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BOZICH | AP basketball all-Americans can laugh at their recruiting rankings

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Recruiting ratings didn't matter to the AP all-American team. Recruiting ratings didn't matter to the AP all-American team.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There’s never a bad time to take another look at the college basketball recruiting rankings. But some times are undeniably better than others.

Today qualifies.

The Associated Press released its three-team, 15-member college basketball all-American squads Tuesday.

Guess how many of the top 15 guys ranked as Top 15 players in their high school classes?

The answer is TWO – Ben Simmons of Louisiana State and Jamal Murray of Kentucky, the only two freshmen on the top three teams.

Four of the top 15 were ranked outside the Top 100 players in their classes.

I realize many of the top players in the senior, junior and sophomore classes have already waved goodbye to college basketball to play professional basketball. Some, but hardly all, are playing in the NBA.

But the AP all-American teams for the 2016 seasons are a delightful reminder that guys who go to college to work, accept coaching and stick with a development plan can be rewarded.

Heck, the top two contenders for Player of the Year – Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine -- were not Top 100 recruits.

Here is where the 15 top vote-getters on the AP all-American teams were ranked as high school seniors, according to the consensus rankings at 247Sports.

FIRST TEAM

No. 154 (class of 2012) – Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, guard.

No. 45 (class of 2012) – Brice Johnson, North Carolina, forward

No. 105 (class of 2012) – Denzel Valentine, Michigan State, forward

No. 19 (class of 2014) – Tyler Ulis, Kentucky, guard

No. 99 (class of 2011) – Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia, guard

SECOND TEAM

No. 1 (class of 2015) – Ben Simmons, LSU, forward

No. 32 (class of 2012) – Perry Ellis, Kansas, forward

No. 17 (class of 2012) – Kris Dunn, Providence, guard

No. 72 (class of 2012) – Georges Niang, Iowa State, forward

Unranked (foreign recruit) – Jakob Poeltl, Utah, center

THIRD TEAM

No. 116 (class of 2011) – Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa, forward

No. 10 (class of 2015) – Jamal Murray, Kentucky, guard

No. 21 (class of 2012) – Yogi Ferrell, Indiana, guard

No. 25 (class of 2014) – Grayson Allen, Duke, guard

Unranked (class of 2013) – Kay Felder, Oakland, guard.

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