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These recruits could play better than their rankings

Every college basketball season, there's a group of freshmen who outplay their rankings and make a bigger immediate impact than many expect based on where they finished in the ESPN 100.

The reality is that the ESPN 100 isn't meant to be a barometer of who will have the most immediate college impact, but instead a combination of factors, the greatest of which is a prospect's long-term potential to play at the highest levels.

We already know some highly ranked prospects are less college ready than others further down the ESPN 100. We also know that opportunity, both in terms of minutes and role, plays a big part in who is perceived to be the best college freshmen in the country next season.

With that in mind, here are a handful of guys who are expected to make an immediate splash at the college level: