Hill is a hard-working and athletic power forward who can run the floor. A barrel-chested jump shooter, Ball is the younger brother of freshman point guard Lonzo Ball.

3. CREIGHTON

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Mitchell Ballock

Commits: SG Mitchell Ballock (No. 48), SG Ty-Shon Alexander (No. 91) and C Hunter Thompson (NR 3-star).

Overview: By luring Ballock out of the state of Kansas, Creighton pulled off one of the bigger surprises in early recruiting. He can shoot and has a high basketball IQ to go with size and athleticism. Alexander is another shooting guard with range who puts up points in flurries. Thompson is a mobile big man with some skill and a body to build on.

4. FLORIDA

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Shai Alexander

Commits: PG/SG Shai Alexander (No. 55), SF DeAundre Ballard (No. 128).

Overview: In Alexander the Gators have a combo guard with good size, scoring punch and the ability to be explosive off the dribble. Ballard is a high-level athlete with a great motor who has a chance to outplay his current ranking with some refinement to his skill level.

5. ARKANSAS

Commits: C Daniel Gafford (No. 31), SF Darious Hall (NR 3-star)

Overview: A relative newcomer to basketball, Gafford is a promising homegrown big man who can run the floor, has great hands and shows touch on the interior. Seemingly out of the “40 minutes of Hell” prototype, Hall is a long and athletic wing who makes hustle plays and competes.

6. WISCONSIN

Commits: PF Nate Reuvers (No. 108), SG Kobe King (No. 141)

Overview: A mobile big man who can stretch defenses with his outside shooting, Reuvers looks like the kind of skilled big man that Badger fans have become accustomed to seeing. An instate product, King is a wing scorer who should have a jumper and body ready for the Big Ten.

7. NORTH CAROLINA

Commits: PG Jalek Felton (No. 27)

Overview: The nephew of former UNC star point guard Raymond Felton, Felton oozes natural ability. He is a natural scorer off the dribble who will likely play both the one and the two in college.

8. ILLINOIS

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Da'Monte Williams

Commits: PG Da’Monte Williams (No. 77), SG Javon Pickett (NR 3-star)

Overview: The son of former Illini point guard Frank Williams, Williams is a physical guard with size and some bounce around the rim. Like Williams, Pickett is a homegrown kid who has athleticism in the open floor.

9. CALIFORNIA

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Jemarl Baker

Commits: SG/PG Jemarl Baker (No. 110), SG Alec Hickman (NR 3-star)

Overview: Baker has emerged as one of the better three-point jump shooters on the West Coast. He can bang jumpers from deep or play on the ball as a point guard with size and toughness. Hickman is a thin wing whose value lies in his upside as a slippery driver.

10. VIRGINIA TECH

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Commits: SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker (No. 52)

Overview: A product of Canada who has starred since moving to the United States for high school, Alexander-Walker is a versatile guard with size. A natural scorer from spots all over the floor, Alexander-Walker is also a clever enough ball handler and passer to spend some minutes as a point guard.

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