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Conference-by-Conference Team Rankings

Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:43 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 1:12 pm

Jeff Borzello 

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Recruiting battles within a conference are always heated. Because of the proximity between the schools – excluding the future Big East, of course – there’s normally a battle for territory, which always makes things fun to watch unfold. If one school continually dominates the rest of its opponents on the recruiting trail, it’s likely they’re doing well on the hardwood as well. Who blew away the rest of their league foes for the top targets, and which schools have work to do in the spring in order to get out of the recruiting cellar?

We’ve given you our top 25 overall classes, but here’s a look at the conference-by-conference breakdown.


  • 1. North Carolina State: Mark Gottfried locked up two top-25 recruits in first offseason.
  • 2. North Carolina: With four top-60 prospects, Tar Heels got help down low and at guard.
  • 3. Maryland: Mark Turgeon needed to make an impact immediately; with two top-60 recruits, he did.
  • 4. Virginia: One of the few classes in the country with three top-100 recruits, the Cavs did well.
  • 5. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have one of the deepest classes in the nation; they need it to rebuild.
  • 6. Duke: Coach K only has one recruit – Rasheed Sulaimon – but he’s one of the best guards around.
  • 7. Clemson: No star in this class, but Landry Nnoko is developing and Jaron Blossomgame is solid.
  • 8. Florida State: Leonard Hamilton nabbed two wing scorers in Montay Brandon and Aaron Thomas.
  • 9. Georgia Tech: There were some questions about Brian Gregory’s recruiting; he got two solid wings.
  • 10. Virginia Tech: Montrezl Harrell is a beast in the paint and Marshall Wood will surprise people.
  • 11. Boston College: Eagles nabbed two under-the-radar guards in Olivier Hanlon and Joe Rahon.
  • 12. Miami (Fl.): Jim Larranaga picked up two commits, Tonye Jekeri and shooter Melvin Johnson.

Big East

  • 1. Providence: With Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn (right) in the backcourt, Ed Cooley is set at guard.
  • 2. Syracuse: Keeping DaJuan Coleman home was imperative; Jerami Grant is another top-50 player.
  • 3. Pittsburgh: If Steven Adams is as good as advertised, this ranking could be a little low.
  • 4. Villanova: Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu are both top-50 players for Jay Wright.
  • 5. Georgetown: Getting D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was huge; Brandon Bolden has potential up front.
  • 6. Notre Dame: Cameron Biedschied is a fun scorer, and Zach Auguste has a high ceiling.
  • 7. South Florida: If Bulls junior college commits pan out, this could be a really good class.
  • 8. Marquette: Steve Taylor is the best player in Chicago, and T.J. Taylor is a former Oklahoma commit.
  • 9. West Virginia: Elijah Macon anchors the class, but Terry Henderson can really shoot.
  • 10. Connecticut: Huskies have one commit, but top-40 guard Omar Calhoun is explosive.
  • 11. Louisville: Rick Pitino had Rodney Purvis decommit, but Terry Rozier is a good point guard.
  • 12. DePaul: Jodan Price is a very good outside shooter, while DeJuan Marrero works hard.
  • 13. St. John’s: The decommitment of Ricardo Gathers on Tuesday night really hurts the Red Storm.
  • 14. Cincinnati: No commits
  • 14. Rutgers: No commits
  • 14. Seton Hall: No commits

Big Ten

  • 1. Indiana: Tom Crean is counting on his five-man class to help rebuild the Indiana legacy.
  • 2. Michigan: With Mitch McGary in the fold, the Wolverines have the talent to hang with anyone.
  • 3. Michigan State: The Spartans have a versatile class, with three four-star prospects.
  • 4. Iowa: Deep class, led by AAU teammates Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell, along with Pat Ingram.
  • 5. Purdue: If the Boilermakers’ recruits play to their potential, this ranking will be way too low.
  • 6. Wisconsin: Sam Dekker is one of the toughest players in the country, and will be a star for Badgers.
  • 7. Northwestern: Kale Abrahamson can really shoot, while Sanjay Lumpkin is a matchup problem.
  • 8. Minnesota: The class really received a boost when Charles Buggs pledged on Tuesday.
  • 9. Penn State: Brandon Taylor blossomed over the summer and continues to get better.
  • 10. Illinois: The Illini needed a point guard, and they got one with in-state prospect Michael Orris.
  • 11. Nebraska: Doc Sadler made a splash with two junior college commitments in his four-man class.
  • 12. Ohio State: No commits 

Big 12

  • 1. Texas: Made a splash with top-10 Cameron Ridley, and top-80s Prince Ibeh and Javan Felix.
  • 2. Baylor: Bears got their inside-outside combo for the future in Isaiah Austin and L.J. Rose.
  • 3. Texas A&M: In J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso, the Aggies have talented and unorthodox backcourt.
  • 4. Oklahoma State: Marcus Smart is a top-10 player, while Phil Forte can shoot the lights-out.
  • 5. Kansas: The Jayhawks have struck out with a few prospects, but Perry Ellis is a top-40 talent.
  • 6. Missouri: Very deep class, led by versatile Canadian scorers Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan.
  • 7. Iowa State: Very solid class; Cyclones beat everyone to the punch on sleeper Georges Niang.
  • 8. Oklahoma: The Sooners nabbed two good scorers in Jelon Hornbeak and Buddy Hield.
  • 9. Kansas State: No commits
  • 9. Texas Tech: No commits


  • 1. Arizona: The top class in the country, Sean Miller (top) has Wildcats in position for title run.
  • 2. UCLA: With Kyle Anderson (right) in the fold, the Bruins have their star. Will they add another?
  • 3. Colorado: An underrated class nationally, Josh Scott, Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon are solid.
  • 4. Stanford: Rosco Allen is a good inside-outside option, while Grant Verhoeven is developing.
  • 5. Oregon: Dominic Artis is a former UCLA commit, and Ben Carter is an inside-outside forward.
  • 6. Washington State: Interesting class, led by underrated Demarquise Johnson and Richard Longrus.
  • 7. California: Monday’s commitment from Tyrone Wallace puts this class in good position.
  • 8. Utah: Jordan Loveridge was fastest-rising player in Las Vegas this past July; he’s an impact player.
  • 9. Oregon State: Some people think Langston Morris-Walker is underrated; Jarmal Reid is solid.
  • 10. Arizona State: PG Calaen Robinson turned a strong July into plenty of interest and offers.
  • 11. USC: Kevin O’Neill is hoping Strahinja Gavrilovic is the next Nikola Vucevic in Trojans’ frontcourt.
  • 12. Washington: No commits


  • 1. Kentucky: Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley are a great duo, and John Calipari isn’t done yet.
  • 2. Florida: The Gators have one of the best shooting groups around, along with PG Braxton Ogbueze.
  • 3. Mississippi State: Rick Stansbury is keeping players home, while also dipping into Texas and Alabama.
  • 4. Auburn: Jordan Price is a top-100 scoring guard, while Shaq Johnson can jump out of the gym.
  • 5. Georgia: Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines are both top-100-caliber guards who play both spots.
  • 6. South Carolina: The Gamecocks struck big with teammates Carlos Morris and Ian Baker.
  • 7. Mississippi: Martavious Newby had big-time Peach Jam, turning him into prized SEC recruit.
  • 8. Arkansas: Anthlon Bell should come in and make shots; JaCorey Williams is versatile.
  • 9. LSU: Trent Johnson only has one commitment in the class, sleeper guard Malik Morgan.
  • 10. Tennessee: In his first offseason on the job, Cuonzo Martin only nabbed one prospect.
  • 11. Vanderbilt: Kevin Stallings has some unknown commodities, namely German Kevin Bright.
  • 12. Alabama: No commits 


  • 1. Memphis: The gap between Memphis and the rest will only grow, especially after Shaq Goodwin’s pledge.
  • 2. Houston: James Dickey did a great job with this class, getting top-100s Danuel House and Chicken Knowles.
  • 3. Xavier: Semaj Christon is a steal at point guard, and Jalen Reynolds is getting rave reviews for his play.
  • 4. UNLV: Katin Reinhardt is a top-50 guard, while Demetris Morant is a premier shot-blocker.
  • 5. UTEP: Twymond Howard is capable of enormous offensive outputs; Anthony January is efficient.
  • 6. Towson: Frank Mason and Jerome Hairston are explosive guards capable of playing any level.
  • 7. Harvard: Mike Hall and Siyani Chambers both had BCS looks; this class can only get better.
  • 8. Dayton: Archie Miller did well with decommits, getting Jevon Thomas (St. John’s) and Jalen Robinson (West Virginia).
  • 9. Butler: Kellen Dunham and Chris Harrison-Docks couldn’t be more different, but both are talented.
  • 10. Marshall: Kareem Canty is just the type of player who can dominate C-USA at point guard.

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Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:37 am

Conference-by-Conference Team Rankings

When looking at a recruiting class, transfers should be considedered.  If you were to do that then
SDSU would probably be in the top 4 for Non-BCS.  Steve Fisher has always done a great job of getting
transfers.  Why does this team constantly have 20 win seasons for the last 6 years?  At times too much is made up of the highschool
recruits when the biggest impact players are one that have left a program and gone to another school because of many various reasons.  If the Pac 12 is so great at signing top recruits, then why are they getting killed by the MWC and other conferences this year?  The best teams on the West Coast right now are UNLV, SDSU, BYU and Gonzaga.  How do these 4 teams continune to be good?  Transfers are huge at 3 out of 4 of the schools.  Both UNLV and BYU are benefiting from UCLA blowing up their players.  The top 10 for Non-BCS should be at least 25 if not 50 schools.  Listing 10 for Non BCS, is crap, and there are too many good teams to not be listed that are superior to at least 50% of the teams you have listed above.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:14 pm

Conference-by-Conference Team Rankings

How does the top ten list for non-bcs conference schools not even include #25 San Diego State Aztecs? In echoing MR_Go_Herd, WTF? Go Aztecs!!

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:01 pm

Conference-by-Conference Team Rankings

Sniff...Sniff. Cry

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:57 pm

Conference-by-Conference Team Rankings

When ever these sports writers make reference to the "NON-BCS" basketball leagues, it makes me think that they are some dumb donkeys that grew up in a swamp in SEC Country. It is hilarious and I really don't think they get it.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:37 am


The fact that the writer uses the ridiculous "BCS/non BCS" label to describe ANYTHING college basketba
ll says enough. To even mention BCS with college basketball is a slap in the face to college's everywhere. Especially those in major confs like CUSA, Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley, etc.

Just becuase the BCS tries to segregate college football using college basketball terms like "mid-major" to doesnt mean that it becomes the common seperation of schools.


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