There are three teams that have managed to corral themselves a pair of Top 100 big men. The first one to do it was Anthony Grant’s Alabama team that landed Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro, Ala./Greensboro) and power forward Shannon Hale (Johnson City, Tenn./Christ School).
Arkansas was next, which had been sitting on a commitment from power forward Bobby Portis (Little Rock, Ark./Hall) for a while before adding his AAU teammate, center Moses Kingsley (New Albany, Miss./Huntington Prep), an last month.
Coming up with the third program is tricky. It probably took a you a few guesses and maybe a hint before you were able to guess South Florida. Why are we bringing this up now? Last weekend, Stan Heath’s team hosted Byron "Bo" Zeigler (Detroit, Mich./Community) and the small forward committed during his visit, giving the Bulls a nice collection at the small forward, power forward and center positions.
Though Zeigler isn’t in the ESPN 100, he’s a strong three-star player. The vibe here is that the Bulls outkicked their coverage in terms of their frontcourt recruits.
Center John Egbunu (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach) showed up at last summer’s NBA camp and turned heads. He proved his worth and made Heath look good for having the early line on him and acting quickly to lock him up before summer.
His next summer target was Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla./Bartow). Perry spent more time as a baseball player than basketball prospect but turned the corner in the spring. When he blew up, USF fended off invaders before eventually landing the back end 100 prospect. Central Florida, Tulsa and Cincinnati went hard after Perry but USF kept him in state.
The best part about USF’s future frontcourt is that it’s going to get to grow together. There isn’t a one-and-done or even two-and-done player in the mix. The fact is these guys need seasoning and reps and they’ll be able to get them under Heath. By the time these guys are juniors, we could be talking about a frontcourt that evolved into one of the more formidable ones in the Big East.
We expect big things from Arkansas because that’s what the Hogs do; they recruit at a high level. We expect Anthony Grant to score recruits, especially since he went after backcourt talent last year.
Now, we can expect South Florida to turn over rocks and find good players. Case in point is point guard Anthony Collins. Who knew his kid out of Houston would turn into the player he is? When this class arrives, Collins will be a junior and he’ll be primed and ready to welcome in these young bigs. It’ll be a perfect match with an advanced junior point guard and three new pupils to break in.