November 18, 2010

New school in top 10 of expanded team rankings

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Ohio State and St. John's were the recipients of good news at the end of the early signing period. St. John's further solidified its No. 2 ranking in the national team recruiting rankings with the addition of four-star wing Amir Garrett. Ohio State beat out Florida to land four-star center Amir Williams, which bumped the Buckeyes' class from No. 14 to No. 10 in the latest edition of the rankings.

The rankings were also extended to 30 teams. The five new additions are Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgetown and Auburn.

The SEC is the top conference in the rankings with nine teams in the top 30 and boasts the No. 1 team Kentucky.

Behind the SEC is the Big East with six teams in the rankings. Syracuse and Louisville join St. John's in the top 10.

Four teams represent both the ACC and the Big Ten. Duke and North Carolina join Ohio State in the top 10 along at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

The Big 12 and Pac-10 have three teams in the rankings with one team representing each conference in the top 10.

Xavier represents the Atlantic 10 as the only non-BCS team in the national rankings.

2011 Team Rankings
1. Kentucky
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Marquis Teague (2)
SF Mike Gilchrist (3)
PF Anthony Davis (6)
PF Kyle Wiltjer (25)
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.
2. St. John's
2011 commits (National rank)
C Norvel Pelle (19)
SG D'Angelo Harrison (41)
SF Jakarr Sampson (44)
SF Maurice Harkless (45)
SF Amir Garrett (51)
SF Dominique Pointer (81)
SG Nurideen Lindsey
PF Dwight Meikle
Steve Lavin is making a statement with his 2011 recruiting. He has four four-star forwards headed to St. John's. Pointer, Garrett, Sampson and Harkless are athletic, versatile forwards who can contribute in multiple ways. Four-star combo guard D'Angelo Harrison is a scoring machine. Meikle is an active interior player. JUCO standout Nurideen Lindsey is also known for his ability to fill it up. The jewel of the class, however, is Pelle, a five-star post man who is bubbling over with athleticism.
3. Duke
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Austin Rivers (1)
PG Quinn Cook (28)
SF Michael Gbinije (31)
C Marshall Plumlee (82)
The top prospect in the country Austin Rivers puts Duke in the No. 3 spot nationally and top spot in the ACC. Steady point guard Cook gives Duke a top tier backcourt. Gbinije gives the reigning national champions a multidimensional wing player with a complete game. Plumlee, a four-star center brings length and athleticism to the Duke frontcourt.
4. North Carolina
2011 commits (National rank)
PF James McAdoo (8)
SF P.J. Hairston (14)
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.
5. Arkansas
2011 commits (National rank)
PG B.J. Young (18)
PG Ky Madden (27)
PF Hunter Mickelson (98)
PF Devonta Abron (106)
PF Aaron Ross (147)
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. Madden is a versatile combo guard on the cusp of being a five-star. Mickelson is a swift big man from in-state and Ross is another local product who can score facing the hoop. Abron, another ranked power forward rounds out the class.
6. Syracuse
2011 commits (National rank)
C Rakeem Christmas (12)
PG Michael Carter-Williams (16)
SG Trevor Cooney
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.
7. Louisville
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Chane Behanan (23)
SF Wayne Blackshear (32)
C Zach Price (72)
SF Ryan Taylor (103)
SF Angel Nunez
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.
8. Texas
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Myck Kabongo (24)
SG Sheldon McClellan (52)
PF Jonathan Holmes (83)
SG Julien Lewis (96)
Texas lost the commitment of top 10 prospect DeAndre Daniels, but the Longhorns still retain a top 10 recruiting class. Kabongo, a speedy point guard, leads the class. McClellan and Lewis are both athletic wing prospects who know how to score. A four-star prospect, Holmes provides size to the class.
9. Arizona
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Josiah Turner (10)
SG Nick Johnson (40)
PF Sidiki Johnson (71)
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. Top 10 prospect and the No. 2-ranked point guard Josiah Turner is the jewel of the three-man class.
10. Ohio State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Sam Thompson (46)
SF LaQuinton Ross (53)
PG Shannon Scott (65)
C Amir Williams (73)
PF Trey McDonald
Thompson is an athletic forward and Scott is one of the steadier point guards in the 2011 class. At Ohio State he can deliver the ball to a sharpshooter in Ross. Another four-star prospect, Williams has the length and athleticism to crack the starting lineup as a starting center. McDonald brings more size and a high motor to the class.
11. Illinois
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Mycheal Henry (36)
PG Tracy Abrams (50)
PF Mike Shaw (58)
C Nnanna Egwu (93)
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. Shaw is a physical and versatile forward. Egwu needs work offensively, but has size and blocks shots.
12. Oklahoma State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF LeBryan Nash (4)
PF Karron Johnson
Travis Ford has two physically imposing athletes on the way in Nash and Johnson. An elite prospect, Nash is also highly skilled and a multidimensional threat on the court. Johnson is considered by many as the top junior college prospect in the country.
13. Baylor
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Quincy Miller (5)
SG Deuce Bello (43)
Rarely do so-called package deals work out, but the bond between Miller and Bello did hold up. The duo will continue to be teammates on the college level. Miller is as versatile and skilled as any forward in the class. Bello just might be the most athletic prospect in the class of 2011.
14. Mississippi State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Rodney Hood (21)
SG D.J. Gardner (60)
PG Deville Smith (63)
The Bulldogs are taking advantage of the bumper crop of prospects in the state of Mississippi. Hood, a five-star prospect, is a do-everything perimeter player with exceptional length. Gardner is one of the top long-range shooters in the class at 6 feet 6. And Smith is a speedy and athletic four-star point guard.
15. Rutgers
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Kadeem Jack (33)
PG Jerome Seagears (99)
PG Myles Mack (119)
C Greg Lewis (130)
C Derrick Randall (139)
SG Mike Taylor
SG Malick Kone
Having put together the fourth-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. Seagears is a solid floor general. Mack and Taylor are local guards who specialize in scoring while Randall is a shot-blocker and rebounder. Lewis is a post player with a promising offensive game. Kone is a three-star wing with scoring punch.
16. Michigan State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Branden Dawson (13)
SG Dwaun Anderson (89)
SG Brandan Kearney
PG Travis Trice
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.
17. Alabama
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Levi Randolph (29)
C Nick Jacobs (85)
SG Rodney Cooper (117)
C Moussa Gueye
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. A four-star prospect, Jacobs is an athletic, hard-working post player who should be highly productive at the collegiate level. Gueye is considered one of the top post players in the JUCO ranks. Cooper gives the Tide the deep threat they've needed.
18. Virginia Tech
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Dorian Finney-Smith (37)
PF C.J. Barksdale (95)
SG Robert Brown (105)
PG Marquis Rankin
Seth Greenberg and his staff have landed a trio of four-star recruits. Finney-Smith should make an instant impact with his versatile and athletic game. 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.
19. Oregon
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Jabari Brown (22)
PG Brett Kingma (125)
PG Bruce Barron
C Austin Kuemper
Dana Altman has hit the ground running at Oregon. Beating Washington and others for five-star shooting guard Jabari Brown was a major recruiting coup. Kingma is a lights-out shooter while Barron is a talented playmaker. Kuemper brings interior toughness to the class.
20. Florida State
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (49)
SF Antwan Space (88)
SG Terry Whisnant (101)
C Kiel Turpin
Thomas and Whisnant are both athletic wings with a penchant for scoring points. A combo forward, Space has intriguing length and a diverse skill set. Joining the three four-star prospects in the class is Turpin, who will provide size on the frontline.
21. Washington
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Anthony Wroten (30)
SG Hikeem Stewart (111)
PF Jernard Jarreau
Washington secured an important commitment in top 30 local prospect Anthony Wroten. Backcourt prospect Stewart is a solid addition. Jarreau is a sleeper big man with intriguing potential.
22. Tennessee
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Chris Jones (39)
SG Kevin Ware (56)
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.
23. Georgia
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Kentavious Caldwell (11)
PF Tim Dixon
Mark Fox and his staff want to prove they can land top local talent and they've done it here. Caldwell is a lengthy jump-shooter with size and also dangerous off the dribble. Dixon is a three-star post player with potential.
24. Florida
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Bradley Beal (7)
Billy Donovan and the Gators lost Austin Rivers, but they got one heck of a substitute. Beal is arguably the most advanced offensively of any two-guard in the country.
25. Vanderbilt
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Dai-Jon Parker (57)
PG Kedren Johnson (75)
PF Shelby Moats
Kevin Stallings has signed the backcourt of the future in Parker and Johnson. Parker is a top flight athlete and Johnson is a heady playmaker. Moats is an physical banger down low.
26. West Virginia
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Tommie McCune (100)
PG Jabarie Hinds (127)
SF Keaton Miles (146)
C Pat Forsythe
SF Aaron Brown
A four-star forward with length, McCune is a prospect with a high ceiling. Hinds is a reliable floor general with the ability to score. Similar to McCune, Miles is a forward with length and potential. Forsythe is a late blooming big man, and Brown is a physical and versatile wing player.
27. Indiana
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Cody Zeller (20)
SF Austin Etherington
It is not a big class, but Tom Crean landed perhaps the most important recruit in his tenure at Indiana when Zeller signed with the Hoosiers. The five-star big man should have an instant impact on the court and help bring other talented in-state prospects into the fold. Etherington is one of the better shooters in the 2011 class.
28. Georgetown
2011 commits (National rank)
C Tyler Adams (54)
PF Mikael Hopkins (79)
SG Jabril Trawick
Known for producing talented big men, Georgetown has a couple four-star low post players Coach John Thompson III, will have an opportunity to develop in Adams and Hopkins. Scoring guard Trawick rounds out the class.
29. Auburn
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Cedrick McAfee (74)
C Willy Kouassi (87)
SF Bernard Morena
Tony Barbee secured the package duo of Morena and Kouassi, who is a four-star prospect with intriguing upside. McAfee is a terrific athlete and electric scorer on the perimeter.
30. Xavier
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Dezmine Wells (66)
PG Darwin Davis (120)
PF Jalen Reynolds
Despite losing the commitment of four-star big man Michael Chandler, Xavier still has a spot in the national rankings. Wells, who is a four-star prospect is a physical slasher and wing rebounder. Davis can both run a team and score from the point guard position. Power forward Jalen Reynolds is a promising sleeper prospect.

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