Another class is complete.
After evaluating and examining the 2011 class over the past four years it has come time to release our final rankings.
Leading off the group is Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-11, 200-pound power forward out of Chicago (Ill.) Perspectives. A unique story, Davis rose from an unknown player in April of 2010 to the top overall prospect in late April 2011.
With the help of a six-inch growth spurt, Davis grew and his game progressed. For his size he has tremendous ball skills, his jump shot is a weapon and his length, timing and athleticism have helped him become an elite shot blocker.
But it was by no means an easy choice to put Davis atop the rankings. In fact, Austin Rivers made a strong case for the spot. The son of Doc Rivers is a scoring machine and boasts the most advanced ball skills in high school basketball since O.J. Mayo.
A big game player, Rivers seems to rise to the occasion in high-pressure situations. He’s a competitor that takes and can make difficult shots. His ability to score will show right away in Durham (N.C.).
Prior to going down with an injury Quincy Miller’s name was in conversation for the nation’s top prospect. But due to an ACL tear the 6-foot-9 Baylor bound power forward was unable to compete during his senior season.
Still he’s a heck of a talent. Miller has an impressive skill set, can step out and shoot the three ball and is also capable of getting things done in the paint. With Perry Jones coming back, a team of Miller and Jones in the front court will be tough to contain.
A big riser in the top 10 was James McAdoo. He closed his high school career strong and his overall game is improving at an impressive rate. North Carolina has an athletic power forward with plenty of game headed their way.
McAdoo has a diverse game. He’s capable of facing up and attacking off the dribble or taking defenders to the block. His mid-range jump shot has improved and his athleticism is top notch.
Closing out the top five is ultra competitive and scrappy wing forward Michael Gilchrist. Gilchrist, the second Kentucky signee in the top five, brings toughness, defense and rebounding to the table every time he steps on the floor.
Brad Beal checks in at No. 6 in the final rankings. A terrific overall prospect, Beal is an efficient two-guard that should have a major impact for Billy Donovan from the jump. He’s one of the best shooters in the 2011 class.
Kentucky’s third recruit in the top 10 is Marquis Teague, who checks in at No. 7. A quick and athletic floor general, Teague is blessed with a tremendous amount of talent and his style fits perfectly with what John Calipari wants out of his lead guards.
Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash certainly made a strong impression on the Scout.com crew over the past year. Already blessed with a college ready frame, Nash is an athletic wing with a scoring mentality. He finishes his career at No. 8.
At No. 9 in the rankings is Memphis native and future Tiger standout Adonis Thomas. The 6-foot-6 chiseled wing prospect has improved his scoring ability and should be an important piece to Memphis’ puzzle right away.
The final spot in the top 10 goes to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep guard Myck Kabongo. A quick and elusive floor general, Kabongo races up the court, plays well in transition and creatively looks for teammates.
In our last edition of 2011 rankings, there are three prospects -- Tony Wroten, Chane Behanan and Dorian Finney-Smith -- that rose from four-star prospects to five-star talents.
Wroten impressed late in the season at the Hoop Hall Classic. Arguably the top passer in the class, Wroten has tremendous vision and is creative in getting the ball to his teammates.
Louisville signee Chane Behanan put together a strong senior season and secured a spot in the McDonald’s All-American game. At 6-foot-7, 240-pounds, Behanan is a strong, physical four-man that can score on the block and lock in on rebounds.
A versatile prospect, Finney-Smith, who is headed to Virginia Tech, is a lengthy wing with impressive athleticism. Defensively he’s a presence and offensively he’s developed his skill set.
Outside the five-star prospects, Otto Porter was one of the big risers as he jumped from No. 49 overall up to No. 28. A winner at the high school level, Porter can claim four state titles and at 6-foot-8 he’s a late bloomer headed to Georgetown.
Central Florida bound Michael Chandler was the biggest riser in the final rankings. He jumped up 23 spots, finishing at No. 61, after a strong senior season at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North.
Among the newcomers to the rankings are Malcolm Gilbert, D.J. Gardner, Dee Davis and Trey Burke. Alex Murphy, a Duke commit, is also making his debut in the 2011 rankings.