As we enter the month of May and over a month since the 2021 NCAA Basketball national championship game, the recruiting classes have been the major topic of focus, even with all the craziness of the transfer portal going on this offseason.
The 2021 recruiting class has had plenty of storylines and interesting newsworthy commitments. There have been some surprises and others have gone the way we expected to. There also have been a few players who decided not to play NCAA Basketball, including five-star forward prospect Michael Foster going to the G League, along with China star forward Fanbo Zeng de-committing from Gonzaga to go overseas.
Even in the past month, there have been a few very interesting announcements that will certainly impact the 2021-22 season. 6’9 forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield joins fellow five-star prospect Kennedy Chander to play for the Tennessee Volunteers after reclassifying up a level. The SEC got another five-star big man this past week in Efton Reid, who picked LSU over the likes of Pittsburgh and Florida State.
That now leaves just six players ranked in the top-100 overall in the 2021 recruiting class (according to 247sportsComposite) currently without a home. Two of them recently became free agents in Nolan Hickman and TyTy Washington after leaving Kentucky ad Creighton respectively. Top-80 shooting guard Trey Alexander recruit left Auburn, Arthur Kaluma moved on from UNLV after a coaching change while Patrick Baldwin and Jaden Hardy have had their recruitments go on for the longest.
The good news for us waiting on some news is that just about all of them have announced intentions to pick a team in the next couple of weeks, so we won’t have to wait long.
But where will they end up? Here’s a prediction for each of their landing spots.