Here are five prospects from the 2020 NCAA Basketball recruiting class that will have a greater impact on their new school than their ranking would suggest.
Most of the freshmen that will make significant impacts in NCAA Basketball next year are the high-end recruits, projected one-and-done prospects, that many fans already know about. Yet every year there are a number of prospects who don’t enter college with that same amount of hype yet still find a way to be every bit as impactful during their freshman seasons.
This past season, USC big man Onyeka Okongwu went from the No. 25 prospect in the 2019 class to a projected top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The same thing happened for Isaac Okoro, who went to Auburn as the No. 36 prospect. Kofi Cockburn helped lead Illinois’ resurgence as the No. 46 prospect.
The list goes on and on, and not all of them are set to leave for the draft, either.
The bottom line is that value can be found outside just the top 10 in any given recruiting class, and that is especially the case for a class as deep as 2020.
While there are still a number of key prospects that have yet to make a commitment as of this writing, there are a handful of prospects ranked outside the top 15 that may be flying under the radar in terms of the impact they will have next season.
Here are the five most underrated commitments in the 2020 NCAA Basketball recruiting class.