June 1, 2010

Syracuse wins Big East recruiting battle

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Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Syracuse (7)
2. Marquette (14)
3. Connecticut(15)
4. Georgetown(17)
5. Louisville
6. Providence
7. Villanova
8. Notre Dame
9. Pittsburgh
10. West Virginia
11. DePaul
12. Cincinnati
13. South Florida
14. Rutgers
15. Seton Hall
16. St. John's
Best by category
Best perimeter scorer: Vander Blue, Marquette
Best low post scorer: Fabricio de Melo, Syracuse
Best passer: Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Best shooter: Noah Cottrill, West Virginia
Best rebounder: Jayvaughn Pinkston, Villanova
Best shot blocker: Baye Moussa Keita, Syracuse
Best defender: Vander Blue, Marquette
Most versatile: Roscoe Smith, Connecticut
Best basketball IQ: Eric Atkins
Best pro prospect: Fabricio de Melo
Best speed: Reggie Smith, Marquette
Best motor: Gerard Coleman, Providence
Impact player: Vander Blue, Marquette
Biggest sleeper: Joseph Young, Providence
Best at each position (top overall player in bold)
PG: Vander Blue, Marquette
SG: Dion Waiters, Syracuse
SF: Roscoe Smith, Connecticut
PF: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
C: Fabricio de Melo, Syracuse
Inside the Numbers
4- Teams ranked in the top 25
25- Rivals150 prospects coming to the Big East
2- Five-star prospects coming to the Big East
16- Four-star prospects coming to the Big East
7- Three-star ranked prospects coming to the Big East
4- Recruits from Maryland coming to the Big East, the most of any state
15- Number of states represented by Big East recruits in the Rivals150
The Big East placed four teams in the national rankings. The top team in the conference, Syracuse, sits at No. 7 nationally with a four-man class led by the impressive inside/outside duo of Fabricio de Melo and Dion Waiters. Marquette, which is No. 2 in the conference and No. 14 nationally, brings in a strong perimeter class highlighted by five-star prospect Vander Blue.

Connecticut shot up to No. 15 nationally when the Huskies landed four-star prospect Roscoe Smith in the spring and when four-star prospect Shabazz Napier became a member of the 2010 class. At No. 17 nationally sits Georgetown, which has a four-man class with three four-star recruits.

Best recruiting battle

As with most five-star prospects, the recruitment of the two Big East five-star recruits, Fabricio de Melo and Vander Blue, had intensity attached. Syracuse and Louisville were the first schools to recruit de Melo after he arrived in the United States from Brazil. Many thought Louisville was in the driver's seat to land him. Other schools jumped in, including the Florida schools (he went to high school in the Fort Lauderdale area), but in the end, the skilled big man opted for the colder climate of Syracuse.

Blue is from Madison, Wis., and he originally was committed to the hometown Badgers. But there was a falling out, and other schools got in the mix for the talented combo guard. Blue looked around, but he didn't look too far, as he eventually picked Marquette.

Guard power

Of the 25 ranked prospects headed to the Big East, 19 are perimeter players. Of those 19, eight are point guards. No other conference in the country is loading up with as many ranked point guards as the Big East.

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