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Hoops Recruiting: Big Ten Breakdown

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Noah Vonleh headlines the Big Ten's top class at IU.

Indiana snagged the only 2013 fives-star prospect headed to the Big Ten in Noah Vonleh while also claiming the top recruiting class in the conference.

The No. 6-ranked class in the 247Sports team rankings (based on 247Composite player rankings), Indiana has a six-man class with three four-stars to go along with Vonleh.

With the second best class in the conference, Michigan falls right outside the top 10 nationally with a No. 11-ranked class.

Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State, who each have four-star recruits, round out the top five in the conference.

Here is a review of the 2013 recruiting cycle in the Big Ten.

Rankings

1. Indiana (No. 6 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Noah Vonleh, PF, Hampton (N.H.) School
2. Michigan (No. 11 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Zak Irvin, SG, Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern
3. Illinois (No. 19 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Kendrick Nunn, SG, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon
4. Purdue (No. 28 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Kendall Stephens, SG, Saint Charles (Mo.) High School
5. Ohio State (No. 34 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Marc Loving, SF, Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit
6. Wisconsin (No. 48 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Bronson Koenig, PG, La Crosse (Wis.) Aquinas
7. Nebraska (No. 64 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Tai Webster, PG, Auckland (AC) Westlake Boys
8. Penn State (No. 72 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Geno Thorpe, PG, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Shaler Area
9. Michigan State (No. 73 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Gavin Schilling, PF, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
10. Minnesota (No. 84 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Daquein McNeil, SG, Saxtons River (VT) Vermont Academy
11. Northwestern (No. 104 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Nate Taphorn, SF, Perkin (Ill.) Community
12. Iowa (No. 112 in 247Composite Team Rankings)
Top Player- Peter Jok, SG, Des Moines (Iowa) Valley

Overview

Indiana has both the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and the top recruit in the conference Noah Vonleh. Four-star wings Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson are also expected to have an immediate impact for Indiana…. Michigan and Illinois have the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked classes in the Big Ten and are also ranked in the top 20 in the 247Composite Team Rankings. Michigan has a couple four-star guards in its class- Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton…. Although not as highly ranked, the top two prospects in Purdue’s class are also guards, Illinois has a trio of four-star recruits, led by shooting guard Kendrick Nunn…. Ohio State has a two-man class with recruits who are known for their shooting prowess. While Wisconsin is counting on both the shooting ability and passing ability of four-star guard Bronson Koenig.

Best by Position

Point Guard- Bronson Koenig (No. 13 nationally, signed with Wisconsin)
Scouting Report- A dual-threat guard with his scoring and passing, Koenig has the skills and savvy to excel at either guard position.
Shooting Guard- Zak Irvin (No. 9 nationally, signed with Michigan)
Scouting Report- Irvin makes shots, but he is also a versatile ball handler and all around player.
Small Forward- Marc Loving (No. 16 nationally, signed with Ohio State)
Scouting Report- A finesse player with length, Loving is a threat to score from all three levels.
Power Forward- Noah Vonleh (No. 4 nationally, signed with Indiana)
Scouting Report- With a blend of finesse and power, Vonleh as a high level balanced all around game.
Center- Luke Fischer (No. 12 nationally, signed with Indiana)
Scouting Report- A skilled big man with touch, Fischer is developing the physical side to his game.

By the Numbers

38- The number of 2013 Big Ten recruits
1- The number of five-star Big Ten recruits
12- The number of four-star Big Ten recruits
18- The number of states represented by Big Ten recruits
5- The number of Big Ten recruits from Illinois and Ohio State each (states with the most Big Ten recruits)

Accolades

Best perimeter scorer: Kameron Williams, Ohio State
Best low post scorer: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Best passer: Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin
Best shooter: Kendall Stephens, Purdue
Best rebounder: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Best shot blocker: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Best defender: Troy Williams, Indiana
Most versatile: Zak Irvan, Michigan
Best in the clutch: Zak Irvan, Michigan
Best pro prospect: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Best speed: Geno Thorpe, Penn State
Best motor: Stanford Robinson, Indiana
Impact player: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Biggest sleeper: Devin Davis, Indiana

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