While the commitments continue to fly fast and furious, it's been a relatively quiet week when it comes to members of the Rivals150.
Because of that, there's not been a lot of movement since Kentucky reclaimed its usual spot atop the rankings a week ago.
The only real movement within the top 30 comes courtesy of Missouri and Baylor making their way into the top 30.
Frank Haith's Tigers make the biggest entrance checking in at No. 14. Mizzou already had a pair of Rivals150 point guards committed in Wesley Clark and Travis Jorgenson but they added on a pair of Rivals150 big men late last week.
Four-star Johnathan Williams III is a versatile power forward with length who is a ball-handling and slashing four capable of making plays via the dribble. While Williams handles, Arizona native Torren Jones is a physical grinder who plays with high effort and does much of the dirty work around the rim.
Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears make their debut in the top 30 at No. 29. Late last week, the Bears scored with Kansas City native Ishmail Wainright, a top-50 wing who is finishing his high school career in the D.C. area. Wainright defends multiple positions, is able to play much bigger than his 6-foot-5 size thanks to a 7-foot-3 wingspan and brings a dose of physicality to the Bears.
He joins developing four-star Johnathan Motley. The Bears standing could be changing very soon, though. Top-50 big man Dominic Woodson should have a decision within the next week and he's down to Baylor and N.C. State (currently No. 13). Whichever program scores the power scorer will make a jump.
In addition to Woodson, only 29 other members of the 2013 Rivals150 remain undecided and it's likely that each of their decisions has an impact on the final team rankings.
From a conference standpoint, the SEC is looking dominant and now has command of seven of the top 30 spots thanks to Mizzou's entrance. The ACC and Big Ten each have five schools in the top 30, while the Big East and Big 12 each have four and the Pac-12 has three. The Mountain West and West Coast Conference are each represented by one program.
For the fifth year in a row, John Calipari and the Wildcats sit
at the head of the class when it comes to recruiting. In the span of a
week, Calipari landed commitments from a set of top-five ranked twins in
the Harrison brothers and then backed it up with a commitment from a top-10 wing in Young and top-15 PF in Lee. The Harrisons and Young are interchangeable parts in the backcourt
and give them lots of options, while Lee and Willis bulk up the frontcourt.
Head coach Billy Donovan and his staff are off to one heck of a
start in the class of 2013. The Gators shut down the state borders to
lock up a five-star point guard in Hill and a five-star big man in
Walker. Walker and Hill also provide the athleticism and have plenty of
experience playing together in the summer.
Bill Self and the Jayhawks have really solidified their
perimeter rotation with the additions of Selden and Mason. Selden is a
big and physical guard who is perfect for all of the ball screen action
run by the Jayhawks while Mason is a hard charging guard with lots of
toughness. Greene is a tall shooter with length who stretches defenses
while Frankamp is another long range bomber who is also quite capable
off the drible.
The addition of the slashing, high scoring Iverson to this group really
gives the Tigers some firepower on the wing and perimeter. King is a
strong wing who can play some on the interior if the Tigers want to play
small. Crawford is a big time athlete and defender who was just starting
to blossom as a scorer before a knee injury took him down and Powell is
a quick floor general who can score.
Thanks to a big-time junior college player and another solid high school big
man, Rick Pitino and the Cardinals staff have put together one heck
of a class. Point guard Chris Jones is arguably the best junior college
player in the country and will warrant five-star consideration. Akoy Agau is
a big man with skill and they join four-star shooting guard Anton Gill and
2012 holdover Terry Rozier to make a nice class.
The Blue Devils should be feeling pretty good about the wing help
they've secured. Both shooting guard Matt Jones and small forward Semi
Ojeleye are active scorers and both will be in contention for McDonald's
The city of Milwaukee has been producing more and more talent of late
and Buzz Williams and his staff look to be building a fence
around the city. Wilson is an attacking guard who is built to score
while Burton is a big time athlete with strength who rebounds and
competes. In McKay, Marquette has a high volume rebounder and one of the
premier junior college players in the country.
The Wolverines continue to load up their roster with high level talent.
Irvin's game has taken a huge leap over the last year and he's a
versatile wing with terrific size. Walton is one of the toughest
playmakers in the country and Donnal gives them a big man with skill and
a body to build on.
Those who saw Portis a few years ago can't have expected he would
blossom like this. The high energy big man has made a steady climb up
the rankings since committing to Mike Anderson and his
combination of size, skill and relentless pursuit of the ball should
allow him to be an impact player. Moses Kingsley gives the Hogs a
tireless rebounder and defender to pair with Portis.
John Groce and his staff are off to a good start during their
first year in Champaign. Hill is an in-state product with good size for
a two guard and a nicely developed mid-range game and jump shot. Morgan
is a good athlete with a strong frame and will be capable of playing
either the four or the five in the Big Ten. The Illini made an
impressive charge to land a key Chicago recruit in Nunn.
It wasn't easy, but the Irish were able to get the highly regarded
Jackson to stay home and run the show. Jackson is a true leader at the
point and will love to get the ball to excellent wing shooters like
Beachem and Vasturia. Torres is a bit of a wild card and a local who has
As usual, Roy Williams and his staff are doing well on the
recruiting trail. Hicks is a long and athletic local with huge upside
who is really just starting to gain experience and will benefit greatly
from college coaching. Since busting onto the scene, Britt has been in a
funk but if the point guard gets his mojo back this class get much
Mark Gottfried and the Pack are proving that 2012's recruiting
efforts were no fluke. They made up major ground to get in late and land
the super quick Barber at the point. A native of Minnesota, Washington
is a steadily improving big man with a nice frame to build on.
During the 2011-12 season, Frank Haith and the Tigers benefited greatly from being able to play two talented point guards. They look to be following that blueprint with their early 2013 efforts. Clark is more of a scorer who can attack the rim while Jorgenson is a clever setup man. They pair the floor generals with a ball handling/slashing four in Williams and a physical grinder in Jones.
Thanks to their 2013 efforts, the Bruins won't lack for scorers at the
shooting guard position. Zach LaVine is a slender, explosively athletic
slasher who can also play some at the point. Al Freeman is a mid-range
scorer with a Pac-12 ready body.
The Running Rebels continue to add players that will allow them to play a
high octane style of ball out in Vegas. Wood is a long and thin four man
who can really stretch defenses with his shooting or finish athletically
around the rim. Kendrick had some troubles at both Memphis and Ole Miss
before landing in a junior college. But, the wing is extremely talented
The Bears are doing what they can to keep a hold on some top level local
talent. Jabari Bird is a five-star wing scorer whose father played at
Cal. Jordan Mathews is a four-star who can score off the dribble and is
the son of an UCLA assistant.
After some early grousing, fans in Baton Rouge have to be excited about
their new coaching staff's recruiting so far. Mickey is a combo forward
with a great motor and athleticism while the multi-positional Quarterman
is one of the nation's more versatile players. The junior college
transfers, Odoh and Deng, should add size and athleticism to the
On the heels of 2012's monster class, Tom Crean and his staff
have already put together a pretty good group. Robinson is a playmaker
off the dribble who can defend while Fischer is a big body that will be
bulked up into a Big Ten banger. Davis is a high energy combo-forward
who rebonds and defends while Hartman is an excellent spot up jump
Things started to move for Leonard Hamilton and the 'Noles as
they landed a pair of highly regarded recruits on the same weekend in
October. A native Candadian whose father played at FSU, Rathan-Mayes is
a high level scorer. Smith is a long limbed, slender big man who has
loads of potential if he can get more consistent.
When it comes to shooters, Thomas just may be the best in the entire
country. The Wisconsin native's jumper is a thing of beauty. A tough kid
from Michigan, Morris is a combo guard with leadership ability. In
addition to those two, the junior college teammates Hogue and Armardi
add experience. Hogue is an athletic wing scorer while Armardi brings
size and rebounding.
The son of former Boilkermaker Everette Stephens, shooting guard Kendall
Stephens can really rip the nets from deep and is blessed with size and
length. Scott is a hard nosed kid who can score, defends and can play
some at the one or two. Smotherman has matured physically and is coming
on as an athlete that can board and play a little inside and out..
The Buckeyes have landed a pair of guys who can shoot the ball in combo
forward Marc Loving and shooting guard Kameron Williams. Loving has to
get stronger but has upside while Williams is one of the best shooters
in the class.
Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide have gone big with their
first two commitments in 2013. With more focus and some physical
maturity, Taylor has the tools to climb much further up the rankings.
Hale is a four man who can face the basket a bit and he's become a more
A rugged big man, Mike really burst onto the scene during the summer
after sitting out his junior season due to transfer rules. His high
school teammate Emery is a highly confident gunslinger from deep who
plays with swagger. Hartsock and Shaw add quality depth to the post
The Washington D.C. area has been really good to 'Nova in the class of
2013. Jenkins is a rugged and skilled combo forward who causes matchup
problems. Hart is a grinder wing who does a little bit of everything and
plays very good defense.
Similar to Louisville, the Mountaineers class gets a boost from a guy not
qualifying in 2012. A native of Ohio, Macon is a big man who has a Big
12 body and plays with a great deal of physicality. Watkins is a thin
big man who can block shots and has a little scoring pop while Adrian is
a local product who should develop into a solid contributor during his
time in Morgantown.
It's no surprise to see the Bears making more noise on the recruiting trail. Wainright is one of the most physical players in the country and a true glue guy who does a little bit of everything. Motley is a thin and developing four man who can run the floor and shoot the ball with range.
Cuonzo Martin and the Volunteers have made a major score with
five-star shooting guard Robert Hubbs. Hubbs should be an impact player
at the two while Travon Landry is a true pass-first point guard and
combo-forward A.J. Davis has length and some faceup ability.