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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Analyzing top 10 teams for 2025 5-star forward Koa Peat

5-star NCAA Basketball prospect Koa Peat is down to 10 options. Which of them makes sense for the class of 2025 forward?

Koa Peat (10) celebrates his teammates score at the LIV8 Invitational at Chandler-Gilbert Community
Koa Peat (10) celebrates his teammates score at the LIV8 Invitational at Chandler-Gilbert Community / Sam Ballesteros/The Republic / USA TODAY
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North Carolina Tar Heels

With how strong of a season the Heels are having, HC Hubert Davis isn’t going anywhere, creating needed stability to help the recruiting efforts. They have a top-10 current class in 2024 but power forward will be a big position of need two years from now once Harrison Ingram and Jae’lyn Withers leave. Peat can play for a big school but unlike potentially Duke and Kentucky, would be a key piece for UNC.

Texas Longhorns

Coach Rodney Terry is in his first year as the full-time head coach but he’s been able to land some big pieces already, including five-star guards, Tre Johnson and Cam Scott. The frontcourt is a big need to address in the future, as Dylan Disu and Dillon Mitchell will be gone in a couple of years. If Texas focuses on Peat, they could have a real shot at him and allow him to be the focal point inside.

UCLA Bruins

In almost any other year, UCLA would be a very appealing option, considering its history, location, and coaching strength with Mick Cronin. But coming off a 40+ point loss to Utah and under .500 on the season overall, the program is in a bad place. 

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Plus, there are whispers that Cronin could be on his way elsewhere, depending on which jobs open up. Things will get better with the Bruins but right now, it’s hard to make the case for them against the other teams on this list. If things don’t improve, it could cost the program any shot at a big class of 2025 target.