- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
Last season, the Pac-12 lost a lot of talent to graduation and the NBA draft, and it's showing with only two ranked teams as of this week. The conference certainly appears to have made some strong inroads on the recruiting trail this year as there are six 2015 classes in our top 40 and thirteen ESPN 100 players coming in next season. We've identified the help that's coming for other major conferences. Now let's take a look at the Pac-12.
Most impactful class: Arizona
The Wildcats boast the nation's No. 2 class because of star power, quality and depth that will come into Tucson. When you break down Sean Miller’s class, it’s a combination of terrific positional size, scoring ability and versatility. Allonzo Trier (No. 15) can score as well as anyone in the class in the open floor or against set defense by driving, creating fouls and making deep and mid-range jump shots. People will see that he is a very underrated passer. Justin Simon (No. 37) brings athletic ability and height to the backcourt to play and defend the point guard spot. Ray Smith (No. 28) has freakish athletic ability at the small forward spot and will be coming off a torn ACL. Chance Comanche (No. 90) is a lean post with bounce to rebound, block shots and make shots. This class has an abundance of talent and will flex its muscles in the Pac-12.
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