With the 2012 rankings just released, here’s some anaylsis of this year’s class.
In an era of guards dominating the game of basketball, the class of 2012 completely shatters that image with seven of the top eight prospects being elite big-men. Center Andre Drummond headlines the class who will likely replenish the small pool of elite big men in college basketball and is the prototype for the post-players of the future. Drummond is a big man who has the size, strength, and skill to be a great post-player but also has the ball-handling skills, shot, and athleticism to be an effective player on the perimeter. He is simply a big-man who can do it all and will be a joy to watch in the years to come. Small forward Shabazz Muhammad is the odd man out in the top-eight as he is a wing player- and an excellent one at that. Louisville commit Rodney Purvis and Ricardo Ledo round out the top ten and are two elite guards in a class that lacks them. One guy to keep an eye on his Amile Jefferson who has the potential to even crack the top-five by the time he graduates. Another interesting battle to look at in the class of 2012 is the fight for the best point guard title, in which Indiana-commit Kevin Ferrell, L.J. Rose, and future- Tar Heel Marcus Paige are essentially neck-and-neck. When browsing the rankings, you’ll also notice that Duke has already picked up a pair of top-15 recruits who both play the wing in Alex Murphy and Rasheed Sulaimon, although in different styles. Baylor has also picked up another top-five player for the third straight year in Isaiah Austin and Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller is doing big things in Tuscon by getting yet another elite player in Grant Jerrett. Make sure you check regularly on the rankings to see the latest updates and where players are moving in the rankings.