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November 23, 2011
Providence at top of strong Big East
No team in the Big East created more of a recruiting stir than Providence. First year head coach Ed Cooley hit the ground running landing top 10 prospects Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn, who will likely man the backcourt from Day 1. Joining these two elite guards is sharpshooter Joshua Fortune, giving Providence the top recruiting class in the Big East and the No.6-ranked class in the nation.
Pittsburgh is the other national top 10 class in the Big East. The Panthers went across the globe to land elite big man Steven Adams out of New Zealand. Steady four-star point guard James Robinson will also bring his winning ways to Pittsburgh.
Syracuse, Villanova and Notre Dame are stacked up in the national recruiting rankings at No. 15, 16 and 17 respectively. All three schools have a couple four-star prospects in their recruiting classes.
Best recruiting battle
Dunn, who is out of New London (Conn.) High School, shunned his in-state school and instead opted for the fledgling Providence program headed by its new coach Ed Cooley.
There is no lack of players who can fill it up from the outside who are headed to the Big East. Three of the four five-star prospects coming into the conference - Ledo, Dunn, and Smith-Rivera - are lethal perimeter scorers.
Robinson and Villanova-bound Ryan Arcidiacono are both poised point guards who can score when called on.