The addition of Sutton, a four-star prospect from North Carolina, and Samuels, a three-star forward from the Washington D.C. area, give the Wildcats two more athletic wings in an already talented freshman class.
The two were AAU teammates of Michael Beasley, the top freshman in America, with the D.C. Assault program. Kansas State was previously ranked fourth overall prior to the additions of Sutton and Samuels.
Virginia Tech moved up from No. 28 in the 2007 team recruiting rankings to No. 20 overall. J.T. Thompson was not accounted for in the preseason team rankings. Many believed he would not join the team until January. However, he has played 16 games for the Hokies already this season.
Thompson's cousin, Dorenzo Hudson, is enrolled but not playing this season as he awaits clearance from the NCAA. Hudson, a Rivals150 player, and Thompson helped moved the Hokies up in the final enrolled rankings.
Four-star forward Augustus Gilchrist is enrolled at Maryland, but is not playing this season. He joined the team at the semester break.
Connecticut is awaiting word on the status of Nate Miles, a four-star wing from Ohio. He could join the team this year; he is awaiting approval from the NCAA. Even if Miles is ruled eligible, the Huskies would still remain outside of the top-30 in our enrolled rankings.
The Gators were content with their 2007 recruiting class after the fall signing period. Then Billy Donovan's crew won a second consecutive national championship and lost all five starters to graduation or the NBA Draft. Enter the late push for Houston guard Jai Lucas. The son of former NBA player and coach John Lucas picked the Gators over interest from Kentucky, Oklahoma State and others. His addition to a top-five class pushed Florida from fifth to No. 1.
Previous rank: 1
What will Michael Beasley do? That was the theme this spring after Bob Huggins left for West Virginia (his alma mater), leaving one of the best recruiting classes in the country in limbo. K-State hired assistant Frank Martin to be the successor, who in turn kept assistant coach Dalonte Hill on board. Beasley decided to stay. Four-star recruit Dominique Sutton and three-star recruit Jamar Samuels joined the roster in December and pushed the Wildcats back into the No. 2 spot in the team recruiting rankings.
Previous rank: 4
What an eventful early signing period for USC. The Trojans landed two elite prospects in O.J. Mayo and Davon Jefferson. Louisiana natives - Leonard Washington and Marcus Simmons ? also committed. Washington opted for prep school instead of USC this year. Seattle guard Venoy Overton reneged on his pledge and inked with Washington. The Trojans then landed Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) teammates Mamadou Diarra and Angelo Johnson late in the spring.
Previous rank: 2
Jonny Flynn will take control of the ballhandling, which will free up Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris on the offensive end. Donte Green will have an opportunity to play a Carmelo Anthony-type role. Certain to contribute, Rick Jackson and Antonio Jardine will also have a chance to work themselves into significant roles for the Orange this season. Junior college forward Kristof Ongenaet inked the spring.
Previous rank: 3
A dynamic athlete, Jerryd Bayless is custom-made for Arizona's wide-open offensive attack. Jamelle Horne will be a perfect complement filling the lanes on the break with Chase Budinger. Three-star prospects Laval Lucas-Perry and Zane Johnson can be top-of-the-line role players. Lucas-Perry, however, has transfered to Michigan.
Previous rank: 5
Purdue hasn't seen a class like this in quite some time ? if ever. Coach Matt Painter landed a quartet of four-star standouts. The versatile class also fills several needs. E'twaun Moore is a combo guard, JaJuan Johnson is an inside/outside post and Robbie Hummel and Scott Martin are multipurpose forwards. Promising junior college prospect Nemanja Calasan is expected to make an immediate impact.
Previous rank: 6
Thad Matta continues his recruiting momentum by landing a five-star, two four-stars and a top of the line three-star. Kosta Koufos' European-style game will be a unique addition to the Buckeye lineup. Evan Turner is skilled on offense and defense at the forward spot. Sharpshooter Jon Diebler plays a heady game, while Dallas Lauderdale is a tough low-post defender. Signing Eric Wallace during the early period pushes Ohio State up a spot in the rankings. Vanderbilt transfer Kyle Madsen returns to his Ohio roots and will be eligible to play this year. Previous rank: 7
Kyle Singler highlights this three-man class. Singler is the most complete and versatile player in the class, and will have two steady four-star players coming to Durham, N.C., with him. Nolan Smith is a steady ballhandler. Taylor King can shoot it from deep and also grind out a rebound. The Blue Devils lost out on Patrick Patterson late in the spring. Previous rank: 8
Eric Gordon, our No. 2 prospect in the nation, should put up big scoring numbers the second he steps onto the Assembly Hall court. Eli Holman is tough on the defensive end, and Brandon McGee can stretch the defense. Junior college commitment Jamarcus Ellis should contribute immediately. The Hoosiers also picked up talented combo guard Jordan Crawford in the final hours of the early signing period. Junior college forward DeAndre Thomas signed in the spring. Previous rank: 9
Memphis is hoping that Derrick Rose - the nation's No. 3 recruit - can have the type of impact that Carmelo Anthony had for Syracuse a few years ago. Rose appears to be headed to Memphis for one season before leaving for the NBA. Jeffrey Robinson's run-and-shoot game is custom-built for the Tigers' attack. Iowa State transfer Shawn Taggart fits Memphis's style of play perfectly as an athletic big man. Previous rank: 10
In Kevin Love, UCLA has a national freshman of the year candidate. He fills the one significant need in the UCLA lineup and should have an immediate impact on the interior for the Bruins. Local product Chase Stanback is a four-star prospect with a lot of upside. He could really surprise in time. Previous rank: 11
Villanova continues the tradition of great guard play by landing two five-star guards from the Northeast. Point guard Corey Fisher enjoyed a tremendous senior season at St. Patrick, one of the elite programs in the country. Wing Corey Stokes is one of the best deep shooters in the country. Prep school guard Malcolm Grant rounds out the class. Previous rank: 12
For the first time in a long time, Kentucky fans are excited about recruiting ? and for good reason. The Wildcats won the Patrick Patterson sweepstakes. The five-star forward will be asked to do a lot for new coach Billy Gillispie. Former Michigan recruit Alex Legion, like Patterson, was a late recruiting target for Gillispie, but he transfered to Illinois. Florida big man A.J. Stewart and British transplant Mike Williams round out the class. Previous rank: 13
This is a three-man class made for coach Tom Izzo's transition game. Kalin Lucas does a superb job pushing the ball up the court. Chris Allen and Darrell Summers form a great set of wings to run along with him in East Lansing, Mich. Previous rank: 14
Mick Cronin and his staff had to fill a number of spots in 2007 and did so with a deep class this year. Four-star prospects Darnell Wilks and Anthony McClain were two late additions, and the duo boasts great upside. Florida wing Alvin Mitchell enjoyed a tremendous senior year as a scorer. Rashad Bishop, Kenny Belton and Larry Davis are all four-year players. Previous rank: 15
Nayal Koshwal (No.18) and Darquavis Tucker (No. 44) are the big catches in the Blue Demons' class. Both have a physically mature game and a rapidly improving skill set. Matija Poscic, Mike Bizoukas and Mario Stula round out the class. Previous rank: 16
Highly skilled Austin Daye could turn into the next great scorer at Gonzaga. Four-stars Steven Gray and Robert Sacre should fill important roles for Gonzaga early in their careers. The Zags added junior college forward Ira Brown in the spring. Previous rank: 17
First year head coach Sidney Lowe made quite a splash beating Tennessee for five-star prospect J.J. Hickson. Lowe followed that up by landing four-star forward Tracy Smith, who achieved his qualifying academic score and signed in the late period. Miami area point guard Javi Gonzalez also inked late. Previous rank: 18
Coach Herb Sendek is off to a solid start recruiting in the Pac-10. He has a future superstar in multitalented James Harden, a solid floor general in Jamelle McMillan and a long forward with upside in Kraidon Woods. Little known Rihards Kuksiks of Latvia fits Sendek's system nicely. In-state guard Ty Abbott joined the Sun Devils late after being released from New Mexico. Duke transfer Eric Boateng will be counted on this season as well. Previous rank: 19
Virginia Tech's recruiting class dropped from No. 20 to No. 28 when three-star prospects Dorenzo Hudson, J.T. Thompson and Darrion Pellum were in academic limbo at the time of the fall enrolled rankings. Thompson gained his eligibility, and Hudson is enrolled in school but not playing. The addition of these two prospects give the Hokies a six-man class led by four-star prospects Jeff Allen and Malcolm Delaney.
Previous rank: 28
Coach Lorenzo Romar has three prospects who fit in perfectly with Washington's high-powered attack. Four-star Matthew Bryan-Amaning runs the floor extremely well and is loaded with upside. Three-star Venoy Overton is a scorer from Seattle and signed late. Justin Holiday makes plays with his length and athleticism on both sides of the ball. Another long athlete, Darnell Gant, joined the fold during the early signing period. Stanford transfer Tim Morris adds depth to the backcourt. Previous rank: 20
The power forward position is certainly taken care of for the Longhorns in the 2007 class. All four-star players, Johnson is the best scorer around the basket. Chapman is the most skilled and Wangmene is the best rebounder. Turkish guard Dogus Balbay inked with the Longhorns in the spring. Previous rank: 21
Georgetown didn't have to look far to find its backcourt of the future. Both local products, Austin Freeman (No. 15) is an elite shooting guard with a mature mid-range game. Chris Wright is a combo guard who can light it up from outside. Omar Wattad was originally slated as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship when Octavious Spann opted to transfer. Previous rank: 22
Anthony Randolph is the jewel of this five-man recruiting class. Marcus Thornton, a late get this spring, is considered one of the elite junior college players in the country. The Tigers went to the West Coast to land a sleeper in Garrett Green. In-state guard Bo Spencer signed with the program in the spring, while junior college big man Quintin Thornton gives them another dimension inside. Previous rank: 24
Oklahoma State was a big winner on the first day of the early signing period when four-star forward James Anderson chose the Cowboys over Kansas. The Cowboys also landed four-star post player Martavius Adams and post player Ibrahima Thomas. In the spring, OSU inked power forward Marshall Moses and junior college players Anthony Brown and Brad Garrett. Previous rank: 25
The Panthers inked a class that fits perfectly for the style of play that Jamie Dixon wants to employ in the Big East. Local big man DeJuan Blair will be looked at early and often. The space-eater could be one of the best instant impact players in the league next year. Philadelphia-area guard Bradley Wannamaker gives the lineup some toughness. Gary McGhee and Cassan Diggs round out the class, but the Panthers did take a hit when Rivals150 prospect Darnell Dodson failed to qualify. Previous rank: 26
A prototypical Big 12 player, Blake Griffin should immediately be the man inside for the Sooners. Wings Tony Neysmith and Cade Davis will have a shot at significantly contributing to the Sooner lineup. Junior college point guard Omar Leary signed in the late period. Previous rank: 27
Norm Roberts has put together his best class since taking the St. John's job. The Red Storm blew in and landed a number of Big Apple prospects. Point guard Malik Boothe is small but pesky. Justin Burrell spent a couple of years in the prep school ranks and established himself as a dominant rebounder. Big man Ayodele Coker adds a similar dimension. Sean Evans, Paris Horne, D.J. Kennedy and Mike Cavataio all inked late and all should have an impact in some way next season. Previous rank: 29
Wake Forest solid three-man class is highlighted by four-star prospects James Johnson and Jeff Teague. Johnson emerged out of Wyoming as one of the more athletic wing players in the class. Teague is a consummate lead guard out of Indianapolis.
Previous rank: 30