As ESPN’s Adam Silver wrote this week, the Big 12 will likely get an infusion of talent this offseason as the league expands to 12 schools for the first time.
The addition of Kansas State, Texas Tech and Kansas could be one of the most important additions of the summer for the Big East.
The Wildcats will be the first Big 12 team to have two full-time coaches in Steve Wojciechowski and Sean Miller, a tandem that has been instrumental in the program’s success.
But it could also mean that the league will see a much bigger impact in the recruiting landscape, with a number of potential recruits and former top prospects taking an interest in the league.
Here’s how we’ll see that impact unfold, via the 247Sports Composite.
The Big 12 is the league’s second-biggest market, after only the Pac-12, and will have a wealth of talent coming in to help bolster its roster this summer.
There will also be a number to be won by Texas, which already has a very talented roster.
That roster is loaded with top talent, including four starters in Marcus Foster, Dontae Johnson, J.J. Barea and Tyus Battle, and five other players who could make a deep run at Big 12 Rookie of the Year.
The Longhorns also have a good opportunity to add another member of the recruiting class, with eight players in that class already signed, according to 247Sports.
The class also includes two-time All-Big 12 pick and 2017 recruiting class favorite Tyus King.
The rest of the Big 11 and Big 12-Big Ten are also getting a boost this offseason, with TCU and Wisconsin likely adding a pair of key players in 2017 recruiting sensation Mike Weber and transfer Justin Hill, and Texas taking on the likes of Justin Jackson and Malik Williams in the 2017 class.
The league will also have plenty of competition in the 2019 recruiting class for some of its top talent.
That class includes two players from the 2017 recruiting classes of Texas’ Chris Walker and Sam Darnold, as well as two players in 2019 class of Kaleb Ramsey and Jordan Hill, among others.
And then there are the players from other programs in the conference, as Texas is expected to land the likes, former Oklahoma guard Alex Jones, as a 2019 recruiting commitment.
The Longhorns will also see a slew of transfers in the 2018 class, including 2016 recruiting class member Tyus Jackson.
Texas also could see a big boost from a handful of former players this summer, as former players like Deandre Johnson, Tyus Thomas and Deon Mitchell are expected to return for the 2019 season.
And of course, the Longhorns are just the tip of the iceberg for the rest of college basketball, as there are a host of players who will be available in the future.
And that means that Texas could be able to add a few other players this offseason to help boost its already impressive recruiting haul.