Signing Day Superlatives

With Signing Day upon us it's time to take a peak at who the big winners were during the early signing period.

Biggest Winners?

Sean Miller and Arizona are the biggest winners in 2012.

Miller reeled in three five-star prospects – Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Grant Jerrett – plus scoring sensation and top 50 prospect Gabe York to make up the current top 2012 recruiting class.

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Ashley is the highest rated of the bunch, as he ranks No. 3 overall in the 2012 class. A versatile power forward, Ashley is mobile, athletic and skilled. He had a huge summer and is a guy that will make an immediate impact for the Wildcats.

Joining Ashley in the post is Tarczewski, a 7-foot center out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's. The No. 8 prospect in the 2012 class, Tarczewski gives Arizona a legit shot blocker to man the post and a guy on the offensive end that can score it.

Arizona's first commitment – Jerrett – is no slouch either. He checked in at No. 23 in the post-July rankings and is a low post prospect that will help bolster Arizona's frontcourt immediately.

York, Scout.com's No. 42 prospect, is the top rated guard from California and he will complement the guard talent that the Wildcats picked up last year quite well, as he's a terrific scorer and all-around athlete.

Indiana is also one of the winners of the 2012 class.

Tom Crean has spent a considerable amount of time recruiting local targets and rebuilding Indiana's reputation. That hard work has paid off, as the Hoosiers rank No. 2 overall in the 2012 recruiting class rankings.

Four of the five Indiana commits are from high schools in the state of Indiana, while the other – Peter Jurkin – played for an Indiana based AAU program.


York is a top 50 prospect
Hanner Perea is the Hoosiers' top rated prospect at No. 31 overall, but Yogi Ferrell and Jeremy Hollowell aren't too far behind, as they check in at No. 32 and No. 36 respectively.

Perea is an elite athlete that will affect the game by running the floor and blocking shots. Ferrell is a scrappy lead guard that defends the ball well and scores it well off the dribble. Hollowell is a talented wing scorer with terrific size for his position.

After those three, the Hoosiers have 6-foot-3 guard Ron Patterson and Jurkin. Patterson defends the ball well and has developed into a good shooter off the catch. Jurkin will help provide depth in the post, as a shot blocking presence.

After Arizona and Indiana, Texas, North Carolina State and North Carolina all put together strong recruiting classes.

Best Frontcourt?

Arizona's goal for their 2012 class was to add some firepower to their frontcourt.

Consider that mission accomplished.

The Wildcats have assembled the frontcourt of the future, locking up a trio of players ranked among the top 23 prospects in the country.

All three prospects will be asked to play early in their career and all three are capable of doing so.

Perhaps the beauty of the three post prospects the Wildcats have headed to Tucson (Ariz.) is they can each score.

Overall this is a group that could one day anchor a trip to the Final Four or possibly help Miller to his first National Championship.

Texas' post class that consists of Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, Connor Lammert and Ioannis Papatrou is a good one as well.


Ridley ranks No. 6 in the country
Ridley and Ibeh are the gems of the class. Ridley is a big, bruising post player that has really developed an ability to score with his back to the basket. While, Ibeh, Scout.com's No. 54 prospect, is a strong, but long and athletic post prospect that makes his presence felt by blocking shots and grabbing rebounds.

Much like Texas, North Carolina's incoming post players are effective, but in different ways. Brice Johnson is a bouncy power forward that runs well, while James is a massive post player that rebounds and owns his area.

To go with Arizona, Texas and North Carolina, schools such as Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Stanford and Michigan State were able to put together strong frontcourt classes.

Best Backcourt?

With Ed Cooley at the reins, Providence appears to be a legitimate threat to do damage on the court and on the recruiting trail.

Cooley's three-man class of Ricardo Ledo, Kris Dunn and Joshua Fortune is a talented one that consists of different type of prospects.

Ledo and Dunn are the major gets, as each ranks among the top 30 prospects in the 2012 class. Ledo is one of the top overall scorers in the country, while Dunn is the No. 26 overall player and one of the most improved prospects of the class.

With Ledo and Dunn headed to Friar country it gives legitimacy to what Providence is trying to accomplish on the recruiting trail.

It shouldn't be a surprise to see Billy Donovan's school under the best backcourt tag.


Ogbueze is Florida's top recruit
Donovan is known for always having talented guards and his 2012 class will bring a couple more to Gainesville. Braxton Ogbueze is the highest rated of the bench at No. 39 overall.

The other two members of Florida's 2012 class are guards and both Michael Frazier, a top 100 prospect, and Dillon Graham, a three-star standout, are known for their ability to rip the nets from long range.

Texas A&M also has a quality backcourt class. J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso both reside in Scout.com's top 100 and both local recruits have the opportunity to make an impact for Aggies.

Reese, who ranks No. 53 overall, is a quick point guard that can not only create for teammates, but is also a talented scorer. Caruso, Scout.com's No. 75 prospect, is an athletic perimeter prospect with a high basketball IQ.

Best of the rest?

Outside of the big six conferences, Houston, Memphis and Xavier have put together strong 2012 recruiting classes.

Houston made major waves when it scored Danuel House and Danrad Knowles after the summer. Both Houston natives, House and Knowles are top 100 prospects and terrific gets for the Cougars.

House ranks No. 27 overall, while Knowles checks in at No. 71 in the 2012 class. Valente Izundu, an athletic shot blocker, closes out their three-man class.

On Tuesday, Josh Pastner picked up a commitment from top 25 prospect – William "Shaq" Goodwin. He's an active and aggressive post prospect that should provide and immediate impact in the post.

Goodwin is Memphis' second top commitment. He joins the No. 91 prospect in the country Damien Wilson.

Much like Pastner, Chris Mack continued his success on the recruiting trail.

Every year Xavier is able to scoop up a highly regarded top 100 prospect and this time around it was Cincinnati native Semaj Christon, a four-star prospect, which picked the Musketeers.

Christon is drawing rave reviews from Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith and is expected to have a terrific year at B.A.

Joining the electric point guard is shooter Myles Davis and post prospects Jalen Reynolds and James Farr.

The other non-big six conference schools that scored top 100 prospects are UNLV, Butler, UTEP and Memphis.


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