November's early signing period is just a few months away. With seniors making official visits each weekend, the pool of available 2012 prospects continues to shrink as schools across the country look to bolster their recruiting classes. Because of that, it's time to update the team recruiting rankings for the senior class.
While the rankings have been updated, the team up top remains the same. As they've done for a while, Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers continue to keep a firm grip on the top spot in the rankings.
There haven't been any recent additions to the Hoosiers' class, but their stable of mostly local talent remains quite impressive. Leading the way are five-star talents Kevin Ferrell and Hanner Perea who are surrounded by a talented and capable group.
There hasn't been much change for the Hoosiers, but Providence roars into the rankings at No. 2 thanks to some impressive work from first-year head coach Ed Cooley and his staff. The Friars have landed a pair of national top 10 prospects, and what figures to be an instant impact backcourt in the Big East, in shooting guard Ricardo Ledo and point guard Kris Dunn.
Checking into the third spot is Arizona. Sean Miller and his staff continue to prove that they are formidable foes on the recruiting trail as evidenced by their ability to continue to draw five-star talent like power forward Brandon Ashley.
Thanks in large part to the rapid ascension of New Zealand-bred big man Steven Adams, Jamie Dixon and Pittsburgh enter the rankings in the No. 4 spot. Just as Pitt has packaged a steady, winning point guard like James Robinson with a potentially dominant big man, Baylor checks in at No. 5 by packaging top-five big man Isaiah Austin with the always steady and reliable L.J. Rose.
Looking at things from a conference standpoint, there are a total of seven conferences represented. While the landscape of conferences looks to be pretty unstable, the Big Ten (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue), ACC (North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia, Maryland) and Big East (Providence, Pitt, Villanova, St. John's) share honors for most teams in the top 20 with four each. The SEC (Florida, Mississippi State) and Big 12 (Baylor, Texas) are the other multi-program conferences while the Atlantic 10 (Xavier) and Mountain West (UNLV) each have one representative amongst the nation's top 20 early recruiting classes.
Indiana fans are ready for the recruiting success of Tom Crean to translate on the court, and this five-man class is expected to play a huge part in this potential turnaround. Every position is covered in this class with five-star prospects Hanner Perea and Kevin Ferrell leading the way.
New head coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash at Providence. He has the top backcourt in the country committed with Dunn and Ledo, and Fortune is one of the top shooters in the 2012 class.
Sean Miller has found success on the court and in recruiting at Arizona. He has a trio of top 50 prospects committed with five-star power forward Brandon Ashley, athletic scorer Gabe York and versatile forward Grant Jarrett.
Ridley, who has a lot of size and a lot of game, is a post player who can anchor the attack on both ends. He also has a heady point guard in Felix who can get him the ball and keep the defense honest with his shooting ability.
John Beilein has a couple talented four-star wings in the recruiting fold. Robinson, III, the son of The Big Dog, has blossomed this summer into a terrific prospect. Stauskas is a versatile shooting guard with nice size for his position.
Florida State is looking forward to adding the scoring abilities of reclassified four-star shooting guard Aaron Thomas. Brandon, a four-star perimeter players, is a versatile playmaker. And point guard Devon Bookert rounds out the class.
Speedy point guard Dominic Artis was one of the high risers in the rankings during the summer circuit. Adams is one of the toughest perimeter players to defend in the 2012 class when he gets hot from the outside.
Four-star post player Shaquille Cleare is a physical presence who should have a significant impact on the ACC. Layman is a talented combo forward with a smooth shooting stroke and upside. Allen, a shooting guard, rounds out the class.
Simpson provides the size for Matt Painter's class. Davis is a terrific shooter with a solid all-around game as a shooting guard. And Johnson is a steady but quick point guard whose stock is on the rise.
New UNLV coach Dave Rice has three positions covered in his 2012 recruiting class. Reinhardt, the highest ranked of the three, is versatile perimeter scorer. Morant is an athletic defender and rebounder. Cook is a steady playmaker at the point of attack.