Hoops Recruiting: SEC Breakdown

It was a rough basketball season for the SEC last year, but a stellar recruiting effort should make a major difference this year.

Julius Randle is the top rated player in Kentucky's No. 1-ranked class.

Kentucky brings in perhaps the top recruiting class in history and a total of eight SEC schools are in the top 50 of the 247Composite Team Rankings.

In fact, Kentucky has the top prospect entering the SEC at every single position.
LSU is the one other SEC school ranked in the top five of the 247Composite Team Rankings.

Here's a look at how the conference breaks down for the 2013 recruiting cycle.

Rankings

1. Kentucky (No. 1 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Julius Randle, PF, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian
2. LSU (No. 5 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Jarell Martin, PF, Tallulah (La.) Madison
3. Florida (No. 15 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Chris Walker, PF, Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes Co.
4. Missouri (No. 16 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Johnathan Williams III, PF, Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind
5. Arkansas (No. 21 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Bobby Portis, PF, Little Rock (Ark.) Hall
6. South Carolina (No. 22 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy
7. Alabama (No. 26 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Jimmie Taylor, C, Greensboro (Ala.) East
8. Tennessee (No. 38 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Robert Hubbs, SG, Newbern (Tenn.) Dyer Co.
9. Texas A&M (No. 55 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Tony Trocha, PF, Houston (Texas) St. Thomas
10. Vanderbilt (No. 59 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Damian Jones, PF, Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville Magnet
11. Georgia (No. 66 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Juwan Parker, SG, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington
12. Ole Miss (No. 74 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Dwight Coleby, PF, Pinola (Miss.) The Piney Woods School
13. Auburn (No. 78 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- Tahj Shamsid-Deen, PG, Decatur (Ga.) Columbia
14. Mississippi State (No. 99 247Composite team ranking)
Top Player- I.J. Ready, PG, Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview Magnet

Overview

Coach John Calipari continues his high level recruiting, bringing another top-ranked recruiting class to Kentucky. No. 2 ranked Julius Randle and twins Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison lead the class which also has five-stars Dakari Johnson, James Young and Marcus Lee…. LSU has both quality and quantity in its six-man recruiting class. Jarell Martin is a five-star forward while Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman are four-star prospects…. Florida doesn’t have a large class, but most importantly the Gators snagged top targets and top 10 prospects- point guard Kasey Hill and post player Chris Walker…. Missouri landed a trio of four-star prospects, led by recent state champion Johnathan Williams III…. A dynamic interior duo - five-star Bobby Portis and four-star Moses Kingsley – are headed to Arkansas…. Tennessee has big hopes for five-star wing Robert Hubbs…. In a similar situation as Tennessee, South Carolina has a lot riding on the abilities of five-star guard Sindarius Thornwell…. Alabama needed more interior depth, and they secured it with four-star center Jimmie Taylor and four-star power forward Shannon Hale.

Best by Position

Point Guard- Andrew Harrison (No. 1 nationally, signed with Kentucky)
Scouting Report-A power point guard with great size for his position, Harrison is a high level playmaker.
Shooting Guard- Aaron Harrison (No. 1 nationally, signed with Kentucky)
Scouting Report- Harrison has the complete package as a shooting guard with his size, strength and highly skilled game.
Small Forward- James Young (No. 4 nationally, signed with Kentucky)
Scouting Report- A versatile wing player, Young impacts the game primarily with his scoring and rebounding.
Power Forward- Julius Randle (No. 1 nationally, signed with Kentucky)
Scouting Report- Physically imposing, Randle utilizes both a skilled and attacking game to fill up the stat sheet.
Center- Dakari Johnson (No. 1 nationally, signed to Kentucky)
Scouting Report- Although still developing, Johnson has tremendous size and an impressive skill level for a center.

By the Numbers

60- The number of 2013 SEC recruits
12- The number of five-star SEC recruits
11- The number of four-star SEC recruits
22- The number of states represented by SEC recruits
11- The number of SEC recruits from Texas (state with the most SEC recruits)

Accolades

Best perimeter scorer: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Best low post scorer: Julius Randle, Kentucky
Best passer: Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Best shooter: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Best rebounder: Julius Randle, Kentucky
Best shot blocker: Marcus Lee, Kentucky
Best defender: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Most versatile: James Young, Kentucky
Best in the clutch: Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Best pro prospect: Julius Randle, Kentucky
Best speed: Kasey Hill, Florida
Best motor: Chris Walker, Florida
Impact player: Jarell Martin, LSU
Biggest sleeper: Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

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