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Ranking the Pac-12 Classes of 2015: #5 Stanford

Now that the signing day dust has settled, it's high time to rank every team's Class of 2015. Robert O'Neill will be doing just that over the next month. We move into the Top 5 with Stanford

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It seems like only yesterday when Johnny Dawkins was the next big up and coming Mike Krzyzewski assistant to get a head coaching job. Since then, that role has been filled by Northwestern's Chris Collins, and later Marquette's Steve Wojciechowski. While the jury remains out on those two, Dawkins' time in Palo Alto has thus far been a resounding success. Coming off of a Sweet 16 appearance last season, Dawkins has been able to undoubtedly use that in his recruiting pitches to his Class of 2015. This ranking is the first time I have been in disagreement with 247Sports. They have the Cardinal's class at sixth in the conference, I have them at fifth. Regardless of that, they have the class ranked 30th in the country. Again, the Pac-12 has great classes top to bottom coming in next year. Let's take a closer look at Stanford's.

Marcus Sheffield

Sheffield, a four-star small forward from Alpharetta, Georgia, surprised a lot of people when he chose the Cardinal. Stanford was the only school west of Ohio to offer him a scholarship. Sheffield is the 94th best player in the Class of 2015, and the 14th best small forward, both according to 247Sports. Sheffield is a volume scorer, and that shows in the video below. He will be sure to be a very nice addition to the Cardinal.

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Josh Sharma

Sharma, a four-star power forward from Northfield, Massachusetts, will be the perfect compliment to Marcus Sheffield. While Sheffield is a volume scorer, the six-foot-eleven Sharma is a great rebounder and shot blocker. He has a bit of offense in his game, mostly coming from dunks and parking himself in the low post. I wrote at length about Sharma back in October when he committed to Stanford.

Cameron Walker

We conclude with Cameron Walker. Walker, a four-star small forward, is Stanford's lone recruit from the state of California. He hails from Santa Maria and is the 13th best player in the state, per 247Sports. While Sheffield is a volume scorer, and Sharma is a lockdown defender, Walker falls somewhere in the middle of those two. He's a high quality ball handler and a much better passer than you would expect for someone of his size. He's a bit of a work in progress still, but he has a lot of athleticism and potential as the below video shows.

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