Best Class?It didn't take Mark Gottfried long to reel in highly regarded talent. In fact, his first recruiting class at North Carolina State sits at the top of the ACC recruiting class rankings.
All three prospects are from North Carolina, with both Purvis and Warren being Raleigh natives.
Purvis is a unique combo guard that excels attacking the basket and when he's able to get out in transition. At 6-foot-5 he has terrific size for the guard spot and he uses his strength and athleticism particularly well when he drives.
Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward, is known as one of the best perimeter scorers in the country. Scout.com's No. 22nd ranked prospect was especially effective in July at the LeBron James Skills Academy.
Lewis, who recently transferred to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, is a pass first lead guard that is known for his ability to create opportunities for teammates. Lewis is ranked No. 61 overall in the 2012 class.
Roy William's four-man recruiting class checks in at No. 2 in the ACC class rankings.
1. North Carolina State|
2. North Carolina
4. Wake Forest
7. Florida State
8. Georgia Tech
9. Virginia Tech
12. Boston College
Brice Johnson, who committed to the Heels two weeks ago, is a bouncy power forward that will run the floor and block shots. Supreme athlete J.P. Tokoto and big man Joell James are top 100 prospects as well.
Cleare is a massive post prospect that clears space on the block and rebounds the basketball at a high level. Layman is an intriguing combo forward that has good range on his shot and possesses impressive athleticism.
Jeff Bzdelik and Tony Bennett are also bringing in significant talent in the 2012 class. Both coaches have a trio of top 100 prospects headed there way.
Wake Forest's top recruit is Arnaud Moto, a 6-foot-5 wing prospect out of the Washington (D.C.) area. Local standouts Codi Miller-McIntyre and Aaron Rountree are talented top 100 prospects that should have immediate impact for the Demon Deacons.
Anderson, Nolte and Tobey are all ranked among the top 100 prospects. Anderson is an elite level athlete, Nolte is a terrific long range shooter and Tobey is along, wiry low post prospect with upside.
How did the ACC stack up?
|Top ACC Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke|
|Best Scorer:||T.J. Warren, North Carolina State|
|Best Passer:||Tyler Lewis, North Carolina State|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Brice Johnson, North Carolina|
|Best Floor General:||Marcus Paige, North Carolina|
|Best Post Player:||Shaquille Cleare, Maryland|
|Best Shooter:||Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke|
|Best Rebounder:||Shaquille Cleare, Maryland|
|Best Athlete:||Justin Anderson, Virginia|
A trio of five-star prospects are headed to the conference – Rasheed Sulaimon, Purvis and Warren – but there are also 18 four-star prospects and 11 three-star recruits set to play in the ACC.
In total 19 top 100 prospects are currently set to attend ACC schools. The conference with the second most top 100 recruits is the Big East, which has 14 total top 100 prospects headed to their schools.