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April 17, 2013

UK on top, although Kansas lands Wiggins

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Kansas landed the big fish in Andrew Wiggins, but the grip by John Calipari and the Kentucky on the top spot in the 2013 rankings remains strong.

This year, though, the Wildcats don't just have the best class in the country. They have what -- at least on paper -- is setting up to be one of the strongest recruiting classes of all time.

Power forward Julius Randle (No. 2), point guard Andrew Harrison (No. 5) and shooting guard Andrew Harrison (No. 7) are each the top prospect for their position in the class of 2013.

Additionally, center Dakari Johnson (No. 9), small forward James Young (No. 11) and power forward Marcus Lee (No. 19) join Randle and the Harrisons to give the Wildcats an unprecedented six McDonald's All-Americans and five-star prospects.

On top of that, they have a pair of in-state talents in three-stars Derek Willis (No. 115) and Dominique Hawkins (NR), who will add depth.

Holding on tight at No. 2 is Kansas under the direction of Bill Self.

No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins, shooting guard Wayne Selden and center Joel Embiid are five-star prospects while shooters Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp sit just outside of five-star range. Four-star point guard Frank Mason rounds out the class.

Memphis has the third-ranked group, thanks in large part to the local trio of Austin Nichols, Nick King and Markel Crawford, who rank Nos. 17, 46 and 59 nationally, respectively.

Thanks to the additions of top-five players, both Arizona and Duke come from outside of the national top 10 to land the fourth- and fifth-ranked classes.

No. 3 overall Aaron Gordon joins fellow McDonald's All-American Rondae Jefferson to headline a strong three-man class.

Over in Durham, the Blue Devils are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the nation's fourth-ranked player, Jabari Parker.

Another notable entrant in the rankings is national champion Louisville.

Rick Pitino and staff hauled in the nation's seventh-ranked class.

Making the highest debut in the new team rankings is a familiar face. Legendary coach Larry Brown has overseen a talent overhaul at SMU and by keeping at home top 20 prospect Keith Frazier, the Mustangs enter the team rankings at No. 14 overall.

2013 Team Rankings
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Julius Randle (2)
PG Andrew Harrison (5)
SG Aaron Harrison (7)
C Dakari Johnson (9)
SF James Young (11)
PF Marcus Lee (19)
PF Derek Willis (115)
SG Dominique Hawkins (NR 3-star)
At least on paper, John Calipari and his staff have put together what could be the most highly ranked recruiting class of all-time. Of course time will tell if these players live up to their rankings but in Randle, the Harrison twins, Johnson, Young and Lee the Wildcats have landed an unprecedented six McDonald's All-Americans. In-staters Willis and Hawkins add depth to a ridiculous eight man class.
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Andrew Wiggins (1)
SG Wayne Selden (12)
C Joel Embiid (25)
SF Brannen Greene (29)
PG Conner Frankamp (34)
PG Frank Mason (76)
Bill Self and his staff have put together a tremendous class that is highlighted by the nation's best player, Wiggins. In addition to Wiggins, Selden looks to be an instant impact wing player while Embiid is oozing with upside. Greene and Frankamp are deadly from deep and Mason is one of the toughest point guards around.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Austin Nichols (17)
SF Kuran Iverson (28)
SF Nick King (46)
SG Markel Crawford (59)
PG Rashawn Powell (95)
They might as well throw a fence up around the city, because Josh Pastner and his staff have the city of Memphis on lockdown. Nichols is a big who can run and has a nonstop motor while Iverson is a high-scoring combo with upside. King brings some toughness while Crawford is a versatile backcourt guy and Powell is an athletic floor general.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Aaron Gordon (3)
SF Rondae Jefferson (21)
SG Elliott Pitts (126)

Sean Miller spent a lot of time recruiting Gordon and it has paid off. If all goes well, Gordon should have a Derrick Williams-type impact on an already strong team. Jefferson is one of the nation's top defensive players and Pitts is a shooter with game who will serve the program well over the course of time.
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Jabari Parker (4)
SF Semi Ojeleye (31)
SG Matt Jones (36)
The Blue Devils made Parker a priority from the start and they were rewarded with his winter commitment. Ideally, they would have found another big guy but both Parker and Ojeleye have the size and strength to pitch in on the interior. Jones is another in a long line of Duke shooters. On top of the outstanding trio of high schoolers, Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood should be an immediate impact player.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Noah Vonleh (8)
SF Troy Williams (47)
SG Stanford Robinson (56)
C Luke Fischer(94)
SF Devin Davis (125)
SF Collin Hartman (NR 3-star)
If he fine-tunes some areas of his game, Vonleh has a chance to be a one-and-done player and make an instant impact for the Hoosiers. Williams is a high-flying slasher while Robinson is a playmaking two and outstanding defender. Fischer is steadily improving in the post, Davis has a pit bull mentality and Hartman is a local shooter.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Anton Gill (50)
PG Terry Rozier (2012 80 4-star)
PG Chris Jones (JC 4-star)
PF Akoy Agau (87)
It is hard to imagine, but the Cardinals might not have a big dropoff after losing their starting national championship backcourt. Jones is arguably the best JUCO player in the country and a fierce competitor, while Rozier improved significantly and would have been a top-30 player in 2013 if he wasn't already in the final 2012 rankings. Gill is a steady two guard who can defend while Agau should be a physical post with some skill.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Chris Walker (6)
PG Kasey Hill (10)
Head coach Billy Donovan and his staff have only recruited two players, but they are big-timers. Walker is a high-flying, shot-blocking-and-volume-rebounding big, while Hill is probably the most athletic floor general in the class. Don't forget, transfers Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris will be eligible for 2013-14 as well.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG JaJuan Johnson (35)
PG Duane Wilson (51)
SF Deonte Burton (52)
PF Jameel McKay (JC 4-star)
PG John Dawson (NR 3-star)
When it comes to recruits fitting a style and coach, the group Buzz Williams has coming in is as good as it gets. Every one of the recruits can attack off the dribble and plays with a high revving motor. Johnson is a high-flyer, Wilson is a point who can score, Burton is a Paul Harris-type wing and McKay is a relentless rebounder. Dawson adds depth to the backcourt.
10. LSU
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Jarell Martin (13)
PF Jordan Mickey (41)
PG Tim Quarterman (71)
C John Odoh (JC 3-star)
PF Deng Deng (JC 3-star)
The Tigers landed their top two priorities in Martin and Mickey. Martin is a local McDonald's All-American with scoring ability while Mickey is a jumping jack who can play fast. Quarterman is a tall point guard who can play multiple positions while Odoh adds size. An import from Australia, Malone is a bit of an unknown.
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Tyler Ennis (22)
SF Tyler Roberson (39)
SF B.J. Johnson (136)
SG Ron Patterson (2012 131)
PF Chinoso Obokoh (NR 3-star)
In Ennis, Jim Boeheim has found an ideal trigger man for his offense and defense. Ennis makes good decisions, is a very dangerous jump-shooter and is a leader on the floor. In the long run, look for Roberson to end up as a small forward. But, because of his post game and size he can play as a three or a four. Patterson is a scorer who ranked in the 2012 Rivals150 and signed with Indiana before ending up in prep school while Johnson is a young wing with upside. Obokoh will need some time to develop on the interior.
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Zakarie Irvin (24)
PG Derrick Walton (37)
PF Mark Donnal (111)
The Wolverines continue to load up their roster with high-level talent. Irvin's game has taken a huge leap over the past year and he's a versatile wing with terrific size. Walton has steadily improved into one of the toughest playmakers in the country and Donnal gives them a big man with skill and a body to build on.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Isaiah Hicks (16)
C Kennedy Meeks (57)
PG Nate Britt (90)
There is talent in the Tar Heels class and leading the way is Hicks. An athletic, homegrown product, Hicks has a high ceiling and has become a terrific rebounder. Meeks has soft hands and good skills, but must get into better shape. Britt showed lots of promise early but has battled injuries for the past few years.
14. SMU
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Keith Frazier (18)
PF Yanick Moreira (JC 4-star)
SG Sterling Brown (138)
PF Ben Moore (NR 3-star)
The Mustangs scored a major recruiting victory when they convinced Frazier, a five-star prospect, to stay home. The pressure on him will be significant and he's got some rough edges, but he could be dynamic for Larry Brown. Moreira was the top JUCO big man, while Brown is a solid all-around wing and Moore is an athletic forward who can run and get on the glass.
15. N.C. STATE
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Anthony Barber (27)
C BeeJay Anya (58)
PF Kyle Washington (93)
SG Desmond Lee (JC 3-star)
Maybe more than any other class, Mark Gottfried's group has a chance to outplay its rankings. Barber has all of the speed and ability in the world, but needs strength and to fine-tune his decision-making. Anya can be a dominant rebounder and defensive force as he rounds into shape and improves consistency of effort. Washington is a big man who can play the four or five, while Lee is a high-scoring JUCO guard.
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Ishmail Wainwright (55)
C Dominic Woodson (80)
SG Allerik Freeman [81)
PF Johnathan Motley (110)
PG Kenny Chery (JC 3-star)
Something any team can use is an infusion of toughness and Wainright gives that to the Bears along with the ability to defend multiple positions. A former UCLA commitment, Freeman is a physical scorer who can also defend. Woodson has skill and ability but has been inconsistent and needs to get into college shape. Motley has plenty of upside as a faceup four but must add strength. Chery 's junior college experience should prove helpful.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Johnathan Williams III (42)
C Keanau Post (JC 4-star)
PG Wesley Clark (72)
PF Torren Jones (123)
PG Shane Rector (NR 3-star)
In Williams III, Frank Haith has a very versatile four man with length and athleticism. Post is a junior college transfer who can eat space and play with physicality while Clark is a quick point guard who makes plays. Jones is a junkyard dog type who adds toughness while Rector is another option at the point.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Kendrick Nunn (60)
SG Malcolm Hill (62)
C Austin Colbert (97)
PF Maverick Morgan (NR 3-star)
PG Jaylon Tate (NR 3-star)
A product of Chicago's public league, Nunn is a good wing defender with some offense. Hill can score and has a chance to take off if he adjusts to physical play of the Big Ten. Colbert is a fluid big man who can run the floor while Morgan has the size and skill to play at the four or the five. Tate is another Chicago product and a steady hand at the point.
2013 commits (National rank)
C Bobby Portis (15)
C Moses Kingsley (63)
Similar to Marquette, the Hawgs landed a recruiting class that really fits them. Portis is a skilled four man who has the size to play the five in the SEC while Kingsley is a relentless rebounder and shot-blocker who has to develop his offense. Both of these guys can run.
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Demetrius Jackson (38)
SF V.J. Beachem (86)
SG Steve Vasturia (108)
PF Austin Torres (NR 2-star)
Jackson is the point guard that Mike Brey coveted and he's steady on both sides of the ball. Beachem is a lengthy wing with some slashing and a good jumper while Vasturia is a knock-down shooter with toughness. Torres is more of a wild card.
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Jermaine Lawrence (No. 26)
SG Kevin Johnson (No. 117)
SG DeShaun Morman (No. 132)
SG Troy Caupain (NR 3-star)
C Jamaree Strickland (NR 3-star)
Mick Cronin and his gang did some serious work to land Lawrence. A five-star talent, he can score and play some at the three in a big lineup. Johnson is a combo guard who can score while Morman is a tough wing and athletic finisher. Caupain had a big senior year in Richmond while Strickland is a California native who has battled back from knee problems.
22. byu
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Eric Mika (49)
SG Nick Emery (89)
PF Jakob Hartsock (NR 3-star)
PF Braiden Shaw (NR)
PF Luke Worthington (NR 3-star)
PG Skyler Halford (JC NR)
A rugged big man, Mika backed up his big summer with a bigger senior year that led to a strong move up the rankings. His high school teammate Emery is a highly confident gunslinger from deep who plays with swagger and proved as a senior that he has point guard skills. Hartsock, Shaw and Worthington add quality depth to the post rotation.
23. west virginia
2013 commits (National rank)
C Devin Williams (64)
PF Elijah Macon (2012 No. 56 4-star)
C Brandon Watkins (133)
PF Johnathan Holton (JC 3-star)
PF Remi Dibo (JC 3-star)
A native of Ohio, Williams really blossomed playing his final high school season at Montverde Academy in Florida. Macon is a bruising athlete while Watkins is a shot blocker that can run and just needs strength. Adrian is a hard-nosed local. Dibo and Holton should bring experience and more Big 12 bodies to the Mountaineers' front court.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Kendall Stephens (61)
PG Bryson Scott (75)
SF Basil Smotherman (112)
Matt Painter has to feel good about his three-man class. Stephens is a tall wing who can really shoot and he has an all-around game. Scott is a big-time defender and intense competitor. Smotherman took off athletically with his game during his senior year after looking like his development had hit a plateau.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Detrick Mostella (53)
PG Stevie Clark (70)
SF Leyton Hammonds (137)
SF Jeffrey Carroll (NR 3-star)
C Gary Gaskins (JC 3-star)
Down in Stillwater, they like athletes and guys who can fling it from deep. Mostella fits both categories while Clark arrives after a legendary prep career in Oklahoma. Hammonds is a wing with skill while Carroll adds athleticism and versatility. Gaskins needs to add some strength, but he adds post depth.
26. Washington
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Nigel Williams-Goss (33)
SG Darin Johnson (91)
PG Jahmel Taylor (NR 3-star)
SF Mike Anderson (JC 3-star)
Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies should be able to keep playing fast without any issues. Williams-Goss is a tough customer, one of the nation's top defensive players and a flat-out winner. Johnson emerged as one of the most prolific scorers on the West Coast while Taylor is a point who can score. Anderson is an athletic junior college transfer.
27. iowa state
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Matt Thomas (54)
SG Monte Morris (96)
SF Dustin Hogue (JC 3-star)
PF Daniel Edozie (JC NR)
PF Richard Amardi (JC 3-star)
SG K.J. Bluford (JC 3-star)
The Cyclones led the nation in 3-point attempts and makes during 2012-13. This group will help continue that. Thomas is as pure a shooter as there is in the country while Morris is a tough combo guard. The Cyclones' class is heavy on junior college transfers and the hope is that Bluford can replace Tyrus McGee. Armardi and Edozie have size while Hogue is a utility athlete.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Sindarius Thornwell (43)
C Demetrius Henry (100)
PG Duane Notice (NR 3-star)
C Desmond Ringer (NR 3-star)
Justin McKie (NR 3-star)
PG Jaylen Shaw (NR 3-star)
SF Reggie Theus Jr.(NR 2-star)
Head coach Frank Martin is in the process of overhauling his roster and has put together what they hope is a very productive seven man recruiting class. A Palmetto State produced wing, Thornwell is a tough scorer with athleticism. Henry is a long insider who can score and has athleticism. A three-star, Notice just missed the Rivals150 while Ringer, Shaw, McKie and Theus Jr. should all add depth during their careers.
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Jabari Bird (31)
SG Jordan Mathews (78)
C Kameron Rooks (NR 3-star)
PG Sam Singer (NR 3-star)
The Golden Bears have high hopes for Bird. A legacy recruit, Bird is an excellent pullup jump-shooter and a good athlete who is fine-tuning his guard skills. Mathews is a competitor who is wired to score while Singer is a shooter who can play the one or the two. Rooks has great size but is more of a long-term project.
30. UNLV
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Christian Wood (40)
SF Jelan Kendrick (JC 4-star)
PG Deville Smith (JC 3-star)
PG Kendall Smith (NR 3-star)
The development of Wood will play a key role for the Rebels. If he can add strength and is ready to compete physically, then he could turn into a nightmare matchup because of his size, deep jump-shooting and shot-blocking ability. Kendrick is already well-traveled but can play multiple positions. The Smiths give the Rebels options at the point.

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