The Wildcats are on top again.
Over the past three years John Calipari and his ‘Cats reeled in not only the best class in the SEC, but also in the country. In 2012 they have a top 10 group overall and the best class in the SEC.
This year the Wildcats have a pair of high level commits – Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley. Both are ranked among Scout.com’s top 30 prospect with Goodwin ranked No. 13 overall.
Goodwin, of Sherwood (Ark.) Sylvan Hills, is known for his competitive nature and ability to attack the basket. Cauley, a native of Kansas, stands 7-feet tall, runs the floor well and is a stand out on the defensive end.
While the Cats have only two commits, they could have up to six total scholarships available in the 2012 class, so expect their class to get better before the late signing period concludes.
Kentucky is still heavily involved with five-star prospects Shabazz Muhammad, Alex Poythress, Jarnell Stokes, Gary Harris and Anthony Bennett.
It’s clear that Billy Donovan loves to stock pile guards. Last year the Gators added Brad Beal to a team that was already full of talented guys on the perimeter.
In 2012, it is much of the same. While they don’t have a guy committed quite as talented as Beal, they secured a fast and athletic lead guard in Braxton Ogbueze and a pair of shooters in Michael Frazier and Dillon Graham.
Ogbueze ranks No. 39 overall, while Frazier checks in at No. 87 in the 2012 recruiting class. Graham is regarded as a three-star prospect.
After Kentucky and Florida, there are a handful of similar classes. Auburn ranks No. 3 in the conference with their four-man class that is led by Jordan Price and Shaquille Johnson.
Mississippi State and South Carolina close out the top five. Each school has a top 100 prospect and a pair of three-star recruits.
How did the SEC stack up?
Last year the SEC brought in the top recruits in the country. Thus far in 2012, they are ranked No. 6 of the big six conferences as they have just seven top 100 prospects headed to SEC campuses.
|Top SEC Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Archie Goodwin, Kentucky|
|Best Scorer:||Jordan Price, Auburn|
|Best Passer:||Braxton Ogbueze, Florida|
|Best Shot Blocker:|| Willie Cauley Kentucky |
|Best Floor General:|| Braxton Ogbueze, Florida|
|Best Post Player:|| Willie Cauley, Kentucky|
|Best Shooter:||Michael Frazier, Florida|
|Best Rebounder:|| Gavin Ware, Mississippi State|
|Best Athlete:||Shaquille Johnson, Auburn|
Now keep in mind that Kentucky will likely add a couple of other big name guys, while Florida and others in the conference are still working to finish off their classes as well.
Currently the SEC has just one five-star prospect, six four-star recruits and 15 three-star recruits on board.
Scout: Signing Day - SEC