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September 7, 2011

Hoosiers hold at No. 1 in team recruiting rankings

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November's early signing period is just a few months away. With seniors making official visits each weekend, the pool of available 2012 prospects continues to shrink as schools across the country look to bolster their recruiting classes. Because of that, it's time to update the team recruiting rankings for the senior class.

While the rankings have been updated, the team up top remains the same. As they've done for a while, Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers continue to keep a firm grip on the top spot in the rankings.

There haven't been any recent additions to the Hoosiers' class, but their stable of mostly local talent remains quite impressive. Leading the way are five-star talents Kevin Ferrell and Hanner Perea who are surrounded by a talented and capable group.

There hasn't been much change for the Hoosiers, but Providence roars into the rankings at No. 2 thanks to some impressive work from first-year head coach Ed Cooley and his staff. The Friars have landed a pair of national top 10 prospects, and what figures to be an instant impact backcourt in the Big East, in shooting guard Ricardo Ledo and point guard Kris Dunn.

Checking into the third spot is Arizona. Sean Miller and his staff continue to prove that they are formidable foes on the recruiting trail as evidenced by their ability to continue to draw five-star talent like power forward Brandon Ashley.

Thanks in large part to the rapid ascension of New Zealand-bred big man Steven Adams, Jamie Dixon and Pittsburgh enter the rankings in the No. 4 spot. Just as Pitt has packaged a steady, winning point guard like James Robinson with a potentially dominant big man, Baylor checks in at No. 5 by packaging top-five big man Isaiah Austin with the always steady and reliable L.J. Rose.

Looking at things from a conference standpoint, there are a total of seven conferences represented. While the landscape of conferences looks to be pretty unstable, the Big Ten (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue), ACC (North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia, Maryland) and Big East (Providence, Pitt, Villanova, St. John's) share honors for most teams in the top 20 with four each. The SEC (Florida, Mississippi State) and Big 12 (Baylor, Texas) are the other multi-program conferences while the Atlantic 10 (Xavier) and Mountain West (UNLV) each have one representative amongst the nation's top 20 early recruiting classes.

2012 Team Rankings
1. Indiana
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Hanner Perea (16)
PG Kevin Ferrell (17)
SF Jeremy Hollowell (48)
SG Ron Patterson (131)
C Peter Jurkin
Indiana fans are ready for the recruiting success of Tom Crean to translate on the court, and this five-man class is expected to play a huge part in this potential turnaround. Every position is covered in this class with five-star prospects Hanner Perea and Kevin Ferrell leading the way.
2. Providence
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Ricardo Ledo (8)
PG Kris Dunn (10)
SG Joshua Fortune
New head coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash at Providence. He has the top backcourt in the country committed with Dunn and Ledo, and Fortune is one of the top shooters in the 2012 class.
3. Arizona
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Brandon Ashley (13)
SG Gabe York (31)
PF Grant Jerrett (50)
Sean Miller has found success on the court and in recruiting at Arizona. He has a trio of top 50 prospects committed with five-star power forward Brandon Ashley, athletic scorer Gabe York and versatile forward Grant Jarrett.
4. Pittsburgh
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Steven Adams (4)
PG James Robinson (58)
New Zealand power forward Steven Adams is so talented Pittsburgh might only get to enjoy him for a year. Robinson is one of the toughest and craftiest point guards in the 2012 class.
5. Baylor
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Isaiah Austin (5)
PG L.J. Rose (95)
The star of Baylor's recruiting class is versatile and talented 7-footer Isaiah Austin. He is complimented on the outside by steady point guard L.J. Rose.
6. Villanova
2012 commits (National rank)
C Daniel Ochefu (29)
PG Ryan Arcidiacono (64)
Jay Wright and his staff continue to recruit at a high level. Ochefu, a four-star big man, is a force down low. His compliment is fellow four-star Ryan Arcidiacono, who is a scoring point guard.
7. Texas
2012 commits (National rank)
C Cameron Ridley (21)
PG Javan Felix (92)
Ridley, who has a lot of size and a lot of game, is a post player who can anchor the attack on both ends. He also has a heady point guard in Felix who can get him the ball and keep the defense honest with his shooting ability.
8. Michigan
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Glenn Robinson III (34)
SG Nick Stauskas (79)
John Beilein has a couple talented four-star wings in the recruiting fold. Robinson, III, the son of The Big Dog, has blossomed this summer into a terrific prospect. Stauskas is a versatile shooting guard with nice size for his position.
9. North Carolina
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Marcus Paige (41)
SF J.P. Tokoto (68)
Roy Williams has secured a pair of talented backcourt prospects. Tokoto is a high-flying athlete who thrives in an open-court game. Paige is a heady point guard with a solid all around game.
10. Michigan State
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Denzel Valentine (80)
PF Matt Costello (82)
PF Kenny Kaminski (84)
Tom Izzo has a trio of skilled forwards at his disposal in his 2012 recruiting class. Costello and Kaminski have size and great shooting strokes. Valentine is small forward with a versatile game.
11. Florida State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (56)
PG Montay Brandon (59)
PG Devon Bookert
Florida State is looking forward to adding the scoring abilities of reclassified four-star shooting guard Aaron Thomas. Brandon, a four-star perimeter players, is a versatile playmaker. And point guard Devon Bookert rounds out the class.
12. UCLA
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Dominic Artis (52)
SF Jordan Adams (74)
Speedy point guard Dominic Artis was one of the high risers in the rankings during the summer circuit. Adams is one of the toughest perimeter players to defend in the 2012 class when he gets hot from the outside.
13. Florida
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Braxton Ogbueze (62)
SG Michael Frazier (87)
Continuing the back court theme, Billy Donovan also has secured a quality point guard and wing scorer. Ogbueze has a balanced skill package at the point, and Frazier is known for scoring points.
14. Virginia
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Anderson (35)
C Mike Tobey (109)
SF Evan Nolte (120)
Tony Bennett has secured a trio of recruits with diverse games. Anderson is a big-time wing athlete. Tobey is a skilled post player with face-up game. And Nolte is a deadly outside shooter.
15. St. John's
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Ricardo Gathers (37)
SF Darrick Wood (104)
Four-star forward Ricardo Gathers is a physically imposing double-double machine while Wood is a terrific wing scorer.
16. Xavier
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Semaj Christon (72)
PF Jalen Reynolds (111)
SG Myles Davis (140)
PF James Farr
Christon emerged out of relative obscurity this summer to become a four-star prospect. Reynolds and Farr are versatile forwards, and Davis is a deadly scorer from the outside.
17. Maryland
2012 commits (National rank)
C Shaquille Cleare (44)
SF Jake Layman (110)
SG Seth Allen
Four-star post player Shaquille Cleare is a physical presence who should have a significant impact on the ACC. Layman is a talented combo forward with a smooth shooting stroke and upside. Allen, a shooting guard, rounds out the class.
18. Mississippi State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Craig Sword (88)
C Gavin Ware (99)
PG Josh Gray
SG Fred Thomas
Rick Stansbury took advantage of the talent in Mississippi to secure a four-man class. Four-star shooting guard Craig Sword and four-star post player Gavin Ware lead the class.
19. Purdue
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Ronnie Johnson (91)
PF Jay Simpson (101)
SG Rapheal Davis (106)
Simpson provides the size for Matt Painter's class. Davis is a terrific shooter with a solid all-around game as a shooting guard. And Johnson is a steady but quick point guard whose stock is on the rise.
20. UNLV
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Katin Reinhardt (45)
PF Demetris Morant (150)
PG DaQuan Cook
New UNLV coach Dave Rice has three positions covered in his 2012 recruiting class. Reinhardt, the highest ranked of the three, is versatile perimeter scorer. Morant is an athletic defender and rebounder. Cook is a steady playmaker at the point of attack.

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