National signing day came and went on Wednesday. While these new additions won’t be in uniform until next season, it’s never too early to look down the road and see how things may play out.  Here are five programs that are poised to be on the rise after a strong national signing day.

IOWA STATE
Every July, there are sleepers who blow up and become some of the hottest prospects in the country. Steve Prohm and Iowa State got three of the best.

It’s hard to find any big man in the country with the upside of George Conditt (Chicago, Ill.). A high-impact defensive player, Conditt is just scratching the surface on the offensive end. 

The Cyclones then went and got one of the Midwest’s top floor generals in Tyrese Haliburton (Oshkosh, Wis.). All Haliburton has done is win at the high school and AAU level. I’m eager to see what he can do when surrounded by high-level athletes. 

Speaking of high-level athletes, Zion Griffin (Darien, Ill.) is one of the top high-risers in the country. A freak on the floor, Griffin is a perfect fit for Iowa State’s up-tempo offense and it will lob city with him in Ames. 

Finally, Iowa State won a huge battle for Talen Horton-Tucker. A terrific slasher and a go-to scorer, Horton-Tucker has a chance to put up a ton of points in that system. A plus-length wing, Horton-Tucker should be an excellent two-way player at the next level and turn a lot of defense into offense. 

MARYLAND
Maryland has finished in the top three of the Big Ten in each of the last three seasons. Could this be the class that pushes the Terps to the promise land?

Mark Turgeon has signed arguably a top five class with the trio of Aaron Wiggins (High Point, N.C.), Jalen Smith (Baltimore, Md.), and Eric Ayala (Bradenton, Fla.). 

The last time Maryland put together a consensus top 10 recruiting class? 2003. That year, the Terps signed D.J. Strawberry, Mike Jones, and Ekene Ibekwe. 

NOTRE DAME
Signing four top 100 prospects, Mike Brey was a happy man on Wednesday.  Notre Dame gets a little bit of everything, headlined by point guard Prentiss Hubb (Washington, D.C.) The ultra-quick floor general should be the straw that stirs the drink in South Bend for years to come.

The Irish will surround Hubb with shooters. Robby Carmody (Mara, Pa.) and Dane Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio.) can stretch the floor and score the basketball in a variety of ways.

Then there’s forward Nate Laszewski (Northfield, Mass.). The 6-foot-10 big man was absolutely unconscious in July, proving to be one of the best shooters in the country. Notre Dame will be able to run Laszewski off screens, assert him in the pick n’ pop game, or have him spot up in transition. Any time Laszewski gets a clean look from 3-point range, it’s a high percentage opportunity. 

OHIO STATE
Things didn’t look good early, but new head coach Chris Holtmann finished very strong.  The Buckeyes have had some really quality, high-scoring guards that can take over games. Luther Muhammad (Hudson, N.J) fits right into that mold. A high volume scorer, Muhammad is one of the best bucket getters in the country and is always putting pressure on the defense.

Holtmann gets some interior versatility in Jaedon LeDee (Houston, Texas.). A bid body that can bang down low, stretch the floor, and get up and down in transition, LeDee will be a matchup problem in the Big Ten. 

After Thad Matta was let go, Justin Ahrens (Versailles, Ohio.) was one of three prospects who de-committed.  However, Holtmann was able to hang onto the in-state sniper. Point guard Duane Washington (Chatsworth, Calif.) is a quality floor general who can shoot the basketball at a high level. 

TEXAS
Texas kept some top talent at home and then also went to unconventional areas to grab some interior prospects.

I absolutely love Kamaka Hepa (Portland, Ore.). The top 50 prospect is one of the most versatile players in the country, essentially a point guard in a power forward’s body. A kid that gives his team everything he’s got on both ends of the floor, Hepa does a little bit of everything. 

We’ll see what Jaxson Hayes (Cincinnati, Ohio.) develops into. A high-upside forward, Hayes is a big body at 6-foot-10, 195-pound that moves really well. Hayes has had some good athletes in his family, mainly football players. 

The big fish is Gerald Liddel (Cibolo, Texas.). The Longhorns beat out Kansas, Oregon, Florida State, and others for the four-star small forward. Lidell is a matchup problem at 6-foot-9. Combined with his shooting ability, we could be talking about a pro in a few years.

Shaka Smart also pulled small forward Brock Cunningham (Austin, Texas.). A high-motor prospect that brings it on both ends, Cunningham will give Texas plenty of toughness.