February 13, 2012

Tar Heels top early 2013 team rankings

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The Big Ten is off to a fast start in its 2013 recruiting. The conference is represented by six teams in the top 15 of the Rivals.com 2013 National Team Recruiting Rankings. That is twice as many as any other conference. Michigan leads the way at No. 2, Purdue at No. 4, Illinois at No. 5, Indiana at No. 6 and Ohio State at No. 12.

The top spot nationally goes to North Carolina, who has two recruits ranked in the top 25 of the Rivals150. The only other ACC team in the rankings is Duke at No. 11.

The Big East and the SEC both have three teams each represented in the top 15.

Only Kansas represents the Big 12.

The Pac-12 doesn't have a representative in the rankings, and UNLV represents the Mountain West.

2013 Team Rankings
1. North Carolina
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Nate Britt (11)
PF Isaiah Hicks (22)
Britt should be a great fit at Carolina and will push the ball. Hicks is a long and active athlete who is developing his game.
2. Michigan
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Zakarie Irvin (54)
PG Derrick Walton (87)
PF Mark Donnal (124)
SG Austin Hatch
The Wolverines have already gotten themselves a nice class. Irvin is a scorer, Walton has quickness and makes plays while Donnal is a solid big man.
3. Kansas
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Brannen Greene (35)
PG Conner Frankamp (51)
Both of the Jayhawks' commitments have been putting up huge scoring numbers as juniors. Greene is a shooter with size while Frankamp is a skilled off-the-dribble scorer and shooter.
4. Purdue
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Kendall Stephens (47)
PG Bryson Scott (53)
SF Basil Smotherman
Scott is just the type of tough guard that Matt Painter covets and has had a big year. Stephens is a long shooter while Smotherman is finding his game.
5. Illinois
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Malcolm Hill (50)
PG Jalen James (76)
A four-star prospect, Hill is one of the better mid-range scorers in the class. James is a point guard with size who takes care of the ball.
6. Indiana
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Devin Davis (93)
SF Collin Hartman (97)
PF Luke Fischer (140)
After an outstanding effort in 2012, the Hoosiers are off to a good start in 2013. Davis is a versatile athlete, Hartman can play out of the high post and Fischer is an emerging big man.
7. Arkansas
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Bobby Portis (82)
PG Dederick Lee (98)
Reports out of Arkansas have been positive with regards to the development of Portis. Lee is a scorer.
8. Kentucky
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Derek Willis (23)
Originally committed to Purdue, Willis is one of the most skilled frontcourt scorers in the class of 2013.
9. Seton Hall
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Aquille Carr (26)
Perhaps the most entertaining player in high school basketball, Carr gives the Pirates some pop on the recruiting trail.
10. Florida
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Kasey Hill (27)
Hill is a creator off the dribble who gets to the rim and makes things happen for himself and others.
11. Duke
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Matt Jones (28)
The Duke program always has room for shooters and Jones is a 6-foot-4 wing with range.
12. Ohio State
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Marc Loving (33)
A lean combo forward, Loving is skilled as a face-up scorer.
13. Louisville
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Anton Gill (43)
Rick Pitino has a guy in Gill who can make some jumpers, will be good in the press and has athleticism to finish in traffic.
14. Marquette
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Deonte Burton (45)
After spending a year in prep school, the 6-foot-5 Burton is back in his hometown of Milwaukee. He's a bruising athlete.
15. UNLV
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Christian Wood (48)
The Rebels are looking to play an up-and-down style and Wood fits in. He's not yet strong, but he has skills on both ends to go with length and athleticism.

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