Get to know the elite 2018 basketball recruits

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The Top247 for the basketball recruiting class of 2018 has been finalized with a new No. 1 prospect, R.J. Barrett. To help introduce fans to a few of the premier players in this class, we're assigning superlatives to guys with unique skillsets.

Deadeye: Cole Swider

There are some very stronger perimeter shooters in this class, but Swider gets the top honors here. The future Villanova Wildcat is a threat from all over the court, and has range that extends well beyond the three point line.

Also considered: Noah Locke, Nate Laszewski

While Swider gets top honors, Locke and Laszewski aren’t far behind. Locke should be raining in jumpers from all over at Florida for years to come, while Laszewski will thrive in Mike Brey’s free-flowing offensive system at Notre Dame.

Look for all three of these guys to making jumpers at a high level early and often in their college careers.

Human Eraser: Bol Bol

When locked in and motivated there is just no one in this class that takes away the rim quite like Bol Bol. At over 7-feet tall with long arms, high level athleticism, and good natural timing, Bol has the look of someone who could lead college basketball in shot blocking next year.

Also considered: Daniel Oturu, Immanuel Bates

After Bol, Oturu and Bates both really do a good job as well. Oturu is staying home to play at Minnesota, and he takes pride in his defense, and he does a great job of not only blocking shots, but keeping them in play. Bates is a shot-blocking specialist with long arms and quick athleticism that will be on display at NC State.

Bol is a cut above everybody else in this class when it comes to shot blocking, but Oturu and Bates as they develop as players should show significant production in this area as well.

Bucket Getter: Romeo Langford

Virtually nobody in the history of the state of Indiana has put the ball through the basket more than Langford. Langford, who is undecided on his future, can score from all three levels on the court, and has the mindset to dominate games whenever possible.

Also considered: Anfernee Simons, Ayo Dosunmu

After Langford, Simons and Dosunmu both light up the scoreboard, albeit in different ways. Simons, who will be headed to the NBA Draft, is a pure scorer who loves to fill it up from deep and in the mid-range. Meanwhile Dosunmu can get to the rim and finish with athleticism as well as score in the mid-range as well as anybody in the class.

This might be the most competitive category in the class, and numerous players should put up huge scoring numbers right away in college, but none more than Langford.

Human Highlight Reel: Zion Williamson

With all due respect to the other top dunkers in this class, there was no question that Williamson was the top dog here. Williamson is as athletic a player as we’ve seen in the last number of years, and he is also extremely powerful. His dunks are the stuff of legend at this point.

Also considered: Nassir Little, Emmitt Williams

Little and Williams also both are power dunkers who absolutely terrorize rims. Little, who is headed to North Carolina, loves to attack and finish with tip dunks and power jams off the bounce. Williams is as explosive a dunker as there is outside of Williamson. Williams finishes with such authority, and is tremendous on oops. It will be fun watching Williams catch lobs next year at LSU.

Nothing gets people fired up quite like a dunk, and this class has some impressive power dunkers. There is no doubt these three will be a staple on highlight shows next year.

Best Competitor: R.J. Barrett

For a No. 1 player, Barrett is probably one of the least physically gifted that we’ve had in recent years. With that said, what separates him is how competitive and tough he is to go along with good skill and good athleticism. Quite simply, the future Duke Blue Devil always rises to the occasion, and competes on every single possession with no hint of entitlement.

Also considered: Talen Horton-Tucker, Keldon Johnson

After Barrett, a pair of players on the wing take the mantel. Horton-Tucker is an old school tough kid from the Windy City. He gets after you on defense and then always is playing hard on offense. Horton-Tucker should be a major help to the culture at Iowa State.

Johnson is also a very tough kid who loves to play. He makes things happen on every possession, and takes pride in playing hard and his defense as well as his offense.

Overall these competitors are the types that win games in coll