As expected, the blue-bloods were once again successful on National Signing Day. However, there are always a few unsuspecting programs that have put together very good recruiting courses.
Early signing period begins today. As a result, 247Sports is eyeing some of those schools that have created a sneaky good recruiting class. For this list, we’ve rounded up seven programs not in the top 15 of 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings that have classes that will surprise the college basketball world this season.
CONSOLIDATED TEAM RANKING 2023
National Ranking: 26th in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: I am Kobe Walter (No. 20) and Miro Little (No. 25)
Review: This class is marked by two prospects who have set up shop in the Kansas-Missouri area to hone their game as they prepare to help Baylor return to the national stage. The best thing about these players is that they both made a strong impression in their new surroundings.
Walter has been on the national stage as a top 20 prospect ever since his class ranking was revealed. It’s hard not to see him play the role of Adam Flagler/Macio Teague for the Bears, but with a bigger size. A native of Finland, Little will bring his own flavor of versatility from the backcourt. It should prove to be a key international find for Scott Drew and program.
National ranking: 43rd in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: Price Sandforth (No. 89), Owen Freeman (No. 144) and Brock Harding (No. 147)
Iowa didn’t have to leave the state to get the best candidate in its class. Younger brother Payton SandforthPrice will introduce another option that is more than capable of managing late sellouts and providing some defensive flexibility.
To this point, one grassroots program has provided the Hawkewes with the rest of their 2023 class. The Mid-Pro Academy top 150 duo of Brock Harding and Owen Freeman plan to bring a Jordan Bohannon and Luca Garza vibe to the program over the next four years.
While it’s unfair to place that level of expectation on them, the duo do have traits that will help them become a productive tandem that will help Fran McCaffreyry win.
Harding is great at running the show, but his toughness and competitive spirit is what sets him apart from some of the other point guards in the class. He can sometimes play too fast, but he is quick, scores at opportunities and loves to get his teammates involved.
Freeman is a low post prospect with good footwork, high IQ and good basket touch. He will be a great target for his teammates inside and is a proven worker who should easily get into team concepts. His skill set and physique should reflect well at the Big Ten conference.
National ranking: Ranked 35th in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: Papa Edge (No. 91) and George Washington (No. 106)
Sometimes simple things are all it takes to win at a high level. Juwan HowardThe two-man class of Washington and Kante will provide two major assets that can equate to winning column success.
A coach’s child, Washington already knows the dedication it takes to be great and effective at the collegiate level. Its ability to provide resilient floor padding should make life easier for those on the floor next to it.
Kante is one of those prospects that players want to play with but hate to compete against. He tires opponents with his physical strength and energy. Kante, lying on the floor, should be an additional advantage in the attack in Ann Arbor.
National ranking: Ranked 21st in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: Parker Friedrichsen (No. 103), Brady Dunlap (No. 130) and Marcus Burton (No. 150)
Review: Mike BrayThe Notre Dame offense values players who know how to hit the ball, and he’s hit the nail on the head with this recruiting course. Friedrichsen and Dunlap are considered the two best shooters in their class. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard Friedrichsen is able to warm up from a catch or rebound. But he needs some space to shoot. Dunlap provides a larger size than Friedrichsen as a flank that will force the defense to prioritize him when he is on the floor.
However, Bray’s class goes further than his ability to shoot. Stocks rise in July Marcus Burton, a declarer who can get a piece of paint whenever he wants. His ability to penetrate and kick should play into the skills of Friedrichsen and Dunlap.
BROTHERS OF PROVIDENCE
National ranking: 39th in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: Garvey Double (No. 88), Drew Fielder (No. 111) and Donovan Santoro.
Review: Ed Cooley must be delighted with the trinity of potential clients he attracts in Providence. Among them all, we see a combination of fitness, two-sided prowess, and no shortage of long-term potential.
The double arguably made one of the best choices of any prospect in its class. Coach Cooley handled the big guards well. Thus, Dual’s ability to defend for a long time and actively should bring him scoring minutes at first.
Fielder has come all the way from the West Coast and will bring the level of fearlessness that Cooley demands from his talent on the front court. It brings great tools inside out from the front position and plays with an infinity motor.
The meanest prospect in this already mean class Donovan Santoro. He joins Fielder from the West and has become a very promising player this summer. Santoro will bring size and flank shooting. Something will probably change for him on both sides of the ball once he is rooted in the culture of monks.
National ranking: 29th in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: Devin Williams (No. 67) and Brandon Williams (No. 73)
There are two candidates in the Bruins recruiting class with the same last name “Williams”. However, they have more in common than a surname. If their rise continues, both Devin and Brandon stand a chance of climbing the rankings again during their senior campaigns.
Devin will likely take part in the McDonald’s All-American Talk. As an athletic rimrunner and defender, Williams hits wood with an alert mindset about what he needs to bring to the floor. And if you add in his ability to drain triples, then we’re talking about a prospect with a legitimate NBA chance once he increases his frame.
Brandon can influence the game like a swiss army knife. His ability to do all this will open up endless possibilities for Mick Cronin and he will enjoy using Brandon’s game in his offense. Williams can initiate from the rebound, shoot long shots, and play physically on glass and slash games. It’s also young for its class, so the best is yet to come in terms of its consistent performance.
National ranking: 30th in the 247Sports Composite Team industry rankings.
This class: Silas Demari (No. 58) and Arrinten Page (No. 59)
There is a chance after Isaiah Collier November 16th decides that this class will no longer be in the “good sneaky” category. But for now, the Trojans have an underrated recruiting class worth keeping an eye on. With the commitment of Silas Demari and Arrinten Page, Andy Enfield will have two prospects who don’t mind playing physical ball. With Demarie and Page, Anfield will be able to do whatever it takes to win once they arrive at USC.
Demari will be an asset on any perimeter position. He influences the game at both ends of the court and is always looking for the right basketball game. Paige is a true “catch high, finish high” prospect who brings athleticism and defensive versatility. He can guard balls and should be an interesting target for Trojans.