Sunday, August 8, 2010

Six-Pack Of The 2011 Top Recruiting Classes

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The 2011 recruiting class is far from over. But thus far, it has great talent that is emerging towards the College game better than any class I've seen in a while. You have Quincy Miller, Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, Michael Gilchrist and more. 

Some recruits are deciding to make their decision early, while some are still on the market being entertained by college coaches.

Nonetheless, there has been a substantial amount of recruits that have made verbal commitments to a program where each party benefits. The consensus No. 1 player is off the board and once Davis Jr. commits we could be looking a whole new list.

That is the same situation wit Austin Rivers and Duke. Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello could be Louisville bound; Cody Zeller could join his brother in North Carolina and a lot of other speculation. 

If one thing is for certain, College programs will bring in a lot of studs from the 2011 recruiting class.

The team that comes away with the best class this year will hands down, be able to contend right away. It's just too much talent and upside instilled within the class.

Here is CoHoops six-pack of the top recruiting classes--as of August 8, 2010.

Kentucky Wildcats - 2 verbal commitments
Despite the fearsome talent enlisted on the Wildcats roster this past season, Kentucky could only dance to the Elite Eight. This upcoming season, the Wildcats have reloaded and should create havoc.

After this season, the Wildcats should find themselves landing another top recruiting class with John Calipari at the helm. Calipari continues to accumulate the best talent year-end and year-out. 

Calipari received a verbal commitment from Marquis Teague, one of the most explosive guards in the country. Also, Calipari acquired another commitment from High School sensation Michael Gilchrist. Even with the growth of Davis Jr. Gilchrist is still the best in the class.

Davis Jr. is still in the mix of making his decision as well. Scouts and fans of the game want to steer him towards Kentucky. If that is true, the Wildcats have the best recruiting class, hands down.

Texas Longhorns - 4 verbal commitments
Rick Barnes meltdown mid-season contributed to the depleted point guard role. Avery Bradley expected to fill the void; however, he was unable to carry the team the way Rick Barnes envisioned.

After this season, Myck Kabongo, a future Longhorn thinks Corey Joseph's will stick around for more than one year. If that happens, the Texas backcourt will be set with Kabongo, Joseph and Julien Lewis.

With the 2011 recruiting class, the Longhorns strengthen the backcourt and help the frontcourt with 6-foot-8 DeAndre Daniels. The wing position still raises eye-brows unless they can keep Jordan Hamilton around four-years. Nonetheless, Sheldon McClellan can also be put out on the wing and still produce at high levels.

The 2011 class looks bright but the Longhorns will need to retain a few players to commend these top-rated recruits.

Duke Blue Devils - 3 verbal commitments
The Blue Devils biggest question headed into this season is frontcourt play. By next winter, those questions will be answered by Marshall Plumlee and Tyler Adams.

Plumlee is a great low post defender. He is very long, rebounds and can defend some of the better post players down low. Adams is a great low post option. He has a big physical body that he likes to throw around to create contact.

Michael Gbinije will be the x-factor of the 11' recruiting class. With Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith graduating, the Blue Devils will need require his scoring efforts off the wing. Gbinije should have no problem pitching in. He is one of the best scorers this class has to offer.

If Austin Rivers is still leaning towards Duke, they'll have one of the better classes in College Basketball.

Syracuse Orange - 3 verbal commitments
The Syracuse Orange always seems to lure in the best recruits in the class. In the 2010 recruiting class, the Orange acquired Fab Melo who is considered the best center in the class. In the 2011 class, things will not be different.

With the same recruiting approach, the Orange is poised to bring in another talented class as well.

The commitment of Rakeem Christmas yesterday spells mix-match potential for every Big East foe. His ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays in the post comes with shooting range, a transition game as well as defense.

Michael Carter-Williams and Trevor Cooney will add consistent scoring on the wing. Cooney's and Carter-Williams both show excellent shooting touch that will commend the Syracuse program well.

Villanova Wildcats - 4 Verbal commitments
Villanova has done its fair share of recruiting the top players in the nation. With Corey Stokes, Corey Fisher and Antonio Pena graduating after this season, the Wildcats will need all the contributions they can get. Tyrone Johnson will pose as the all-around guard that will continue the guard trend at 'Nova.

Achraf Yacounou looks to bring his physical play to the wing. Although, he needs to play in the backcourt before his career as a Wildcat is over.

Markus Kennedy is finally deciding to enroll with the Wildcats and will bring his physical 6-foot-9 270 pound frame with him.

Darrun Hillard edges out the recruiting class. His basketball state-of-mind relates to a point guard but his scoring ability off the wing is where he benefits the most. 

North Carolina Tar Heels - 2 verbal commitments
After a failed attempt to enroll at North Carolina early, James McAdoo will highlight the 2011 recruiting class. His rebounding and post skills will be beneficial to a depleted Tar Heel frontcourt. Not to mention, adding his size and ability to run the floor will be beneficial as well.

P.J. Hairston adds a deep range threat the Tar Heels need. Hairston, a three-point specialist will show to be well worth the scholarship. His ability to shoot from another area-code puts pressure on the opposing team. He is also equipped with a big physical NBA-ready body that will benefit when driving to the basket. 

Watch out for: Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, USC, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

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