Surprise, surprise. Kentucky brought in the best recruiting class in the country this year with Duke and St. John’s not too far behind in our final class of 2011 top 20 team rankings while Texas and North Carolina round out the top five.
Kentucky has the best class in the country for the class of 2011 because they have three top six recruits and four top 25 prospects including the best player in the country in power forward Anthony Davis. The Wildcats also have the best point guard and small forward in the country in Marquis Teague (#6) and Michael Gilchrist (#3).
Although the Blue Devils can’t compete with Kentucky’s talent, they do have five prospects in the top 41 including the number two player in the country, shooting guard Austin Rivers. Duke also has point guard Quinn Cook (#16) coming in who will be responsible for trying to fill the void that Cleveland Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving left. You also can’t forget about the third Plumlee, center Marshall Plumlee (#41).
St. John’s has more recruits in the class of 2011 than any other team in the country with nine which is highlighted by four top 50 prospects. The Red Storm is loaded at the small forward position with four wings coming in including three who are rated in the top 50. A late commitment by junior college transfer God’s Gift Achiuwa gave St. John’s more balance since power forward Norvel Pelle was the lone big man before his commitment.
The Longhorns and Tar Heels round out our final top five since Texas received a late commitment from point guard Sterling Gibbs and North Carolina received a pledge from center Desmond Hubert. Texas also has the number two point guard in the class of 2011 in Myck Kabongo (#9) and North Carolina secured early commitments from two elite players in power forward James McAdoo (#4) and shooting guard P.J. Hairston (#12).
As you go down the rest of the top ten you will see that Arizona and Ohio State just missed out with Syracuse, Alabama and Louisville holding the last three spots. Of these five teams, the Buckeyes have the most top 50 prospects with three and the Crimson Tide has the most overall prospects with six. The Wildcats also have the best duo in point guard Josiah Turner (#13) and shooting guard Nick Johnson (#28) and the Orange have the best big man in center Rakeem Christmas (#20).
As you keep browsing through our final class of 2011 team rankings and reach the 11-15 area, you see Arkansas and Illinois just missed the top ten while Georgetown, Baylor and Pittsburgh have elite prospects anchoring their class. Baylor head coach Scott Drew only had to recruit from one high school (Westchester Country Day) to pick up a duo in power forward Quincy Miller (#7) and shooting guard Deuce Bello (#45) that is good enough to give the Bears a top 15 recruiting class. Illinois is also the most intriguing class of these five teams since they have the most prospects and the least top 50 players. The Fighting Illini have a class loaded with front court talent including center Nnanna Egwu but also have a couple of very good slashers in small forwards Mycheal Henry and Devin Langford who do an excellent of job of getting in the lane and finishing around the basket.
Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Michigan State and Oregon round out the top 20 as the Ducks have the best prospect of the five in shooting guard Jabari Brown (#19) and the Scarlet Knights have the most prospects with seven. The other three squads have elite players as well as small forward Dorian Finney-Smith (#21) is a Hokie, small forward Rodney Hood (#33) is a Bulldog and small forward Branden Dawson (#23) is a Spartan.