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Ten teams poised to make a jump in 2017 team rankings

Mohamed Bamba (USA Basketball)

Less than half of the players in the 2017 Rivals150 have yet to make their college decisions. However, the decisions of those remaining prospects could have huge ramifications for programs that are looking to jumpstart their 2017 recruiting efforts. Today we look at 10 programs that currently rank outside the top 20 of the 2017 team rankings but are capable of big moves.

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In the fold: No 2017 commitments.

On the line: Now in his second year in Tuscaloosa, Avery Johnson has the Tide poised to make a huge splash in the class of 2017. Alabama is considered by many to be the team to beat for both high scoring five-star combo guard Collin Sexton (No. 7) and high-end four-star shooting guard John Petty (No. 30). Do-it-all five-star guard Troy Brown (No. 12) has also been on campus for an official visit. They are also heavily in the mix for four-star wing Herb Jones (No. 72) along with power forwards Rayshaun Hammonds (No. 60) and Alex Reese (No. 73).


In the fold: SG Alex O’Connell (No. 44)

On the line: Mike Krzyzewski and his staff got off to a good start, nabbing the athletic O’Connell, who is on the rise after a big summer. Now the Devils are looking to add some big-time firepower to go along with him. Five-star big man Wendell Carter (No. 5) looks like a strong possibility and so do five-star wing Kevin Knox (No. 9) and five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. (No. 13). The Blue Devils are trying to make a power move for four-star point guard Matt Coleman (No. 32), who visited Durham over the weekend and had been considered a Texas lean up until about a week ago. Five-star shot blocker Mohamed Bamba (No. 4) remains a possibility and four-star power forward Deng Gak (No. 91) also has Duke in his final five. During the summer, five-star point guard Quade Green (No. 23) had looked like he may be leaning towards the Blue Devils but now appears to be looking elsewhere.


In the fold: SG Al Durham (NR 3-star)

On the line: Tom Crean and the Hoosiers already have a commitment from the high-scoring Durham, but they want more. Number one on their wish list is Indiana native -- and five-star prospect -- small forward Kris Wilkes (No. 18). The Hoosiers appear to be in a good spot for Wilkes and they’ve also positioned themselves to make a legitimate run at four-star point guard Tremont Waters (No. 36). Four-star wing Justin Smith (No. 105) has already taken an official visit and four-star big man Deng Gak has Indiana in his final five. Others like five-star Nick Richards (No. 19), four-star wing Jordan Tucker (No. 42) and guard David Beatty (No. 135) along with three-star big men Clifton Moore and Brandon Huffman remain possibilities.


In the fold: PG Marcus Garrett (No. 37)

On the line: If history is any indicator, Bill Self and the Jayhawks are going to end up with a terrific class while their fanbase white knuckles it all the way to the finish line. In Garrett, they already have a versatile guard who can play all around the perimeter. Five-stars Collin Sexton, Billy Preston (No. 8), Troy Brown, and Trae Young (No. 14) are all expected to visit officially. Top 40 wing Chaundee Brown has already been on campus and likely has Kansas in his top two, while four-star point guard Tremont Waters, four-star power forward Cody Riley (No. 34) and Deng Gak are all set up for visits as well.


In the fold: No 2017 commitments.

On the line: It’s an interesting year for Kentucky in that they don’t yet have a commitment. However, we are talking about John Calipari here and there is no doubt that he’s going to end up with a haul laden with five-star prospects. Five-star forward P.J. Washington (No. 17) visited over the weekend and looks to be leaning the Wildcats’ way. Tremont Waters was on campus as well and other five-stars Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, shooting guard Hamidou Diallo (No. 10), Trae Young, center Nick Richards, shooting guard Lonnie Walker (No. 20) and point guard Quade Green are all expected to visit and have Kentucky either at or near the top of their respective lists.


In the fold: No 2017 commitments.

On the line: The Terrapins may not end up needing to sign more than one or two players, but they have a legitimate shot with some really good ones. The biggest fish is 2017’s top point guard, Trevon Duval (No.3). A five-star, Duval isn’t signing any time soon, so there’s no rush to pressure him. More immediate targets are shot-blocking four-star Ikey Obiagu (No. 74) and four-star combo guard Darryl Morsell (No. 93). They’ve both been on campus. Five-star forward Billy Preston has them in his top five and five-star shooting guard M.J. Walker (No. 27) is a legitimate possibility.


In the fold: PF Jaren Jackson (No. 15)

On the line: Tom Izzo’s decision to swing by and visit with Jackson on the way home from his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame helped make sure the skilled big man chose the Spartans. Now, he and his staff will look to make it two monster classes in a row. They are probably in the top three for five-star big man Brandon McCoy (No. 11) and look to be the likely leader for five-star swingman Brian Bowen (No. 22). Five-star Gary Trent has a visit set for October, four-star big man Xavier Tillman (No. 86) visited last weekend and the Spartans are also high on the list of four-star guard Nojel Eastern (No. 75).


In the fold: No 2017 commitments.

On the line: The Ducks have had good success landing Canadian prospects of late and their 2017 recruiting efforts are dependent upon that continuing. Four-star shooting guard Lindell Wiggington (No. 40), who is a Canadian attending high school in the U.S., visited last weekend and so did Canadian four-star Abu Kigab (No. 124). The Ducks are also in the mix with another four-star Canadian, combo forward Oshae Brissett. This weekend, they will host five-star guard Troy Brown and four-star shooting guard Victory Bailey (No. 94). Four-star forward Ira Lee (No. 59) has the Ducks in his final three and they are among four-star shooting guard Brandon Randolph’s (No. 52) four finalists.


In the fold: No 2017 commitments.

On the line: The Orange haven’t scored in 2017, but they look to be on the brink of landing one of the nation’s most sought-after point guards in five-star Quade Green. They are also strong in the mix for five-star big man Mohamed Bamba and five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker. Four-star wing Jordan Tucker (No. 42) has the Orange high on his list of eight finalists and they are still in the mix with five-star big man Nick Richards and four-star combo forward Oshae Brissett. Five-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo doesn’t look to be in any hurry to decide, but they have remained active with him as well.


In the fold: SF Jordan Usher (No. 97)

On the line: The Trojans got their 2017 efforts started nicely by luring Usher, a physical and skilled wing, all the way across the country from Georgia. Andy Enfield and his staff have a chance to go really big, though. If there’s a leader for five-star forward Billy Preston (No. 8), it is probably the Trojans and they’ve also made headway with five-star center Brandon McCoy. Four-star big man Cody Riley has been by for a visit and four-star shooting guard Charles O’Bannon (No. 50) has USC high on his list. The Trojans are also deep in the mix with four-star wing Kimani Lawrence (No. 48), four-star power forward Lance Thomas (No. 121) and four-star combo forward Oshae Brissett.