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Hoops top 100 for 2012 unveiled

In the class of 2012, the big men are the centers of attention.

Bishop Gornam standout Shabazz Muhammad is the No. 1 player in the country according to PrepStars.com and 247Sports.

Today, 247Sports and PrepStars.com are proud to unveil the top 100 prospects in the class of 2012. While the class of 2011 featured very few quality centers, three of the top four and six of the top 13 prospects in the 2012 group are centers.

"I'm not sure yet if this is the best center class I've ever covered, but it is certainly among the finest," Rob Harrington of PrepStars.com said.

The No. 1 overall player is forward Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. Muhammad is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound wing forward who is a dangerous perimeter player. He has offers from all the major programs in the country, and will be able to pick and choose where he wants to play his college basketball.

Centers Isaiah Austin, Andre Drummond, Kaleb Tarczewski and shooting guard Ricardo Ledo round out the top five.

A few schools are off to good starts with this class, and Indiana is one of them.

"Six schools have a top-25 commit already, so obviously Baylor, Texas, Arizona, Villanova, Duke and Indiana are elated," Harrington said. "The Hoosiers have four top-100 prospects, which already gives them a very strong class. Indiana appears to be in strong position to bounce back from a couple of down years."

Other schools with multiple top-100 commitments are Villanova (three), North Carolina, Florida, Michigan State, Virginia and Purdue.

This list will be updated later this summer, and will likely be expanded to include more players.

A couple who just missed this list were Danuel House and Sim Bhullar. "House, a wing from Texas, has gotten overlooked a bit because of the immense depth of talent in his state," Harrington said. "I'm curious to get another look at Bhullar to see if he has become more mobile."

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