It has been a rough basketball season for the SEC, but a stellar recruiting effort should make a major difference next year.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has another top-ranked class heading to Lexington, but the rest of the Southeastern Conference has recruited at a high level in 2013 as well.
Kentucky brings in perhaps the top recruiting class in history and a total of eight SEC schools are in the Top 47 national team rankings.
In fact, Kentucky has the top prospect entering the SEC at every single position.
And the scary thing is that Kentucky isn't finished recruiting yet. Three prospects in the top five of the Top247 are still considering Kentucky.
Here's a look at how the conference breaks down for the 2013 recruiting cycle.
1. Kentucky (No. 1 nationally)
Top Player- Aaron Harrison, SG, Richmond (Texas) Travis
2. Florida (No. 7 nationally)
Top Player- Kasey Hill, PG, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
3. LSU (No. 8 nationally)
Top Player- Jarrell Martin, SF, Tallulah (La.) Madison
4. Arkansas (No. 14 nationally)
Top Player- Bobby Portis, PF, Little Rock (Ark.) Hall
5. Missouri (No. 20 nationally)
Top Player- Johnathan Williams III, PF, Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind
6. Tennessee (No. 23 nationally)
Top Player- Robert Hubbs, SG, Newbern (Tenn.) Dyer County
7. South Carolina (No. 35 nationally)
Top Player- Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy
8. Alabama (No. 42 nationally)
Top Player- Jimmie Taylor, C, Greensboro (Ala.) East
9. Texas A&M
Top Player- Tony Trocha, PF, Houston (Texas) St. Thomas
Top Player- Damian Jones, PF, Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville Magnet
Top Player- Juwan Parker, SG, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington
Top Player- Tahj Shamsid-Deen, PG, Decatur (Ga.) Columbia
13. Ole Miss
Top Player- Dwight Coleby, PF, Pinola (Miss.) The Piney Woods School
14. Mississippi State
Top Player- I.J. Ready, PG, Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview Magnet
Coach John Calipari continues his high level recruiting, bringing another top-ranked recruiting class to Kentucky. Twins Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison lead the class which also has five-stars Marcus Lee and James Young. And Calipari isn’t finished as he continues to pursue No. 1 ranked Andrew Wiggins, No. 2 ranked Julius Randle and No. 5 ranked Aaron Gordon…. 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…. LSU has both quality and quantity in its six-man recruiting class. Jarrell Martin is a five-star forward while Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman are four-star prospects…. A dynamic interior duo - five-star Bobby Portis and four-star Moses Kingsley – are headed to Arkansas…. Missouri landed a trio of four-star prospects, led by recent state champion Johnathan Williams III…. Tennessee has big hopes for five-star wing Robert Hubbbs…. 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- Marcus Lee (No. 4 nationally, signed with Kentucky)
Scouting Report- Lee is a top level shot blocker, rebounder and passer with a high ceiling.
Center- Dakari Johnson (No. 1 nationally, committed to Kentucky)
Scouting Report- Although still developing, Johnson has tremendous size and an impressive skill level for a center.
By the Numbers
45- The number of 2013 SEC recruits
11- The number of five-star SEC recruits
11- The number of four-star SEC recruits
20- The number of states represented by SEC recruits
7- The number of SEC recruits from Texas (state with the most SEC recruits)
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