As we enter the New Year, it seems more like the old year, as once again John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats have taken the lead in our recruiting rankings with the before Christmas addition of our #19 rated senior Jarred Vanderbilt from Houston, TX Victory Prep.

But, there are still eight of our top thirty seniors still on the board as I write this, including top fifteen talents #3 Mohammed Bamba, #4 Trevon Duval, 8 Brandon McCoy, #9 Trae Young, #10 Hamidou Diallo (committed January 10th to Kentucky!), #11 Brian Bowen, and #13 Kevin Knox. All of which could affect the national rankings depending on where they choose to go to school.

So we definitely think that these rankings could have some real movement this spring in the April-May signing period, even though catching Kentucky could be a tall order unless UCLA can add Brian Bowen (the only one they are currently recruiting) or say Duke, Arizona, or Kansas can sign multiple (2-3) players from that group…which is highly unlikely, but not impossible.

So with that in mind, here is our mid-season look at the nation’s top thirty recruiting classes:

Van Coleman’s FutureStars Top 30 Mid-Season Recruiting Classes

1. KENTUCKY 6 Recruits: Quade Green, 6’1, PG, Philadelphia (Neumann-Goretti) PA; Nick Richards, 6’11, C, Elizabeth (The Patrick School) NJ; P.J. Washington, 6’7, PF, Henderson (Findlay Prep) NV; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 6’5, PG, Chattanooga (Hamilton Heights) TN; Jarred Vanderbilt 6-7 Houston, TX Victory Prep: New Commitment January 10th: Hamidou Diallo 6’5 SG Putnam (Putnam Science) CT.

2. UCLA 5 Recruits: Cody Riley, 6’7, PF, Chatsworth (Sierra Canyon) CA; Jaylen Hands, 6’3, PG, El Cajon (Foothills Christian) CA; Kris Wilkes, 6’9, WF, Indianapolis (North Central) IN; Jalen Hill, 6’9, C, Corona (Centennial) CA; Li Angelo Ball, 6’5, WF, Chino Hills (H.S.) CA.

3. WASHINGTON 5 Recruits: Michael Porter, 6’10, PF, Seattle (Nathan Hale) WA; Jaylen Nowell, 6’5, 2G, Seattle (Garfield) WA; Daejon Davis, 6’4, 2G, Seattle (Garfield) WA; Mamadou Diarra, 6’9, PF, St. Louis (Christian) MO; Blake Harris, 6’3, 2G, Raleigh (Word of God) NC.

4. ARIZONA 4 Recruits: DeAndre Ayton, 7’0, C, Phoenix (Hillcrest Academy) AZ; Brandon Randolph, 6’6, 2G, West Chester (Westtown School) PA; Alex Barcello, 6’2, PG, Tempe (Corona Del Sol) AZ. Ira Lee, 6’8, PF, Santa Monica (Crossroads) CA.

5. ALABAMA 5 Recruits: Collin Sexton, 6’2, PG, Mableton (Pebblebrook) GA; John Petty, 6’6, WF, Huntsville (Mae Jamison) AL; Alex Reese,6’9, PF, Pelham (H.S.) AL; Galin Smith, 6’10, Clinton (H.S.) MS; Herb Jones, 6’7, WF, Moundville (Hale County) AL.

6. MIAMI-FL 4 Recruits: Chris Lykes, 5’6, PG, Washington (Gonzaga) DC; Lonnie Walker, 6’5, 2G, Reading (H.S.) PA; Deng Gak, 6’11, C, Blairstown (Blair Academy) NJ; Samuel Waardenburg, 6’9. PF, Auckland, New Zealand.

7. DUKE 3 Recruits: Wendell Carter, 6’9, C, Atlanta (Pace Academy) GA; Gary Trent, 6’5, 2G, Napa (Prolific Prep) CA; Alex O’Connell, 6’6, 2G, Alpharetta (Milton) GA.

8. XAVIER 5 Recruits: Paul Scruggs, 6’3, 2G, Napa (Prolific Prep) CA; Naji Marshall, 6’7, WF, Chatham (Hargrave Military) VA; Jared Ridder, 6’6, WF, Springfield (Kickapoo) MO; Elias Harden, 6’5, 2G, Mableton (Pebblebrook) GA; Kentrevious Jones, 6’11, C, Macon (Westside) GA.

9. FLORIDA STATE 5 Recruits: Ikey Obiagu, 7’0, C, Decatur (Greenforest Christian) GA; Raiquan Gray, 6’8, PF, Ft. Lauderdale (Dillard) FL; Anthony Polite, 6’6. WF, Boca Raton (St. Andrews) FL: Wyatt Wilkes, 6’7, PF, Winter Park (H.S.) FL; Bryan Trimble, 6’3, 2G, Bel Aire (Sunrise Christian) KS.

10. LOUISVILLE 4 Recruits: Malik Williams, 6’11, C, Ft. Wayne (Snider) IN; Darius Perry, 6’1, PG, Marietta (Wheeler) GA; Lance Thomas, 6’9, PF, Norcross (H.S.) GA; Jordan Nwora, 6’8, WF, Saxton’s River (Vermont Academy) VT

11. NORTH CAROLINA 4 Recruits: Jalek Felton, 6’3, 2G, West Columbia ( Gray Collegiate Academy) SC; Brandon Huffman, 6’10, C, Raleigh (Word of God) NC; Sterling Manley, 6’11, C, Pickerington (Central) OH; Andrew Platek, 6’4, 2G, Northfield (Northfield-Mt. Hermon) MA.

12. WEST VIRGINIA 5 Recruits: Derek Culver, 6’9, PF, Harding (Warren Harding) OH; D’Angelo Hunter, 6’7. WF, Navarro (JC) TX; Wesley Harris, 6’8, WF, Lawson State (JC) AL; Teddy Allen, 6’5, 2G, Omaha (Boys Town) NE; Brandon Knapper, 6’0, PG, Chatham (Hargrave Military) VA

13. AUBURN 3 Recruits: Austin Wiley, 6’10, C, Hoover (Spain Park) AL; Chuma Okeke, 6’7, WF, Atlanta (Westlake) GA; Davion Mitchell, 6’2, PG, Hinesville (Liberty County) GA.

14. IOWA 3 Recruits: Luka Garza, 6’11, C, Washington (Maret) DC; Connor McCaffery, 6’5, 2G, Iowa City (West) IA; Jack Nunge, 6’10, PF, Newburgh (Castle) IN.

15. PURDUE 4 Recruits: Eden Ewing, 6’8, WF, Tyler (JC) TX; Nojel Eastern, 6’5, 2G, Evanston (Township) IL; Matt Haarms, 7’2, C, Bel Aire (Sunrise Christian) KS; Aaron Wheeler, 6’7, WF, Wolfeboro (Brewster Academy) NH.

16. ILLINOIS 4 Recruits: Jeremiah Tilmon, 6’10, C, East St. Louis (H.S.) IL; DaMonte Williams, 6’3, 2G, Peoria (Manual) IL; Trent Frazier, 6’2, PG, Wellington (Community) IL; Javon Pickett, 6’4, 2G, Belleville (East) IL.

17. PITTSBURGH 4 Recruits: Jared Wilson-Frame, 6’5, WF, Northwest Florida State (JC) FL; Terrell Brown, 6’10, C, Tilton (School) NH; Marcus Carr, 6’1, PG, Montverde (Academy) FL; Aaron Thompson, 6’2, PG, Fairfax (Paul VI) VA.

18. TEXAS A&M 4 Recruits: Savion Flagg, 6’7, WF, Alvin (H.S.) TX; T.J. Starks, 6’2, PG, Lancaster (H.S.) TX; Jay Jay Chandler, 6’3, 2G, Katy (Cinco Ranch) TX; Isiah Jasey, 6’9, C, Bel Aire (Sunrise Christian) KS

19. OREGON 3 Recruits: Troy Brown, 6’6, PF, Las Vegas (Centennial) NV; Victor Bailey, 6’3, 2G, Austin (McNeil) TX; Abu Kigab, 6’6, WF, Napa (Prolific Prep) CA.

20. WESTERN KENTUCKY 3 Recruits: Mitchell Robinson, 6’11, C, Chalmette (H.S.) LA; Josh Anderson, 6’4, 2G, Baton Rouge (Madison Prep Academy) LA; Taveion Hollingsworth, 6’2, 2G, Lexington (Paul Dunbar) KY.

21. TEXAS CHRISTIAN 4 Recruits: Lat Mayen, 6’8, WF, Adelaide, Australia; R.J. Nembhard, 6’4, 2G, Keller (JC) TX; Kevin Samuel, 6’10, C, Houston (Redemption Christian) TX; Andre Pierce, 6’9, PF, Lee (JC) TX.

22. KANSAS 2 Recruits: Billy Preston, 6’10, PF, Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA; Marcus Garrett, 6’6, 2G, Dallas (Skyline) TX.

23. HOUSTON 4 Recruits: Gabe Grant, 6’6, WF, Three Rivers (JC) MO; Fabian White, 6’8, PF, Humble (Atascocita) TX; Breaon Brady,6’9, C, Saddleback (JC) CA; Mike Adewunmi, 6’5, 2G, Mansfield (Lake Ridge) TX.

24. IOWA STATE 3 Recruits: Lindell Wigginton, 6’3, PG, Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA; Terrence Lewis, 6’5, WF, Milwaukee (Riverside) WI; Darius McNeill, 6’3, 2G, Houston (Westfield) TX.

25. WISCONSIN 3 Recruits: Nathan Reuvers, 6”9, PF, Lakeville (Lakeville-North) WI; Kobe King, 6’3, 2G, La Crosse (H.S.) WI, Brad Davison, 6’3, 2G, Maple Grove (H.S.) MN.

26. USC 3 Recruits: Charles O’Bannon 6’6 WF Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) NV; Jordan Usher 6-7 WF Marietta (Wheeler) GA; Victor Oyaelunmo 7-0 C Miami (Gulliver Prep) FL.

27. CONNECTICUT 3 Recruits: Makai Ashton-Langford, 6’2, PG, Wolfeboro (Brewster Academy) NH; Josh Carlton, 6’9, C, Hyattsville (DeMatha) MD; Tyler Polley, 6’8, WF, Weston (Sagemont) FL.

28. BUTLER 4 Recruits: Kyle Young, 6’9, PF, Jackson (Massillon) OH; Cooper Neese, 6’3, 2G, Cloverdale (H.S.) IN; Jerald Butler, 6’4, 2G, Ft. Lauderdale (Calvary Christian) FL; Christian David, 6’7, WF, Saxton’s River (Vermont Academy) VT.

29. MISSISSIPPI STATE 3 Recruits: Nick Weatherspoon, 6’2, PG, Camden (Velma Jackson) MS; Garrison Brooks, 6’10, C, Auburn (-H.S.) AL; Keyshawn Feazell, 6’8, PF, Monticello (Lawrence County) MS.

30. VILLANOVA 2 Recruits: Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, 6’9, PF, Philadelphia (Neumann-Goretti) PA; Jermaine Samuels, 6’5, WF, Weston (Rivers) MA.

30. CALIFORNIA 4 Recruits: Jemarl Baker, 6’7, 2G, Corona (Roosevelt) CA; Alec Hickman, 6’4, 2G, San Juan Capistrano (J. Serra) CA; Trevin Knell, 6’5, 2G, Woods Cross (H.S.) UT; Juhwan Harris-Dyson, 6’5, 2G, Northridge (Heritage Christian) CA.

The Next Ten:

VIRGINIA TECH 2 Recruits: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, 6’5, 2G, Chattanooga (Hamilton Heights) TN; Wabissa Bede, 6’1, 2G, Ashburnham (Cushing Academy) MA.

MINNESOTA 2 Recruits: Isaiah Washington, 6’1, PG, Bronx (St. Raymond’s) NY; Jamir Harris, 6’2, 2G, Elizabeth (The Patrick School) NJ

INDIANA 3 Recruits: Justin Smith, 6’7, WF, Lincolnshire (Stevenson) IL; Aljami Durham, 6’4, 2G, Lilburn (Berkmar) GA; Clifton Moore,6’9, PF, Horsham (Hatboro-Horsham) PA

ARKANSAS 3 Recruits: Dan Gafford, 6’11, C, El Dorado (H.S.) AR; Khalil Garland, 6’6, WF, Little Rock (Parkview) AR; Darious Hall, 6’6, WF, Little Rock (Wilbur D. Mills) AR.

Florida 4 Recruits: Isaiah Stokes 6’9 PF Bradenton (IMG Academy) FL; DeAundre Ballard 6’6 SG Atlanta (Southwest Christian) GA; Michael Okauru 6’4 SG Wolfeboro (Brewster Academy) FL; Chase Johnson 6’8 PF Huntington (Prep) WV.

OREGON STATE 2 Recruits: Ethan Thompson, 6’5, 2G, Torrance (Bishop Montgomery) CA; Zach Reichle, 6’5, 2G, Wilsonville (H.S.) OR.

GEORGETOWN 2 Recruits: Tremont Waters, 5’9, PG, Fitchburg (Notre Dame) MA; Antwan Walker, 6’7, PF, Chatham (Hargrave Military) VA.

MICHIGAN 3 Recruits: Eli Brooks, 6’1, PG, Spring Grove (H.S.) PA; Jordan Poole, 6’5, 2G, La Porte (La Lumiere) IN; Isaiah Livers, 6’7, PF, Kalamazoo (Central) MI.

TEXAS 3 Recruits: Royce Hamm, 6’8, PF, Houston (Aldine) TX; Jericho Sims, 6’8, C, Houston(Cristo Rey Jesuit) TX; Jase Febres, 6’4, 2G, Houston (Westfield) TX.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 4 Recruits: Lavar Batts, 6’2, PG, Concord (Robinson) NC; Marcus Santos-Silva, 6’7, PF, Saxton’s River (Vermont Academy) VT; Mayan Kiir, 6’10, PF, Bradenton (Victory Rock) FL; Sean Mobley, 6’9, PF, Montverde (Academy) FL.

PORTLAND 4 Recruits: Tahirou Diabate, 6’10, C, Niigate, Japan; Taki Fahrensohn, 6’5, 2G, Auckland, New Zealand; Austin Stone, 6’9. PF, USC-Salkehatchie (JC) SC; JoJo Walker, 6’1, PG, St. Maria (St. Joseph) CA.

Potential Breakthroughs:

TEXAS TECH 3 Recruits: Hyron Edwards, 6’1, PG, Trinity Valley (JC) TX; Jarrett Culver, 6’5. 2G, Lubbock (Coronado) TX; Jordan Bragers, 6’2, 2G, South Plains (JC) TX.

FLORIDA 3 Recruits: DeAndre Ballard, 6’6, 2G, Atlanta (Southwest Atlanta Christian) GA; Isaiah Stokes, 6’8, C, Bradenton (IMG Academy) FL; Chase Johnson, 6’8, PF, Huntington (Prep) WV.

OKLAHOMA STATE 3 Recruits: Souleymane Diakite, 6’8. PF, Gran Canaria (Canterbury School) Canary Islands; . Zach Dawson, 6’3, 2G, Miami (South Miami) FL; Latravian Glover, 6’7, PF, Miami (South Miami) FL.

GEORGIA 2 Recruits: Rayshaun Hammonds, 6’7, PF, Norcross (H.S.) GA; Nicholas Claxton, 6’9, PF, Greenville (Legacy Charter) GA.

WAKE FOREST 2 Recruits: Chaundee Brown, 6’5, 2G, Orlando (First Academy) FL; Melo Eggleston, 6’8, WF, Fitchburg (Notre Dame) MA.

SAINT LOUIS 2 Recruits: Jordan Goodwin, 6’3, 2G, Belleville (Althoff) IL; Hasahn French, 6’7, PF, Springfield (Commonwealth Academy) MA.

NOTRE DAME 1 Recruit: D.J. Harvey, 6’6, WF, Hyattsville (DeMatha) MD.

NEVADA 1 Recruit: Shawntrez Davis, 6’7, PF, Palm Beach (JC) FL.

ARIZONA STATE 2 Recruits: Kimani Lawrence, 6’6, WF, New Hampton (Prep) NH; Remy Martin, 5’11, PG, Chatsworth (Sierra Canyon) CA.
LSU 2 Recruits: Galen Alexander, 6’6, WF, Lafayette (Christian) LA; Brandon Rachal, 6’6, WF, Nachitoches (Central) LA.

Look for periodic updates to these rankings as we move toward the Spring signing period, right here at Thebasketballchannel.net.