The rankings are based on quality of players, quantity of players and how well the teams filled there needs. Arizona gets the edge over UCLA because of numbers. Cal got the nod over Oregon because in my opinion they better addressed their needs.
These rankings are subject to change. There are still a number of quality players out there who could boost a team if they sign.
Jerryd Bayless, CG; Jamelle Horne, SF; Alex Jacobson, C; Laval Lucas-Perry, CG; Zane Johnson, SF;
The Wildcats fill needs and do so with big time players and intriguing prospects. Bayless and Horne are McDonald's All-American candidates. Jacobson fills a need in the middle. Lucas-Perry and Johnson each have a unique skill set that the team will need next year. The only knock on the class may be that the Cats could not add a second big man.
Kevin Love, PF; Chase Stanback, SF
Love is the best newcomer entering the Pac-10 next season and Stanback can become a very good one.
3. Arizona State
Kraidon Woods PF, Jamelle McMillan PG, James Harden SF
Harden is one of the top three or four players coming into the Pac-10 next year. Only Love is clearly better and Harden is on a level with Bayless and Horne. McMillan is a good point guard who could play very early. Woods is one of the top-20 prep school players. Although technically not part of the class, Duke transfer Eric Boateng becomes eligible with this crop. The Sun Devils are also waiting on Rihards Kuksiks, a wing out of Florida.
Justin Holiday SF; Matthew Bryan-Amaning PF; Isaiah Thomas PG
Holiday is a skilled wing, who could help in the recruitment of his brother. Bryan-Amaning should bolster the post. Thomas is an undersized guard, who can fill it up.
Omondi Amoke SF, Harper Kamp PF Another class that could look better a few years from now. Amoke has a lot of potential, but has had some injury issues at the AAU level. Needs to become a better shooter. Kamp is a tough, intelligent inside presence. Not the most athletic player, he could be a nice compliment to some of the bigs the Bears already have. Cal took a hit when Drew Viney de-committed and pledged to Oregon.
Drew Viney SF; Kamyron Brown PG;
This could wind up being a really good class. Viney is a terrific shooter and could develop into a very nice wing. Brown is remarkably quick and comes from the Mater Dei program that has produced so many top Pac-10 players. If Brown can improve his feel for the game he could be a steal. The Ducks did not address their post needs.
Venoy Overton PG
This class took a hit when Daniel Hackett graduated high school early and is now on the Trojan roster. Overton is a sleeper, who has big time potential. This class would rise in the rankings if O.J. Mayo joins the class.
8. Oregon State
Omari Johnson SF, Ilija Milutinovic PF, Calvin Haynes SG
A class that could develop into a good one but right now there are still some questions. Johnson has potential as a tall shooter. He looks to be able to play either forward spot. Some feel that Milutinovic is underrated and could be a steal. Haynes originally signed with Oregon State a year ago and stuck with them after a year in prep school. He is rated as one of the top-25 post grad players.
The Cardinal do not have any players currently committed.