- Adam Finkelstein
With the new ESPN 100 player rankings out and as the 2014 basketball recruiting cycle picks up heading into the July evaluation periods, here's a look at how each team in the new American Athletic Conference is shaping up in the 2014 recruiting class. Team-by-team recruiting capsules for the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC and SEC are already out, while the Big East (Tuesday) and best of the rest (Wednesday) will be coming in subsequent days.
Note: Teams are as of conference alignment for the 2013-14 season.
Who they have: UCF landed an early juco prize last month with a commitment from Javonte Douglas, a 6-foot-8 forward who will give the Knights versatility on both ends of the floor. With good size, long arms and solid athleticism, he's capable of defending multiple positions and is also a dangerous offensive weapon in the open floor.
Who they want: They're in the market for some perimeter firepower and would ideally love to stay in the state of Florida to get it. ESPN 100 prospect Lance Tejada would be a home run at the point, while either Kobe Eubanks or Justin Bibbs would be capable of making an immediate impact from the wing positions.
Storyline to watch: The Knights' transition from Conference USA to the new AAC will be critical, both in terms of how they compete on the floor this season and how they fare in targeting some of the more high-profile prospects in their wheelhouse.
Bold prediction: Great weather, marquee facilities and a brand-new conference are some of the weapons Donnie Jones will be armed with when he goes into a recruit's living room. Whether that's enough to outduel programs with better basketball traditions remains to be seen.
Overall recruiting trend: Even. UCF has recruited solidly over the last couple years, but a new conference brings new responsibilities. The Knights will have to raise the level of their game to keep up with the likes of Cincinnati and Connecticut moving forward.