After another disappointing season in which the Big Ten didn’t win a single conference title, the conference has made some moves in recruiting, which should help the conference with 2019 class depth.
Here are our projected 2021 Big Ten class rankings:5-star guard: Jalen Brown, Florida StateThe 6-foot-10, 215-pounder has impressed since taking over for Jalen Brunson as Florida State’s starter, but he may have to wait longer to earn a starting job.
Brown is an elite three-point shooter, with an above-average release and ability to create his own shot off the dribble.
He also has an above average handle and length, and can also pass the ball well.
Brown could be a very good fit for Michigan’s three-guard lineup, where his offensive game could help him score.5-year guard: Jamal Murray, Michigan StateThe 5-foot 9, 170-pound Murray is a versatile guard who can play the four, the two and the three.
He has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, but his ceiling is extremely high.
He is a great passer with a knack for creating his own shots.
He could be an All-American candidate at his position, and could become an elite point guard.4-star point guard: Anthony Gill, SyracuseMurray has been a highly-touted prospect since taking his official visit to the ACC in November, but there is still plenty of work to be done before he gets an official visit.
The 6-6 point guard has the length and athleticism to be a star, but the athletic limitations have to be ironed out.
He needs to work on his stroke, footwork and passing, which is one area that could limit his success.2-star shooting guard: Nick Van Exel, IndianaThe 6’4, 185-pound shooting guard has been in the Big East for two seasons and already has five offers from the conference.
He’s a good shooter, but it’s not his primary skill.
He can create his shot off his own foot, but could struggle with the finer points of shot selection.
He would have to work hard on his post game and finish around the rim, and he’s not a great rebounder, either.
He has a solid handle and a solid three-pointer, but can also create his shots.1-star power forward: Marcus Moton, KansasThe 6′-4, 195-pound power forward could be the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class, but Moton is still trying to find his footing at Kansas.
He was ranked as high as No. 6 in the 247Sports Composite, but has struggled to find consistent minutes.
Moton could be ready for a bigger role with a big-time recruit.1.5 -star shooting guards: Jarell Martin, TennesseeThe 6′, 205-pound Martin is one of the most intriguing prospects in the class, and there is no reason why he can’t be a Top 5 player in 2019.
He plays in a more perimeter-oriented style than many power forwards in the country, which makes him difficult to defend.
But he has the size and length to be an elite shooting guard.
He will need to improve his perimeter game to have a chance at a starting role in the NBA.1 -star power forwards: Josh Harvey-Clemons, IowaThe 6’/205-pound Harvey-Collins is a dynamic offensive guard who is an absolute beast at the rim.
He averaged 19.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in his senior year at Ohio State, and has the ability to play both inside and out.
His shooting ability could help propel him to a starting spot, though, especially if he can find more of a rhythm at Iowa.2 -star big men: Austin Rivers, Virginia TechThe 6′ 8, 225-pound Rivers is a 6-11, 220-pound combo guard who averaged 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest in his sophomore season at Virginia Tech.
He shot 44.2 percent from three in his junior season, but struggled mightily from beyond the arc in the NCAA Tournament.
His ceiling is very high, but Rivers might have to continue to improve as he matures.2.5 star shooting guards.
5-star wing: Josh Hart, MichiganThe 6′.5-foot, 195/205/195-pound Hart has impressed in his time in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines might be ready to move up to take him in 2019, especially after losing their top four scorers in Shabazz Muhammad and Michael Frazier-Stone to free agency.
Hart is a smart, tough defender who is willing to play with and without the ball.2 stars.
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