NCAA Basketball: Top 20 Recruiting Classes for 2011-2012

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NCAA Basketball: Top 20 Recruiting Classes for 2011-2012
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Harrison Barnes was one of the prized recruits in this year's college season.

Picked as an All-American as a true freshman, Barnes has not lived up to the pre-season hype. Pending NBA lockout notwithstanding, he is a one-and-done type player and it is easy to see that the expectations were far too great. He is a very good player who will continue to get better and will earn big as a pro.

It just points out that not everything turns to gold, at least not immediately.

McDonald's All-Americans are at least a place to start for looking at the top level talent but this year's version, and every year since 2007, is not spectacular.

That's why it is easy to project whose recruiting is top class, but the proof is often not discovered until these young men have been battle-tested.

The 2011-2012 top recruiting classes contain some familiar names, as well as a couple that are in the midst of change within the program. Some teams have landed a couple of top talents while others have, and needed to, recruit in volume.

Here is a look at 20 top recruiting classes for 2011-12. Kansas has been excluded for now because they have yet to lock up either Ben McLemore or DeAndre Daniels, both of whom have not committed yet.

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