College Basketball Recruiting: Updated Top 15 Undecided Players from 2012 Class
Post-National Signing Day there are still some great 2012 college basketball recruits who have yet to commit. This is yet another installment of my monthly series updating you on the best college basketball recruiting classes and uncommitted recruits.
Since last month's installment, National Signing Day has come and gone, and we have seen many recruits on that list commit to schools (nine of 15 to be exact).
There are few elite recruits left, but these 15 will all certainly make big impacts when they sign.
15. Tevin Glass
Weight: 195 lbs.
Considering: Auburn, Mississippi State, Murray State, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Chattanooga
Tevin Glass is a long, athletic forward. He plays an up-tempo game and runs well, keeping his teammates running as well. He likes to lead a team in transition, but when forced to play half-court, he can also use his length to finish around defenders.
Glass plays like a power forward in high school, but he must learn to transition to a wing once he goes to college.
14. Charles Mitchell
Weight: 250 lbs.
Considering: Georgia, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Tennessee
Charles Mitchell is a great scoring threat, and he brings many attacks with him when he plays in the lane. He is also a good passer inside when the defense collapses, and he is a multi-faceted player on offense.
He is not the best player, but he shows a desire to improve. Unfortunately his conditioning has been holding him back for years, and until he can improve his conditioning, he will always be a second-class player.
13. Wanaah Bail
Weight: 210 lbs.
Considering: Houston, Texas, Kansas, Indiana
One of the best named players in the 2012 class, Wanaah Bail brings his combination of size and athletic ability. He is a very gifted player who loves attacking the lane.
Bail plays with the sense of urgency coaches love, and his up-tempo pace leads to him forcing a lot of turnovers and leading a lot of fast-breaks.
Bail is going to have some serious highlight-reel material in college, and he is always a pleasure to watch.
12. Winston Shepard
Weight: 205 lbs.
Considering: Oklahoma State, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State
With the body of a power forward and the shot of a small forward, Winston Shepard is a true combo-forward at the college level.
Shepard is very athletic and he runs the floor extremely well. I'm sorry, did I say runs? I meant sprints. He covers the court very quickly and provides some spectacular finishes in transition.
Shepard plays tenacious defense and rebounds well, so he will fit in at just about any school he chooses. However, Shepard should go to a fast-paced team that sprints the floor like he does.
11. Savon Goodman
Weight: 190 lbs.
Considering: Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Kentucky
After de-committing from Villanova, Savon Goodman has not done much in terms of his recruitment. A Philly native, it made sense that he would want to play close to home, but now he may not play at all. Goodman's recruitment is a true mystery, but Goodman is a seriously talented recruit.
Goodman makes a living at the high post, but he also does well in transition and can knock down open threes. He is versatile, and despite being listed as a power forward he will probably end up a small forward in college.
10. Andrew White
Weight: 210 lbs.
Considering: Kansas, Louisville, West Virginia, Texas
Andrew White actually has about 15 schools on his list at this point (an alarming number), but he has visited only four.
White slashes through the lane effectively, and he attacks the rim. He loves to drive, but as he keeps extending his range he could easily become a shooting guard.
White is one of the best drivers in the class, and while other players are good in many aspects, White is exceptional in a few.
9. Nino Jackson
Weight: 175 lbs.
Considering: Kansas, Baylor, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma
Nino Jackson is a bit of a wild-card, as some recruiting sites don't even rank him, yet others proclaim him a Top 50 player. However, I don't like to trust other sites, and I personally see Jackson as a great player.
Jackson is a solid point guard in terms of creating for others, but he also scores in bunches. He can drive well, finishing around defenders or he can knock down jumpers.
The fact that he is a point guard who seems too small to play shooting guard seems to hurt him in the minds of some experts. I see him as a dual-threat, however, and he could excel if he is not put into an offensive scheme that simply relies on him getting the ball to big men.
8. Torian Graham
Weight: 200 lbs.
Considering: North Carolina State, Miami
Torian Graham technically has about 15 schools on his radar as well, but it seems pretty clear that he will join the talented class brought in by North Carolina State.
A very gifted athlete, Graham is figuring out how to complete his game, and part of the reason he has not committed anywhere yet is undoubtedly to show that he is still improving. He is now knocking down threes and tough jumpers in addition to driving well and leading a team on transition.
Graham is a great scoring option, and he should be a top-notch recruit by the time he commits.
7. Ricardo Gathers
Weight: 240 lbs.
Considering: St. John's, LSU, Syracuse
Ricardo Gathers is pretty much guaranteed to go to St. John's at this point, all that's left is his official signing.
He is a man's man. He has the body of a football player, and he can use his size and strength to bully smaller defenders and finish inside. He can also knock down shots from up to 15 feet out, making him the complete offensive player.
Gathers can also rebound well or block shots on defense. While finesse is not his strong point, he can do what is necessary to complete his game.
6. Tony Parker
Weight: 270 lbs.
Considering: UCLA, Ohio State, Duke, Georgetown, Memphis
Tony Parker is a talented big man, but in this class who isn't? There's a high supply of big men, but the teams on his list still need him (especially Duke who lost in the Mitch McGary sweepstakes and don't have much of a class right now).
Parker is huge and he uses that size to carve out space on the blocks. When he has the ball down-low he is next to unstoppable because he can beat you with a plethora of moves. He also knocks down shots up to 15 feet, and can score off the dribble.
Parker rebounds well and plays tough defense. Now that he has chiseled his physique a bit and become better conditioned he is going to be one of the best big men in country, which is saying a lot considering how good this class is.
5. Amile Jefferson
Weight: 190 lbs.
Considering: North Carolina State, Kentucky, Connecticut, Ohio State, Stanford
Amile Jefferson has finished his college visits, and all that remains now is his decision. It seems that he will pick North Carolina State, adding to an already impressive class.
Jefferson is going to play college ball for two or three years, so his value should be pretty high.
Jefferson defines his game around his size, length and feel for the game. He has a sense of urgency on the court that makes you think its his last game ever, but he can maintain that tempo for four quarters.
An athletic power forward, Jefferson can do anything a coach could ask from a frontcourt player.
4. Jarnell Stokes
Weight: 250 lbs.
Considering: Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Connecticut, Memphis, Tennessee
Jarnell Stokes is a big-bodied forward who has cut down on fat to become better conditioned and take his game to the next level.
Stokes plays well down-low, and he is surprisingly agile. Using a quick spin-move to leave opponents behind him, Stokes then finishes well through contact.
Stokes is yet another big man in the 2012 class, and while the supply is high, the demand for Stokes increases with every day he remains uncommitted.
Despite being ruled ineligible to play his senior season by the TSSAA, Stokes will be ready for college ball come next season.
3. Devonta Pollard
Weight: 200 lbs.
Considering: Texas, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri
After cutting Kentucky from his list, Devonta Pollard now appears to be leaning toward Texas. Last month I only had Texas and Kentucky as the schools he was considering because they were the only consistent schools he talked about.
Now, however, Pollard has also added Alabama (whom he has recently visited), Georgetown, Mississippi State and Mizzou.
Pollard will take his time in making this decision, but I don't expect anyone to object, as he has certainly earned this time. He is extremely versatile and constantly improving, so opposing coaches never know which aspect of his game is his best.
Every night he seems to play a different style, yet they are all effective. He can drive or shoot from range, not to mention playing inside like a power forward. He has great hands on defense and the ability to record 10 blocks in a night.
Pollard is grossly underrated by most recruiting experts, and he is certainly going to be an elite player in college.
2. Anthony Bennett
Weight: 230 lbs.
Considering: Pittsburgh, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, UNLV, Ohio State, West Virginia
Anthony Bennett is a talented big man, but he seems unable to make up his mind. He currently has nine schools on his list, which is even more than last month. The schools don't mind, however, as wherever Bennett goes, he will surely learn to dominate in college.
A very versatile player, Bennett can play as a forward or a guard at times. That is not to say that teams will start him at shooting guard, but merely to draw comparisons between shooting ability. Bennett is athletic and he can even knock down threes if given time.
A force in the paint but a guard up top, Bennett's versatility is the forte of his game.
1. Shabazz Muhammad
Weight: 215 lbs.
Considering: UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, UNLV, Kansas, Memphis, Texas A&M, USC
Eight schools is certainly a lot, but with the skills Shabazz Muhammad possesses he could turn an average recruiting class into an elite one.
Muhammad is a skilled lefty whose ability to attack the rim is unmatched. He can also knock down threes is left open, but his true strength is in the lane, where he is next to unstoppable.
Size and athleticism are the name of the game for Muhammad, and these key attributes make him easily the best recruit in the 2012 class.
Whoever Muhammad decides to play for will instantly be a Top 15 class, and considering who most of these schools are bringing in they could easily be in the top five.
Josh Schoch is an aspiring sportswriter dedicated to bringing you everything related to college basketball, the NFL, MLB, NBA, college football and much more. Follow him on Twitter.