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October 25, 2010

Two Big 12 teams crack team rankings

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Texas is no longer the only Big 12 school in the national team recruiting rankings. Both Oklahoma State and Baylor jump into the rankings after landing elite prospects last week.

Oklahoma State added the No. 4-ranked prospect in the Rivals150 LeBryan Nash to a class which also includes four-star junior college prospect Karron Johnson, putting the Cowboys at No. 10 in the latest ranking.

Right behind Oklahoma State at No. 11 is Baylor. The Bears scored a huge recruiting win by convincing High Point (N.C.) Westchester Country Day teammates Quincy Miller (No. 5) and Deuce Bello (No. 43) to play together at Baylor.

The commitment of top 50 prospect Michael Chandler also has Xavier back into the rankings at No. 19

The SEC took a big hit as Tennessee, Georgia and Florida all fell out of the top 20. The SEC still has three teams in the rankings, including No. 1 Kentucky.

The Big East has the most teams in the rankings with four. Three of those schools are actually in the top 10.

The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 are all represented by three teams just like the SEC.

Xavier represents the Atlantic-10 in the 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. Duke
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Austin Rivers (1)
SF Michael Gbinije (31)
C Tyler Adams (54)
C Marshall Plumlee (82)
The top prospect in the country Austin Rivers pushes Duke to the No. 2 spot nationally and top spot in the ACC. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. St. John's
2011 commits (National rank)
SG D'Angelo Harrison (41)
SF Jakarr Sampson (44)
SF Maurice Harkless (45)
SF Dominique Pointer (81)
SG Nurideen Lindsey
Steve Lavin is making a statement with his 2011 recruiting. He has three four-star forwards headed to St. John's. Pointer, Sampson and Harkless are athletic, versatile forwards who can contribute in multiple ways. Four-star combo guard D'Angelo Harrison is a scoring machine. JUCO standout Nurideen Lindsey is also known for his ability to fill it up.
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 five 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. 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.
11. 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.
12. Ohio State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Sam Thompson (46)
SF LaQuinton Ross (53)
PG Shannon Scott (65)
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. McDonald brings size and a high motor to the class.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. Alabama
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Levi Randolph (29)
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. Gueye is considered one of the top post players in the JUCO ranks. Cooper gives the Tide the deep threat they've needed.
19. Xavier
2011 commits (National rank)
C Michael Chandler (47)
SF Dezmine Wells (66)
PG Darwin Davis (120)
PF Jalen Reynolds
Xavier is back in the top 20 after the commitment of Chandler, a top 50 post player. Wells, who is also 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.
20. 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 additions. Jarreau is a sleeper big man with intriguing potential.

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