By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 7, 2014
The 2015 college basketball recruiting class may still seem far away from reaching the court, but sometimes reading the tea leaves can reveal who will be in title contention for the foreseeable future. Some of the recruits on this list are uncommitted, and others have already made verbal commitments to high level programs. You'll be seeing all five of these players on ESPN in just a couple years.
Charles Matthews has made a verbal commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats, and the shooting guard out of St. Rita High School (IL) was probably pumped to hear about John Calipari's contract extension. He has nice size for the position at 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, but his jumper is a work in progress. However, he more than makes up for it with his passing.
Isaiah Briscoe might be more of a point guard to some outlets, but I think he can be a great combo guard at the next level. He has an offer from the DePaul Blue Demons; that might be a reach by Oliver Purnell though, and the 6-foot-3 guard should end up at an elite program in the end.
Tyler Dorsey comes of St. John Bosco (CA), and they have a reputation for pumping out quality players. This shooting guard is no different. Dorsey can play the one or the two position, but the most underrated aspect of his game is his intense rebounding. He could drop a couple triple-doubles at the college level, which would make Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller quite pleased.
Luke Kennard always watched the Kentucky Wildcats growing up, and that is why his commitment to the Duke Blue Devils was a surprise. He could help them overcome their postseason troubles, but Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones will get their shot first. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard's ability to draw fouls in the paint will come in handy. Enough to swing a title? We'll see.
Malik Newman might just be the best player in the 2015 college basketball recruiting class, and he already has nice size at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds. His shooting stroke should continue developing over time, and when you combine that with his vertical leap and instinct for driving to the hoop, then what you have is a guard worthy of a national title.
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