With a strong Big 12 schedule that features the likes of Kansas and Texas, there is certainly no shortage of interest from the league’s top recruiters.
For this article, we have compiled the top prospects who could be on the move, along with their projected Big 12 salary.
The top three players in the Big East are Indiana’s Frank Kaminsky, Kentucky’s Trey Lyles and North Carolina’s Alex Poythress.
With so much competition, Kentucky, a perennial top-10 recruiting class, has a tough time retaining its star players.
Kaminsky, a 6-foot-7 forward who will enter his third season in the NBA, is expected to sign a four-year deal worth $80 million with the NBA team.
Lyles, a 3-star prospect from Kentucky, is also expected to join the NBA this offseason.
Poythresses 6-8 frame could make him a top-15 prospect in the draft.
He is expected at least to be a top three guard prospect.
There are several other potential Top 5 picks.
Louisville’s Jalen Brunson, a former four-star recruit, has been mentioned as a potential first-round pick by the Sacramento Kings.
A consensus Top 20 recruit, Brunson is projected to sign an offer sheet worth $18.5 million with his hometown Sacramento Kings, which will be an ideal landing spot for Kentucky.
North Carolina’s DeAndre Ayton, a 5-10 power forward, is another potential first overall selection.
The Tar Heels’ Jaylen Brown is also on the verge of signing a contract with the Tar Heel team, which is expected in the $25 million range.
But a recent report said that Brown has been offered an offer worth between $25 and $30 million.
So, while Brown is certainly a star, there’s not much in the way of guaranteed money available for the 6-9 forward.
Brunson, who is expected as a Top 5 pick, could get some serious money as a restricted free agent in 2017.
As for Ayton and Brown, their stock will only rise if they sign new contracts, which could happen within the next couple of months.
At the top of the list, Kentucky coach John Calipari has a solid young team.
With five players ranked in the Top 20 by ESPN, Caliparis team has a chance to contend for the league title.
Despite being one of the top programs in the country, Kentucky has struggled mightily to maintain its roster.
Kentucky was last in the AP poll at 26 in 2019-20.
In the Big Ten, it was last at 26.5 in 2019, but fell to 30 last year.
After finishing at No. 8 in 2019 and No. 21 in 2020, Kentucky was last to fall to No. 22 in 2021.
This year, Kentucky finished dead last at 27.5.
On the other hand, the Blue Devils have a top 10 class and a potential Top 25.
That should help Kentucky in the recruiting process.
It should be a no-brainer that Kentucky has the best class in the conference and the best talent in the nation.
According to ESPN.com, Kentucky currently has the nation’s second-best recruiting class with 13.6 million.
That number is expected go up significantly this season as the Blue Demons continue to build their brand.
Last season, the Wildcats had a whopping 20.4 million fans.
Their recruiting footprint is the largest in the Pac-12, and they are currently the most prolific recruiting program in the league.
Kansas and Texas are the only other Big 12 programs to have a recruiting footprint larger than Kansas, which had a 7.6-million average.
While there’s definitely some concern about Kansas and its recruiting footprint, the Jayhawks have some talent to build around.
Former Kentucky forward DeAndre Liggins, who was selected No. 5 overall by the Rockets, is an NBA prospect.
His teammate and current teammate at Kentucky, Josh Jackson, is a Top 20 prospect, with an estimated $8.5-million offer sheet.
Darius Morris, the No. 10 overall prospect in 2018, is ranked No. 12 by ESPN.
Liggins, Jackson and Morris are all projected to be first- and second-round picks.
Texas’ Tyus Jones, a potential top-30 prospect, is projected at No, 7.5 by ESPN as well.
Josh Jackson and Darius Morris are the top-ranked players in Texas history, and their potential first round picks could be huge.
LSU’s Marcus Allen, a six-foot guard from Memphis, is the top player in the Class of 2021 and a top prospect for the future.
Allen is projected as a first- or second-rounder. Another