Assessing the most pressing need of any program isn't always the easiest thing. However, now that we've had a chance to analyze who the top programs are chasing, we have a feel for who and what are the biggest priorities in 2018 recruiting. As usual, National Basketball Analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have Rival views.
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BOSSI'S VIEW: A PLAYMAKER FOR KANSAS AND FLORIDA
Bill Self and the Kansas staff may need to sign as many as six players from the 2018 class. So, they are looking for a little bit of everything. With five-star big man
Silvio De Sousaalready in the fold, the Jayhawks biggest need appears to be a playmaking guard (or two).
A look at the Jayhawks' recruiting to date is reflective of that. Five-star point guards
Immanuel QuickleyandDevon Dotsonhave already been on campus, five-star combo guardQuentin Grimesis scheduled to visit officially in October and the Jayhawks are among the final seven for five-star point guardAyo Dosunmu. This makes great sense because they will loseDevante Grahamto graduation and former five-star prospectMalik Newmanis eyeing a jump to the NBA after this season. The Jayhawks do have high-scoring point guardCharlie Mooresitting out as a transfer and other nice perimeter pieces, but there's definitely room and need for a guy that can score, stretch defenses and make plays for others.
Florida is another program that could really use a dynamic playmaker and it's also reflected in its recruiting. The Gators are battling toe-to-toe with the Jayhawks for the previously mentioned Dotson and they've also got a slew of other playmakers who have either been to campus or are scheduled to visit.
Like Kansas, Florida is going to lose its senior point guard when
Chris Chiozzagraduates. JuniorKevaughn Allenmay take a run at the NBA but is more of a two guard and pure scorer, and freshmanMichael Okauruwill get valuable experience this year. But, if the Gators don't grab at least one playmaker in 2018 they may have to get creative with their backcourt during the 2018-19 season.
For the complete breakdown from Eric Bossi and Corey Evans, click here.