A strong recruiting week by Mississippi State places the SEC in a tie with the Big East for the most teams in the 2011 national team recruiting rankings to 20. The SEC now has four teams in the rankings after Mississippi State landed five-star wing Rodney Hood and four-star wing D.J. Gardner, placing the Bulldogs in the No. 12 slot.
Illinois moved up to No. 9 after adding four-star power forward Mike Shaw.
Alabama also moved up a several spots when four-star low post player Nick Jacobs picked the Tide over the Clemson Tigers.
Moving the other direction down to No. 18 is Texas after the decommitment of five-star point guard Myck Kabongo.
The ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 have three teams each in the national rankings.
The Pac-10 now has two teams after Mississippi State knocked Washington out of the top 20.
Xavier is the sole representative of the Atlantic-10.
John Calipari is at it again with his third consecutive No. 1 recruiting class at Kentucky. Teague, a dynamic point guard, and Gilchrist, a versatile small forward, are the top prospects at their position. Power forwards Davis and Wiltjer are both multi-talented post players and inside/outside threats.
The top prospect in the country Austin Rivers pushes Duke to the No. 2 spot nationally and top spot in the ACC. Gbinije gives the reigning national champions a multidimensional wing player with a complete game. Plumlee, a four-star center brings length and athleticism to the Duke frontcourt.
Rival programs better have gotten their licks in last year because Roy Williams is adding more top-flight talent to an already deep roster. McAdoo is as quick as any power forward in the country and Hairston is a bruising scorer with deep range.
The pressure is on John Pelphrey and his staff to produce, and they are doing so on the recruiting trail. Young blew up over the spring and summer, and is among the nation's most explosive scorers. Madden is a versatile combo guard on the cusp of being a five-star. Mickelson is a swift big man from in-state and Ross is another local product who can score facing the hoop. Abron, another ranked power forward rounds out the class.
Steve Lavin is making a statement with his 2011 recruiting. He has three four-star forwards headed to St. John's. Pointer, Sampson and Harkless are athletic, versatile forwards who can contribute in multiple ways. Four-star combo guard D'Angelo Harrison is a scoring machine. JUCO standout Nurideen Lindsey is also known for his ability to fill it up.
Syracuse has a second consecutive top 10 recruiting class. Christmas is one of the top shot-blockers in the 2011 class. A talented combo guard, Carter-Williams is loaded with upside. Rounding out Syracuse's class is Cooney, who will be expected to knock down shots from the wing.
With his off-the-court drama behind him, Rick Pitino can continue to focus on a potential blockbuster class. Behanan is a tough, physical scorer with offensive skill. Blackshear is a no-nonsense wing. Price and Taylor give the Cardinals added versatility inside and on the wing.
Sean Miller is working hard to put Arizona back on top and he's got the best early class on the West Coast. Arizona native Nick Johnson is a highlight waiting to happen and Sidiki Johnson is a rugged rebounder who can score in the post. Top 10 prospect and the No. 2-ranked point guard Josiah Turner is the jewel of the three-man class.
Bruce Weber and his staff continue to lock down local four-star talent. Henry is a wing with size and scoring punch, while Abrams is among the top floor generals in the country. Shaw is a physical and versatile forward. Egwu needs work offensively, but has size and blocks shots.
Travis Ford has two physically imposing athletes on the way in Nash and Johnson. An elite prospect, Nash is also highly skilled and a multidimensional threat on the court. Johnson is considered by many as the top junior college prospect in the country.
Rarely do so-called package deals work out, but the bond between Miller and Bello did hold up. The duo will continue to be teammates on the college level. Miller is as versatile and skilled as any forward in the class. Bello just might be the most athletic prospect in the class of 2011.
The Bulldogs are taking advantage of the bumper crop of prospects in the state of Mississippi. Hood, a five-star prospect, is a do-everything perimeter player with exceptional length. Gardner is one of the top long-range shooters in the class at 6 feet 6. And Smith is a speedy and athletic four-star point guard.
Thompson is an athletic forward and Scott is one of the steadier point guards in the 2011 class. At Ohio State he can deliver the ball to a sharpshooter in Ross. McDonald brings size and a high motor to the class.
Having put together the fourth-best class in the Big East to this point, new coach Mike Rice has made a statement. Jack is a fluid big with offensive punch. Seagears is a solid floor general. Mack and Taylor are local guards who specialize in scoring while Randall is a shot-blocker and rebounder. Lewis is a post player with a promising offensive game. Kone is a three-star wing with scoring punch.
Tom Izzo continues to land high-level prospects who match his tough playing style. Dawson is a potential star on the wing while Anderson is an athletic in-state wing who has drawn some Shannon Brown comparisons. Three-stars Kearney and Trice give the Spartans a wing with size and versatility, and a sharp-shooting point guard.
Anthony Grant has been known as a recruiter since his days as an assistant and he's still at it. Randolph is a versatile combo guard who may explode with maturity. A four-star prospect, Jacobs is an athletic, hard-working post player who should be highly productive at the collegiate level. Gueye is considered one of the top post players in the JUCO ranks. Cooper gives the Tide the deep threat they've needed.
Seth Greenberg and his staff have landed a trio of four-star recruits. Finney-Smith should make an instant impact with his versatile and athletic game. Barksdale is a hard-working, if slightly undersized, big who cleans the glass. Brown is a perimeter scorer with size and bounce. Rankin is a speedy lead guard who showed much promise in the past.
Texas lost the commitment of five-star prospects DeAndre Daniels and Myck Kabongo, but the Longhorns still retain a top 20 recruiting class. McClellan and Lewis are both athletic wing prospects who know how to score. A four-star prospect, Holmes provides size to the class.
Dana Altman has hit the ground running at Oregon. Beating Washington and others for five-star shooting guard Jabari Brown was a major recruiting coup. Kingma is a lights-out shooter while Barron is a talented playmaker. Kuemper brings interior toughness to the class.
Xavier is back in the top 20 after the commitment of Chandler, a top 50 post player. Wells, who is also a four-star prospect is a physical slasher and wing rebounder. Davis can both run a team and score from the point guard position. Power forward Jalen Reynolds is a promising sleeper prospect.