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Preview and player predictions: July recruiting period

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Marvin Bagley III

Beginning this evening, college coaches will be able to evaluate high school prospects in events across the country; schools are permitted to be on the road from Wednesday to Sunday each of the next three weeks.

In the class of 2018, there are still 20 five-star prospects available. Some of those prospects' recruitments are really starting to take form, while others are total mysteries. Today, we look at where the class of 2018’s top players will be this month and who will be watching them. Plus, the Rivals.com basketball recruiting team of Eric Bossi, Corey Evans, Dan McDonald and Krysten Peek give predictions on how they see the recruitments unfolding.

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Where he will be: The nation's top ranked player, Bagley III will be one of the headliners at the summer's most competitive event, Nike's Peach Jam, during the first live period.

Who is involved: Bagley III has a final six of Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and USC.

Pre-live period prediction: Kentucky (Bossi, McDonald), Arizona (Evans), UCLA (Peek)

Where he will be: After missing much of the spring due to injury, the super explosive Williamson is expected to be back with his South Carolina Supreme team in July. Among the events they will hit are the Adidas Gauntlet in his hometown of Spartanburg and the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas.

Who is involved: Clemson and South Carolina would love to keep him home, but they face stiff competition from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and many others.

Pre-live period prediction: Kentucky (Bossi, Evans, Peek), Duke (McDonald)

Where he will be: Part of a loaded California Supreme frontcourt, Bol will be found playing at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. during the first live period.

Who is involved: Bol hasn’t released an official list but has offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, St. John’s, USC, UCLA and others.

Pre-live period prediction: Arizona (Peek), Kentucky (McDonald), UCLA (Evans), USC (Bossi)

Where he will be: One of the best players on the Nike circuit, Reddish is another who will be hitting the Peach Jam where he’ll play with Team Final. Team Final is also expected in Las Vegas at the end of the month.

Who is involved: Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky and Villanova appear to be among his primary suitors.

Pre-live period prediction: Duke (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: The prolific scorer battled some back injuries during his stint with USA Basketball’s U19 team, but is expected back with his summer team, Twenty Two Vision. They’ll hit the main Adidas events in South Carolina and Las Vegas.

Who is involved: Langford’s recruitment is a blue-blood party with Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina among those most involved.

Pre-live period prediction: Louisville (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: Currently recovering from a hand injury, Brown will be sitting out at least the first two live periods. The hope is that he will be healthy enough to play in Las Vegas during the third period.

Who is involved: Kansas and Kentucky are involved to an extent, while Oregon, St. John's and Gonzaga have stepped things up. Expect Brown’s recruitment to be a West Coast battle with Arizona, California and UCLA also heavily involved.

Pre-live period prediction: California (Bossi, Evans, Peek), UCLA (McDonald)

Where he will be: The highest-ranked player on the Under Armour circuit, Brown should be in the Atlanta area with his club team New Heights for this week’s Under Armour Finals. He’ll also hit events like UA All-America Camp.

Who is involved: Brown hasn’t cut down his list at all and has the likes of Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, St. John’s and many more chasing.

Pre-live period prediction: Kentucky (Evans, McDonald), Kansas (Bossi), St. John's (Peek)

Where he will be: The top-ranked point guard in the 2018 class, Jones will begin his July in North Augusta playing for the Howard Pulley Panthers in the Peach Jam.

Who is involved: The primary contenders are Duke, Minnesota and UCLA.

Pre-live period prediction: Duke (Bossi, Evans, McDonald), UCLA (Peek)

Where he will be: A Canadian import, Shittu will hit the Peach Jam with the CIA Bounce. The Bounce will also be running an exposure event in Toronto at the end of the month where Shittu should be a headliner.

Who is involved: Shittu doesn't go into too much depth when speaking about his recruitment, but Oregon, Syracuse, Michigan, Connecticut, Vanderbilt and Texas are among those believed to be involved.

Pre-live period prediction: Oregon (Bossi, Evans, Peek), Syracuse (McDonald)

Where he will be: The top-ranked point guard on the Adidas Gauntlet Circuit, look for Quickley to begin the month with The Team BBC in Spartanburg before finishing things out in Las Vegas.

Who is involved: Quickley has a final four of Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland and Miami.

Pre-live period prediction: Kentucky (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: The headliner for the Bradley Beal Elite 17-under unit, Garland will attempt to complete his impressive high school resume with a Nike Peach Jam championship during the first live period this week.

Who is involved: Indiana, Vanderbilt and Duke remain the most involved.

Pre-live period prediction: Vanderbilt (Bossi, Evans, McDonald), Duke (Peek)

Where he will be: One of the most dominant interior presences in the 2018 class, Reid will kick off his final July on the Under Armour circuit. One can find the five-star center at the UAA Finals this week in Cartersville, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.

Who is involved: Reid trimmed his list to a final seven last month, a group consisting of LSU, Kentucky, Louisville, Seton Hall, UCLA, Arizona and Kansas.

Pre-live period prediction: LSU (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: Perry caused a major stir last week by backing off of his nearly year long commitment to the Arkansas Razorbacks program. Perry will suit up with the Arkansas Hawks this weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in Spartanburg before finishing his summer in Las Vegas at the adidas Summer Championships.

Who is involved: The recruitment of Perry is just forming again thanks to his decommitment from Arkansas last week; Florida State was the most likely landing spot besides the Hogs last August.

Pre-live period prediction: Florida State (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: Quinerly will finish out his travel basketball career this summer on the Under Armour circuit. Playing alongside good friend and five-star center Naz Reid for Sports U, the duo can be found at the UAA Finals this week in Cartersville, Ga.

Who is involved: Quinerly is down to a final seven consisting of Villanova, Kansas, UCLA, Stanford, Virginia, Arizona and Seton Hall; he has already taken an official visit to Arizona.

Pre-live period prediction: Arizona (McDonald, Peek), Villanova (Bossi, Evans)

Where he will be: King hopes to push his Team Final gang into the playoff portion of the Nike Peach Jam. First, King will have to battle Nike Team Florida in the play-in game on Wednesday at noon in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Who is involved: King's recruitment is all over the place. Syracuse, Maryland, Seton Hall, St. John’s, UConn, Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas are just a few of those in pursuit.

Pre-live period prediction: Kentucky (Evans, McDonald), Kansas (Peek), Oregon (Bossi)

Where he will be: One of the most ferocious, unrelenting competitors that there is in high school basketball, Williams is entering his second Nike Peach Jam this week. The face of the Each 1 Teach 1 program, Williams will finish things up at the Fab 48 later this month in Sin City.

Who is involved: There is little known about Williams’ recruitment, but a few of those involved include Duke, USC, Florida, Miami and Alabama.

Pre-live period prediction: Florida (Evans, Peek), Kansas (McDonald), Miami (Bossi)

Where he will be: After playing for his native Angolan at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup last week in Cairo, Egypt, De Sousa will play in the Under Armour Finals with the Florida Vipers.

Who is involved: Not much is known with De Sousa and his college recruitment, though Maryland, Kansas, Florida, Florida State and LSU are the most talked about schools.

Pre-live period prediction: Maryland (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: Grimes will lead the Basketball University 17-under unit into battle at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale this weekend in Spartanburg. Basketball U will play in Texas during the second live period before finishing the month out in Las Vegas.

Who is involved: Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Texas, Kentucky, Baylor and Texas A&M are the schools most involved.

Pre-live period prediction: Kansas (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: Dosunmu will begin his final month on the travel circuit at the Peach Invitational Tournament this weekend in Augusta, Georgia. He will finish things in Las Vegas at the Big Foot Hoops Las Vegas Classic.

Who is involved: Dosunmu is a priority for the top Midwest programs. Xavier, Ohio State, DePaul, Butler and Illinois are the most frequently mentioned. Kansas recently offered, too.

Pre-live period prediction: Illinois (Bossi, Evans, McDonald, Peek)

Where he will be: Johnson has had a big summer for the Boo Williams travel organization, and they’ll be at the Nike Peach Jam this week in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Who is involved: Johnson holds offers from practically every program outside of Duke and Kentucky, though Oregon, Texas, Maryland and Virginia Tech are the most talked about with him.

Pre-live period prediction: Texas (Bossi, Evans, McDonald), Virginia Tech (Peek)

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