Chat with Reggie Rankin
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Scouts Inc.'s basketball recruiting expert Reggie Rankin will stop by to talk about college basketball's future stars.
Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986-1990 and was an all-MAC first teamer his senior season.
Send your questions now and join Rankin Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Moderator (2:59 PM)
Thanks for all your questions. I am just about to get Reggie on the phone.
Reggie Rankin (3:01 PM)
Welcome and thanks for all your questions. Don't forget to tune into ESPNU at 5 p.m. ET for our Recruiting Insider show and continue to follow us on Twitter for all breaking news. Let's get to the questions.
People have questioned Andre Drumonds work ethic but hes still young and has so much talent,are you a fan of his potential?
Reggie Rankin (3:02 PM)
Absolutely, he has off the charts upside with tremendous size and the ability to dominate the boards on both ends of the floor. He can also score off the dribble from short disctances and with his back to the basket. Overall, he has displayed the ability to dominate at times. He can be as good as he desires.
Looks like Arizona[they started to this year] and Indiana will be loaded in the next few years..Its good when those teams esepcially Indiana are relevant
Reggie Rankin (3:03 PM)
Hey Steve, Yes its very good when these teams are relevant because Indiana is one of the elite coaching jobs in the country and it is located in a hotbed area known for college basketball.
As a Arkansas fan how exctited should i be for this upcoming class and the future?
Reggie Rankin (3:06 PM)
Very excited the class is highlighted by BJ Young, who is an exceptional scorer for the PG or SG position. Followed by another versatile guard in Ky Madden. Both are athletic combo guards. Aaron Ross and Hunter Mickelson have upside also and they have a coach in Mike Anderson who was groomed at Arkansas under Nolan Richardson and a has passion for the program. Arkansas fans have a lot to be excited about.
I've only seen Austin Rivers a few times and he seemed like a chucker who can go very hot and cold. Is that an unfair assesment?
Reggie Rankin (3:08 PM)
That's not a fair assesment because Austin was called upon to score a lot for his HS team. He has really learned to trust his teammates better and has done a better job of learning and knowing how to dominate and take over games.
Reggie Rankin (3:11 PM)
I think they will compete again for the SEC title and a top seen in the tournament, especially with Terrence Jones back. Not sure if their class is the greatest of all time, but it is very good and has everything you need. Teague is the floor general, Gilchrist is the ultimate wing player and a tough competitor, Wiltjer is like Kevin McHale and Anthony Davis is an elite talent as the No. 1 overall prospect. This class has great versatility and another class UK fans will enjoy watching.
Is James Mcadoo the real deal?
Reggie Rankin (3:12 PM)
McAdoo is definitely the real deal. He has great length, runs the floor, rebounds on both ends at rim level. Plus he has developing 3-man skills and is terrific in transition. At times, he reminds me of former Tar Heel James Worthy.
Has Mitch Mcgary improved that much for such a jump? And who do you think has the inside track on him?
Reggie Rankin (3:16 PM)
Yes he has. This spring he was in better shape and had some dominant performances against really good competition. He's had some dominant stretches at high-level events this spring, particularly when I saw him in Pittsburgh. He is from Indiana, so I'm sure the Hoosiers are doing everything possible, but I've also heard Florida, UConn, Pitt and Texas the most but its early in the process.
How would you rate the 2012 and 2013 classes early on?
Reggie Rankin (3:20 PM)
The 2012 class is loaded with size, especially C and PF which is unusual to have tha many quality post players. Drummond, Wagner, McGary, Austin, Tarczewski, Ridley etc... The 2013 class looks to have more of a variety. A lot of PF and SF. Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel look like the early marquee players though.
What kind of impact can Hoosier fans expect from Cody Zeller next year?
Reggie Rankin (3:21 PM)
He will immediately help IU with his rebounding, ability to run the floor and low-post defense. He will also be a great teammate, tremendous off-the-court recruiter and his offense will continue to develop rapidly.
How do you think Pitt did with their recruiting class and will this class make an immediate impact?
Reggie Rankin (3:23 PM)
I think Pitt has an excellent class led by Khem Birch, who is an unbelievable offensive rebounder and above-the-rim finisher -- think Kenyon Martin. They also have a legit 7-footer in Malcolm Gilbert and then Durand Johnson and Josh Johnson will give them quality play on the wings.
Theo Berry (Baltimore)
Do you think that Maryland Power Forward Jordan Williams will go first round?
Reggie Rankin (3:24 PM)
Yes, I would say late first round because size is hard to come by. He has learned to play hard and physical under Gary Williams.
Reggie, Malcolm Hill has been making a name for himself lately. Has received offers from Missouri and Illinois in the last couple days. Think his game will elevate to the point where he starts getting offers from the blue bloods(i.e. Kentucky, UNC etc)?
Reggie Rankin (3:26 PM)
I think he's got a great chance because he's climbed the ladder quickly with his play, ability to score the ball from 3 and make plays off the bounce. He has good size, is a good athlete and he's the son of coach. I would not be surprised to see the blue bloods at his games. Have recently heard he's going on unofficial visit to Ohio State.
Who do you think is a one and done in this class?
Reggie Rankin (3:29 PM)
I think the best chance is Anthony Davis because he has the skill of a wing player, great athletic ability and length, a competitive nature and is versatile. Once he adds strength and performs at a consistent level, I think its a done deal. All he has to do is be productive on a consistent basis. He has all the tools.
Brett (Newport Beach)
Will Josiah Turner be the best PG in the Pac 12 by the end of the year?
Reggie Rankin (3:30 PM)
It is possible, but I think he'll defeinitely be the freshman of the year. He is a PG being coached by a great PG in Sean Miller.
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I've noticed St. John's placing emphasis on recruiting Kyle Anderson and Ricardo Gathers. How do you see things shaking out for those two?
Reggie Rankin (3:33 PM)
St. John's has a great shot at Anderson with him being at St. Anthony's. They have access and are very visible to him. Gathers could be a little tougher becaue the Red Storm is going to have to beat some very good southern schools for him.
How hard is the job that Mike Rice is doing at Rutgers? Yes, there is a lot of talent in NJ, but to be a new guy without a big name and compete for recruits with the big Big East schools, Kentucky, Louisville, etc is pretty hard to do. Do you think he'll be successful?
Reggie Rankin (3:36 PM)
On paper, Rutgers is not one of the marquee jobs in the Big East but its in a great location. Rice has done a great job bringing in talent and using his ties to the city. Overall, I think he will do a good job once he gets established there at Rutgers.
Kane Anderson (Columbus, Ohio)
Hey Reggie, with Ohio State bringing in a true center in Amir Williams, how do you think that will affect Jared Sullinger's play? I mean Sully was great as the man in the middle this past season, but will a move to being a 4 make him even better?
Reggie Rankin (3:38 PM)
Bringing in a true center in Williams will have no affect on Sullinger. The offense will be built around him and whether that's the 4 or 5 it doesn't matter. He can play back to the basket or pick and pop. He will be the go-to guy.
Christian (Louisville, KY)
What impact will Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan have in their first year at Louisville? How good can Louisville's 2011 class be?
Reggie Rankin (3:41 PM)
I think they will both be able to contribute. Blackshear is an athletic, versatile wing who will fit in well. Behanan is a matchup problem and terrific rebounder and his ability to grab boards and score will be a tremendous asset. As far as the rest of the class. Zach Price is a true post. Ryan Taylor is an excellent athlete on the wing who does the little things to help his team win. The versatility of the class is its strength.
Greg (Salt Lake City)
Reggie, What kind of impact will Demarcus Harrison have at BYU this coming season? Is he an immediate starter?
Reggie Rankin (3:42 PM)
Greg, I think he will be an immediate contributor. As the season progresses, he can move into the starting role. He is a nice pickup for BYU with his athleticism and ability to score.
Rob (Charlottesville, Va)
Which of Syracuse's three incoming freshmen do you expect to have an immediate impact on the team this year, either starting or off the bench?
Reggie Rankin (3:44 PM)
I'd say Michael Carter-Williams because he can flat-out score the ball. He is long, athletic and will be able to play the guard or small forward spot in the 2-3 spot. Rakeem Christmas is the most talented but he needs to be more consistent to be the most productive player in this class.
Matt (Fairfax, VA)
How good is George Mason's recruting class?
Reggie Rankin (3:47 PM)
With the addition of Erik Copes this class goes to the next level. Corey Edwards is a strong PG and Vaughn Gray is a strong wing who can make plays off the bounce and is a strong glue guy and solid defender. Overall, the class is small in number but has very good quality.
John (Richmond, VA)
How excited as a VT fan should I be to watch Dorrian Finney-Smith for the next 4 years?
Reggie Rankin (3:50 PM)
Very excited, but it may not be four years. He is extremely versatile. There is not one thing on the floor he can't do at a high level. Plus he's unselfish and plays to win. The only problem is that you may not have him four years.
Your thoughts on the DeAndre Daniels saga?
Reggie Rankin (3:53 PM)
I'm going to take a wild guess and pick Texas because style of play and he can step in for Jordan Hamilton. And he's got to go somewhere, why not the Longhorns?
Jason (Marshall, MI)
It doesn't seem like Branden Dawson is getting any love. He was made for Tom Izzo's style of play. Immediate starter?
Reggie Rankin (3:57 PM)
I agree he is a great for for Tom Izzo's system in terms of his ability to rebound and defend. He must continue to improve his offensive skillls. Although I don't think he's an immediate starter, he should play immediate minutes and eventually become a starter as he learns the system.
What is the latest on Joseph Uchebo? Haven't heard anything about hum lately.
Reggie Rankin (3:58 PM)
Last I heard, he visited UNC-Charlotte and I still think he's evaluating his options.
What do you expect from the recruiting class brought in by JT III at Georgetown?
Reggie Rankin (4:01 PM)
I think he brought in the surprise of the class in Otto Porter. He's the best player nobody knew about. Also another surprise is Greg Whittington, who had a tremendous July and has great upside. Tyler Adams is a true center, Mikael Hopkins is an athletic shot-blocker and Trawick is a wing who can score. This class has two big-time sleepers, so I really expect them to really suprise people.
Brice (Cary, NC)
Duke seems to be targeting Shabazz Muhammad, Andre Drummond, Rodney Purvis, Tony Parker & Alex Poythress for its 2012 class. Currently they have only one scholarship available to offer. Of those prospects, which would be the best fit at Duke, and which is most likely to sign with the Blue Devils?
Reggie Rankin (4:03 PM)
I think Purvis would be the guy who is most likely to sign and he's also a good fit because he's a strong physical guard who is an excellent slasher and a capable defender in the Duke pressure man. And because he's from North Carolina, they have great access to him.
Reggie Rankin (4:04 PM)
Thanks for all your questions. Continue to follow me on Twitter and check our site for all you basketball recruiting needs. Plus, don't forget to watch our Recruiting Insider show today at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU.