Top Upcoming NCAA Basketball Recruits of the 2021 Class
Posted by: Mike Davis
Success during the NCAA basketball betting season comes off the backs of a successful recruiting program. As such, sports betting fans need to stay up to date with the best recruits entering the collegiate landscape. Additionally, keeping an eye on these recruits to see where they end up is paramount to NCAA sportsbook success. So to make it easier on the fans, we’ve assembled this list of the top upcoming NCAA basketball recruit class to keep an eye on. It might seem like it’s a bit early, but keeping these names in mind will undoubtedly up your betting game in the coming years.
Top Upcoming NCAA Basketball Recruits
Patrick Baldwin Jr. – Sussex, Wisconsin
College basketball recruiting is all about finding the next big star and Patrick Baldwin Jr. could be it. At the present moment, he is undoubtedly a top 3 recruit of the 2021 class. With a monstrous 6’ 8” frame and a natural knack for the game, any program will be lucky to snag Baldwin Jr.. He has strong perimeter shooting and with his height it comes as no surprise to see that he excels at attacking the basket. Although his defending needs works, there’s no question he has the natural ability to develop a strong defense. Right now he plays for Phenom University (17 U) and is putting up some decent numbers. In his first seven matches, he has averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
Terrence Clarke – Boston, Massachusetts
With a 6’6” frame and one of the best playmaking abilities in the country, Clarke is without question of the top upcoming NCAA basketball recruits. At the present time most recruiting services have him pegged as a shooting guard. However, we could see him becoming the primary initiator once he reaches the collegiate level. Like Lonzo Ball, Clarke is regarded for his ability to see the court and make crisp passes. But unlike Ball, Terrence Clarke possesses the size and athleticism to get to the rim and make the play. We’ve seen him suit up for Expressions Elite (17 U) and deliver 17.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game through 8 matches.
Jonathan Kuminga – Centereach, New York
While the other two names on this list got their due to their offensive pressure, Kuminga earns his rep through his defensive prowess. Currently some NCAA basketball betting pundits have him pegged as the best defender of the 2021 recruiting class. He has the frame for it undoubtedly with 6’8” to his name. Additionally, his athleticism allows him to defend multiple positions. Additionally, it’s clear that Kuminga has a knack for anticipating how things will develop on the court. This gives him an extremely high ceiling that should be worth watching develop in the NCAA. So far we’ve seen him play 8 games for Renaissance (17 U). Kuminga has delivered 21.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in his time with the program. Once he enters collegiate play, mobile betting fans could see Kuminga develop into one of the more dominant defenders in the country.