International Recruits Who Will Have a Big Impact on the 2016-17 CBB Season
Basketball has long been known as an international sport, but college basketball is also starting to reap the benefits of the game's globalization.
Recruiting has grown into an international quest for talent, and we've seen plenty of players with no United States high-school basketball experience come into college basketball and play well over the last several years.
The Class of 2016 that is entering college basketball next season is no different. With N.C. State landing a commitment from Turkish center Omer Yurtseven this week, that makes seven players in the 247Sports composite national rankings in the Class of 2016 that are coming to the United States to play college hoops.
While Australia, fresh off the hyped freshman season of Ben Simmons, leads the charge with three players on this list, plenty of other countries are producing quality basketball talent as well.
Here's a look at the seven top-150 prospects who will play college basketball next season.
Tom Wilson, SMU
Country of Origin: Australia
247Sports Ranking: No. 137
What they do well: With good size and experience, Wilson was one of Australia's most productive players during the FIBA U19 World Championships, averaging 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Wilson is a steady presence at guard who has played in a healthy amount of big-time international competitions.
How they should fit: SMU has a glaring hole at point guard with Nic Moore graduating, and Larry Brown's ballclub needs a strong presence with the ball.
If Wilson can set up promising two-guard Shake Milton and get easy looks for his big men, he should be able to get early minutes at SMU.
Harry Froling, SMU
Country of origin: Australia
247 Sports Ranking: No. 132
What they do well: A skilled big man who can score from all over the floor, the 6'10" center has improved greatly over the last year as he's played well at events like Basketball Without Borders and the Nike Hoop Summit.
Froling can score in the post, hit jumpers and he's also a very good passing big man.
How they fit in: SMU is going to need scorers to complement Shake Milton and Ben Moore, and Froling should be able to take some of the minutes that seniors Markus Kennedy and Jordan Tolbert occupied last season.
Since he can score in the post, Froling gives the Mustang offense a valuable addition they might otherwise lack.
William McDowell-White, Fresno State
Country of origin: Australia
247 Sports Ranking: No. 124
What they do well: At 6'5", McDowell-White has the size to be a matchup problem for other teams, and he has the vision and passing ability to pick apart an opposing defense.
With great feel for the position and good ball-handling skill, McDowell-White should make a smooth transition to American college basketball.
How they fit: Fresno State landed a bit of a steal in McDowell-White, as they grabbed the Australian after he also took official visits to Arizona State and Texas A&M.
McDowell-White's older brother, Darryl, is also committed, and the Bulldogs are hoping William can log minutes at guard with the departure of seniors Cezar Guerrero and Marvelle Harris.
Killian Tillie, Gonzaga
Country of origin: France
247 Sports Ranking: No. 122
What they do well: A versatile 6'10" forward from an athletic family, Tillie has been successful during his amateur career in France.
During the U16 European Championships in 2014, Tillie led France to the title and was named MVP as he averaged 14.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
How they fit in: With Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis going pro, Gonzaga needs help on the interior.
Tillie's ability to stretch the floor a little makes him a natural fit to help offset Wiltjer's production, and among Gonzaga's three international commits in the 2016 class, the Frenchman has the most big-game experience.
Richard Freudenberg, St. John's
Country of origin: Germany
247 Sports Ranking: No. 108
What he does well: At 6'9", Freudenberg is a sharp-shooting forward who can knock down jumpers in all sorts of settings, and he has great size to shoot over smaller defenders on the wing.
Also a plus athlete, Freudenberg shouldn't get lost transitioning to American basketball because he's quick and bouncy for his size.
How he fits in: St. John's struggled mightily last season and can use all the help they can get, so Freudenberg should be able to compete for early minutes.
With his ability to space the floor, St. John's has some attacking guards in Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett Jr. that should be able to get him the ball for some open looks.
Omer Yurtseven, N.C. State
Country of origin: Turkey
247 Sports Ranking: No. 25
What they do well: At 6'11", 230 pounds, Yurtseven can score on the interior and rebounds his area well as he's been putting up some big numbers in Europe.
During the European U18 Championships in 2015, Yurtseven averaged 9.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
How they fit in: With N.C. State bringing in a 5-star prospect in point guard Dennis Smith in the Class of 2016, the Wolfpack needed a pick-and-roll finisher to complement their new stud floor general.
Yurtseven should be able to help with that—and much more—as he's equipped to score in the post as well.
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Country of origin: Finland
247Sports Ranking: No. 21
What they do well: A skilled forward who can stretch the floor and knock down shots from distance, Markkanen averaged 18.2 points per game for Finland's U18 team during the European Championships.
Markkanen also moves well for a 6'11" forward and can run the floor with most other big men.
How they fit in: Arizona is losing Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson, so they need front-court bodies for next season.
With the Wildcats bringing in a lot of guards who can push tempo and penetrate, Markkanen should have plenty of opportunities to spot up and look for perimeter jumpers.
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