After an eventful early signing period, Kansas State holds onto its No. 1 position in the 2007 team recruiting rankings. However, the Wildcats barely edged USC. The Trojans made a run from outside the top 25 to take the No. 2 spot in the rankings.
Four previously uncommitted prospects, including elite five-star prospects O.J. Mayo and Davon Jefferson, highlight the Trojans class.
Three other schools jumped into the top 25 after landing key prospects during the early signing period. North Carolina State, behind the commitment of four-star Tracy Smith, slid ahead of Michigan into the No. 19 spot.
When you sign the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country and combine him with the most explosive player to hit the travel team scene in quite a while, you have a combination that is hard to beat. Top-ranked prospect Michael Beasley and Bill Walker (rated No. 6) give coach Bob Huggins a truly dynamic duo. Add three solid three-star prospects, and you have a No. 1 class. All five prospects have an edgy competitiveness that should allow them to thrive under Huggins.
What an eventful early signing period for USC. The Trojans land two elite prospects in O.J. Mayo and Davon Jefferson. Joining these two five-star prospects are two physical small forwards - Leonard Washington and Marcus Simmons. Scoring guard Venoy Overton is expected to sign in the spring if he improves his academic standing.
Johnny Flynn (No.21) will take control of the ballhandling, which will free up Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris on the offensive end. Donte Green (No.13) will have an opportunity to play a Carmelo Anthony-type role. Certain to contribute, Rick Jackson (No. 98) and Antonio Jardine (No. 58) will also have a chance to work themselves into significant roles for the Orange this season.
A dynamic athlete, Jerryd Bayless (No. 10) is custom-made for Arizona's wide-open offensive attack. Jamelle Horne (No. 19) will be a perfect complement filling the lanes on the break with Chase Budinger, if Budinger is still around next season. Three-star prospects Laval Lucas-Perry and Zane Johnson can be top-of-the-line role players.
Still working on finding a big man (Patrick Patterson is their top target), the Gators have a five-star and three four-stars already in the fold. Teammates Nick Calathes (No. 11) and Chandler Parsons (No.30) bring skill and excellent basketball IQs to Gainesville. Alex Tyus and Adam Allen are forwards with size and athleticism.
Thad Matta continues his recruiting momentum by landing a five-star, two four-stars and a top of the line three-star. No. 12 ranked Kosta Koufos' European-style game will be a unique addition to the Buckeye lineup. Evan Turner is skilled on offense and defense at the forward spot. Sharpshooter Jon Diebler plays a heady game, while Dallas Lauderdale is a tough low-post defender. Signing Eric Wallace during the early period pushes Ohio State up a spot in the rankings.
Purdue hasn't seen a class like this in quite some time – if ever. Coach Matt Painter landed a quartet of four-star standouts. The versatile class also fills several needs. E'twaun Moore is a combo guard, JaJuan Johnson as an inside/outside post and Robbie Hummel and Scott Martin as multipurpose forwards.
Kyle Singler (No. 4) highlights this three-man class. Singler is the most complete and versatile player in the class, and will have two steady four-star players coming to Durham, N.C., with him. Nolan Smith is a steady ballhandler. Taylor King can shoot it from deep and also grind out a rebound. Pattrick Patterson still remains on the Blue Devils' wish list.
Eric Gordon, our No. 2 prospect in the nation, should put up big scoring numbers the second he steps onto the Assembly Hall court. Eli Holman is tough on the defensive end, and Brandon McGee can stretch the defense. Junior college commitment Jamarcus Ellis should contribute immediately. The Hoosiers also picked up talented combo guard Jordan Crawford in the final hours of the early signing period.
This is a three-man class made for coach Tom Izzo's transition game. Kalin Lucas does a superb job pushing the ball up the court. Chris Allen and Darrell Summers are the perfect set of wings to run along with him in East Lansing, Mich.
Memphis is hoping that Derrick Rose - the nation's No. 3 recruit - can have the type of impact that Carmelo Anthony had for Syracuse a few years ago. Rose appears to be headed to Memphis for one season before leaving for the NBA. Jeffrey Robinson's run-and-shoot game is custom-built for the Tigers' attack. Both four-star prospects in the class of 2008, the Morris twins announced their intentions of going to prep school next year, but the Tigers' coaching staff is trying to convince them to enroll as freshmen next season.
Darquavius Tucker (No. 22) and Nayal Koshwal (No.26) are the big catches in the Blue Demons' class. Both have a physically mature game along with a rapidly improving skill set. Matija Poscic and Mike Bizoukas round out the class.
A prototypical Big 12 player, Blake Griffin should immediately be the man inside for the Sooners. Wings Tony Neysmith, Chris Early and Cade Davis will have a shot at significantly contributing to the Sooner lineup.
The power forward position is certainly taken care of for the Longhorns in the 2007 class. All four-star players, Johnson is the best scorer around the basket. Chapman is the most skilled and Wangmene is the best rebounder.
A solid five-man class is headed to Blacksburg, Va. Jeff Allen and Malcolm Delaney both had superior moments on the travel team circuit. Dorenzo Hudson is a big-bodied wing who is built to score. Augustus Gilchrist is a forward with upside. Terrell Bell also has the ability to make plays.
Anthony Randolph (No. 16) is the jewel of this five-man recruiting class. Coach John Brady and company also reached into Canada to land sharpshooter DJ Wright. The Tigers went to the West Coast to land a sleeper in Garrett Green. Two top junior college players round out the class.
First year head coach Sidney Lowe made quite a splash beating Tennessee for five-star prospect J.J. Hickson. Lowe followed that up by landing four-star forward Tracy Smith, who is expected to sign during the late period.
Coach Tommy Amaker convinced a couple of Michigan's top prospects to stay at home and play in Ann Arbor. Four-star prospect Corperryale Harris has an instinct for making plays, and four-star prospect Alex Legion has the ability to get his shot whenever he wants.
Coach Lorenzo Romar has three prospects who fit in perfectly with Washington's high-powered attack. Four-star Matthew Bryan-Amaning runs the floor extremely well and is loaded with upside. Four-star Isaiah Thomas is an electric scorer from outside. Justin Holiday makes plays with his length and athleticism on both sides of the ball. Another long athlete, Darnell Gant, joined the fold during the early signing period.
Coach Herb Sendek is off to a solid start recruiting in the Pac-10. He has a future superstar in multitalented James Harden (No. 18), a solid floor general in Jamelle McMillan and a long forward with upside in Kraidon Woods. Little known Rihards Kuksiks of Latvia rounds out a solid class.
Georgetown didn't have to look far to find its backcourt of the future. Both local products, Austin Freeman (No. 9) is an elite shooting guard with a mature mid-range game. Chris Wright is a combo guard who can light it up from outside.
Oklahoma State was a big winner on the first day of the early signing period when four-star forward James Anderson chose the Cowboys over Kansas. The Cowboys also landed four-star post player Martavius Adams and potential four-star post player Ibrahima Thomas.
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