College Basketball Recruiting: Grading the Classes for Each of the Top 25 Teams

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College Basketball Recruiting: Grading the Classes for Each of the Top 25 Teams
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Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones, Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, John Henson, Mason Plumlee, Ashton Gibbs and Tu Holloway.

All names college basketball fans became accustomed to hearing last season (particularly the first three); all of which spurned the NBA and elected to return to college for another season, making their teams even better than anyone had hoped.

The number of high level talent that decided to come back to college signifies the potential of a truly special season in 2011-12.

There's also the next recruiting crop, which looks pretty impressive as a whole. There doesn't appear to be any Kevin Durant's in this group, but there are quite a few young ones that could make a huge impact on good teams.

This list focuses on grading solely the recruiting classes of the teams in the preseason top 25.

The preseason list I will be using will be from ESPN's Andy Katz as of last month. Please keep in mind that his ranking DOES NOT indicate the relative strengths of each recruiting class, but the strengths of the program as a whole.

For example, he lists the Missouri Tigers at No. 22, but they don't even have a recruit coming in this season.

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