9 - Teams ranked in the top 30 nationally 26 - Rivals150 prospects coming to the SEC 8 - Five-star prospects coming to the SEC 14 - Four-star prospects coming to the SEC 4 - Three-star ranked prospects coming to the SEC 13 - Number of states represented by Rivals150 SEC recruits 4 - Recruits from both Georgia and Mississippi coming to the SEC, the most of any state
Top 10 prospect Anthony Davis exploded onto the national scene during the spring of his junior year. Immediately Ohio State and Syracuse made strong recruiting in-roads in their pursuit of the talented forward out of Chicago. But when the summer evaluation period came around in July, Kentucky coach John Calipari with his assistants in tow were at practically every game Davis played. The sudden and intense recruiting effort paid off in August when Davis committed to Kentucky. Insinuations and rumors of recruiting violations were reported by the Chicago press, but nothing was proven and Davis stuck with the Wildcats.
Top 10 classes
The string of No. 1-ranked recruiting classes at Kentucky under John Calipari continued in 2011. All four of Kentucky's recruits are five-star prospects, and three of those prospects rank in the top 10 in the country.
Arkansas secured a dynamic backcourt combination in five-star prospect B.J. Young and four-star prospect Ky Madden. Three other ranked prospects make it a five-man class that is ranked No. 5 nationally.
Of the 26 ranked prospects headed to the SEC, 17 are backcourt prospects. Four of the top 10 point guards in the country will play in the SEC next year. Three of the top 10 shooting guards in the country will join them in the SEC. And two of the top 10 small forwards signed with schools in the SEC.