2011 Top 25 Team Rankings

Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 27, 2010


Khem Birch's decision to move to the 2011 class has Pittsburgh firmly among the top 20 recruiting classes in 2011.

2011 Top 25 Recruiting ClassesNotable Recruits / Scout Rankings
1 Kentucky

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Kentucky class: Wow! For the third year in a row the Cats are at the top of the list. Three players among the top six and another five-star prospect is as good as it gets.
Anthony Davis (1)
Michael Gilchrist (4)
Marquis Teague (6)
Kyle Wiltjer (22)

2 Saint John's

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Saint John's class: Steve Lavin didn't waste any time getting St. John's rolling. Harkless and Sampson are the headliners, but they have six top 100 prospects. Terrific class for Lavin.
Jakarr Sampson (31)
Maurice Harkless (46)
Norvel Pelle (69)
D'Angelo Harrison (59)
Amir Garrett (76)
3 Duke

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Duke class: With Irving likely gone after one year, Coach K and company wanted to add some firepower on the perimeter and he did just that by adding Rivers, Cook and Gbinije.
Austin Rivers (3)
Quinn Cook (21)
Michael Gbinije (23)
Marshall Plumlee (67)

4 Arkansas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Arkansas class: Young is the elite prospect of the group, but the Arkansas wings trio of Mickelson, Madden and Ross is impressive too. Look for Mickelson to make a big impact right away.
B.J. Young (19)
Ky Madden (32)
Hunter Mickelson (48)
Aaron Ross (98)
DeVonte Abron
5 Texas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Texas class: Kabongo is the pride and joy of this class. The nation's No. 2 point guard should get the ball right away in Austin. To go with Kabongo, Lewis, Holmes and McClellan are top 100 players.
Myck Kabongo (11)
Sheldon McClellan (39)
Jonathan Holmes (66)
Julien Lewis (88)

6 Ohio State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Ohio State class: OSU locked up Scott early and then surrounded him with a pair of talented and versatile wings plus two Michigan big men -- Williams and McDonald. Thompson and Ross will bring scoring to the wing spot right away.
Amir Williams (42)
Shannon Scott (38)
Sam Thompson (51)
LaQuinton Ross (60)
Trey McDonald
7 Louisville

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Louisville class: Blackshear got the class going and he'll get the ball right away on the wing. Behanan and Price will join a handful of talented post prospects to make up what could be the best frontline in the Big East in 2011.
Wayne Blackshear (12)
Chane Behanan (27)
Zach Price (57)
Angel Nunez

8 North Carolina

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
North Carolina class: It may be a small class, but it's certainly a talented one. McAdoo is an elite power forward, while Hairston is an elite shooter. Toss in walk-on Simmons and it's a three-man group that can help UNC right away.
James McAdoo (7)
P.J. Hairston (20)
Jackson Simmons


9 Syracuse

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Syracuse class: This class has an elite shot blocker in Christmas, a major scorer in Carter-Williams and one of the best shooters in the country in Cooney. Great group headed to 'Cuse.
Rakeem Christmas (16)
Michael Carter-Williams (30)
Trevor Cooney (68)


10 Arizona

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Arizona class: Sean Miller has this recruiting thing down pat. Another top 10 class for Miller, as he has a pair of guards in Turner and Johnson that will see the floor from the jump, plu ands active and improving big man in Johnson.
Josiah Turner (15)
Nick Johnson (33)
Sidiki Johnson (74)


11 Rutgers

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Rutgers class: This class is exactly what Rutgers needed. There's a jolt of energy in the program and scoring a difference maker like Kadeem Jack could go along way. They'll surround him with a bunch of solid players like Mack, Randall and Seagears.
Kadeem Jack
Myles Mack (83)
Derrick Randall
Jerome Seagears (93)
Michael Taylor
12 Illinois

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Illinois class: Bruce Weber didn't have to go far to reel in his five-man class. He's bringing in four guys from the state of Illinois and all four rank among the nation's top 100 prospects. Solid class for the Illini
Mike Shaw (70)
Tracy Abrams (73)
Nnanna Egwu (79)
Mychael Henry (78)
Devin Langford
13 Virginia Tech

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Virginia Tech class: Throughout the summer Seth Greenberg stalked Finney-Smith and it paid off. Toss him in with Barksdale, Rankin and Brown and you have a group that will help Virginia Tech contend in the ACC.
Dorian Finney-Smith (26)
C.J. Barksdale (62)
Marquis Rankin (96)
Rob Brown (81)

14 Pittsburgh

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Pittsburgh class: The addition of Birch to their 2011 class is a big deal. He's a top 10 prospect with elite athleticism. Gilbert continues to improve and is a force defensively
Khem Birch (10)
Durand Johnson (80)
Malcolm Gilbert
John Johnson
Jaylen Bond
15 Baylor

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Baylor class: Scott Drew certainly knows how to recruit. Miller is among the top scorers in the country and may be the best long term prospect in the entire class. His AAU teammate Bello isn't too bad either and is likely the top athlete in the entire class.
Quincy Miller (2)
Deuce Bello (41)



16 Oklahoma State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Oklahoma State class: Nash will make a difference right away for the Cowboys. He's an elite wing prospect. Johnson, a JUCO standout, has potential
LeBryan Nash (4)
Karron Johnson



17 Alabama

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Alabama class: Alabama targeted the south and they were able to reel in Randolph, a five-star prospect, and four-star big Nick Jacobs.
Levi Randolph (29)
Nick Jacobs (95)
Rodney Cooper
Moussa Gueye

18 Indiana

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Indiana class: Zeller, a 6-foot-9 five-star prospect was the big one for Tom Crean. Toss in four-star Indiana native Austin Etherington and they have a top 20 class.
Cody Zeller (17)
Austin Etherington



19 Florida State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Florida State class: FSU has three four-star prospects and a JUCO stnadout. Space has a high ceiling and could end up being their best overall prospect
Aaron Thomas (71)
Antwan Space (65)
Terry Whisnant
Keil Turpin

20 Michigan State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Michigan State class: Dawson is Izzo's prototypical recruit. Amazing rebounder. Trice is a terrific shooter, while Anderson and Kearney bring athleticism to the table.
Branden Dawson (18)
Travis Trice
Dwaun Anderson
Brandan Kearney

21 Oregon

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Oregon class: Perimeter players and shooting was a focus and they solved that. Brown is among the nation's best shooters and Kingma has a quick trigger too. DonĂ­t sleep on Barron. Tough, hardnosed guard.
Jabari Brown (14)
Bruce Barron
Austin Kuemper
Brett Kingma

22 West Virginia

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
West Virginia class: Hinds is the prized recruit of the class. McCune, Brown and Miles are versatile forwards that can help on the wings and interior
Jabari Hinds (53)
Tommie McCune
Aaron Brown
Keaton Miles
Pat Forsythe
23 Georgetown

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Georgetown class: Georgetown boosted their frontline by picking up two top 100 post prospcts. Trawick is climbing the ranks and will add depth to the perimeter
Mikael Hopkins (52)
Tyler Adams (86)
Jabril Trawick


24 Mississippi State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Mississippi State class: Hood is the stud of the class, but Smith and Garnder are solid three-star prospects that will help the Bulldogs
Rodney Hood (24)
Deville Smith
David Gardner


25 Vanderbilt

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Vanderbilt class: Vandy scored a big one in Parker. He's a big time wing that will be joined by a solid combo guard in Johnson
Dai-Jon Parker (36)
Kedren Johnson
Shelby Moats




HONORABLE MENTION: Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Villanova, Virginia, Washington, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin, Xavier.





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