College Basketball Recruiting: Re-Ranking 2013 Recruiting Classes
The 2013 college basketball recruiting class is starting to heat up, and it's time for a new update of the top recruiting classes thus far.
If you couldn't tell by the nice picture, the Florida Gators have claimed the top spot after topping North Carolina since my last ranking. This is all thanks to their incredible 1-2 punch that will keep them among the nation's top classes all year.
Who else had a big month? Who moved up? Who fell like a rock? Read on to answer these questions and more.
10. Alabama Crimson Tide
Top Recruit: C Jimmie Taylor
Previous Ranking: 7
Anthony Grant is looking to bring Alabama to the promise land, and he knows that the only way to do that is on the recruiting trail.
With two Top 100 recruits already committed to the Crimson Tide, Grant is forming an incredible recruiting class.
Jimmie Taylor is a 6'10" center with great mobility. He will help Alabama compete in a fast-paced SEC against teams like Kentucky, Florida and Missouri.
Taylor isn't the team's only big man, as 6'8" power forward Shannon Hale is also an elite player. While Taylor can play well inside, Hale likes to stroke it from mid-range, where he is absolutely deadly.
These two are the foundation for a great recruiting class, and one or two more players will give Grant a good start to making Alabama an elite program.
9. Indiana Hoosiers
Top Recruit: SG Stanford Robinson
Previous Ranking: 6
Tom Crean is one of the most underrated recruiters in college basketball. He is building his sixth class with the Hoosiers, and it looks like it's going to be a good one.
Known for getting out to fast starts on the recruiting trail as of late, Crean has already landed four recruits, two of which are elite players in SG Stanford Robinson and PF Luke Fischer.
Robinson is a shooting guard with good size and skill. He has good range out past the three-point line according to ESPN, but he could be a bit more consistent. He has everything he needs to be an elite player, and a year or two under Tom Crean could turn him into an elite player.
Fischer is also an athletic player, but he can play well in the post too. His frame still needs to add a few more pounds of muscle, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Add in small forwards Devin Davis and Collin Hartman and this class is deep. Look for these guys to make an impact with the Hoosiers.
8. Louisville Cardinals
Top Recruit: SG Anton Gill
Previous Ranking: NR
Rick Pitino finally makes this list, bringing in two great players in SG Anton Gill and PG Terry Rozier.
Gill is an athletic combo guard who will probably be playing shooting guard in college. He has decent size for the position and the ability to score in bunches. However, one of the reasons he shouldn't play point is that he is a streaky player.
Along with Gill comes 2012 commit Terry Rozier, who was supposed to be an elite point guard in this year's class but reclassified.
Now he will help make up a formidable backcourt with two athletic guards leading Louisville.
7. Iowa State Cyclones
Top Recruit: SG Matt Thomas
Previous Ranking: NR
Fred Hoiberg is bringing in a backcourt very similar to that of Louisville. Iowa State relied heavily on Royce White last season, but from the 2013-14 season on, their guards will be lighting up opponents.
SG Matt Thomas leads the way, thanks to his smooth jumper. He can score well from behind the arc, and will do so with the Cyclones. His biggest flaw according to ESPN is that he can't create his own shot, but that won't be a problem with PG Monte Morris alongside him.
Morris is a great point guard who appears to be developing nicely. He will be able to help Thomas get his shots because of his dual-threat nature. Morris has a good stroke of his own, but he knows when to stop a play that was designed for him and set up a teammate.
These two will make a good combination that stretch defenses and open up scoring opportunities for everyone on the floor.
6. BYU Cougars
Top Recruit: SG Nick Emery
Previous Ranking: NR
Dave Rose is trying to help BYU become an elite program once again, and has found a great inside-outside combination to do so.
The facilitator in all of this will be combo guard Nick Emery. He has a good shot, with excellent range, but he's not very big and isn't too quick. He is a bit like Jimmer Fredette, although to put those kinds of expectations on him would be unfair.
Inside will be C Eric Mika, who is a big, productive center. He plays well inside on both ends of the floor, and will have a big impact in college.
These two players have great chemistry since they played for the same high school and AAU teams, and have been together for a long time. They both chose the Cougars of BYU, and will continue their journey together throughout college.
5. Marquette Golden Eagles
Top Recruit: PG Duane Wilson
Previous Ranking: 3
Buzz Williams isn't known as a tremendously skilled recruiter, but he has already assembled a good 2013 class.
SF Deonte Burton is a strong small forward who can slash through the lane, but he has clear limitations. At 6'4" he is not as big as other small forwards, and he does not have the outside game to stretch a defense. He still needs to improve in a few areas, but he has the potential to be as good as he is ranked by ESPN at No. 39.
I believe Duane Wilson to be the more valuable player despite being ranked No. 54 by ESPN. He is an aggressive point guard who has all the skills to be one of the best in the country. I personally believe that he should be ranked around No. 30 in the country, while Burton should be about No. 50.
These two will help improve Marquette's chances in the Big East since Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom have departed for the NBA.
4. Kansas Jayhawks
Top Recruit: PG Conner Frankamp
Previous Ranking: 4
Bill Self is one of the top recruiters in college basketball, and he continues to show why. His 2013 class has been in the top five in all three editions of my rankings, thanks to his incoming backcourt.
PG Conner Frankamp and SG Brannen Greene are similarly ranked guards who are both elite scorers.
Frankamp is a combo guard who is trying to become a point guard because he is not big enough to be a shooting guard at the next level. He can score in bunches, but is now improving rapidly as the 1.
Greene has more potential that Frankamp at the moment, but it's just potential. Frankamp is developing quicker than Greene, but after being coached by Self, we could easily see Greene's incredible scoring ability be complemented by toughness on defense.
These two are similar in some ways but different in how they got there. The only question is which will continue to improve?
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
Top Recruit: PF Isaiah Hicks
Previous Ranking: 2
If there are two types of players Roy Williams loves as a coach they're point guards and big men. His 2013 recruiting class epitomizes this, and he has to be happy with the two players he's landed.
Nate Britt is a skilled point guard with all the natural skills and the intangibles to be a true leader. He'll continue the tradition of great point guards at North Carolina.
Britt's new best friend might be big man Isaiah Hicks, who is among the best power forwards in the nation. He is a powerful player and a versatile forward. While he isn't incredibly skilled as a post player, he makes up for it with his quickness and athleticism.
These two are going to make up a formidable combination for Williams and the Heels.
2. Michigan Wolverines
Top Recruit: SG Zak Irvin
Previous Ranking: 2
John Beilein's crew has hopped over Roy Williams' UNC Tar Heels and are No. 2 on my list this month. No new recruits for the Wolverines to speak of, but their big three of SG Zak Irvin, PG Derrick Walton and PF Mark Donnal have dazzled.
Irvin is an excellent wing player with incredible upside. He has been on fire over the summer, and continues to increase his stock.
Pair Irvin with a true point guard in Walton who will distribute well, and a big man in Mark Donnal to keep opponents from creeping up on defense to stop them and this class is well-balanced and talented.
These three are the keys to this recruiting class, and they will help keep Michigan among the nation's elite even if Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke both decide to go to the NBA after this season.
1. Florida Gators
Top Recruit: PG Kasey Hill
Previous Ranking: 9
It takes a lot to jump eight spots on one of these lists, but Billy Donovan found a way to do so.
Donovan is building for even more success, bringing in three great players including two of the best in the country.
PG Kasey Hill and PF Chris Walker are both top 10 players in the Class of 2013, and form an amazing inside-outside combination that Florida will base its game off of in the 2013-14 season.
PF Schuyler Rimmer has also recently joined Donovan and the Gators, and he will help Walker inside, which has been a weak point for the Gators in the last few years.
Donovan's class is already exceptional, and I can almost guarantee that this class will stay in the top five classes, even though the signing period has just begun.
Thanks for keeping up with this update, and be sure to check out the next in early September.