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September 27, 2010

Three schools move into team rankings top 10

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Arizona, Rutgers and Ohio State picked up significant commitments in the past two weeks catapulting them into the top 10 in the 2011 National Team Recruiting Rankings.

The addition of top 10 prospect and the No. 2-ranked point guard Josiah Turner pushes Arizona all the way to No. 5.

For Rutgers, the backcourt combo of four-star point guard Jerome Seagears and three-star shooting guard Mike Taylor lands the Scarlet Knights at No. 6.

Taking the No. 10 spot is Ohio State after the addition of versatile forward and four-star prospect Sam Thompson.

Other changes in the top 20 include Georgia leapfrogging over Florida after landing three-star post player Tim Dixon.

St. John's enters the top 20 at No. 16 after adding top 50 prospect Jakarr Sampson to top 50 prospect Maurice Harkless in its two-man recruiting class.

The SEC has the highest number of teams in the ranking with six representatives. Kentucky once again sits at the top of the conference as well as the top of the national rankings.

The Big East is next with five teams and three of those are in the top 10.

The Big Ten has three representatives, the ACC and the Big 12 with two each, and the Pac-10 and Atlantic-10 with one each.

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. 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.
3. 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.
4. Louisville
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Chane Behanan (23)
SF Wayne Blackshear (32)
C Zach Price (72)
SF Ryan Taylor (103)
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.
5. 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.
6. Rutgers
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Kadeem Jack (33)
PG Jerome Seagears (99)
PG Myles Mack (119)
C Derrick Randall (139)
SG Mike Taylor
SG Malick Kone
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. Seagears is a solid floor general. Mack and Taylor are local guards who specialize in scoring while Randall is a shot-blocker and rebounder. Kone is a three-star wing with scoring punch.
7. Texas
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Myck Kabongo (24)
SG Sheldon McClellan (52)
SG Julien Lewis (96)
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.
8. 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.
9. Arkansas
2011 commits (National rank)
PG B.J. Young (18)
PF Hunter Mickelson (98)
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. Mickelson is a swift big man from in-state and Ross is another local product who can score facing the hoop.
10. Ohio State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Sam Thompson (46)
SF LaQuinton Ross (53)
PG Shannon Scott (65)
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.
11. Illinois
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Mycheal Henry (36)
PG Tracy Abrams (50)
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. Egwu needs work, but has size and blocks shots.
12. Duke
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Michael Gbinije (31)
C Tyler Adams (54)
C Marshall Plumlee (82)
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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. St. John's
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Jakarr Sampson (44)
SF Maurice Harkless (45)
Steve Lavin has a couple top 50 forwards headed to St. John's. Both Sampson and Harkless are athletic, versatile forwards who can contribute in multiple ways.
17. Alabama
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Levi Randolph (29)
SG Rodney Cooper (117)
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.
18. Xavier
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Dezmine Wells (66)
PG Darwin Davis (120)
PF Jalen Reynolds
A powerful and athletic perimeter player, Wells sits atop the Xavier recruiting class. Davis, a small point guard, has a big game. And Reynolds, a talented power forward, rounds out the class.
19. Villanova
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Tyrone Johnson (55)
SG Achraf Yacoubou (122)
SG Darrun Hilliard
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.
20. Texas A&M
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Jamal Branch (67)
SG Jordan Green (114)
Texas A&M is bringing in what it hopes will be the backcourt of the future. Branch is a top-notch defender at the point guard position, and Green is a wiry scorer from the shooting guard spot.

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