Ranking College Basketball's 10 Biggest Recruiting States in 2012-2013

Alex Bacon@abacon55Correspondent IAugust 23, 2012

Ranking College Basketball's 10 Biggest Recruiting States in 2012-2013

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    Certain states in America feed the NCAA with college basketball recruits better than others.

    Over past years, different states have dominated the pool. For example, this year Texas seemed to field the most recruits.

    Isaiah Austin, Marcus Smart, Rasheed Sulaimon and Danuel House, all Texas residents, were ranked as top 20 NCAA basketball recruits according to Rivals.com.

    In 2011, Illinois arguably fielded the best recruitment class with Ryan Boatright, Anthony Davis and Chasson Randle.

    The up-and-coming recruitment class comes from all over the country. But, just like every other year, some states have more of the top recruits than others.

10. Nevada

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    Nevada has a couple of up-and-coming players that will impress college basketball fans.

    SG Allerik Freeman could be a valuable asset to most schools. His list of potential destinations includes: Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, UCLA and Villanova, according to ESPNU.

    Freeman is 6’4" and weighs 210 lbs, which means he can play forward if needed.

    Christian Wood, also a resident of Nevada, is already committed to UNLV. He is ranked the No. 60 recruit by ESPN and the No. 35 by Rivals.com.

    Nigel Williams-Goss and Stevie Clark are also two strong guards out of Nevada and can make an impact for a couple schools as freshmen.

9. Tennessee

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    A couple of good athletes are coming out of high schools in Tennessee—Robert Hubbs, JaJuan Johnson, Jonathan Williams and Nick King, to name a few.

    Hubbs is probably the best player coming out of Tennessee. He is a 6’5" and 170 lbs—a shooting guard that is not afraid to penetrate the basket.

    Some big-name schools have already given him offers such as Florida, Duke and Memphis, according to Rivals. So expect Hubbs to play a major role in any school that he decides to attend.

    Hubbs is known for his athleticism and ability to penetrate the basket, according to scout.com, which should have many schools begging for him to play for their teams.

8. New Jersey

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    The talent coming out of New Jersey in the coming year is pretty high.

    Tyler Ennis, who originally is from Ontario, Canada, is already committed to Syracuse University. Ennis is a point guard at St. Benedict’s Prep and is known for his court vision and ability to move the ball.

    He should fit in well with the Orange and can eventually replace Scoop Jardine. Just like Jardine, Ennis is not known for his ability to score but rather for his ability to distribute the ball and run an offense.

    New Jersey also is home to Austin Colbert, Tyler Roberson and Jermaine Lawrence. All of them are ranked in the top 80, according to Rivals.com.

7. Pennsylvania

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    The depth out of Pennsylvania may not be too spectacular compared to other states, but Rondae Jefferson and Rysheed Jordan place the eastern state at No. 6 in the top 10.

    Jefferson and Jordan, ranked 16 and 17 respectively by Rivals.com, both do a good job of scoring from the inside.

    Jordan already has offers from Georgetown, Kansas, Villanova, Maryland and Rutgers, as ESPNU notes.

    Like Jordan, Jefferson’s rebounding (especially on offense) is very impressive. Even though Jefferson is only 6’6", a decent height for a small forward, he gets the job done under the basket. 

6. Michigan

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    The Wolverines of Michigan have already recruited Michigan native Derrick Walton.

    Walton is ranked No. 32 overall and as the No. 5 point guard, according to ESPN’s Basketball Recruiting.

    He is only six feet tall, but he shoots the ball well from behind the arc and is great at leading an offense.

    Michigan native James Young also has received offers from the University of Michigan, but he is still weighing his options and seems to be leaning towards Kentucky, according to Adam Zagoria.

    Young’s potential to be a big-time scorer ranks him at No. 8 overall on Rivals.com.

5. North Carolina

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    The North Carolina Tar Heels already have locked up one of the best recruits in the nation, Isaiah Hicks.

    Hicks, a North Carolina native, will be joining the Tar Heels to begin the 2013-2014 season.

    The upcoming senior at J.F. Webb High School excels at shot blocking and rebounding. Expect him to make an immediate impact when he joins UNC.

    North Carolina is also home to Kennedy Meeks, who already has offers to over 15 schools such as: Louisville, Indiana, Xavier and UNC, to name a few, as Rivals notes.

    The 6’9" center is ranked No. 17 by ESPN Recruiting Nation Basketball and is known for his rebounding and ability to make needle threading passes under the basket.

    Anton Gill and Greg McClinton are two more young prospects from North Carolina who are committed to Louisville and Wake Forest respectively. 

4. Illinois

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    The depth may not be there, but Illinois has the best high school basketball player since Lebron James, which ranks it the No. 4 best recruiting state.

    Jabari Parker is the No. 1 ranked recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com.

    He is from Chicago and is being considered by all the top schools in the nation. The small forward's play is considered to be all-around stellar, and he can score from anywhere on the court.

    Parker is joined by Kendrick Nunn and Kendall Stephens, who are both shooting guards with excellent outside shots. Both of them are ranked in the top 60, according to Rivals.com.

3. Florida

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    Florida is another state that has a of couple players who are staying local. Both Kasey Hill and Chris Walker are committed to the Gators, and both are listed in the top 10 on ESPN Recruiting Nation and Rivals.com

    Hill is a 6’0" speedy point guard who will do a great job running the Gators offense.

    Walker is the complete opposite and is a 6’10" forward who works well under the basket.

    The two will be a great tandem in years to come for the Gators.

    The state of Florida is also home to Solomon Poole, who is already committed to Georgia Tech. The 6’0" point guard will finish his final year of high school at Terry Parker. Last year he was suspended for the State Championship game, but Terry Parker will look to Poole to lead the team to its first basketball State Championship since 1967.

2. California

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    The list of potential outstanding players from California is very long.

    To name a few: Marcus Lee, Isaac Hamilton, Jabari Bird, Stephen Domingo, Aaron Gordon, Tyree Robinson and Zena Edosomwan.

    All of these players are ranked in the top 70, according to Rivals.com, and Hamilton, Bird and Gordon are all ranked in the top 20.

    Gordon is the most impressive one in this list of names because he is arguably the best power forward in the 2013 recruitment class. He already has offers from some top schools like Kentucky and Kansas, according to Rivals.com.

    Gordon is most known for both his high intensity and his efforts around the rim and is great at putting in tips and playing shutdown defense.

1. Texas

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    Undoubtedly, Texas will field the best recruitment class for the 2013 NCAA basketball season.

    Three of the top five best prospects, according to Rivals.com and ESPN Recruiting Nation, are from Texas.

    Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison are attracting the attention of schools nationwide.

    The Harrison twins have already announced that they will both go to the same school. They both play for Travis High School in Richmond, Texas and have literally been together since birth.

    Both play similar styles and are good in transition and moving the ball.

    The other top-five prospect from Texas is Julius Randle, who hails from Dallas. Randle is a tough player to defend down low and plays really well with his back turned to the basket.

    Expect him and many other Texas natives such as Karviar Shepherd, Matt Jones, Jordan Mickey and Keith Frazier, to get looked at by top tier schools.