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BOZICH | U of L, UK, IU and the consensus Top 25 basketball recruits for 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I missed the memo, but apparently this week was designated as The Week for the major scouting services to update their college basketball recruiting ratings for the 2016 Class.

Rivals.com dropped its list on Monday. (The link.)

I saw a Tweet from ESPN about their updated Top 100 Wednesday. (The link.)

Scout.com also delivered a stirred and shaken list this week. (The link.)

What is a college basketball junkie supposed to do?

I know what I did. I recorded the numbers from all three lists and created a consensus Top 25 for the 2016 class.

I'm providing the results, along with designating which guys in the Top 25 are still being pursued by Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana. As expected, the consensus Top 25 list has a heavy tilt toward Lexington.

For the record, Scout.com ranked Thon Maker fifth in the class, but he is not included in the ESPN and Rivals' rankings. I also used the information from Scout to list and handicap the schools involved with every player.

1. Harry Giles, forward, 6-9, Winston-Salem, N.C. Kentucky remains one of five programs in the scrum for a guy some have compared to Kevin Durant.

2. Justin Jackson, forward, 6-7, Southfield, Michigan. Kentucky is a force while making his final eight.

3. Jayson Tatum, forward, 6-8, St. Louis. He’ll play for Duke. Mike Krzyzewski earned an oral commitment from Tatum this summer.

4. Dennis Smith, guard, 6-2, Fayetteville, N.C. Louisville listed with North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State in Smith's top four.

5. Marcus Monk, guard, 6-3, Bentonville, Ark. Kentucky made his final seven.

6. De'Aaron Fox, guard, 6-3, Katy, Texas. Kentucky and Louisville made his latest cut.

7. Edrice Adebayo, forward, 6-8, High Point, N.C. Kentucky and Louisville are listed in his final five.

8. Lonzo Ball, guard, 6-5, Chino Hills, Calif. Another nice commitment for Steve Alford at UCLA.

9. Jonathan Isaac, forward, 6-9, Naples, Fla. Former UK assistant coach Leonard Hamilton is still getting after it at Florida State. He earned a commitment from Isaac in July.

10. Terrance Ferguson, guard, 6-5, Dallas. He's the first major commitment that Avery Johnson secured at Alabama.

11. Frank Jackson, guard, 6-3, Alpine, Utah. No local schools in the race.

12. Markelle Fultz, guard, 6-4, Upper Marlboro, Md.  Although he's from the Washington, D.C. area, he'll travel to Seattle to play for the Washington Huskies. Interesting.

13. Miles Bridges, forward, 6-6, Flint, Mich. Kentucky and Michigan State are listed in his top tier, although Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina still expect to earn visits.

14. Kobi Simmons, guard, 6-4, Alpharetta, Ga. Kentucky listed in his top four with Georgia, Ohio State and UCLA.

15. Marques Bolden, center, 6-10, Dallas. Kentucky is listed in his top six.

16. T.J. Leaf, forward, 6-9, El Cajon, Calif. After de-committing from Arizona, Leaf is expected to pick UCLA, although Indiana and Kentucky are still chasing him. His father, Brad, played high school ball in Indianapolis and college basketball at Evansville.

17. Rawle Alkins, guard, 6-4, Brooklyn, N.Y. Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana listed in his top eight.

18. Joshua Langford, guard, 6-5, Huntsville, Ala. Tom Izzo went into Alabama and recruited him to Michigan State.

19. Jarrett Allen, center, 6-10, Austin, Texas. Kentucky is listed in his top five.

20. Omari Spellman, forward, 6-9, Middletown, N.Y. Jay Wright secured a commitment for Villanova.

21. Mustapha Heron, guard, 6-4, West Haven, Conn. Bruce Pearl can sell. He talked Heron into coming to Auburn from New England.

22. V. J. King, forward, 6-7, Fairfax, Va. Committed to Louisville, King's highest rating came from Rivals, which placed him at No. 20.

23. Dewan Huell, forward, 6-9, Miami. Louisville and Indiana are listed among the 12 schools chasing him, but the best guess is he'll remain in Florida.

24. Tyus Battle, guard, 6-5, Edison, N.J. He decided to play for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse after de-committing from Michigan.

25. Cassius Winston, guard, 6-1, Detroit. No local schools listed in his final 10.

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