College Basketball: 5 Impact Freshman Recruits Who've Yet to Make a Decision
There are only five undecided recruits left in the Class of 2012 who will be immediate impact players as freshmen.
The recruiting process in 2012 is winding down, and college basketball coaches around the country only have five chances left to land a player that will help their team from Day 1.
Across the country, coaches are scrambling to put together a good package to land one of these five recruits, hoping that their teams can gain one more valuable player in the next few weeks.
These are the last five undecided players who will have big impacts as freshmen in the Class of 2012.
5. Torian Graham
Class Rank: 90
Considering: North Carolina State
Torian Graham has been the last good shooting guard left in the Class of 2012 for months, and he remains college basketball coaches' last hope for a player who can step in and play the position right away.
Graham has about a dozen schools that he hasn't written off, but it is clear that North Carolina State will be his home.
He has already committed and decommitted to the school twice, but the third time will be the charm.
Graham is an incredible athlete, and he will still be incredibly athletic at the next level. When he was ranked just an athlete, he was in the top 40 in the class by ESPN, but he has now developed into a true scorer.
With the ability to drive and finish in the lane or knock down shots, Graham can take over a game. He is now ranked No. 90 in the country, but I believe that to be grossly underrated.
Have no doubts about this kid, as he will step into NC State's program and succeed.
4. Christopher Obekpa
Class Rank: 77
Considering: Connecticut, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, UCLA, Washington
Christopher Obekpa is one of the best defensive players in the Class of 2012, and he is arguably the best shot-blocker in the class, contested only by Nerlens Noel.
Obekpa blocked 20 shots in one game en route to a triple-double this season.
He will be an intimidating force in the paint on both ends of the floor in college.
This kid has a high-energy motor that never stops running, which helps him rack up so many blocks. He is very versatile and runs well for his size. He adjusts on the fly like no other, and he can block shots or tip in dunks because of this.
He also dunked in a ball that was blocked by an opponent on one of his teammates' shots that you need to see to believe.
Obekpa is going to be a great player at the next level. The only question remaining is where he will be playing next season.
3. Amile Jefferson
Class Rank: 25
Considering: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Villanova
Amile Jefferson is a lanky 6'7" power forward who will probably be playing combo-forward in college.
The only reason he is listed as a power forward is because he can't knock down the three as well as some coaches would like for a small forward, but he has everything else.
A McDonald's All-American, Jefferson is a smart player who can post up smaller defenders, drive through the lane with apparent ease, find weaknesses in a defense, lead a team in transition and play stellar defense.
With length, athleticism and timing, Jefferson is one of the best in the country at rebounding, shot-blocking and forcing turnovers.
This kid could start for just about any team on his list, and my numerical odds favor Duke in the pursuit of Jefferson, at 2-1.
2. Devonta Pollard
Class Rank: 28
Considering: Alabama, Georgetown, Missouri, Texas
Devonta Pollard is the second-most underrated player in the Class of 2012 at No. 28 in the country.
He should be a Top 10 prospect, and he should be in the running for Freshman of the Year next season.
Pollard is an incredibly versatile player who can do anything a coach wants him to do. He has range, he can drive through the lane, he can play suffocating defense, he can play point guard and he can be a leader.
He can score in a variety of ways, and he can play any position except for center. This kid has the potential to be a star one day, and the McDonald's All-American will certainly be in the NBA one day.
Pollard has improved his jumper beyond recognition, and he should be a top-10 player next year.
1. Anthony Bennett
Class Rank: 7
Considering: Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, UNLV
It's a good thing that Anthony Bennett is going to be an immediate-impact player, since he is going to be a one-and-done.
In fact, if I had to bet on one player being a one-and-done, it would be Bennett, since he wants to get to the NBA as fast as possible to repay his mom.
His coach will know that Bennett is only going to be around for a year, and that plays into the fact that Bennett will be used as much as possible next season.
This kid is a surprisingly good athlete for his size at power forward, and he can run the floor well. He can also step out and knock down a three if left open, which makes him dangerous because he can also drive past most players his size.
Bennett can post up defenders and finish in the lane with an array of different moves. We know that this kid will be a key player for any team at the next level.
I see him going to Kentucky and being yet another one-and-done for John Calipari.