December 9, 2009

Missouri makes a move in Big 12

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BEST OF THE BIG 12
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Missouri (12)
2. Texas A&M (21)
3. Baylor (24)
4. Oklahoma
5. Oklahoma State
6. Texas
7. Kansas State
8. Iowa State
9. Kansas
10. Texas Tech
11. Nebraska
12. Colorado
Best by category
Best perimeter scorer: Tony Mitchell, Missouri
Best low post scorer: Tristan Thompson, Texas
Best passer: Phil Pressey, Missouri
Best shooter: Ricky Kreklow, Missouri
Best rebounder: Tristan Thompson, Texas
Best shot blocker: Perry Jones, Baylor
Best defender: Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
Most versatile: Cameron Clark, Oklahoma
Best basketball IQ: Will Spradling, Kansas State
Best pro prospect: Perry Jones, Baylor
Best speed: Phil Pressey, Missouri
Best motor: Tristan Thompson, Texas
Impact player: Tony Mitchell, Missouri
Biggest sleeper: Keith Davis, Texas A&M
Best at each position (top overall player in bold)
PG: Phil Pressey, Missouri
SG: T.J. Taylor, Oklahoma
SF: Tony Mitchell, Missouri
PF: Perry Jones, Baylor
C: Keith Davis, Texas A&M
Inside the Numbers
3 - Teams ranked in the top 25
12 - Rivals150 prospects coming to the Big 12
3 - Five-star prospects coming to the Big 12
6 - Four-star prospects coming to the Big 12
3 - Three-star prospects coming to the Big 12
18 - Non-ranked prospects coming to the Big 12
13 - Recruits from Texas coming to the Big 12, the most of any state
14 - Number of states represented by Big 12 recruits
The Big 12 gained a third team in the national rankings during the early signing period when five-star forward Tony Mitchell signed with Missouri. The Tigers, who also have four-star point guard Phil Pressey, are the top team in the conference. Texas A&M (No. 2 in the conference) and Baylor (No. 3 in the conference) are also ranked nationally. The Aggies have a bevy of big men on the way, and Baylor has elite power forward Perry Jones headlining its class. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State just missed a national ranking but have strong classes. Texas also signed a five-star big man, Tristan Thompson, as its only recruit.

Best recruiting battle

The recruiting saga of five-star forward Tony Mitchell began and ended in the Big 12. Mitchell was a little-known prospect nationally when he originally committed to Kansas State in November of last year. Just prior to the July evaluation period, Mitchell opened up his recruitment. A plethora of schools pursued the big-time athlete, but in the end it was Georgetown and Missouri left standing. Mitchell visited both schools and signed with Missouri during the early signing period.

Adding size

Out of the 12 ranked prospects entering the Big 12 next year only one prospect is a point guard and two are shooting guards. The other nine prospects are forwards.

At the top of the list are five-star forwards Perry Jones, Tony Mitchell and Tristan Thompson. Jones has all the physical tools of an NBA talent. Mitchell is a high-flying wing scorer. Thompson is a high-energy producer in the paint.

In the four-star range, Cameron Clark is at the top of the list. He should make an immediate impact at Oklahoma with his versatile game. Michael Cobbins was one of the summer's most pleasant surprises. His length and skill game will give Oklahoma State an added dimension. Texas A&M adds two power forwards with differing games from the four-star ranks in Tobi Oyedeji and Daniel Alexander. Oyedeji thrives on attacking the rim and the glass. Alexander is a finesse player who is a long-range shooting threat.



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