July 5, 2010

Big men highlight expanded 2012 hoops ranking

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Beginning Tuesday, college coaches will be out in full force to scour the country looking for talent. As they take a look at the class of 2012, they are going to notice something that has become more and more evident to us over the past few months. The class is dominated by big men and lacking for point guard play.

Given the abundance of big men in the class of 2012, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the battle for the top spot in the class is dominated by three low post players. Thanks to his blend of size, athleticism and skill, Connecticut-bred big man Andre Drummond sits atop of our newly expanded pre-summer top 100. Also making strong cases are gifted Texas native Isaiah Austin and New York's Dajuan Coleman who has the potential to be a Jared Sullinger clone.

Of the 2012 Top 10, only two players - Las Vegas wing Shabazz Muhammad (No. 4) and Providence shooting guard Ricardo Ledo (No. 6) - handle their business on the perimeter. The dominance of big men in the 2012 class is also illustrated by the fact that the first ranked point guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera sits outside the top 20 at No. 21.



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