Kentucky carries the banner for the SEC with the No. 1 nationally ranked recruiting class for 2011, but the Wildcats have company within their own league.
Kentucky leads an impressive list of six SEC teams in the Rivals.com Top 20 national ranking for the 2011 class. This marks the third straight year that John Calipari has secured a No. 1 recruiting class for Kentucky. All four of Kentucky's commitments are five-star prospects, including half (No. 2 Marquis Teague, No. 3 Mike Gilchrist and No. 6 Anthony Davis) of the top six nationally.
The Big East is the second-best conference at this point in the 2011 recruiting race. No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 Louisville lead the way, with Rutgers and Villanova also making the Top 20.
Traditional ACC powers North Carolina (No. 2) and Duke (No. 9), represent the league, with Virginia Tech squeezing in at No. 20.
The Big Ten also has a couple of teams in the top 10 with Michigan State at No. 6 and Illinois at No. 8, and a third (Ohio State) in the Top 20. Texas represents the Big 12 in the top 10 at No. 5, while rival Texas A&M checks in at No. 19.
The Pac-10 (No. 15 Arizona) and Atlantic-10 (No. 17 Xavier) also have representatives in the Top 20.
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.
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.
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.
Texas lost the commitment of top 10 prospect DeAndre Daniels, but the Longhorns still retain a top five recruiting class. Kabongo, a speedy point guard, leads the class. McClellan and Lewis are both athletic wing prospects who know how to score.
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.
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. Mickelson is a swift big man from in-state and Ross is another local product who can score facing the hoop.
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. Egwu needs work, but has size and blocks shots.
Gbinije gives the reigning national champions a multidimensional wing player with a complete game. Four-star centers Adams and Plumlee will bolster the frontline with strength and athleticism respectively.
Bruce Pearl and his staff locked up their perimeter priorities early. Jones, a Memphis native, is quick, competes and can score in bunches. Ware is an athletic wing capable of defending all three perimeter spots.
Having put together the third-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. Mack is a local point guard who can shoot while Randall is a shot-blocker and rebounder. Kone is a three-star wing with scoring punch.
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.
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. Cooper gives the Tide the deep threat they've needed.
Jay Wright continues to add interchangeable backcourt pieces who can shoot the ball. Johnson is a tough combo guard who can score, direct and defend. Yacoubou is a big-bodied shooter while Hilliard is a bouncy local who can stroke it as well.
Seth Greenberg and his staff have landed a pair of four-star recruits. 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.