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October 11, 2010

Two Pac-10 teams new to team rankings

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The Pac-10 reeled in a couple high-profile recruits the past two weeks, pushing both Oregon and Washington into the national team recruiting rankings.

Oregon checks in at No. 15 behind the strength of the Jabari Brown commitment. Washington is right behind Oregon at No. 16 after landing local star Anthony Wroten.

Virginia Tech moves back into the top 20 at No. 13 after landing a commitment from four-star forward Dorian Finney-Smith.

There was also movement within the rankings.

No. 1 ranked prospect Austin Rivers propels Duke to the No. 2 spot behind Kentucky. The commitments of Ky Madden and Devonta Abron push Arkansas to No. 4. Texas added Jonathan Holmes and is ranked No. 7. And No. 14-ranked Alabama added one of the top JUCO post players in Moussa Gueye.

The SEC has six teams in the top 20, including Kentucky at No. 1. The Big East follows with four teams. The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-10 have three teams each. And the Big 12 has one representative in Texas.

2011 Team Rankings
1. Kentucky
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Marquis Teague (2)
SF Mike Gilchrist (3)
PF Anthony Davis (6)
PF Kyle Wiltjer (25)
John Calipari is at it again with his third consecutive No. 1 recruiting class at Kentucky. Teague, a dynamic point guard, and Gilchrist, a versatile small forward, are the top prospects at their position. Power forwards Davis and Wiltjer are both multi-talented post players and inside/outside threats.
2. Duke
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Austin Rivers (1)
SF Michael Gbinije (31)
C Tyler Adams (54)
C Marshall Plumlee (82)
The top prospect in the country Austin Rivers pushes Duke to the No. 2 spot nationally and top spot in the ACC. Gbinije gives the reigning national champions a multidimensional wing player with a complete game. Four-star centers Adams and Plumlee will bolster the frontline with strength and athleticism respectively.
3. North Carolina
2011 commits (National rank)
PF James McAdoo (8)
SF P.J. Hairston (14)
Rival programs better have gotten their licks in last year because Roy Williams is adding more top-flight talent to an already deep roster. McAdoo is as quick as any power forward in the country and Hairston is a bruising scorer with deep range.
4. Arkansas
2011 commits (National rank)
PG B.J. Young (18)
PG Ky Madden (27)
PF Hunter Mickelson (98)
PF Devonta Abron (106)
PF Aaron Ross (147)
The pressure is on John Pelphrey and his staff to produce, and they are doing so on the recruiting trail. Young blew up over the spring and summer, and is among the nation's most explosive scorers. Madden is a versatile combo guard on the cusp of being a five-star. Mickelson is a swift big man from in-state and Ross is another local product who can score facing the hoop. Abron, another ranked power forward rounds out the class.
5. Syracuse
2011 commits (National rank)
C Rakeem Christmas (12)
PG Michael Carter-Williams (16)
SG Trevor Cooney
Syracuse has a second consecutive top 10 recruiting class. Christmas is one of the top shot-blockers in the 2011 class. A talented combo guard, Carter-Williams is loaded with upside. Rounding out Syracuse's class is Cooney, who will be expected to knock down shots from the wing.
6. Louisville
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Chane Behanan (23)
SF Wayne Blackshear (32)
C Zach Price (72)
SF Ryan Taylor (103)
SF Angel Nunez
With his off-the-court drama behind him, Rick Pitino can continue to focus on a potential blockbuster class. Behanan is a tough, physical scorer with offensive skill. Blackshear is a no-nonsense wing. Price and Taylor give the Cardinals added versatility inside and on the wing.
7. Texas
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Myck Kabongo (24)
SG Sheldon McClellan (52)
PF Jonathan Holmes (83)
SG Julien Lewis (96)
Texas lost the commitment of top 10 prospect DeAndre Daniels, but the Longhorns still retain a top five recruiting class. Kabongo, a speedy point guard, leads the class. McClellan and Lewis are both athletic wing prospects who know how to score. A four-star prospect, Holmes provides size to the class.
8. Arizona
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Josiah Turner (10)
SG Nick Johnson (40)
PF Sidiki Johnson (71)
Sean Miller is working hard to put Arizona back on top and he's got the best early class on the West Coast. Arizona native Nick Johnson is a highlight waiting to happen and Sidiki Johnson is a rugged rebounder who can score in the post. Top 10 prospect and the No. 2-ranked point guard Josiah Turner is the jewel of the three-man class.
9. Rutgers
2011 commits (National rank)
PF Kadeem Jack (33)
PG Jerome Seagears (99)
PG Myles Mack (119)
C Derrick Randall (139)
SG Mike Taylor
SG Malick Kone
Having put together the third-best class in the Big East to this point, new coach Mike Rice has made a statement. Jack is a fluid big with offensive punch. Seagears is a solid floor general. Mack and Taylor are local guards who specialize in scoring while Randall is a shot-blocker and rebounder. Kone is a three-star wing with scoring punch.
10. Michigan State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Branden Dawson (13)
SG Dwaun Anderson (89)
SG Brandan Kearney
PG Travis Trice
Tom Izzo continues to land high-level prospects who match his tough playing style. Dawson is a potential star on the wing while Anderson is an athletic in-state wing who has drawn some Shannon Brown comparisons. Three-stars Kearney and Trice give the Spartans a wing with size and versatility, and a sharp-shooting point guard.
11. Ohio State
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Sam Thompson (46)
SF LaQuinton Ross (53)
PG Shannon Scott (65)
Thompson is an athletic forward and Scott is one of the steadier point guards in the 2011 class. At Ohio State he can deliver the ball to a sharpshooter in Ross.
12. Illinois
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Mycheal Henry (36)
PG Tracy Abrams (50)
C Nnanna Egwu (93)
Bruce Weber and his staff continue to lock down local four-star talent. Henry is a wing with size and scoring punch, while Abrams is among the top floor generals in the country. Egwu needs work, but has size and blocks shots.
13. Virginia Tech
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Dorian Finney-Smith (37)
PF C.J. Barksdale (95)
SG Robert Brown (105)
PG Marquis Rankin
Seth Greenberg and his staff have landed a trio of four-star recruits. Finney-Smith should make an instant impact with his versatile and athletic game. Barksdale is a hard-working, if slightly undersized, big who cleans the glass. Brown is a perimeter scorer with size and bounce. Rankin is a speedy lead guard who showed much promise in the past.
14. Alabama
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Levi Randolph (29)
SG Rodney Cooper (117)
C Moussa Gueye
Anthony Grant has been known as a recruiter since his days as an assistant and he's still at it. Randolph is a versatile combo guard who may explode with maturity. Gueye is considered one of the top post players in the JUCO ranks. Cooper gives the Tide the deep threat they've needed.
15. Oregon
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Jabari Brown (22)
PG Brett Kingma (125)
PG Bruce Barron
C Austin Kuemper
Dana Altman has hit the ground running at Oregon. Beating Washington and others for five-star shooting guard Jabari Brown was a major recruiting coup. Kingma is a lights-out shooter while Barron is a talented playmaker. Kuemper brings interior toughness to the class.
16. Washington
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Anthony Wroten (30)
SG Hikeem Stewart (111)
PG Andrew Andrews
PF Jernard Jarreau
Washington secured an important commitment in top 30 local prospect Anthony Wroten. Backcourt prospects Stewart and Andrews are solid additions. Jarreau is a sleeper big man with intriguing potential.
17. Tennessee
2011 commits (National rank)
PG Chris Jones (39)
SG Kevin Ware (56)
Bruce Pearl and his staff locked up their perimeter priorities early. Jones, a Memphis native, is quick, competes and can score in bunches. Ware is an athletic wing capable of defending all three perimeter spots.
18. Georgia
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Kentavious Caldwell (11)
PF Tim Dixon
Mark Fox and his staff want to prove they can land top local talent and they've done it here. Caldwell is a lengthy jump-shooter with size and also dangerous off the dribble. Dixon is a three-star post player with potential.
19. Florida
2011 commits (National rank)
SG Bradley Beal (7)
Billy Donovan and the Gators lost Austin Rivers, but they got one heck of a substitute. Beal is arguably the most advanced offensively of any two-guard in the country.
20. St. John's
2011 commits (National rank)
SF Jakarr Sampson (44)
SF Maurice Harkless (45)
Steve Lavin has a couple top 50 forwards headed to St. John's. Both Sampson and Harkless are athletic, versatile forwards who can contribute in multiple ways.

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