Scout.com 2009 Final Class Rankings (Sort of)

DeMarcus Cousins

It's tough to offer up a definitive look at next year's incoming recruiting classes with two big fish (John and Lance) still swimming in the pond. We'll update accordingly, but for now congrats to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Class Rankings

No big surprise here. The spring has been superkind to Kentucky and new coach John Calipari. Alabamans DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe crossed borders and helped lift the Wildcats into the No. 1 spot.

1.Kentucky
Cal put on his rally cap, twittered a bunch of recruits and landed on a goldmine in LexVegas
2.Villanova
Thought about it as the top class and itís a dousy; "Mouph" is best big to not make burger game
3.UNC
Heel of a class! Well rounded and centered around a major star in Henson; it's what Roy does!
4.Kansas
Second time was a charm. When "X" signed his LOI it was party time in Lawrence!
5.Georgia Tech
Daniel Miller added as late spring insurance package in case Derrick favors a shorter stay
6.Texas
Tough to fathom this class at No. 6 overall since its jacked up with three very good players
7.Oklahoma
Nothing "Tiny" about this class -- diverse and big; Tommy Mason-Griffin is best hyphenated recruit in 2009
8.UCLA
slow and steady wins the Pac-10 award this year; Howland methodically built this class over time
9.Duke
Two different style big men headed to Durham and both are talented. Can Duke get the third Plumlee?
10.Indiana
Indiana's future founded on this class. It's a unit that has diversity, scoring and leadership in Hulls
11.Connecticut
Huskies are always good for a quality spring signee; Orkiakhi and Co. forge a strong class
12.Arizona
Didn't take Sean Miller long to get working out west. Three Top 100 prospects in a month? Nice
13.NC State
Sidney Lowe's got replacements on the way. Lorenzo Brown is the straw and Painter is great late
14.Pittsburgh
The Panthers beefed up the frontcourt in a big way. Taylor gets the headlines, lookout for Zanna
15.Minnesota
Tubby needed two players from Minnesota and landed them both as its all smiles in the Twin Cities
16.Florida
The excitement is building for Boynton's debut and now Murphy could be asked to play more early
17.Marquette
It's a big class in terms of talent and quantity. Mix of high schoolers and jucos each with a chance to play
18.Mississippi State
The return of Renardo gives the Bulldogs life in the SEC and beyond next winter as excitement builds
19.Miami
Frank Haith's Canes are always getting good players. Sleeper national recruit Durand Scott can go
20.Louisville
Louisville has pretty much become a constant on this list and guess what? They win a lot of games
21.Clemson
Another fabulous Booker brother on the way but this time it's Milton Jennings set to capture the headlines
22.Illinois
This class was built years ago as Illinois focused on providing the in-staters with opportunity
23.Washington
Not sure anyone has grasped that Gaddy could actually be a 2010 kid, so he's got upside!
24.Florida State
Hamilton snared a Snaer from the West Coast and his scoring is going to be appreciated post-Douglas
25.Oregon State
A distinguished, dare we say presidential effort from the Beavers! Strength of class is sum of parts
26.West Virginia
More Huggins clones headed to Morgantown and you know what that means Ö more wins!
27.Oklahoma State
One of favorites Roger Franklin is finally graduating! If Karron Johnson can find his way, class is even better
28.Kansas State
Wally Judge, one of the more improved big men in the nation, leads a group with upside
29.USC
Obviously a tough blow when Sidney flew south but still has talent; Johnson, Jones can each score
30.Baylor
The Bears will one day need to replace wing firepower and Dennis and McLaughlin can help right away

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