Thursday was a great day for SEC basketball. Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky combined to land five top-50 recruits from the Class of 2017, continuing a strong cycle for a conference striving to improve its national reputation.
Kentucky uncharacteristically started the early signing period a day before with zero pledges, then snagged power forward P.J. Washington and center Nick Richards, ranked No. 14 and 17 overall in the country by Scout.com.
Alabama vaulted into the top 10 of the team recruiting rankings Thursday – joining the Wildcats and rival Auburn – by landing point guard Collin Sexton and shooting guard John Petty, ranked No. 9 and No. 44 in the class.
And Georgia kept home small forward Rayshaun Hammonds, a Norcross, Ga., native and the No. 49 prospect in the country. He’s the second-highest rated recruit of Mark Fox’s career in Athens.
That wild day on the trail brings the SEC’s haul to 14 top-100 players so far, and the league is not done. Kentucky will still land probably four or five more high-profile prospects between now and the spring signing period.
SCOUT.COM TOP 100 SEC COMMITMENTS FOR 2017
9. Collin Sexton, 6-2, PG, Alabama
13. Austin Wiley, 6-10, C, Auburn
14. P.J. Washington, 6-8, PF, Kentucky
17. Nick Richards, 6-10, C, Kentucky
26. Nick Weatherspoon, 6-2, PG, Mississippi State
33. Daniel Gafford, 6-10, C, Arkansas
37. Davion Mitchell, 6-1, PG, Auburn
44. John Petty, 6-5, SG, Alabama
49. Rayshaun Hammonds, 6-7, SF, Georgia
41. Chuma Okeke, 6-7, SF, Auburn
55. Savion Flagg, 6-6, SF, Texas A&M
59. Alex Reese, 6-9, PF, Alabama
92. Saben Lee, 6-1, PG, Vanderbilt
100. Devontae Shuler, 6-1, PG, Ole Miss
* LSU also has a commitment from 4-star Galen Alexander, a 6-6 small forward just outside the top 100. That makes nine SEC schools with at least one 4-star pledge already.