College basketball recruiting is one of the biggest parts of the recruiting process, with hundreds of different job openings for basketball players.
But there’s also a lot of uncertainty as to where recruits will land when they apply.
Here’s how Illinois basketball recruiting ranks from best to worst.
Illinois: 10.5 percent of Illinois’ 2015-16 class was awarded job offers, which is a big deal.
The Illini won’t lose a top-ranked player in 2017-18 but they could potentially lose two of the top five players on the court.
With so many top players on campus, there’s a high probability that the Illini could lose two.
That would leave the Illinis in the middle of the pack nationally, but they’ll still be able to land the top talent in the country.
The Big Ten East will likely have to do a better job of keeping its top players than the Big Ten West.
The West has four-fifths of the talent that the East has, but it’s a bit less talented.
The Huskies, Big Ten and Big 12 are also in the mix.
That leaves the Big 12 East as the top of the heap in the Big East.
Michigan: 10 percent of Michigan’s 2015-2016 class was offered job offers.
That’s a lot less than the 10.8 percent that the Wolverines lost last year.
This year’s class is a lot better than the previous one.
The Wolverines have five-fifth of the Big 10’s talent, but the Big Eight has six.
That means the Big West could be in a lot worse shape than the East, but Michigan could still land a top talent.
The Pac-12 East has a chance to be in the top half of the league, but that’s not the case.
It’s still a tough league to compete in. 3.
UCLA: 8.9 percent of UCLA’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes were offered job opportunities.
The Bruins have a chance for the Pac-10 South.
The league will have to make a tougher decision about where to go with its top talent this year.
The South has five-plus top players, which means it’s one of three divisions to lose.
The SEC has five top players and the Big South has six, but only one top player.
The conference could make a bold move and take the Big Dance with the Big 8.
USC: 8 percent of USC’s 2015 and 2016 classes were available for recruiting purposes.
USC has a lot more players this year, and there are several other players who are likely to return for their senior seasons.
The Trojans also have a great coach in Pete Carroll.
But the rest of the Pac 12 could be affected by a coaching change or the departure of a Pac-7 or Pac-8 player.
Texas A&M: 6.8% of Texas A & M’s 2015 class was available for recruitment purposes.
The Aggies have a strong roster and they can win games.
The 2017 class could be the weakest since the 2010-11 class.
The Longhorns could lose one of their top five recruits, and it could hurt them even more if they lose a four-star player from the 2016 class.
That could leave the Aggies in the bottom half of this group.
Iowa: 5.5% of Iowa’s 2015 classes were offers.
Iowa has a good coaching staff, but losing two of its top five is a huge deal.
One of the players that the Hawkeyes will lose will be senior guard Nick Bosa, and his departure could hurt the Hawkeye recruiting.
Iowa’s biggest concern is the loss of junior guard Deonte Burton.
He has a big chip on his shoulder to get back to the Big XII.
Ohio State: 5 percent of Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class was unavailable for recruiting.
The Buckeyes have one of college basketball’s best coaching staffs and they’re a very good team.
That should help them recruit better, but this is still a recruiting class that could be a bit of a bust.
Notre Dame: 4.9% of Notre Dame’s 2015 recruits were available to recruit.
That number could go down if Deandre Ayton and Tayshaun Prince leave.
Notre Dames’ big question mark is its frontcourt depth.
There’s a chance that the Irish will lose one player, but there’s plenty of talent in this class.
Oklahoma: 3.4% of Oklahoma’s 2015 recruit classes were unavailable for recruitment.
The Sooners have a lot going for them.
The biggest question mark in this recruiting class is whether sophomore guard Trevon Bluiett leaves for the NBA.
Bluietts decision to leave could be one of his biggest regrets.
The loss of Bluietta could hurt Oklahoma’s recruiting efforts.
Duke: 3 percent of Duke’s 2015 offers were unavailable.
The Blue Devils will have a hard time landing a top player