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April 24, 2012

Bruins move up in team rankings with Parker

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One of the highest rated prospects left on the board made his decision on Monday, and there is some shuffling among the nation's top-rated recruiting classes as a result.

Tony Parker, the nation's No. 27-ranked player, ended all the speculation by doing what most expected him to do during the closing weeks of his recruitment by picking Ben Howland and the UCLA Bruins.

Now that Parker is officially with the Bruins, the UCLA jumps from No. 3 over Arizona into the second spot on the updated 2012 team rankings list.

While Kentucky remains in the top spot, its lead is razor thin. The Wildcats' three five-star commits (Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin) all rank within the national top 14 and give them just enough to remain ahead of the UCLA class that gained a high four-star in Parker to go along with the nation's No. 1 (Shabazz Muhammad), No. 3 (Kyle Anderson) and No. 62 (Jordan Adams) ranked players in the country.

Making a move from just outside the national top 30 into the No. 25 spot are the Florida Gators. The commitment of in-state wing DeVon Walker gives them just enough to move up ahead of other teams in a tightly packed group at the end of the top 30. Also moving up is Texas A&M. The addition of three-star junior college power forward Andrew Young moves the Aggies from No. 29 to No.27.

From a conference standpoint, the ACC retains honors for most teams in the top 30 recruiting classes with six. The Big East and the Big Ten each have five teams included in the rankings while the Big 12 has three. The addition of Florida knocks Oregon out of the top 30 classes, leaving the Pac-12 with three teams and gives the SEC three teams as well. Conference USA and the SEC each land a pair of teams in the rankings while the A-10, Big West and Mountain West each have one team in the updated team rankings.

2012 Team Rankings
1. Kentucky
2012 commits (National rank)
C Nerlens Noel (2)
PF Alex Poythress (8)
SG Archie Goodwin (14)
C Willie Cauley (40)
With a class that is headlined by three five-star prospects, including the nation's No. 2-ranked player in Noel, John Calipari and the Wildcats lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class for the fourth year in a row. Noel, Poythress, Goodwin and Cauley form a group that is likely the most athletic recruiting class put together by any staff in the country and has just enough firepower to hold off hard-charging UCLA for the top spot.
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Shabazz Muhammad (1)
SF Kyle Anderson (3)
C Tony Parker (27)
SF Jordan Adams (62)
The Bruins have the highest rated incoming duo in the country with Muhammad and Anderson headed to Westwood. Muhammad is a big-time scorer while Anderson is a playmaker who can operate from several positions. The addition of Parker gives UCLA a high four-star big man who can rebound and score around the rim while Adams is a shot-maker from deep.
3. Arizona
2012 commits (National rank)
C Kaleb Tarczewski (9)
PF Grant Jerrett (15)
PF Brandon Ashley (23)
SG Gabe York (46)
C Matt Korcheck
Kentucky may have edged Arizona for the top recruiting class in the country, but Sean Miller and the Wildcats still have a class featuring a trio of five-star big men in Tarczewski, Jerrett and Ashley. Gabe York provides a wing scoring option capable of putting up points in a hurry while Korchek is a junior college transfer who can add depth and experience to a young front line.
4. North Carolina State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Rodney Purvis (12)
SF T.J. Warren (17)
PG Tyler Lewis (48)
The Pack scored a couple of major commitments when five-star prospects Purvis and Warren decided to stay home for school. Purvis is a physical, attacking combo guard who can score with the best of them. Warren is also a high scoring forward with a sweet shooting stroke. Lewis is as crafty as they come off the dribble and a fan favorite thanks to his flashy passing.
5. Indiana
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Kevin Ferrell (19)
SF Jeremy Hollowell (41)
PF Hanner Perea (43)
SG Ron Patterson (131)
C Peter Jurkin
Indiana is primed to build on the success of the 2011-2012 season, and this five-man class is expected to play a huge part in the future for Tom Crean's Hoosiers. Every position is covered in this class with five-star prospect Kevin Ferrell and high four-star Jeremy Hollowell leading the way.
6. Baylor
2012 commits (National rank)
C Isaiah Austin (4)
PF Ricardo Gathers (37)
PG L.J. Rose (74)
C Chad Rykhoek (145)
The star of Baylor's recruiting class is the versatile and talented 7-footer Austin. He has the perfect interior complement in Gathers who is an athletic and physical presence in the paint. Rose is a steady and solid point guard, and Rykhoek will provide depth to the frontcourt.
7. Michigan
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Glenn Robinson III (11)
C Mitch McGary (30)
SG Nick Stauskas (71)
PG Spike Albrecht
In Robinson III, John Beilein and his staff have a potential Big Ten star to provide instant help on the wing. McGary is a physical post player with skill around the rim and the ability to face up and score near the free throw line. Stauskas can bomb away from deep and Albrecht provides insurance at the point.
8. Providence
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Ricardo Ledo (6)
PG Kris Dunn (16)
SG Joshua Fortune
PG Ian Baker
New head coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash at Providence. He has arguably the top incoming backcourt in the country with Dunn and Ledo. Fortune is one of the top shooters in the 2012 class and Baker adds depth to the backcourt.
9. North Carolina
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Marcus Paige (34)
SF J.P. Tokoto (45)
PF Brice Johnson (49)
C Joel James (65)
Roy Williams and the Tar Heels have landed a solid foundation class. Paige will be expected to help out immediately with the departure of Kendall Marshall and Tokoto is a freakish athlete whose skills are starting to match his physical tools. Johnson is a smooth athletic and slender post player while James has the frame to develop into a bruising interior player.
10. Kansas
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Perry Ellis (24)
SF Andrew White (51)
SG Anrio Adams (98)
PF Zach Peters (137)
C Landen Lucas
Bill Self has put together a solid five-man class with the five-star four-time state champion and player of the year Ellis leading the charge. White, a four-star wing, is an excellent shooter while Adams is a physical, slashing, four-star combo guard. A pair of physical big men, Peters and Lucas, round out the class.
11. Texas
2012 commits (National rank)
C Cameron Ridley (29)
C Prince Ibeh (55)
PG Javan Felix (110)
PF Connor Lammert
SF Ioannis Papapetrou
SG DeMarcus Holland
Ridley, who has a lot of size and a lot of game, is a post player who can anchor the attack on both ends. Highly athletic, Ibeh is a great interior complement to Ridley. Lammert, a skilled four man, adds depth to the frontline. He also has a heady point guard in Felix who can get him the ball and keep the defense honest with his shooting ability. Papapetrou is a skilled wing and Holland adds perimeter pop to the class.
12. Pittsburgh
2012 commits (National rank)
C Steven Adams (5)
PG James Robinson (59)
SF Chris Jones
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 while Jones gives Jamie Dixon an extra option on the wing. Transfer Trey Zeigler doesn't count towards ranking the class but will be a big addition.
13. Michigan State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Gary Harris (25)
SG Denzel Valentine (81)
PF Matt Costello (83)
PF Kenny Kaminski (113)
Michigan State got its man in the five-star shooting guard Harris who was named Mr. Basketball in Indiana. 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.
14. Maryland
2012 commits (National rank)
C Shaquille Cleare (53)
PF Jake Layman (70)
PF Charles Mitchell (92)
SG Sam Cassell (146)
SG Seth Allen
C Damonte Dodd
Cleare and Mitchell, both four-star post players, provide a formidable inside duo. Layman, a shooter with length, has plenty of upside. Allen, a guard, and Dodd, a post player, are players who add depth and will be given time to develop. Cassell Jr. is a scorer who is now firm in his commitment to the Terps.
15. Houston
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Danuel House (20)
PF Chicken Knowles (54)
C Valentine Izundu
PG Brandon Morris
PG Tione Womack
Head coach James Dickey and his staff made a huge splash by convincing the two local stars to stay local. House is a long, athletic wing with deep range and huge upside. Knowles is a slender big with quickness and face-up skills while Izundu is a developing shot-blocker. The Cougars also landed a pair of JUCO guards in Morris and Womack to help with ball-handling duties.
16. Georgia Tech
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Robert Carter (33)
SF Marcus Hunt (95)
SG Chris Bolden (106)
PG Corey Heyward
The big catch for first-year Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory is Carter, who is an impressive low post scorer. Hunt and Bolden are both wings who can fill it up from outside while Heyward is a point guard with some quickness.
17. Virginia
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Anderson (35)
C Mike Tobey (76)
SF Evan Nolte (91)
PG Teven Jones
Tony Bennett has secured a trio of ranked 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. Three-star point guard Jones is the fourth recruit.
18. Syracuse
2012 commits (National rank)
C Dajuan Coleman (26)
PF Jerami Grant (64)
Coleman brings tremendous size to the interior of Syracuse's offense and zone defense. Grant is a rangy athlete with a solid skill set who can play both forward positions.
19. Xavier
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Semaj Christon (31)
SG Myles Davis (136)
PF Jalen Reynolds (111 in 2011)
PF James Farr
During his year at prep school, Christon proved to be among the nation's elite premier floor generals. Davis is an outstanding perimeter shooter while Reynolds rose to four-star status during his prep school year after finishing No. 111 in the final 2011 Rivals150. Farr is a four man with some face-up skills who will have time to develop.
20. Purdue
2012 commits (National rank)
C A.J. Hammons (77)
PG Ronnie Johnson (94)
SG Rapheal Davis (96)
PF Jay Simpson (112)
Matt Painter's class covers several areas of need and is filled with tough, physical players. Johnson can push tempo at the point and is a vocal leader while Hammons is a shot-blocking space eater on the interior. Davis is a slashing scorer while Simpson is a big body who has some face-up skill.
21. Notre Dame
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Cameron Biedscheid (28)
PF Zach Auguste (97)
PF Austin Burgett
Mike Brey has a couple four-star recruits in the fold with Biedscheid and Auguste. Biedscheid is a versatile perimeter player with length and a high skill level. Auguste is a mobile and skilled big man who is hitting his stride. A lengthy shooter, Burgett rounds out the class.
22. Villanova
2012 commits (National rank)
C Daniel Ochefu (42)
PG Ryan Arcidiacono (57)
Jay Wright and his staff continue to recruit at a high level. Ochefu, a four-star big man, is a force down low. His complement is fellow four-star Ryan Arcidiacono, who is a scoring point guard.
23. Memphis
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Shaquille Goodwin (44)
SF Damien Wilson (140)
SG Geron Johnson
Goodwin is a big man who has become more physical and can play some in an up-tempo system. A slashing lefty wing, Wilson thrives in transition as well. A junior college transfer, Johnson is a talented wing scorer with huge potential.
24. San Diego State
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Winston Shepard (21)
C Skylar Spencer (126)
SF Matt Shrigley
The Aztecs have a potential big-time impact player on the way in the highly versatile Shepard. A playmaker who can defend almost every position on the floor, he'll be backed up near the rim by a shot-blocking specialist in Spencer. Shrigley is a guy who can fill it up and just missed the final Rivals150.
25. Florida
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Braxton Ogbueze (78)
SG Michael Frazier (88)
SF DeVon Walker (142)
SG Dillon Graham
The Gators are still chasing five-star forward Anthony Bennett, but Billy Donovan now has a class with plenty of perimeter firepower. Ogbueze is an offensive-minded guard who can play the one or the two, Frazier is a physical wing with range while Walker is a big-time defender with athleticism and a developing game. Graham adds another shooter from deep.
26. Florida State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (56 in 2011)
SF Montay Brandon (60)
PG Devon Bookert
PF Robert Gilchrist
Florida State is looking forward to adding the scoring abilities of reclassified four-star shooting guard Aaron Thomas. Brandon, a four-star perimeter player, is a versatile playmaker. Point guard Bookert and power forward Gilchrist round out the class.
27. Texas A&M
2012 commits (National rank)
PG J-Mychal Reese (68)
SG Alex Caruso (84)
PG Fabyon Harris
SG Shawn Smith
PF Andrew Young
With Reese and Caruso, A&M adds a scoring combo guard and a smooth two who have significant ties to the school. Reese's father, John, is now an assistant coach and Caruso's father, Mike, is an associate athletic director at A&M. Harris is one of the top junior college guards in the country while Smith adds athleticism. JUCO big man Andrew Young gives the Aggies a shot of toughness and athleticism on the interior.
28. Iowa
2012 commits (National rank)
C Adam Woodbury (50)
PG Mike Gesell (100)
PG Anthony Clemmons
SG Patrick Ingram
PF Kyle Meyer
Hawkeye fans will likely fall in love with this class quickly. Woodbury is a competitor in the lane who combines tremendous size and skill while Gesell is a playmaker who can score. They are surrounded by a solid cast of three-star prospects who each fill a role.
29. Colorado
2012 commits (National rank)
C Josh Scott (61)
SF Xavier Johnson (75)
PF Wesley Gordon
SF Chris Jenkins
PG Eli Stalzer
PG Xavier Talton
Tad Boyle and the Buffaloes landed a pair of top 100 players in Scott and Johnson. Scott is an improving homegrown big man while Johnson is a wing who can play on the interior if needed. A solid supporting cast of three-stars is led by another Colorado-grown big man in Gordon.
30. UNLV
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Katin Reinhardt (38)
C Demetris Morant (144)
PG DaQuan Cook
With a tournament appearance in 2012, Dave Rice has helped bring some excitement back to Vegas. A four-star prospect who has a flashy style of play and a penchant for bombing away from deep, Reinhardt fits in well with a high-octane style. Morant is raw offensively but a big-time athlete with potential while Cook is a high-scoring floor general.

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