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Recruiting: A look at the top 10 basketball commits in the Pac-12 Conference

The majority of the top class of 2020 basketball prospects around the country have already committed, making it a good time to take a look at the future stars of the Pac-12 Conference.

As a whole, the Pac-12 has landed a total of 19 commitments, so there’s still work to be done.

But with only six of the nation’s top 50 prospects remaining uncommitted, there’s not a lot of star power left up from grabs.

One exception is California five-star small forward Ziaire Williams, the nation’s No. 5 prospect, who is likely to remain close to home for college.

Four-star center Cliff Omoruyi is another top-50 prospect likely headed to the Pac-12.

The nation’s No. 43 overall prospect is projected to wind up at Arizona State.

Here’s a look at the top 10 basketball commitments in the Pac-12 Conference (so far)*:

*List uses 247Sports composite rankings

10. 4* SF Caleb Lohner – Utah

Utah four-star small forward Caleb Lohner elected to stay home for college, choosing the Utes over offers from Baylor, BYU, Kansas State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and others.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing is rated the nation’s No. 34 small forward and No. 157 prospect overall.

9. 4* SF Bennedict Mathurin – Arizona

Coming out of the NBA Academy of Latin America, Bennedict Mathurin has had a non-traditional path to the University of Arizona.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing is rated the nation’s No. 18 small forward and No. 75 prospect in America, as well as the No. 1 prospect in Mexico.

Mathurin chose Arizona over offers from Baylor and Washington State.

Here’s what 247Sports director of basketball recruiting Evan Daniels had to say about the Arizona-bound talent in his scouting report:

“Mathurin is an intriguing wing prospect with upside. He has good size, pushing 6-6 with long arms, an athletic build and impressive athleticism. Offensively, Mathurin is still an effective playmaker and scorer. He has good instincts, makes plays in transition, does a good job of making plays off the bounce and is an improving shooter from long-range off the catch. One thing Mathurin does really well is finish around the rim through contact and over contests. Defensively, Mathurin has potential to be a good multi-positional defender as he has the tools, athleticism and instincts to defend both wings and ones if he has too.”

8. 4* PF Max Murrell – Stanford

A four-star power forward out of Nebraska, Max Murrell had more than 20 scholarship offers before choosing Stanford over Creighton, Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota, Northwestern and others.

The 6-foot-9, 195-pound post is rated the nation’s No. 85 overall prospect on 247Sports’ rankings and No. 118 in the composite rankings.

Here’s what 247Sports director of recruiting Jerry Meyer had to say about Murrell in his scouting report:

“On the slender side at 6-9 but has frame to put on weight. Great leaper with more straight-ahead oriented athleticism. Plays with energy and aggression. Has a good looking lefty shooting stroke. Likes to face basket. Quick first step to the rim when attacking with his left hand. Adequate ball handler and passer. Good rebounder and shot blocker.”

7. 4* SG Jaylen Clark – UCLA

UCLA has two commits on this list, including 247Sports four-star shooting guard Jaylen Clark, who chose the Bruins over offers from Cal, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, UNLV, USC and others.

Clark is rated the nation’s No. 12 shooting guard.

Here’s what 247Sports national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon had to say about Clark in his scouting report:

“Physical specimen with elite defensive upside. Built like a linebacker and plays with extreme physicality on defense. Good size, long arms, wide shoulders with chiseled frame. Terrific athlete both vertically and laterally. Hard-nosed defender who should be able to defend any perimeter position in college. Best in transition on offense. Decent ball skills and can score attacking basket. Jumper is inconsistent at this stage and improving as a shooter will dictate ultimate success at college level. Projects as high level defender regardless.”

6. 4* SG Ian Martinez – Utah

Utah has the No. 1 class in the Pac-12 Conference (so far), thanks largely to its conference-high 4 commitments.

But the Utes also place two players on the top-10 list, headlined by Junipero Serra (San Juan Capistrano, California), athlete Ian Martinez.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard has a wide range in his rankings, but 247Sports lists him as the nation’s No. 10 shooting guard and No. 59 prospect overall.

Here’s what 247Sports national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon wrote in his evaluation of Martinez:

“Shooting guard with okay size for the position but explosive athleticism helps make up for that. Narrow frame with plenty of room to add strength. While more two than one, does have respectable handle and vision so projects as at least a secondary ball handler depending on development of basketball IQ. Streaky shooter but can score from all three levels. Physical tools give high upside on defense. Decent floor with high ceiling especially if he can play on the ball. Projects as high major starter but has NBA upside.”

5. 4* PG Jalen Terry – Oregon

After finishing with top-5 recruiting classes nationally each of the past two years, the Oregon Ducks and Dana Altman haven’t made the same splash so far in the 2020 recruiting cycle.

The Ducks have just one pledge in its class, but it’s a good one.

Michigan four-star point guard Jalen Terry is a floor general reminiscent of former Oregon star Aaron Brooks, an explosive, quick, diminutive point guard who can score.

He is rated the nation’s No. 7 point guard and No. 58 prospect overall.

Terry, who originally committed to Michigan State, chose Oregon over offers from Butler, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State and others.

Here’s what 247Sports wrote in his scouting report:

“Slight of frame and sub six feet, but extremely quick and fast. Has the ball on a string as a handler. Adept penetrator. Needs to improve shooting percentage inside and outside the arc. Is a good distributor, but at times needs to be stronger with the basketball. Not a physical defender but has a high steal rate with his quickness and anticipation.”

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4. 4* SF Dalen Terry – Arizona

If there’s a cut line for players considered the elite commitments in the Pac-12 Conference, small forward Dalen Terry belongs on the “elite side” of those pledges.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing, out of Hillcrest Prep (Arizona), chose the local Wildcats over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado, Marquette, Nevada, UNLV, USC and others.

Terry is rated the nation’s No. 4 small forward and No. 29 overall prospect.

Here’s his 247Sports scouting report, courtesy of national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon:

“Good size and very long arms. Still physically immature with plenty of room add strength. Best asset is his passing ability; outstanding vision for positions. Extremely versatile wing. Respectable ball skills and can be at least a secondary ball handler but likely most effective as a playmaking wing. Better shooter from midrange than three. Capable finisher due to size and length. Has physical tools to guard multiple positions. Lot of upside here; if continues to improve as shooter and ball handler has easy NBA upside but worst case should be a high-major starter.”

3. 4* SF Marcus Bagley – Arizona State

Arizona State small forward pledge Marcus Bagley is actually lower than Dalen Terry in the 247Sports rankings, but passes him in the composite rankings due to his five-star status on Rivals.

Bagley is rated the nation’s No. 11 small forward and No. 50 overall prospect, according to 247Sports, but is the nation’s No. 29 prospect and No. 6 small forward on Rivals.

Here’s the 247Sports scouting report on his game, courtesy of Josh Gershon:

“Versatile scoring wing with size to play multiple perimeter positions. Best asset is pure scoring ability. Can efficiently score from all three levels. Most comfortable with ball in his hands and can score pulling up or attacking basket. Strong handle for position. Has physical tools to be a plus rebounder. No physical limitations defensively although consistency and effort could improve there. Has shown significant strides throughout high school career. Should be good scorer in college with NBA upside if efficiency continues to improve.”

2. 5* PG Daishen Nix – UCLA

The nation’s No. 1 point guard is UCLA-bound Daishen Nix, who grew up in Alaska.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Nix chose UCLA over offers from Arizona, Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Marquette, Memphis, Oklahoma, Washington and others.

Here’s the scouting report on Nix. the nation’s No. 11 overall prospect:

“Good size for position with strong, sturdy frame. Elite vision; outstanding facilitator who is creative as a distributor. High basketball IQ with strong natural instincts for position. Improving shooter with range to perimeter although he is more efficient as he get closer to basket. Quick hands and impressive instincts on defense. Could improve as a shooter but it’s an area he’s shown progress and in general has been on a high trajectory since arriving in Nevada from Alaska prior to his freshman season. Projects as a successful college point guard with NBA upside.”

1. 5* C Evan Mobley – USC

247Sports lists USC-bound Evan Mobley as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect –  a huge “get” for the Trojans and Pac-12 Conference as a whole.

The 7-footer draws comparisons to LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett and projects as a top-5 NBA draft pick in the future.

Here’s the 247Sports scouting report on Mobley, courtesy of Jerry Meyer:

“Has all the qualities of a big-time post prospect. Length, athleticism, mobility, skill and basketball IQ are all in abundance. Finishes with touch and has nice footwork in the post. Threat to score out to 17-feet at this point. Expected to extend range. Rebounds outside his area. Conscientious defender. Expected to be a high lottery pick and possible No. 1 overall pick in draft.”

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