College Basketball Recruiting: Re-Ranking the Top 10 2013 Recruit Classes
Even though it's only been weeks since my last ranking of the 2013 college basketball recruiting classes, it's already time for an update.
This early-July update comes on the heels of a flurry of recruiting moves that have shaken up the rankings.
This is the second of my monthly updates of the best recruiting classes in college basketball for the Class of 2013. Follow along to see how things change and which schools will be bringing in major hauls for the 2013-14 season.
10. Arkansas Razorbacks
Top Recruit: PF Bobby Portis
Previous Ranking: Unranked
By grabbing the No. 10 spot in this month's ranking, the Arkansas Razorbacks knock off BYU, who has four recruits, one of whom in is the Top 100.
However, while this class only has one player, that one player is PF Bobby Portis, whose abilities inside and out make him the No. 12 prospect in the country, according to ESPN.
Portis should be a star in a few years, and this commitment could lead to a big class for Arkansas. While there is only one recruit to speak of as of now, that could all change in a few months.
9. Florida Gators
Top Recruit: PG Kasey Hill
Previous Ranking: 9
Just like Arkansas of the previous slide, Florida only has one recruit.
PG Kasey Hill is a star, and he is guaranteed to continue the recent trend of excellent guard play for the Gators.
He is the No. 6 player in the country according to ESPN, although I would argue that he could be No. 5 behind Jabari Parker, the Harrison twins and Julius Randle.
Hill is an electric player who has an NBA future ahead of him as one of the top picks when he comes out of college.
This kid is a stud.
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Top Recruit: SF V.J. Beachem
Previous Ranking: 8
Notre Dame only has one recruit ranked in the ESPNU Top 100 but could easily have two. SF V.J. Beachem is ranked No. 66 and is a very talented player, while SG Steve Vasturia should be in the Top 100 in the next few months.
By bringing in athletes and scorers, this class gives the Irish a good combination of players. These two will work well together in a few years and could become an intimidating combo.
With a good point guard and floor general to spread out the attack, these two can help Notre Dame stay nationally ranked.
7. Alabama Crimson Tide
Top Recruit: C Jimmie Taylor
Previous Ranking: 6
Focusing on rebuilding the frontcourt, Alabama brings in two big men in the Class of 2013.
With JaMychal Green gone and no suitable replacement in the Class of 2012, the Crimson Tide will be without a great center until the 2013-14 season.
However, when the season rolls around, the team will gain C Jimmie Taylor (No. 48) and PF Shannon Hale (No. 100).
These two can be big inside. Taylor stands at 6'10" and Hale at 6'8", but both are still growing and could be even taller by the time they come to Tuscaloosa. Look for them to be great inside together.
6. Indiana Hoosiers
Top Recruit: SG Stanford Robinson
Previous Ranking: 5
Tom Crean has become a master recruiter, building up one of the most depleted teams in college basketball history to take his team to the consensus preseason No. 1 in just five years.
From 2011 through 2013 (so far), he has brought in 12 recruits. While he probably isn't done in the Class of 2013, Crean already has four recruits and could easily add on to that total.
SG Stanford Robinson and PF Luke Fischer are both top-100 recruits, but SF Collin Hartman and SF Devin Davis are not much worse.
These four can provide a core to learn under Crean.
5. Purdue Boilermakers
Top Recruit: SG Kendall Stephens
Previous Ranking: 7
The Class of 2013 adds to the depth of shooting guard, bringing in two top-100 players in Kendall Stephens (No. 64) and Bryson Scott (No. 70).
While they will not be able to play shooting guard at the same time, we could see Stephens convert to small forward, or see Scott convert to point guard.
The Boilermakers have quite a few good shooting guards, as Rapheal Davis from the Class of 2012 was also a great shooting guard.
With three elite scorers on the team, Purdue could be moving up the Big Ten rankings in the 2013-14 season.
4. Kansas Jayhawks
Top Recruit: SG Brannen Greene
Previous Ranking: 4
Bill Self has kept up his reputation as one of the best recruiters in the game today, landing a few more studs in the Class of 2013.
Wasting no time after losing in the national championship game, Self went out and landed shooting guards Brannen Greene (No. 34) and Conner Frankamp (No. 72).
These two will help Kansas stay in the national spotlight, and you can bet that Self will keep adding on so that the Jayhawks are always among the top classes.
3. Marquette Golden Eagles
Top Recruit: SF Deonte Burton
Previous Ranking: 3
Buzz Williams may have lost two stars in Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder, but the Golden Eagles have replacements in the Class of 2013.
SF Deonte Burton (No. 44) and PG Duane Wilson (No. 59) may not have the same skill set as DJO and Crowder, but they will make almost as big an impact.
By the time these guys are upperclassmen, they should be stars.
These two have a lot of potential at the next level, and they should benefit from having Williams as a coach.
2. Michigan Wolverines
Top Recruit: PG Derrick Walton
Previous Ranking: 1
Despite having the most Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2013 of any school in the nation, I've moved Michigan down from No. 1 to No. 2.
The Wolverines will grab the No. 40, No. 61 and No. 65 players in the class—PG Derrick Walton, SG Zak Irvin and PF Mark Donnal, respectively.
These three all bring different attributes to the tables. Walton is a true point guard, Irvin a true scorer and Donnal a true big man.
These three can help round out a Michigan team that will surely be depleted by the NBA draft at the end of the season.
1. North Carolina Tar Heels
Top Recruit: PF Isaiah Hicks
Previous Ranking: 2
No new recruits for the Tar Heels, but a re-evaluation of the two they already have has moved them up to the top spot on my list.
Roy Williams loves big men and point guards, and he's found both. Isaiah Hicks is an excellent power forward, while Nate Britt is a true point guard who can be a star in three years or so.
An inside-outside combination like this, along with the big men that came with the Class of 2012, will keep the Tar Heels on top for years to come.
Williams never fails to impress on the recruiting trail, which is why he is one of the most successful coaches in the game today.