Top Class?Picking the top overall class in the Big Ten was a close call.
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Weber and his staff bought into recruiting the talent in the state of Illinois and they reeled in four guys within the states borders.
Mike Shaw, who committed two weeks ago, is Illinois highest rated recruit at No. 66. A strong rebounder, Shaw is a versatile four-man that has good mobility and athleticism. Nnanna Egwu, a top 100 guy, will bring a post presence and help Shaw on the interior.
The first to commit to Illinois was Tracy Abrams. A tough, hardnosed lead guard, Abrams should get the opportunity to handle the point guard duties early in his career. While Mychael Henry will provide scoring, athleticism and rebounding from the wing spot.
Other WinnersOSU's class consists of a pair of lengthy wings – LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson – as well as true lead guard Shannon Scott and 6-foot-8 Trey McDonald.
|Big Ten Rankings|
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan State
7. Penn State
OSU's point guard signee – Scott – is the son of former North Carolina Charlie Scott. A skilled guard, Scott has terrific leadership qualities and knows how to run a team.
"We are going to do whatever we can to get to the top," Scott told Scout.com when asked about OSU's 2011 class. "I think if we all keep working on our game we should be in the top ten."
McDonald, a big man out of Michigan, had a strong summer and will help provide depth on the interior.
Tom Izzo's biggest coup was top 25 standout Brandon Dawson. Known as the best rebounder in the nation, Dawson is a tough wing prospect that will provide instant impact in East Lansing (Mich.). Joining Dawson is three-star recruits Travis Trice, Dwaun Anderson and Brandon Kearney.
|Top Big 12 Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Brandon Dawson, Michigan State|
|Best Scorer:||Carlton Brundidge, Michigan|
|Best Passer:||Shannon Scott, Ohio State|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Trey McDonald, Ohio State|
|Best Floor General:||Shannon Scott, Ohio State|
|Best Post Player:||Nnanna EgwuIllinois|
|Best Shooter:||Travis Trice, Michigan State|
|Best Rebounder:||Brandon Dawson, Michigan State|
|Best Athlete:||Sam Thompson, Ohio State|
How did the Big Ten stack up?There aren't many elite prospects heading to the Big Ten, but they still managed a solid overall recruiting year.
Dawson is the only top 25 prospect the Big Ten conference was able to bring in, but 12 four-star prospects and 10 three-star players are headed their way.