The rich get richer and the poor get nothing is the reality in college basketball recruiting. The 2013-14 season hasn't seen its first basket or dunk, March Madness is still six months away and the elite Mountain West basketball programs are already reloading.
The schools are reloading with the nation's top players. The top five MWC recruits are split between San Diego State and UNLV. Lets take a look at who is coming to town.
Malik Pope is long and lean wing out of Laguna Creek High School with deep jump shooting ability and high-end athleticism, but bit of a mystery. He showed great promise as a junior before a broken leg cost him his rising senior year. He started his senior year with another leg surgery and needs a chance to get healthy. Pope is ranked #17 on the Rivals.com top 150 players.
Trey Kell is a San Diego native from St. Augustine High School with a high-IQ and an ability to score at an elite level, the four-star guard will make an impact at that level and give the Aztecs instant offense and a pure shot maker.
The Aztecs stole Kevin Zabo from Brewster Academy, NH. Aztec Assistant coach Justin Hutson played a pivotal role in landing the three-star prospect from Gatineau, Quebec. Hutson has a good track record recruiting high-profile players Anthony Bennett and Khem Birch from Zabo's Canadian-based AAU team, CIA Bounce.
The Rebels pulled off a coup with Dwayne Morgan, an athletically gifted 6 foot 7 inch wing that can play some four in college but projects as a long term small forward. Morgan has an explosive first step, great frame, and rebounds and has really improved his shooting. A high-end defender who will bring east coast toughness to the MWC. Morgan is ranked #15 on Rivals.com he hails from St. Frances High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
And as if the city of Las Vegas needed more luck at the Thomas Mack Center. The Rebs signed Goodluck Okonoboh a 6 foot 9 inch Center who is a high end shot blocker and big time athlete with length. He runs the floor very well and has tools to be a big time rebounder. He primarily scores around the rim and has to find a way to be more consistent as he goes forward. Okonoboh is the Rebels second east coast recruit, he is from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts. Okonoboh is ranked #32 for Rivals.com.
Here is my top 10 MWC recruits for 2014: