I think folks might like ESPN's team ratings over 247....
Xavier 8 Chris Mack and his staff have been busy over the last four months, securing five commitments and positioning the Musketeers as the best class in the Big East thus far. The highlight is ESPN 100 guard Paul Scruggs (No. 28), one of the more sought-after point guards in the 2017 class. Xavier beat out the likes of Indiana, Michigan State and Connecticut for Scruggs, whose toughness and ability to play on or off the ball will fit well with the Musketeers. The other ESPN 100 prospect in the group is Naji Marshall (No. 85), a versatile perimeter player who had a very strong spring and summer. He can make plays with the ball in his hands, and is a tough finisher. Four-star forward Jared Ridder is one of the best shooters in the 2017 class, and his size enables him to play some small-ball four if necessary. Four-star wing Elias Harden, out of Atlanta, had several SEC schools on him, but Xavier went into the south and got him. He can score in the mid-range and behind the arc, and is also a capable defender due to his size and length. Rounding out the class is 6-foot-11 center Kentrevious Jones, another Georgia native. Jones is a true post player who will rebound and bring some touch around the rim. Xavier will continue to look for another big guy into the spring.
Butler 16 Few programs have been more strategic with their 2017 recruiting classes than Butler has, especially early in the cycle. The Bulldogs not only evaluated and targeted players who were both able to make an immediate impact, but they also went after were also realistic targets, got them all on campus early and closed four different commitments before the end of October. Their class includes a pair of ESPN 100 products in Christian David and Kyle Young, one of the most versatile perimeter players in the country in Jerald Butler and a shot-making combo guard in Cooper Neese. Collectively this is a group that is as versatile as it is talented. All four players are capable of playing multiple positions. While Butler still has a scholarship available, they have the luxury of being able to hold it in case an impact player or a transfer becomes available.
Creighton 17 There are few programs in the country that were more proactive with their 2017 class then Creighton. Coach Greg McDermott and his staff landed all three of their commitments, including two ESPN 100 prospects, before the end of their junior years. In Ty-Shon Alexander and Mitchell Ballock they have one of the best incoming shooting tandems in the country and a pair of perimeter players who fit their style of play perfectly. Hunter Thompson may not be quite as uniquely talented, but he is an emerging 6-foot-10 big man who also fits their offensive style and will be capable of playing both frontcourt positions. The Blue Jays might not be done yet either, as they are still in the mix for five-star small forward Brian Bowen and would love to add a skilled big wing in that mold.
Georgetown 26 The Hoyas got their man when they landed a commitment from Tremont Waters. A four-star floor general and one of the most skilled guards in the class, Waters will make an immediate contribution and should be capable of challenging for a starting spot from Day 1. The Hoyas got another boost when they landed a commitment from Antwan Walker, an athletic and rugged forward capable of playing multiple positions. They would love to add a true center to the class but, given the lack of quality options left on the board, are likely to entertain transfers as well.
Villanova 27 The defending national champions hold a pair of commitments along their front line from multi-positional players. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree is a local product who could see time at either the four or five spots and could impact the game with his athleticism, motor and shot blocking. ESPN 100 small forward Jermaine Samuels has grown from a volume scorer to one of the hardest-working and grittiest players on the East Coast. He's a proven scorer inside of 18 feet, as he developed his perimeter skill set and is capable of guarding three different positions. Villanova is among the finalists for Lonnie Walker, Quade Green and Trevon Duval but would presumably also be open to new names later in the class, especially a bigger ball-handling guard.
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St John's at 40 After turning over the vast majority of their roster in the 18 months since Chris Mullin took the reins at his alma mater, St. John's came into this class with the luxury of looking for quality and not quantity. When the Red Storm landed a commitment from 7-foot center Zach Brown in July they found just that. Brown has had his fair share of concerns off the floor, but there's no denying his talent between the lines. A one-time UConn pledge, Brown has the size to immediately impact the game on both ends of the floor. The Johnnies are also after five-star local products like Mohamed Bamba and Hamidou Diallo but are otherwise focused on getting an early start on their 2018 recruiting class where they already hold an early commitment from Boubacar Diakite and are hoping to take advantage of a talent rich class in the tri-state area.