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SEC men's basketball continues to reload with talent

30 days ago
SEC Staff
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The future is bright for men's basketball as already strong rosters continue to reload.

As of May 6, five SEC schools rank in ESPN.com's Top 15 recruiting classes for 2020 - Kentucky (1), Tennessee (4), Arkansas (5), Auburn (6), LSU (13).

Twenty-two of the ESPN.com's Top 100 players have signed with SEC schools, including seven of the Top 25 players.

The Spring signing period began on April 15 and runs through August 1. Below is a breakdown of each schools incoming classes.

ALABAMA

Keon Ambrose-Hylton - 6-8 • 200 • F • Fr. • Toronto, Ontario (International Sports Academy)

  • A four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports who is ranked as the No. 2 overall prep player in Canada

Jordan Bruner - 6-9 • 205 • F • Gr. • Columbia, S.C. (Yale)

  • A graduate transfer who averaged 10.9 points in earning first team All-Ivy League honors

Keon Ellis - 6-6 • 170 • G • Jr • Fort Myers, Fla. (Florida SouthWestern State College)

  • Second team NJCAA All-America after averaging 18.7 ppg

Darius Miles - 6-7 • 185 • SF • Fr. •Washington, D.C. (IMG Academy)

  • Four-star prospect who averaged 12.1 ppg last year

Josh Primo - 6-6 • 180 •G • Fr. • Toronto, Ontario (Royal Crown International)

  • A five-star prospect by 247sports.com who is ranked No. 27 overall and No. 7 combo guard in the 2020 class

ARKANSAS

Davonte "Devo" Davis - 6-4 • 175 • G • Fr. • Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville HS)

  • 2020 Arkansas Democrat Gazette Player of the Year and No. 85 prospect by ESPN.com

Vance Jackson - 6-9 • 230 • F • Gr. • Pasadena, Calif. (Univ. of New Mexico)

  • Graduate transfer from New Mexico where he averaged 11.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg last year

Moses Moody - 6-6 • 200 • G • Fr. • Little Rock, Ark. (Montverde (Fla.) Academy)

  • Rated the No. 42 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com

Khalen "KK" Robinson - 6-0 • 170 • G • Fr. • Bryant Ark. (Oak Hill (Va,) Academy)

  • Two-time Arkansas Class 7A All-State selection and No. 78 prospect by ESPN.com

Jalen Tate - 6-6 • 175 • G • Gr. • Pickerington, Ohio (Northern Kentucky Univ.)

  • Graduate transfer who was the 2020 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year

Jaylin Williams - 6-10 • 230 • F • Fr. • Fort Smith, Ark. (Northside HS)

  • 2020 Gatorade Arkansas Player of the Year and No. 90 national prospect by ESPN.com

AUBURN

Sharife Cooper - 6-0 • 160 • G • Fr. • Powder Springs Ga. (McEachern HS)

  • ESPN.com's No. 19 prospect is the programs highest rated recruit in school history

Chris Moore - 6-6 • 220 • F • Fr • West Memphis, Ar. (West Memphis HS)

  • Four-star prospect by Rivals.com

Justin Powell - 6-5 • 180 • G • Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham HS) 

  • No. 81 overall prospect by ESPN.com

FLORIDA

Colin Castleton - 6-11 • 235 • F • Jr. • Daytona Beach, Fla. (University of Michigan)

  • A transfer from Michigan who saw action in 44 games the last two seasons

Niels Lane - 6-5 • 210 • G • Fr. • Freehold, N.J. (Roselle Catholic)

  • Four-star prospect who is a slashing wing that can finish at all three levels

Osayi Osifo - 6-8 • 210 • G • Jr. • Dallas, Texas (Eastern Florida State College)

  • Earned All-Region honors after averaging 10.6 ppg and 7.5 rpg last season

Samson Ruzhentsev - 6-8 • 210 •G •Moscow, Russia (Hamilton Heights Academy (Tenn.)

  • ESPN.com's No. 53 prospect that is considered one of the top shooters in the 2020 class

GEORGIA

Kadarius "K.D." Johnson - 6-1 • 180 • Decatur, Ga. (Hargrave Military Academy)

  • Four-star prospect is ranked No. 69 overall by ESPN.com

Justin Kyer - 6-4 • 197 • Gr. • Grottoes, Va. (George Mason University)

  • Named 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Most Improved Player

Jonathan Ned - 6-9 • 205 • Jr. • Brentwood, Calif. (Eastern Florida State College)

  • Earned second team all-conference honors after averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg

Mikal Starks - 6-0 • 175 • Jr. • Miami, Fla. (Eastern Florida State College)

  • Averaged 4.2 apg last season

Josh Taylor - 6-8 • 200 • Fr. • Norcross, Ga. (Norcross HS)

  • Four-star prospect who averaged 11.7 ppg and 10.7 rpg as a senior

KENTUCKY

Devin Askew - 6-3 • 195 • G • Fr. • Sacramento, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)

  • A Jordan Brand Classic selection and ranked No. 24 in ESPN.com's Top 100

BJ Boston - 6-7 • 185 • G • Fr. • Norcross, Ga. (Sierra Canyon HS)

  • Naismith All-America First Team and ranked No. 6 overall in ESPN.com Top 100

Terrence Clarke - 6-7 • 190 • SF • Fr. • Boston, Mass. (Brewster Academy)

  • McDonald's All-America and ranked No. 9 overall in ESPN.com Top 100

Isaac DeGregorio - 5-11 • 170 • G • Fr. •Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic HS)

  • Pennsylvania Sports writers All-State Team and made 283 career 3-pointers in high school

Cam'Ron Fletcher - 6-6 • 195 • G • Fr. • St. Louis, Mo. (Vashon HS)

  • Missouri Basketball Coaches Class 4A Player of the Year and ESPN.com's No. 57 prospect overall

Isaiah Jackson - 6-9 • 200 • F • Fr. • Pontiac, Mich. (Waterford Mott HS)

  • A Jordan Brand Classic selection and ranked No. 31 in ESPN.com's Top 100

Davion Mintz - 6-3 • 185 • G • Gr. • Charlotte, N.C. (Creighton University) • A graduate transfer from Creighton who played in 97 games with 79 starts for the Bluejays Jacob Toppin - 6-8 • 190 • F • So. • Brooklyn, N.Y. (University of Rhode Island)

  • Rhode Island transfer who averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds last season and brother of national player of the year Obi Toppin

Lance Ware - 6-9 • 215 • F • Fr. • Camden, N.J. (Camden HS) •

  • NJ.com Player of the Year and ESPN.com's No. 43 prospect overall

LSU 

Jalen Cook - 6-0 • 180 • G • Fr. • Walker, La. (Walker HS)

  • Named Louisiana Mr. Basketball in 2019 and averaged 29.5 ppg last season

Bradley Ezewiro - 6-8 • 230 • F • Fr. • Torrance, Calif. (Oak Hill Academy)

  • An elite rebounder with plenty of size and strength

Eric Gaines - 6-3 • 170 • G • Fr. • Lithonia, Ga. (Lithonia HS)

  • Ranked No. 79 in the nation by 247Sports

Josh LeBlanc - 6-7 • 215 • F • Jr. • Baton Rouge, La. (Georgeton University)

  • Averaged 7.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg in six games before transferring last season

Shareef O'Neal - 6-9 • 215 • F • So. • Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)

  • A transfer from UCLA who saw action in 13 games last year for the Bruins

Cameron Thomas - 6-4 • 175 • G •Fr. • Chesapeake, Va. (Oak Hill Academy)

  • Oak Hill's all-time leading scorer and ESPN.com's No. 22 prospect

Mwani Wilkinson - 6-6 • 190 • F • Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)

  • Won four straight state titles and is ranked as the No. 70 prospect by ESPN.com

OLE MISS

Robert Allen - 6-8 • 200 • F • Jr. • Orlando, Fla. (Samford University)

  • Averaged 12.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg over two seasons at Samford

Jarkel Joiner - 6-1 • 180 • G • Jr. • Oxford, Miss. (CSU Bakersfiled)

  • Led the Western Athletic Conference in scoring with 18.6 ppg in 2018-19

Matthew Murrell - 6-4 • 190 • G • Fr. • Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy)

  • The highest rated recruit in school history is ranked No. 36 in ESPN.com's rankings

Shon Robinson - 6-11 • 212 • F • Fr. • Chicago, Ill. (Eduprize HS (Ariz.))

  • Ranked as the No. 85 prospect in the 2019 class by ESPN.com, redshirted the 2020 campaign

Dimencio Vaughn - 6-5 • 220 • G/F • Gr. • New York, N.Y. (Rider University)

  • Rated as one of the top grad transfers in the nation, he averaged 14.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg last year

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Andersson Garcia - 6-5 • 195 • F • Fr. • Moca, Dominican Republic (Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.)

  • Averaged 9.0 ppg and 9.6 rpg while shooting 61 percent from the field last season

Cameron Matthews - 6-7 • 215 • F • Fr. • Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch HS)

  • A Dandy Dozen selection by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Keondre Montgomery - 6-6 • 190 • G/F • Fr. • Jackson, Miss. (Forest Hill HS)

  • Averaged 28.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.0 apg and is a two-time all-state selection

Deivon Smith - 6-0 • 165 • G • Fr. • Loganville, Ga. (Grayson HS)

  • Ranked as the No. 65 prospect in the 2020 class by ESPN.com

MISSOURI

Drew Buggs - 6-3 • 195 • G • Gr. • Long Beach, Calif. (University of Hawaii)

  • Led the Big West Conference in assists each of the last two seasons

Jordan Wilmore - 7-3 • C •Fr. • Baltimore, Md.. (Skills Factory Prep)

  • Played at legendary Whitehaven HS in Memphis before completing his prep career at Atlanta's Skills Factory Prep School.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Patrick Iriel - 6-10 • 235 • F/C • Fr. • Columbia, S.C. (A.C. Flora High School)

  • Four-star prospect who is an elite rebounder; earned All-State honors as a senior when he averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds per game

Ja'Von Benson - 6-8 • 220 • F • Fr. • Columbia, S.C. (Ridge View High School)

  • Three-star prospect who was named the Class 4A Player of the Year in the state as a senior when he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game

TENNESSEE

E.J. Anosike - 6-6 • 245 •F • Gr. • East Orange, N.J. (Sacred Heart University)

  • A first team All-NEC selection, ranked fourth nationally in offensive rebounds per game last season

Keon Johnson - 6-4 • 190 • F • Fr. • Shelbyville, Tenn. (The Webb School)

  • ESPN.com ranks as the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2020

Jaden Springer - 6-5 • 210 • G • Fr. • Charlotte, N.C. (IMG Academy)

  • Rated as the No. 16 prospect nationally by ESPN.com

Corey Walker Jr. - 6-7 • 210 • F • Fr. • Hastings, Fla. (Hargrave Military Academy)

  • ESPN.com ranks as the No. 76 prospect in the Class of 2020

TEXAS A&M

LaDamien Bradford - 6-4 • 170 • G • Fr. • Jonesboro, La. (Jonesboro-Hodge HS)

  • Three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals

Hassan Diarra - 6-2 • 180 • G • Fr. • Putnam, Conn. (Putnam Science Academy)

  • ESPN.com ranks as the No. 66 prospect in the Class of 2020

Hayden Hefner - 6-4 • 180 • F • Fr. • Nederland, Texas (Nederland HS)

  • Three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals

Kevin Marfo - 6-8 • 245 • F • Gr. • Bergenfield, N.J. (Quinnipiac University)

  • Graduate transfer who led the nation in rebounding with 13.3 rpg in 2020

VANDERBILT

Tyrin Lawrence - 6-4 • 170 • G • Fr. • Madison, Ga. (Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.))

  • Named the Georgia Class 3A Player of the Year in 2019

Akeem Odusipe - 6-9 • 215 • C • Fr. • Lagos, Nigeria (Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic HS)

  • Averaged 16.3 ppg and 11.1 rpg in leading Catholic HS to a 25-4 record

Myles Stute - 6-6 • 220 • F • Fr. • Washington, D.C. (Gonzaga College HS)

  • McDonalds All-America nominee