Big 12 basketball has top-level talent this year, and coaches are still hard at work recruiting to make sure that is the case in 2014.
The league has done a solid job on the recruiting trail for the 2013 class, but according to Rivals.com, no player ranked in the top 20 has committed to play in the Big 12.
Players like Julius Randle and Keith Frazier have yet to commit, and they could decide to play in the Big 12, which would be a huge boost for the conference.
Here is the recruiting report card for every Big 12 team’s 2013 class to this point, simply going in alphabetical order.
Overview: Scott Drew has done an excellent job on the recruiting trail since he has been at Baylor, and this year’s class is no different. The Bears have brought in some frontcourt help with three signees. Dominic Woodson can score down low while Ishmail Wainright is a small forward who brings plenty to the table. Johnathan Motley is 6’8” and athletic with a long frame.
Top recruit: C Dominic Woodson (6’9”, 295 pounds). Woodson is a load down low, and he can score on the block. What separates Woodson is that he has great touch. Combine that with his frame, and Woodson’s ceiling is incredibly high.
Overview: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg did a nice job bringing in talent to his backcourt with Matt Thomas and Monte Morris. Hoiberg also went the junior college route to get some frontcourt help, highlighted by 6’9” power forward Richard Amardi.
Top recruit: SG Matt Thomas (6’3”, 185 pounds). Thomas is one of the best shooters in this year’s class, and he can also handle the ball. Hoiberg got Thomas out of Wisconsin, despite the fact the Badgers offered.
Overview: Kansas is losing a lot from this year’s team, and Bill Self needed to reload in a big way. He did that with this 2013 recruiting class, addressing needs, while also injecting talent. Conner Frankamp and Frank Mason both can handle the ball. Brannen Greene is a solid wing who can do a little bit of everything offensively.
Joel Embiid, from Cameroon, provides size and shows promise, while not having much experience with the game. Kansas is still a major player for Julius Randle. If the Jayhawks get Randle, this class will be a grand slam.
Top recruit: SG Wayne Selden (6’5”, 220 pounds). Selden is an athletic wing who is already physically ready for the college game. Self will count on Selden to produce from the start.
Overview: Bruce Weber’s goal for his first full recruiting class was to bring in three perimeter players and a post player, and he did just that. He brought in guard Marcus Foster and wing Wesley Iwundu from Texas. Point guard Jevon Thomas and center Neville Fincher round out the class.
Top recruit: SG Marcus Foster (6’2”, 185 pounds). Foster is a combo guard who can really score, but he also has the ability to handle the ball and run a team.
Overview: Lon Kruger’s first full class at Oklahoma is comprised of a high school senior and two junior college transfers. Point guard Jordan Woodard decided to stay in state. Junior college post players Dominique Elliott and Keshaun Hamilton should provide frontcourt help.
Top recruit: PG Jordan Woodard (6’0”, 175 pounds). Woodard doesn’t have elite size, but he is tough, not shying away from contact. He is a point guard who can put the ball in the basket.
Overview: So far, Travis Ford has signed a five-man class in 2013 that focuses primarily on the perimeter. Point guard Stevie Clark decided to stay in state, which could be crucial for the Cowboys since Marcus Smart could be on his way to the NBA after this season.
Top recruit: SG Detrick Mostella (6’2”, 165 pounds). Mostella is a classic combo guard, possessing the ability to handle the ball while not being a pure point guard. He is very athletic and can really put up points.
Overview: TCU head coach Trent Johnson is trying to build his program within the Big 12, and this recruiting class can go a long way in doing that. Johnson landed big man Karviar Shepherd, who could have played almost anywhere in the country. The Horned Frogs also signed point guard Michael Williams and shooting guard Brandon Parrish.
Top recruit: C Karviar Shepherd (6’10”, 225 pounds). Shepherd was a big-time get, and Johnson hopes he can build around him as the program moves toward the future.
Overview: Currently, Rick Barnes only has one member for his 2013 class. That is point guard Isaiah Taylor from Houston, who plays a position of need for the Longhorns. Barnes will hope to finish the class with either Julius Randle or Keith Frazier.
Top recruit: PG Isaiah Taylor (6’2”, 175 pounds). Taylor is a good athlete who does a good job getting his teammates involved on the offensive end. His shooting form isn’t the greatest, but he does a nice job getting into the lane.
Overview: Unsurprisingly, Texas Tech does not have a commit for the 2013 class. The Red Raiders are still in a bit of disarray after having the resignation of Billy Gillispie in September. Once Texas Tech hires a permanent replacement, that coach will more than likely try to find some late signees.
Top recruit: None.
Overview: Bob Huggins brought in a ton of frontcourt help in his 2013 signing class. He has signed four post players who are all 6’8” or taller. Devin Williams and Elijah Macon highlight the group. Macon actually signed last year but had to go to prep school.
Top recruit: PF Devin Williams (6’8”, 220 pounds). Williams is from Cincinnati, and he picked the Mountaineers over Ohio State and Memphis. He is strong and can score close to the basket.