Kansas is way out in front of the rest of the Big 12 in the 2013 recruiting race. In fact only Kentucky has a better class nationally than Kansas.
Wayne Selden is expected to contribute immediately at Kansas.
The two five-star prospects headed to the Big 12 are Kansas recruits, and they are surrounded by three talented four-star prospects with unique skill sets.
Although the Big 12 is only bringing in two five-star prospects, the conference is heavy with four-star prospects. Baylor, who has the No. 2 ranked class in the conference, has three of those four-stars in its class.
As expected, Texas provided the highest number of recruits to the conference, and the state could possibly provide another one if elite forward Julius Randle chooses Kansas tomorrow. Kansas is also still in the hunt for the No. 1 ranked prospect in the country Andrew Wiggins.
Here's a look at how the conference breaks down for the 2013 recruiting cycle.
1. Kansas (No. 2 nationally)
Top Player- Wayne Selden, SG, Tilton (N.H.) School
2. Baylor (No. 12 nationally)
Top Player- Ishmail Wainright, SF, Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian School
3. Oklahoma State (No. 16 nationally)
Top Player- Detrick Mostella, SG, La Lumiere (Ind.) School
4. West Virginia (No. 29 nationally)
Top Player- Devin Williams, PF, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
5. Iowa State (No. 40 nationally)
Top Player- Matt Thomas, SG, Onalaska (Wisc.) High School
Top Player- Karviar Shepherd, C, DeSoto (Texas) High School
7. Kansas State
Top Player- Jevon Thomas, PG, Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American School
Top Player- Jordan Woodard, PG, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
Top Player- Isaiah Taylor, PG, Houston (Texas) The Village School
10. Texas Tech
Only Kentucky has a better recruiting class than Kansas. The Jayhawks’ class includes two five-star wings Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene, a 7-foot center Joel Embiid, a fantastic shooter in Conner Frankamp and a steely tough point guard Frank Mason…. Baylor is loading up with some depth in the frontcourt with four-star forwards Dominic Woodson, Ishmail Wainright and Johnathan Motley…. The jewel of Oklahoma State’s recruiting class is high scoring combo guard Detrick Mostella…. Devin Williams had a tremendous high school season, and West Virginia is counting on both scoring and rebounding from Williams…. Iowa State has one of the best shooters in the country Matt Thomas on the way.
Best by Position
Point Guard- Frank Mason (No. 16 nationally, signed with Kansas)
Scouting Report- There might not be a better on the ball defender in the 2013 class than Mason, who is also strong with the ball and has balance to his offense.
Shooting Guard- Wayne Selden (No. 5 nationally, signed with Kansas)
Scouting Report- A powerful and versatile player, Selden is skilled and capable of playing any perimeter position.
Small Forward- Ishmail Wainright (No. 15 nationally, signed with Baylor)
Scouting Report- Similar to Selden, Wainright is a physical beast with a tough and versatile game.
Power Forward- Devin Williams (No. 12 nationally, signed with West Virginia)
Scouting Report- Blessed with strength and a non-stop motor, Williams is a walking double-double threat.
Center- Joel Embiid (No. 4 nationally, committed to Kansas)
Scouting Report- Having only played a couple years of basketball, Embiid continues to rapidly improve and can dominate the paint on both ends.
By the Numbers
28- The number of 2013 Big 12 recruits
2- The number of five-star Big 12 recruits
13- The number of four-star Big 12 recruits
17- The number of states represented by Big 12 recruits
7- The number of Big 12 recruits from Texas (state with the most Big 12 recruits)