Ten key takeaways from the July recruiting period

Thon Maker is an elite talent who would seem to fit well in a college setting -- so why are so many schools scared of him? Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images

After spending the majority of the month getting back to my recruiting roots, I learned plenty. I learned how much I miss the summer scene, and how many great players (and kids) there are coming up through the system. The NBA has some terrific, young, high-character NBA stars like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis -- and there are plenty waiting to join that group and maybe one day take their place.

Here are 10 other things I learned this month:

1. The 2016 class is the most exciting group in almost a decade