10 teams to watch in recruiting

How top programs from non-power leagues are shaping up heading into 2014

Updated: June 26, 2013, 4:39 PM ET
By Reggie Rankin | ESPN.com

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 ten top teams from outside the power conferences are shaping up in the 2014 recruiting class. Team-by-team recruiting capsules for the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC, SEC, American Athletic Conference and Big East are already out.

Akron Zips

Who they have: No 2014 recruits so far.

Who they want: Power forward Peyton Aldridge and center Gavin Skelly have been identified as two in-state targets to provide help on the frontline for the Zips, but their 2014 wish list is being added to and updated daily.

Storyline to watch: Which high-major program will coach Keith Dambrot beat for an immediate-impact performer, like he did back in 2009 when he landed ESPN 100 center Zeke Marshall?

Bold prediction: Dambrot will score with an up-and-coming prospect from Ohio or a bordering state who emerges from under the radar during the July evaluation period and eventually becomes a star as a college freshman.

Overall recruiting trend: The Zips' recruiting trend is even. They do an excellent job finding and convincing many late bloomers and under-the-radar prospects to turn down BCS schools and stay with a program that has put in more time and effort throughout the recruiting process, but this trend can be difficult to sustain over time.


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Reggie Rankin

College Basketball Recruiting