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Recruit Roundtable: Best prospect in class of 2012

With the end of the signing period nearing and high school wrapping up soon for many seniors, it’s that time of the year to release our final class of 2012 prospect rankings. We’re going to publish our final top-75 Wednesday complete with player profiles, evaluations, notes and much more. We’re publishing out final team rankings later this week as well. In the mean time, we thought we’d survey some members in the senior and junior classes to see what they had to say about who the best player in the class of 2012 is.

Rodney Purvis | Shooting Guard | 6’4 | 190 | N.C. State

“I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 is… Shabazz Muhammad. He’s physical, has a great motor and has a great feel for the game.”

Andrew White | Small Forward | 6’6 | 195 | Kansas

“I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 is… Nerlens Noel. Out of all the top prospects I have seen [and there are a few I haven’t seen in person], I gotta go with Nerlens. I was on his team at the NBA Top 100 camp and he dominated on defense, and after a game or two, he really made strides on offense. Then I played him mid-July and he made a big jump offensively, so assuming he is still progressing that quickly, no reason he shouldn’t step in and hold his own at UK. Near impossible for him to have a bad game because defense and rebounding is always going to be done.”

Troy Williams | Small Forward | 6’7 | 200 | Class of 2013

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isKyle Anderson. He’s just a great person. He’s a great leader, a great guy off the court and a really humble guy. His basketball-IQ is crazy on the court, he sees stuff happen before it even happens and he reads the court really well.”

Xavier Johnson | Small Forward | 6’6 | 185 | Colorado

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 is… Shabazz Muhammad. In my mind he’s simply better than everyone else because of his work ethic and the fact that he always play his hardest.”

Jordan Bell | Power Forward | 6’8 | 210 | Class of 2013

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isKyle Anderson. He’s just a complete basketball player, he can do everything on the court. He’s not just a scorer or passer or everything else he does, he’s simply a basketball player. He just does it all.”

Josh Hart | Shooting Guard | 6’5 | 200 | Class of 2013

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isNerlens Noel. He hasn’t shown me that much on the offensive side but he is a player who can change the whole perception of the game with his shot-blocking ability and rebounding. He’s just a great player on the defensive side of the ball.”

Juwan Parker | Shooting Guard | 6’4 | 190 | Class of 2013

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isShabazz Muhammad. His game is really similar to [class of 2011 small forward] Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (#4Kentucky) because they both hustle a lot and their motor is always pumping. They make plays other guys on the court can’t make.”

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera | Point Guard | 6’3 | 225 | Georgetown

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isGrant Jerrett. He’s a great stretch four-man. He can knock down the three consistently, he has a tremendous post game and he has an all-around game that’s NBA-ready!”

Jimmie Taylor | Center | 6’10 | 235 | Alabama | Class of 2013

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isShabazz Muhammad. I say he is the best because he always plays hard, he’s really explosive, he can score and he’s also really defined, I’ve watched him play a few times.”

Allerik Freeman | Shooting Guard | 6’4 | 195 | Class of 2013

I think the top prospect in the class of 2012 isKyle Anderson. I say him because he’s definitely the most versatile player in that class by far. In my opinion he’s basically the next Magic Johnson. He can just do everything on the court.”

As you can tell, just as it is among the recruiting analysts, there is no consensus number one player in the country among the players. Who do you think is the top prospect in the class of 2012?


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