With three top-six recruits highlighting a five-person 2011 class, and the addition of transfer Ryan Harrow from N.C. State, Kentucky finds itself in a familiar position – atop the basketball recruiting team rankings.
Michael Gilchrist is one reason Kentucky tops our class of 2011 basketball team recruiting rankings.
247Sports and our partners at PrepStars.com are proud to unveil our top 50 programs in the final class of 2011 team rankings.
Today, we’re releasing our top 25. Yesterday we released teams 26-50.
The Big East led the way with 12 teams in the top 50. Rob Harrington of PrepStars.com noted that was significant for a couple of reasons.
“The conference obviously remains very strong at the top, and schools that haven't been as powerful recently — such as St. John's, Cincinnati and DePaul — took a step forward,” Harrington said. “The most common criticism of the conference has been a lack of strength top to bottom, and the 2011 recruiting cycle should alleviate some of that disparity.
“St. John's was the obvious selection for biggest surprise. The Red Storm didn't sign anyone in the top 25, but loaded up on top-75 prospects - the kind of guys who will upgrade the talent level and also stay in school long enough to establish a new foundation.”
Here are the top 25 teams, with recruit height, state (or school if they are a transfer), position and ranking - where necessary:
Austin Rivers, 6-3, FL, WG/PG, No. 3
Michael Gbinije, 6-6, VA, WF, No. 24
Alex Murphy, 6-8, MA, WF/BF, Top 25
Quinn Cook, 6-0, VA, PG, No. 32
Marshall Plumlee, 6-11, NC, C, No. 77
NOTE: Murphy was a Class of 2012 prospect who re-classified forward.
3. St. John’s
D’Angelo Harrison, 6-2, TX, WG, No. 28
Sir’Dominic Pointer, 6-5, NC, WF, No. 36
Norvel Pelle, 6-8, CA, BF, No. 38
Maurice Harkless, 6-7, CT, WF/BF, No. 42
Jakarr Sampson, 6-7, NH, WF/BF, No. 57
Amir Garrett, 6-5, NV, WF, No. 63
Phil Greene, 6-2, FL, PG, No. 197
God’s Gift Achiuwa, 6-9, NY, C, JC
Nurideen Lindsey, 6-4, OK, WG, JC
Chane Behanan, 6-6, KY, BF, No. 17
Wayne Blackshear, 6-4, IL, WG, No. 30
Kevin Ware, 6-3, GA, WG, No. 37
Zach Price, 6-9, KY, C, No. 61
Angel Nunez, 6-7, MA, WF, No. 139
Luke Hancock, 6-5, George Mason, WF, Tr.
Myck Kabongo, 6-0, NV, PG, No. 14
Sheldon McClellan, 6-5, TX, WG, No. 41
Julien Lewis, 6-3, TX, WG, No. 59
Jonathan Holmes, 6-8, TX, BF, No. 74
Sterling Gibbs, 6-1, NJ, PG/WG, No. 104
Kevin Thomas , 6-7, NC, BF, No. 164
Quincy Miller, 6-10, NC, BF/WF, No. 5
Deuce Bello, 6-5, NC, WG/WF, No. 89
Pierre Jackson, 5-11, ID, PG, JC
Gary Franklin, 6-2, So.Cal, WG/PG, Tr.
NOTE: Franklin will become eligible at the second semester of the 2011-12 season.
12. Virginia Tech
Dorian Finney-Smith, 6-7, VA, WF/BF, No. 18
Marquis Rankin, 6-0, NC/VA, PG, No. 78
Robert Brown, 6-4, FL/VA, WG, No. 93
C.J. Barksdale, 6-7, VA, BF, No. 121
Johan Van Zegeren, 6-9, Netherlands BF, Int.
Mike Shaw, 6-8, IL, BF, No. 40
Mycheal Henry, 6-5, IL, WF, No. 60
Tracy Abrams, 6-1, IL, PG, No. 62
Nnanna Egwu, 6-9, IL, C, No. 83
Devin Langford, 6-6, AL, WF, No. 102
Ibrahima Djimde, 6-9, WV, C, UR
Sam Maniscalco, 6-0, Bradley PG, Tr.
16. Michigan State
Branden Dawson, 6-6, IN, WF/BF, No. 20
Dwaun Anderson, 6-4, MI, WF, No. 95
Brandan Kearney, 6-4, MI, WG, No. 142
Travis Trice, 5-11, OH, PG, No. 179
Brandon Wood, 6-2, Valparaiso, WG, Tr.
Adonis Thomas, 6-6, TN, WF, No. 7
Stan Simpson, 6-11, IL, C, JC
Ferrakohn Hall, 6-8, Seton Hall, BF, Tr.
NOTE: Hall will become eligible at the second semester of the 2011-12 season.
Levi Randolph , 6-4, AL, WG/PG, No. 39
Trevor Lacey, 6-3, AL, WG, No. 52
Rodney Cooper, 6-5, AL, WF, No. 85
Nick Jacobs, 6-8, GA, C, No. 119
Retin Ojomoh, 6-1, Belgium, PG, Int.
Moussa Gueye , 7-0, IL, C, JC
Jabari Brow, 6-3, CA, WG, No. 15
Bruce Barron, 6-4, IL, WG, No. 175
Austin Kuemper, 6-9, OR, C, No. 200
Brett Kingma, 6-1, WA, PG/WG, UR
Carlos Emory, 6-7, TX, BF, JC
Devoe Joseph, 6-3, Minnesota, WG, Tr.
NOTE: Joseph will become eligible at the second semester of the 2011-12 season.
Kadeem Jack, 6-9, NY, BF, Top 50
Myles Mack, 5-9, NJ, PG, No. 94
Derrick Randall, 6-9, CT, BF/C, No. 125
Jerome Seagears, 6-1, NC, PG, No. 154
Elijah Carter, 6-1, NH, PG, UR
Malick Kone, 6-5, VA, WF, UR
Greg Lewis, 6-8, MD, BF, UR
Wally Judge, 6-8, Kansas State, BF, Tr. (Eligible 2012-13).
NOTE: Jack enrolled during the 2010-11 season.