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LSU commit Ben Simmons tops latest Class of 2015 rankings from Rivals

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After a busy June filled with national camps, Rivals unveiled their latest Class of 2015 rankings on Friday. LSU commit and 6-foot-9 power forward Ben Simmons tops the rankings and is the new No. 1 prospect in the class after a strong spring in the Nike EYBL and a good showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Former No. 1 prospect, Malik Newman, slips to No. 2 and the Jackson, Mississippi native is still the most lethal scoring guard in the class.

Rounding out the new top five is new No. 3 overall prospect Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 power wing from Georgia who has had a monster spring on the adidas Gauntlet with Game Elite, as well as winning a gold medal with the USA U18 team at FIBA Americas.

Oakland native and 6-foot-9 power forward Ivan Rabb comes in at No. 4 and coming in at No. 5 is shot-blocking machine Cheick Diallo, a 6-foot-9 power forward from New York.

As Rivals national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi notes in his breakdown of the new rankings, No. 2-6 in the rankings all were considered for the No. 1 spot and this is a class that still has a lot of intrigue going into July.

Although multiple national recruiting analysts have told me that the Class of 2015 is one of the weaker classes in the last 10 years, there’s still plenty of talented players vying for the top spot.

You can view the new Rivals 150 for the Class of 2015 here and Bossi’s breakdown of the top 10 and the major movers can be found here.

The July live evaluation period begins on July 9th and College Basketball Talk will have plenty of recruiting news and notes from events going on from coast-to-coast.

Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.



The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas