NCAA Basketball: Predicting landing spot for remaining 2021 5-star recruits

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NCAA Basketball prospects are quickly flying off the board this Summer including some of the nation’s top talent.

This has been an atypical recruiting cycle for many players in the nation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campus visits, grassroots tournaments in the summer, and the amount of contact between programs and players have all been largely diminished. Each issue has elevated the hurdles players prefer to clear before making a decision on their home for NCAA Basketball.

While the pandemic has increased the average time it’s taken for recruits, in most cases, to decide on their future program, players have begun to fly off the board in recent weeks. Players specifically at the top end of the spectrum have also been announcing their decisions and causing many programs reason to celebrate.

With the number of elite prospects dwindling, coaching staffs are putting on the full-court press to either improve their current recruiting class or land a key piece that will vastly improve their team entering the 2021 season.

Of the 25 5-star prospects ranked by 247sports.com, only 10 remain left available for programs to sign. Included on that list are 3 of the nation’s best prospects in the 2021 class and program-defining players such as Jaden Hardy (#4), Chet Holmgren (#2), and Patrick Baldwin Jr. (#1).

Before they commit to their chosen teams, I predict where they will eventually land and how their recruitments could unfold in the coming month or two.

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