- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
Most impactful class: Ohio State
It’s a class (ranked No. 5) of three top-100 players and one top-100 player from 2014 as this group possesses both quality and quantity. The class doesn't have a current superstar, but it does have a collection of really good players who all bring unique skills and will grow with the program.
Austin Grandstaff (No. 50) provides an instant outside shooter who will open up the post and driving lines for his teammates. Daniel Giddens (No. 56) brings a physical, athletic presence to the paint as he will look to block shots, rebound and finish at the rim. If Giddens develops offensively, the Buckeyes could have an all-league player in the frontcourt.
With the departure of Shannon Scott and D'Angelo Russell playing himself into a potential high lottery pick, A.J. Harris (No. 76) will come in and orchestrate the offense with blinding speed and quickness. Mickey Mitchell adds toughness and versatility, and he is a ball mover as he passes often. A big X factor for the Buckeyes could be point guard Jaquan Lyle (who decommitted from both Louisville and Oregon before a post-graduate year at IMG Academy). If he is focused and in top physical condition, his feel for the game is advanced.
Talent continues to pour into this power conference as the Big Ten has 13 ESPN 100 prospects coming in along with five top-40 classes. Help is on the way for next season.