Considering: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Seton Hall
NBA comparison: Russell Westbrook/Kyrie Irving
Strengths: Incredible finisher at the rim, both dunks and difficult layups.
Weaknesses: Still learning how to balance his own offense while still setting up his teammates for easy scores.
If I was him, I would commit to: Duke because he could play for Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who helped groom Irving into the no. 1 pick in 2011. Coach K’s experience on the Olympic level for Team USA would also serve Duval well as he continues to learn how to master the point guard position.
Considering: Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas
NBA comparison: Rudy Gobert/Nerlens Noel
Strengths: One of the most physically gifted players in high school, with great timing on the defensive end.
Weaknesses: His offensive game is still a work in progress, with a lot of room grow (literally). He needs to continue adding muscle to his very lean (and long) frame.
If I was him, I would commit to: Kentucky because Coach John Calipari’s track record with elite big man is undeniable (Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Karl Anthony-Towns). Also, two friends/former teammates of Bamba’s will be on the Wildcats roster next year – Hamidou Diallo and Quade Green.
Considering: Arizona, Michigan State, Oregon, San Diego State, UNLV
NBA comparison: Marquese Chriss/Rashard Lewis
Strengths: McCoy’s combination of quick feet, length, soft touch, and explosiveness is unmatched by any other post player in the class.
Weaknesses: He needs to get better at staying in an athletic stance on both ends on the floor by bending his knees, and playing with a wider, more balanced base.
If I was him, I would commit to: Arizona because Coach Sean Miller only has two centers likely returning to Tucson next year (Dusan Ristic and Chance Comanche), with Lauri Markkanen to enter the NBA Draft. McCoy will be able to contribute right away, and hopefully follow Markkanen’s footsteps to the lottery.
Considering: Alabama, Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Villanova
NBA comparison: Rodney Hood/Shawn Marion
Strengths: Knox is a force in the open court, who loves to grab the defensive rebound and then push the fast break, where he often finishes above the rim.
Weaknesses: His outside jumper is not consistent enough yet to keep defenses honest but with added strength, that part of his game will continue to improve.
If I was him, I would commit to: Florida because he can stay in his home-state, he can contribute to an up-tempo team right away, and because the Gators always have skinny athletic wings succeed (Corey Brewer anyone?).
Considering: Arizona, Creighton, Michigan, North Carolina State, Texas, UCLA
NBA comparison: Jason Richardson (Bowen’s uncle)
Strengths: Has a very versatile offensive game, with the ability to score from all three levels (paint, midrange, three-pointers).
Weaknesses: Finishing at the rim through contact – he’s still growing into his body.
If I was him, I would commit to: Michigan because he too can stay in home-state, and his scoring ability combined with Duncan Robinson’s shooting will make the Wolverines one of the most dangerous Big Ten teams instantly.