Conference Call: Most valuable 2018 commitments
The 2018 recruiting classes are beginning to take shape, although the biggest pieces won’t fall into place for a while. Still, there have been some valuable commitments secured thus far. Here is a league-by-league look at the best early commitments for 2018.
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ACC - COBY WHITE, NORTH CAROLINA
Roy Williams will look to White to replace invaluable point guard Joel Berry’s scoring and playmaking abilities. A 6-foot-3 guard that has steadily improved during his high school career, White has been one of the top bucket-getters on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring. Averaging over 21 points off 55 percent shooting from the field, he will have to develop into a better facilitator as he boasts a poor assist-to-turnover ratio. However, his scoring acumen, toughness and defensive potential should make for a major weapon in Chapel Hill.
BIG EAST - TYGER CAMPBELL, DEPAUL
The class of 2018 has already brought greater optimism for DePaul compared to the previous four or five years combined. Thanks to the commitment of Campbell, a top-50 guard in the 2019 class that has already reclassified a year up, the playmaking guard has the chance to become the face of the program immediately.
The true set-up artist is top-five in assists and steals on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer. He can also score the basketball when asked, but Campbell’s primary strength is setting the floor. He will need to have the proper scoring weapons placed around him, but he is also the type of point guard that makes others better. The Blue Demons have also been aided by the commitment of John Diener, one of the top shooters throughout the Midwest.
BIG TEN - TYLER HERRO, WISCONSIN
There are some questions in Madison as to who will provide the perimeter scoring punch for the Badgers thanks to the graduations of Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter. While a few will have to step up, Greg Gard has already wrapped up one of the more polished scorers in the 2018 class in Herro.
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard that can put loads of points on the scoreboard and in a blink of an eye, Herro has come on as the spring months have heated up. Coming back off an injury that hindered his junior year, the four-star guard is a well-polished ballplayer averaging over 14 points, five rebounds and three assists on the Nike circuit. He found the perfect landing spot at Wisconsin and with the proper progressions, should become a multi-year starter.
BIG 12 - KENDRIC DAVIS, TCU
TCU is the lone program that has been able to secure two commitments. Landing New Zealand center Angus McWilliam earlier in the spring is one of the sneakier additions, but the pick-up of Davis cannot be understated.
The 5-foot-11 lead guard will not be relied upon for scoring but more for his playmaking skills and on-the-ball defense. Quick, tough and active, Davis had a solid showing at last week’s NBPA Top-100 Camp and with such talents around him including McWilliam, Kevin Samuel, RJ Nembhard and Desmond Bane, Davis could be another piece that could put Jamie Dixon’s program over the top, making TCU a perennial NCAA Tournament contender.
PAC-12 - CORMAC RYAN, STANFORD
Ryan was a huge get for the Cardinal. He is a 6-foot-4 guard that can play each spot on the perimeter. The downfall for the Cardinal last year was their inability to take care of the basketball. While Ryan is not a pure point guard, he is someone that can facilitate, run an offense and score from each level. Stanford boasted a near one-to-one, assist-to-turnover ratio last season. The enrollment of Ryan should only improve its ability to distribute in an efficient manner.
SEC - REGGIE PERRY, ARKANSAS
Arkansas is the frontrunner for the best class within the league, and Perry is the main piece for Mike Anderson. The 6-foot-9 power forward can slide between the 4 or the 5, depending on the lineups placed onto the floor, and is already one of the better low-post defenders. Capable of scoring out of the high post but also an underrated passer, Perry should create one of the best frontlines in America alongside incoming top-50 center Daniel Gafford, an in-state recruit that should flourish in Fayetteville.