May 23, 2008

Team rankings conference breakdown

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With seven of the 12 programs in the conference landing a recruiting class inside the national top 30, the SEC tops the conference rankings. The Florida Gators are in a familiar spot at the top of that conference. recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Justin Young break down and rank the recruiting efforts of each conference for the early signing period.

Conference Rankings
1. SEC | 2. Pac-10 | 3. ACC | 4. Big East | 5. Big Ten | 6. Big 12

1. SEC
The SEC tops the conference rankings list, thanks in large part to seven of the 12 programs in the conference landing a recruiting class inside the national top 30. Florida leads the conference charge with the No. 9 overall class. … Tennessee made a sizeable jump largely behind the spring signing of elite prospect Scotty Hopson. … Vanderbilt also made a late surge with the addition of four-star prospects Jeff Taylor and Brad Tinsley. … LSU took a hit with the loss of five-star prospect J'Mison Morgan.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Florida (9)
2. Tennessee (10)
3. Alabama (13)
4. Vanderbilt (15)
5. Arkansas (16)
6. Kentucky (21)
7. Georgia (28)
8. Mississippi State
9. Ole Miss
10. Auburn
11. LSU
12. South Carolina

Best at each position
Point guard: DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky
Shooting guard: Scotty Hopson, Tennessee
Small forward: Tony Mitchell, Alabama
Power forward: JaMychal Green, Alabama
Center: Kenny Kadji, Florida
2. Pac-10
Get ready for more star power on the Pac-10. UCLA landed the nation's second-best player in Jrue Holiday, then added five-star post player J'Mison Morgan, which pushed the Bruins into the No. 1 spot in the national recruiting rankings. … USC signed Demar DeRozan – the nation's No. 3 prospect. … Not to be outdone, Arizona landed L.A. native Brandon Jennings – the nation's No. 4 prospect. … Oregon coach Ernie Kent kept his Chicago pipeline flowing as the Ducks signed three players from the Windy City in this class. … Keep an eye on Tony Bennett's recruiting class at Washington State.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. UCLA (1)
2. Arizona (14)
3. Oregon (17)
4. Washington (19)
5. USC (20)
6. Wash. State (29)
7. California
8. Stanford
9. Arizona State
10. Oregon State

Best at each position
Point guard: Jrue Holiday, UCLA
Shooting guard: Demar Derozan, USC
Small forward: Drew Wiley, Oregon
Power forward: Drew Gordon, UCLA
Center: J'Mison Morgan, UCLA
Louisville and Connecticut lead the pack in the Big East as each signed two five-star prospects. Connecticut 's late signing of Ater Majok pushed the Huskies into a No. 7 ranking nationally. … Georgetown also has a five-star prospect in Greg Monroe, but the Hoyas slid in the national rankings with the loss of four-star prospect Chris Braswell because of academics. … West Virginia also hauled in a five-star prospect, Devin Ebanks, this spring. Ebanks, who had signed with Indiana before being let out of his letter-of-intent, adds to an already-solid class and puts the Mountaineers in the top 20 nationally. … Led by five-star prospect Yancy Gates and four-star prospect Cashmere Wright, Cincinnati captured the No. 30 spot in the national rankings.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Louisville (4)
2. UConn (7)
3. Georgetown (12)
4. West Virginia (18)
5. Cincinnati (30)
6. Syracuse
7. Rutgers
8. Pittsburgh
9. DePaul
10. Seton Hall
11. St. John's
12. South Florida
13. Marquette
14. Providence
15t. Notre Dame
15t. Villanova

Best at each position
Point guard: Kemba Walker, UConn
Shooting guard: Nate Miles, UConn
Small forward: Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
Power forward: Greg Monroe, Georgetown
Center: Henry Sims, Georgetown
4. ACC
The ACC did something no other conference was able to do: Each team landed a player in the Rivals150. … Wake Forest signed three five-star prospects, more than anybody else in the nation, and the Demon Deacons have the third-best class in the nation… Florida State made a big jump in the team rankings, climbing to No. 8 overall with the addition of four-star JC guard Derwin Kitchen and the five-star upgrade for Chris Singleton. … North Carolina continues to recruit well, landing a five-star in Tyler Zeller and two four-stars in Ed Davis and Larry Drew. … Duke upgraded its class with former Stanford signee Miles Plumlee late in the spring period. … Virginia went to New York and secured Sylven Landesberg, one of the top prospects in the Big Apple.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Wake Forest (3)
2. Florida State (8)
3. North Carolina (11)
4. Duke (27)
5. Virginia
6. Miami
7. Maryland
8. Clemson
9. Georgia Tech
10. Boston College
11. NC State
12. Virginia Tech

Best at each position
Point guard: Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech
Shooting guard: Elliot Williams, Duke
Small forward: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
Power forward: Ed Davis, North Carolina
Center: Ty Walker, Wake Forest
The rich get richer in the Big Ten, as Ohio State lands its third consecutive top-10 class. Elite post man B.J. Mullens emerged as the top player in 2008 and should continue the lineage of top-flight centers to play for Thad Matta. Expect big points from five-star William Buford during his career, too. … Indiana had a wild recruiting year, landing Devin Ebanks in the spring but losing him when Kelvin Sampson was let go. Tom Crean and staff did good work with little time, landing Nick Williams, Verdell Jones and Devon Dumes late. … Delvon Roe, a five-star prospect, headlines Michigan State's nationally ranked class. … Wisconsin landed another solid recruiting class, with four-star post player Jared Berggren the prize recruit. … Minnesota coach Tubby Smith landed two post players ranked in the Rivals150 in Ralph Sampson III, and Colton Iverson. Guard Devoe Joseph might be the sleeper to watch next season.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Ohio State (6)
2. Michigan State (22)
3. Minnesota (23)
4. Wisconsin
5. Indiana
6. Purdue
7. Iowa
8. Northwestern
9. Michigan
10. Illinois
11. Penn State

Best at each position
Point guard: Korie Lucious, Michigan State
Shooting guard: William Buford, Ohio State
Small forward: Devron Bostick, Minnesota
Power forward: Delvon Roe, Michigan State
Center: B.J. Mullens, Ohio State
6. BIG 12
The Big 12 had a down recruiting year, but a familiar name sits atop the conference rankings. Kansas is the only Big 12 team to make the national top 20. The Jayhawks added junior college stud Tyrone Appleton and former Marquette signee Tyshawn Taylor in the late signing period. The additions helped push KU to the No. 2 spot in the nation. … Oklahoma was the biggest winner in the early signing period when it got five-star guard Willie Warren, the highest-ranked incoming freshman in the Big 12. … Texas A&M just missed the national top 30. Four-star prospects Dashan Harris and David Loubeau are set to play for the Aggies. … Missouri and Colorado don't have any highly ranked prospects, but their classes are loaded with solid three-star prospects. … Four-star forward Anthony Jones gives Baylor a long and versatile player to work with, while Texas secured one of the top in-state players in J'Covan Brown.
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Kansas (2)
2. Oklahoma (24)
3. Texas A&M
4. Missouri
5. Iowa State
6. Colorado
7. Baylor
8. Texas Tech
9. Texas
10. Oklahoma St.
11. Nebraska
12. Kansas State

Best at each position
Point guard: Willie Warren, Oklahoma
Shooting guard: J'Covan Brown, Texas
Small forward: Anthony Jones, Baylor
Power forward: Marcus Morris, Kansas
Center: Christian Niemann, Nebraska

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