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Help is on the way for the American

2/18/2015
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Help Is On The Way: American Conference

National recruiting director Paul Biancardi discusses top incoming talent for American Athletic Conference basketball in the 2015 recruiting class with ESPN's Phil Murphy.

The American Athletic Conference is in its second year of existence, and it is coming off a national championship with UConn leading the way. Now, the conference is looking to build on that momentum on the recruiting trail.

Help is on the way for next season as the conference's teams have secured seven ESPN 100 prospects and four top-40 classes.

Most impactful class: Memphis

The Lawson brothers Dedric and K.J. are the stars of this three-man class, which ranks at No. 11. These local prospects will bring both potential and productivity to the Tigers.

They each will bring high-level versatility that will give head coach Josh Pastner options in the press and in the half court. K.J. (No. 44) is the better shooter and rebounder while Dedric (No. 26) is more comfortable inside the arc shooting and finishing. Because of their length, athletic ability and scoring instincts, combined with Pastner's pressing style, expect this pair to make heavy contributions and an immediate impact in their first season.