Report Card: Breaking down the early signings in the Big 12
The early signing period has wrapped up. Here is a report card for the Big 12 on how its teams fared during the early signing period.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Bill Self wins the Big 12 every year and a big part of that is because he usually recruits the best players in the Big 12. This year, Kansas added the perfect point guard to replace the loss Devonte Graham with five-star Devon Dotson. Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack ensure that the Jayhawks won’t be lacking big bodies in the frontcourt any time soon. Keep an eye on De Sousa, who could end up enrolling in December to play for the 2017-18 Jayhawks.
BIGGEST SURPRISE (IN A GOOD WAY)
Many wondered when Steve Prohm took the job at Iowa State if he would be able to continue bringing in the quality of players that allowed Fred Hoiberg to have so much success in his short stint in Ames. If the past two recruiting classes are any indication, he’ll be just fine. He went head-to-head with some of the top programs in the country to secure Zion Griffin and Talen Horton-Tucker this year.
BIGGEST SURPRISE (IN A NOT-SO-GOOD WAY)
Oklahoma State had a bona fide go-to scorer committed at one point when Antwann Jones committed to the Cowboys. Following the arrest of assistant coach Lamont Evans, Jones backed out on the Pokes and ended up committing to Texas A&M. Mike Boynton and staff were left scrambling to replace the four-star wing and have yet to do so.
Kansas remains in the mix for the No. 2 player in the 2018 Rivals150, Zion Williamson. The Jayhawks had him on campus already for an official visit, as did Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. Clemson and South Carolina remain viable options as well. Landing Williamson puts Kansas back in the mix with Duke for the top overall class in the nation.
West Virginia: B. Coach Bob Huggins' class is a solid one. Rivals150 point guard Jordan McCabe will be a fan favorite for his flashy play and four-star forward Derek Culver has loads of athletic ability and will benefit from a year in prep school after initially signing with the 2017 class.