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November 10, 2010

SEC leads the way in hoops recruiting rankings

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The initial early signing period 2011 national team rankings finds SEC sitting at the top of the conferences. Not only does the SEC have seven teams in the top 25 but also boasts the No. 1 team in the rankings with Kentucky.

The ACC and Big East are neck and neck behind the SEC. Both conferences have four teams representing them. The ACC has the No. 2 and 3 teams in Duke and North Carolina while the Big East has the No. 5, 6 and 7 teams with St. John's, Syracuse and Louisville respectively.

The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 each have three teams in the rankings with one team representing each conference in the top 10.

Xavier represents the Atlantic-10 in the rankings as the only non-BCS team 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)
PG Quinn Cook (28)
SF Michael Gbinije (31)
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. Steady point guard Cook gives Duke a top tier backcourt. Gbinije gives the reigning national champions a multidimensional wing player with a complete game. Plumlee, a four-star center brings length and athleticism to the Duke frontcourt.
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 10 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. Illinois
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Mycheal Henry (36)
PG Tracy Abrams (50)
PF Mike Shaw (58)
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. Shaw is a physical and versatile forward. Egwu needs work offensively, but has size and blocks shots.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Mississippi State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Rodney Hood (21)
SG D.J. Gardner (60)
PG Deville Smith (63)
The Bulldogs are taking advantage of the bumper crop of prospects in the state of Mississippi. Hood, a five-star prospect, is a do-everything perimeter player with exceptional length. Gardner is one of the top long-range shooters in the class at 6 feet 6. And Smith is a speedy and athletic four-star point guard.
14. 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.
15. Rutgers
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Kadeem Jack (33)
PG Jerome Seagears (99)
PG Myles Mack (119)
C Greg Lewis (130)
C Derrick Randall (139)
SG Mike Taylor
SG Malick Kone
Having put together the fourth-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. Lewis is a post player with a promising offensive game. Kone is a three-star wing with scoring punch.
16. 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.
17. Alabama
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Levi Randolph (29)
C Nick Jacobs (85)
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. A four-star prospect, Jacobs is an athletic, hard-working post player who should be highly productive at the collegiate level. Gueye is considered one of the top post players in the JUCO ranks. Cooper gives the Tide the deep threat they've needed.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Florida State
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (49)
SF Antwan Space (88)
SG Terry Whisnant (101)
C Kiel Turpin
Thomas and Whisnant are both athletic wings with a penchant for scoring points. A combo forward, Space has intriguing length and a diverse skill set. Joining the three four-star prospects in the class is Turpin, who will provide size on the frontline.
22. 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 addition. Jarreau is a sleeper big man with intriguing potential.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.

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