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April 23, 2008

New No. 1 in the 2008 Rivals150

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The all-star games have been played, and the book has been closed on the 2008 high school basketball season.

With that, the Rivals.com national basketball recruiting rankings have been updated - and there is a new No. 1 player in the country.

Ohio State-bound center B.J. Mullens tops the Rivals.com rankings. After evaluating the class of 2008 for the last four years and watching the prospects' progression, production and potential, the 7-foot center from Canal Winchester (Ohio) High School earned the top spot.

Mullens now on top of the 2008 Rivals150

Mullens bumped Georgetown-bound Greg Monroe from the No. 1 spot. Monroe slipped a bit in the rankings, but remains in the top 10. The latest ranking is very guard-heavy at the top. After Mullens, Jrue Holiday, Demar Derozan, Brandon Jennings (all Pac-10 bound prospects), Scotty Hopson and Tyreke Evans were close behind.

There are five new five-star prospects in the new rankings. Chris Singleton, Ater Majok, Kemba Walker, Yancy Gates and Dequan Jones all make their debut in the top 25.

New five-star faces in the Rivals150

Click HERE for the updated class of 2008 Rivals.com National Basketball Recruiting rankings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

The SEC leads the charge with 32 committed and/or signed players in the Rivals150. The ACC and Pac-10 are tied for second with 23 players in the national rankings. The Big East checks in with 19 national recruits while the Big Ten has 15 ranked prospects coming to the conference next year. The Big 12 closes out the high-majors with only 11 players in the Rivals150.

There are 38 power forwards in the Rivals150, making it the position with the most depth in the 2008 class. Shooting guard was close behind with 37 prospects. Point guard placed 32 prospects in the rankings, while small forward comes in with 26. There are 17 center prospects in the Rivals150.

There are eight undecided prospects still in the Rivasl50. Five-star Devin Ebanks tops the list as the best uncommitted players left on the board. He checks in at No. 11 overall in the nation.

Majok, a new five-star prospect, and Wesley Witherspoon (a top-50 talent) are still on the board. Tyshawn Taylor and Brad Tinsley were granted releases from their original letters of intent, and Verdell Jones, Bud Mackey and Rashanti Harris are also undecided.

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