Biggest Winners of the 2018 College Basketball Recruitment Cycle
Posted by: Mike Davis
The 2018 college basketball betting season is still a long ways off. However, the recruitment cycle for the upcoming season is, for all intents and purposes, already over. Since Romeo Langford, New Albany High School’s shooting guard, has committed to Indiana, there is but one 5-star prospect left uncommitted. While there are still changes to be expected in rosters across the country, we can still take a measured look at who were the biggest winners of this year’s recruitment cycle. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners from this year’s recruitment cycle.
Biggest Winners of 2018 Recruitment Cycle
Duke Blue Devils
Over the last 5 years, the Blue Devils have snagged the best talent in the country. While they’ve only won one national championship in the last 5 years, Duke is always a college basketball betting favorite to get the job done. And their 2018 recruits undoubtedly pegs them as one of this year’s biggest winners. And once again, the Blue Devils have snagged some of 2018’s most remarkable talent. Duke didn’t just snag top level talent, they snagged the highest ranked players in their respective positions. That includes No 1 shooting guard RJ Barrett, No 1 small forward Cameron Reddish, No 1 power forward Zion Williamson and No 1 point guard Tre Jones. No doubt the parlay payout odds will be favoring Duke with that lineup.
Romeo Langford’s announcement to join Indiana undoubtedly impacted the Hoosiers. However, there’s no denying that Indiana already had a monster class. Included in that class is small forward Damezi Anderson. Additionally, four star small forward Damezi Anderson and four star point guard Robert Phinisee have joined their ranks. Jerome Hunter, a four star recruit out of Pickerington North (Ohio) High has also been snagged up. All in all, the Hoosiers have added a very well-rounded group to their roster.
Penny Hardaway did not wait long to make moves as the Tigers’ new head coach. Since being brought on in late March, the new coach has signed five players. With three of those ranked in the top 150, there’s no question Hardaway is looking to bring some changes. Most notable amongst those five are point guard Tyler Harris, point guard Alex Lomax and shooting guard Antwann Jones. Interestingly enough, Jones had originally committed to Texas A&M but decided for Memphis at the last second. And while Hardaway isn’t done just yet, he’s already done enough to raise eyebrows across the country.
While watching Kentucky and Duke battle it out on the court is hard to beat, watching these two programs compete for the best recruits is what this rivalry is starting to become about. While Duke might have gotten the best this time around, there’s no knocking Kentucky’s recruits. In fact, by the start of the season, the Wildcat’s – who’s class currently ranks No. 2, could be surpassing Duke. That’s all thanks to power forward EJ Montgomery and John Carroll. Additionally, Immanuel Quickley and Tyler Herro will be contributing stars this betting sportsbook season.