College Basketball Recruiting: Why the Class of 2013 Could Be More Newsworthy

Jimmy KelleyCorrespondent IApril 29, 2012

Jabari Parker was the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year despite being just a junior. (Photo: M. Spencer Green/Associated Press)
Jabari Parker was the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year despite being just a junior. (Photo: M. Spencer Green/Associated Press)

The class of 2012 has been one of the most talked-about recruiting classes in the history of the sport. Since the NBA changed its draft eligibility rules in 2006 (outlawing high school to NBA jumps), the recruiting process of these players has become something everyone keeps a close eye on.

Kentucky has taken some of the fun out of the process, routinely picking up several top 20 players en route to a top class, but even when the Wildcats are not involved, things can get a little out of hand. The 2012 season gave us three "The Decision"-like moments with Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker all picking their schools either on national television or in a ridiculous press conference.

Before these circuses even entered the planning stage, Noel threw the entire college basketball world into a spin cycle by "reclassifying" and making himself a member of this class. He went from being the No. 2 player in the class of 2013 to the No. 1 player in the class of 2012.

So what about this class of 2013?

This class can be summed up best with five players, all of whom are uncommitted at the moment. Jabari Parker (Simeon/Chicago, Ill.), Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian/Dallas, Texas), Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty/San Jose, Calif.), Andrew Harrison (Travis HS/Houston, Texas) and Aaron Harrison (Travis HS/Houson, Texas).

Parker won the 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year award despite being just a junior and is considering every major program in the country. Kentucky, Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State are joined by local favorites Northwestern, DePaul and Illinois.

While he could end up at any of the major programs, a commitment to Northwestern or Illinois is not outside the realm of possibility. Should he pick a local school, he would shake up the country.

Randle is simply a mammoth of a man. At 6'9" and 225 pounds, he is a matchup nightmare on the basketball court. While it is hard to see the Dallas native getting out of Big 12 country, don't be surprised if he gives us one of those last-minute commitments that have us guessing like Noel and Muhammad did.

Gordon has been compared by some to Blake Griffin and is one of the mix tape community's darlings. He is an elite athlete and dunks everything. He is a bit undersized for the power forward position at 6'7" and 210 pounds, but if he rounds out his game, he could have us all forgetting what Muhammad did this spring. He's that electric.

Which brings us to the Harrison twins.

Somewhere, the basketball gods are smiling on Houston, Texas because it is impossible to imagine a better combination of talent coming out of the same household. Andrew and Aaron Harrison are both 6'5" and have taken up each guard position and owned them.

Andrew is the No. 1 point guard, Aaron is the No. 1 shooting guard. In addition to their identical looks, they have identical lists: Kentucky, Maryland, Villanova and Baylor.

The last set of twins to create this much buzz was David and Travis Wear from Mater Dei. They ranked No. 36 and 37, respectively, in the class of 2009 before they picked North Carolina.

If the Harrison twins follow suit and choose the same school, it would likely lead to a media firestorm of apocalyptic proportions...especially if they choose Kentucky.

The class of 2013 has a lot to live up to from a media standpoint, but it appears as though they have the firepower to become the most talked-about class in recent memory.