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November 13, 2009

UNC class gets a boost from Barnes

MORE: Class of 2010 Rivals150 | 2009 Team Rankings | Class of 2011 Rivals150

North Carolina might not have the top spot in the 2010 team recruiting rankings, but coach Roy Williams landed his top three targets. Signing the most important target, Harrison Barnes, took a valiant recruiting effort. The Tar Heels beat out the likes of Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Oklahoma and Iowa State - where Barnes' mother works.

With Barnes joining top-10 prospect Reggie Bullock and highly regarded point guard Kendall Marshall, North Carolina secures the No. 2 spot in the rankings.

Memphis, the only representative from Conference USA, slides to No. 3 despite adding big man Hippolyte Tsafack to its guard-heavy class.

North Carolina State slid from No. 4 to No. 10 when top-40 prospect Luke Cothron decided not to sign during the early period.

UCLA and Texas A&M are the two new entries into the rankings. UCLA jumps in at No. 11 after coveted five-star big man Josh Smith joined four-star guard Tyler Lamb in the Bruins' class.

Texas A&M's ranking received a boost with the signature of reclassified big man Kourtney Roberson. The Aggies' four-man class lands at No. 20 in the team recruiting rankings.

The top conference is the ACC, which has a staggering six teams in the top 15 and a total of seven teams in the top 25. The Big Ten is second with four teams, including Ohio State at No. 1.

The SEC is represented by four teams, and the Big East has three teams in the rankings.

The Big 12 and Pac-10 are represented by two teams each, and the Atlantic-10 has Xavier and Dayton in the top 25.

2010 Team Rankings
1. Ohio State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Jared Sullinger (3)
PF Deshaun Thomas (18)
SG Jordan Sibert (37)
PG Aaron Craft (104)
SG Lenzelle Smith Jr. (124)
PF J.D. Weatherspoon (137)
With far and away the best recruiting class in the 2010, Ohio State is in familiar territory at the top of the recruiting rankings. Thad Matta has plucked some of the top prospects in his region, creating a formidable seven man class. Sullinger is the premier post player in 2010, while Thomas, a fellow five-star, is one of the top scoring forwards in the country. Sibert and Craft have a strong chemistry as backcourt teammates on the All Ohio Red travel squad. Smith is a unique player with a feel for passing the ball, and Weatherspoon is a tremendous athlete with a lot of potential.
2. North Carolina
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Harrison Barnes (2)
SG Reggie Bullock (10)
PG Kendall Marshall (32)
Coach Roy Williams beat out Duke to land Barnes, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, in one of the more intense recruiting sagas in recent years. Barnes joins Bullock, a five-star shooting guard with size and a pure shooting stroke. Marshall is a polished point guard who has a natural feel for the position. He has been performing like a college-ready player for the past couple of years.
3. Memphis
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Will Barton (11)
PG Joe Jackson (12)
SG Chris Crawford (66)
PG Antonio Barton
C Hippolyte Tsafack
First-year head coach Josh Pastner secured a significant commitment when elite shooting guard Will Barton turned down a number of other programs to play for the Tigers. Pastner then defended his home turf and secured a commitment from Memphis native Jackson, giving the Tigers the most dynamic backcourt in the 2010 recruiting class. This five-star backcourt is strengthened even further with the addition of Crawford. Another Memphis native, Crawford is a four-star shooting guard known for his marksmanship from behind the arc. Joining Barton, Jackson and Crawford in Memphis will be Will Barton's brother Antonio, who is a solid three-star point guard prospect. Tsafack, who is a strong athlete, is the one post player in the class.
4. Syracuse
2010 commits (National rank)
C Fabricio de Melo (16)
SG Dion Waiters (29)
PF C.J. Fair (111)
C Baye Moussa Kieta (145)
There is a distinct international flavor to Syracuse's four-man recruiting class. The jewel of the class is de Melo, a highly skilled 7-footer from Brazil. Not far behind him talent-wise is Waiters, a physical combo guard. Fair is a versatile forward, and rounding out the class is Moussa Kieta - who is a shot-blocking specialist from Sudan.
5. Michigan State
2010 commits (National rank)
C Adreian Payne (20)
PG Keith Appling (34)
SF Russell Byrd (108)
PF Alex Gauna (149)
The inside/outside duo of Payne and Appling headline Michigan State's top-five recruiting class. Payne is a long athlete loaded with potential, and Appling is one of the top scoring guards in the country. Whereas Appling loves to attack off the dribble, Byrd is a standout catch-and-shoot wing with size. Rounding out the four-man class is Gauna, a big man with upside.
6. Duke
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Kyrie Irving (9)
PF Joshua Hairston (49)
PG Tyler Thornton (129)
Duke landed an elite guard in Irving, who should be an immediate impact player as both a playmaker and scorer. Hairston, a steady four-star prospect, is an inside/outside threat at the forward position. Rounding out the class is Thornton, a physical and heady competitor who should be a solid role player for the Blue Devils.
7. Wake Forest
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Travis McKie (50)
SG J.T. Terrell (78)
PF Melvin Tabb (85)
C Carson Desrosiers (87)
PG Tony Chenault
Wake Forest continues to recruit on a national scale. Its four-man class includes a quartet of four-star prospects. McKie and Tabb are versatile combo forwards. Terrell is a smooth shooting wing who is capable of scoring buckets in bunches. Desrosiers is a face-up big man with a soft shooting touch. Chenault is a tough Philly guard who loves to attack the rim.
8. Stanford
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Dwight Powell (23)
SG Anthony Brown (62)
PG Aaron Bright (135)
PF John Gage
PF Josh Huestis
Coach Johnny Dawkins is attracting some top talent to Stanford. Powell, a five-star prospect, is an athletic big man with an ever-improving skill game and loads of potential. Brown, a four-star wing with good skills, also has his best basketball ahead of him. Bright is a gritty point guard who shoots it well from behind the arc. Gage is a finesse four-man with deep shooting range, while Huestis is an athletic combo forward.
9. Illinois
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Jereme Richmond (36)
C Meyers Leonard (39)
SG Crandall Head (81)
Bruce Weber mined his home state for three highly regarded four-star prospects. Big things are expected from Richmond, who has been committed to the program since his freshman year. At nearly 7-feet tall, Leonard is athletic and progressively improving his skill game. Illinois hopes he develops into a dominant big man before the end of his career. Head, an athletic shooting guard who is the younger brother of former Illini star Luther Head, rounds out the class.
10. North Carolina State
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Ryan Harrow (24)
PG Lorenzo Brown (No. 37 in 2009)
The 2009 recruiting class' loss is N.C. State's gain in the class of 2010. Brown, a highly ranked four-star combo guard, didn't make the cut academically and now joins the 2010 class. He is paired in the backcourt with five-star point guard Harrow, who - despite his small frame - is one of the most dynamic scorers in the class. Unfortunately for coach Sidney Lowe, four-star prospect Luke Cothron - a fall commitment - is not signing in the early period. Cothron is now considered just a soft NC State verbal.
11. UCLA
2010 commits (National rank)
C Josh Smith (19)
SG Tyler Lamb (41)
Coach Ben Howland landed the big man he coveted in Smith. A huge presence inside, Smith hopes to be the next great UCLA big man. Joining Smith in the class is four-star guard Lamb, who is a do-everything type player on the perimeter.
12. Virginia
2010 commits (National rank)
SG K.T. Harrell (35)
PF James Johnson (99)
SG Joe Harris (114)
PF Will Regan (143)
PF Akil Mitchell
First-year Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett is off to a strong recruiting start. Harrell, his first recruit and most prized recruit, is a complete shooting guard with a competitive streak. Harris is a versatile swing man who can really shoot from outside. A big man who worked his way into a four-star ranking, Johnson should be a rugged athlete for Bennett. Joining Johnson on the front line is Regan, a big man who can grind it out down low and step out and knock down a jumper. Virginia also added a versatile swing man in Mitchell.
13. South Carolina
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Damontre Harris (56)
PG Bruce Ellington (94)
PF R.J. Slawson (112)
SG Brian Richardson
PG Eric Smith
Second-year coach Darrin Horn has created some impressive momentum on the recruiting front. His five-man class is led by Harris, a four-star big man with loads of potential. Ellington is a freakishly fast and strong four-star point guard. Slawson is another athletic post man with potential. Richardson, a scoring wing, and Smith - an athletic point guard - round out the class.
14. Marquette
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Vander Blue (22)
SF Jamail Jones (65)
C Monterale Clark
Coach Buzz Williams is bringing in the pieces for another high-powered backcourt. Blue, a five-star prospect, is considered one of the best combo guards in the country because of his skilled and physical play. Jones is a big-bodied wing who can do damage inside and outside. Clark, who has played well in the junior college ranks, brings legitimate size to Marquette.
15. Maryland
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Terrence Ross (43)
SF Mychal Parker (53)
PG Terrell Stoglin (122)
Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked westward to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.
16. Florida
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Patric Young (27)
SF Casey Prather (64)
Coach Billy Donovan has complained about his team's lack of toughness since the Gators' back-to-back national championships. His 2010 recruits, Young and Prather, can have a big impact in fixing this problem. Young is an athletic player who can be a bully down low. He thrives on playing physical defense and attacking the boards, and his offense is coming along nicely. Prather is an athletic forward who is a tenacious on-the-ball defender. He can guard multiple positions, and he has a slashing offensive game.
17. Purdue
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Terone Johnson (46)
SG Anthony Johnson (100)
C Travis Carroll
PF Donnie Hale
A couple four-star combo guards by the name Johnson lead Purdue's 2010 recruiting class. Terone Johnson is powerfully built and is a big-time scorer who can also distribute the ball. Anthony Johnson, who has battled injuries, specializes in knocking down tough shots. On the front line, Purdue adds two blue-collar big men in Carroll and Hale.
18. Tennessee
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Jordan McRae (42)
SG Trae Golden (55)
Tennessee landed a formidable one-two scoring punch with the backcourt duo of McRae and Golden. McRae is a rangy wing player who can score off the catch and the dribble. The most recent commitment, Golden is a physical combo guard who thrives off scoring off the dribble.
19. LSU
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Matt Derenbecker (71)
PG Andre Stringer (93)
SF Ralston Turner (144)
PF Jalen Courtney
Coach Trent Johnson certainly has the LSU program moving in the right direction. His 2010 recruiting class is led by Berenbecker, who is a highly skilled wing out of Louisiana. Stringer is a four-star point guard with a great long-range shot. Turner is also a shooter with a dose of athleticism on the wing. Rounding out the class is Courtney, who is a versatile forward.
20. Texas A&M
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Tobi Oyedeji (82)
PF Daniel Alexander (89)
PF Kourtney Roberson (131)
C Keith Davis
The Aggies loaded up on big men. Oyedeji is a blossoming inside/outside threat. Alexander will stretch the defense with his long-range shooting ability in pick-and-pop situations. Davis is a high-level athlete with a blossoming physique and skill level. Roberson, who reclassified from the 2009 class, is physically advanced and has a solid skill game.
21. Xavier
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Martin (83)
PF Griffin McKenzie (115)
PF Jordan Latham (121)
SF Jay Canty (130)
First-year head coach Chris Mack secured the top recruiting class in the Atlantic-10 with a four-man class of Rivals150 prospects. Martin, a four-star player, is a deep shooter with athletic bounce. Both McKenzie and Latham are workmanlike posts who can score and play the four or the five. Canty is a long small forward who knows how to clean up the glass and defend.
22. Dayton
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Juwan Staten (44)
SG Brandon Spearman (116)
SG Jesse Berry
SF Ralph Hill
SF Devin Oliver
Dayton also represents the Atlantic-10 in the 2010 team recruiting rankings with an impressive four-man class. Staten is a top-50 prospect who is a proven winner at the point guard position. Spearman is a lockdown defender and versatile offensive player. Berry is known for his scoring prowess, and Hill, a developing big man, rounds out the class along with wing prospect Oliver.
23. Baylor
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Perry Jones (6)
SG Bakari Turner
Baylor is in the 2010 team recruiting rankings behind the enormously talented Jones. An exceptional athlete at 6-foot-10, Jones has the talent to be a program lifter his freshman year. Turner is an athletic wing scorer.
24. Florida State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Okaro White (59)
PG Ian Miller (70)
PF Bernard James
Leonard Hamilton has two solid four-star prospects committed to his program. Miller is an excellent floor general who hit the game-winning, long-range 3-pointer to down John Wall's team in the North Carolina state championship game. White is an intriguing combo forward with length and a developing skill game.
25. Georgetown
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Nate Lubick (48)
PG Markel Starks (74)
Georgetown is excited about the guard/post combo headed to Washington D.C. Starks is a four-star point guard with a well-rounded game for the position. A four-star prospect as well, Lubick is a skilled big man with a high basketball IQ.

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