Non-BCS Breakdown

Houston, Xavier and Memphis all put together strong classes. What other schools in non-big six conferences stood out?

Best Class?

The best class for any school not in a BCS conference surprisingly goes to the University of Houston. The Cougars under the leadership of Head Coach James Dickey have done an excellent job with their 2012 class, and they did it by tapping into what has evolved into the top metro area for hoops in the country, Houston.

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Leading the way for Houston is four-star wing Danuel House. House is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward who had an excellent summer with Texas PRO. A big time athlete, House is an elite level athlete who has range that extends beyond the three point line. With his size, athleticism, and shooting ability House is someone who has a chance to make a lot of money one day playing the game, and a kid who should immediately make a big impact in Conference USA, or the Big East depending on how re-alignment all shakes out.

On the same day that House committed, so did his AAU teammate Danrad Knowles. The power forward better known as "Chicken", Knowles is a native of the Bahamas and really exploded onto the scene this summer. Knowles can make threes, is long and lean, and knows how to rebound. Once he adds strength, Knowles could be the type of match up problem combo forward that is so prevalent in college basketball.

Currently the final piece to the puzzle is big man Valente Izundu. Izundu is a big time athlete who can block shots at as well as anybody, and has a world of upside and potential. Right now he still has work to do in order to capitalize on all of his physical gifts, but Izundu could be a game changer on the defensive end.

Other Winners?

After Houston, the other big winners would be Memphis, Xavier, UNLV, Butler, and Towson.

The Memphis Tigers especially have done an excellent job. Leading the way is five-star power forward William Goodwin. Goodwin is one of the most productive and physically gifted players in the class. He surprised many by picking the Tigers on Tuesday afternoon, and while he might not sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, he still remains committed to the school.

Non-BCS Rankings
1.  Houston
2.  Memphis
3.  Xavier
4.  UNLV
5.  Towson
6.   Butler
7.  UTEP
8.  Marshall
9.  Dayton
10.  SMU
Along with Goodwin, Memphis has his AAU running mate in wing Damien Wilson. Wilson is a slashing small forward who just knows how to score the ball. He makes shots from deep as well when left open, and the Oak Hill Academy product is also an above average athlete.

With the graduation of Tu Holloway, Xavier knew they needed a point guard and got their man with local product Semaj Christon. The four-star Cincinnati native is now at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, and combines the athletic ability, passing prowess, and size to be a game changer from the lead guard position.

Joining Christon in Xavier's four man class is Jalen Reynolds, James Farr, and Myles Davis. Reynolds is an athletic and strong 6-foot-9 power forward who has opened eyes so far this fall, Davis is one of the best long range shooters in the class, and Farr is a developmental post who can make the mid-range jumper.

Also scoring big was UNLV. The Running Rebels landed a pledge from one time USC commitment Katin Reinhardt, and he should give them big time scoring from day one. If Reinhardt learns a bit more of the value of shot selection he could become a league player of the year type of player. UNLV will surround Reinhardt with a high level shot blocker in Demetris Morant as well as a solid scoring lead guard in Daquan Cook.

The two time national runner's up landed their own top 100 player early when elite level shooter Kellen Dunham made his commitment to Butler. Needing to replace some firepower on the perimeter Dunham will fill the role of court spacer for slashing guards Chris Harrison-Docks as well as Devontae Morgan out of the state of Florida. Harrison-Docks especially could see time from day one given his shot making ability to push the pace.

Finally Towson has done a very impressive job on the recruiting trail. Leading the way for them is point guard Jerome Hairston. Hairston more than held his own at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp, and with Barrington Alston down low using his athleticism and strength, Towson could be headed to big things in the Colonial Athletic Association.

How do the Non-BCS schools stack up?

 
Top Non-BCS Prospects
Top Prospect:William Goodwin, Memphis
Best Scorer:Danuel House, Houston
Best Passer:Semaj Christon, Xavier
Best Shot Blocker: Valente Izundu, Houston
Best Floor General: Semaj Christon, Xavier
Best Post Player: William Goodwin, Memphis
Best Shooter:Kellen Dunham, Butler
Best Rebounder: Jalen Reynolds, Xavier
Best Athlete:Demetris Morant, UNLV
Overall the Non-BCS schools did a pretty good job this recruiting year. Both Houston and Memphis are in the top 25 for recruiting classes, and Xavier is right on the border. The top prospects coming into the conference such as House, Goodwin, Knowles, Christon, and Reinhardt can play at any school in the country, and that is a huge step as teams compete for bids in the NCAA Tournaemnt.

By landing a total eight top 100 prospects it was a good start, and then other players such as Reynolds, Blaise Mbargorba at SMU, Mike Hall at Harvard, Nick Banyard at New Mexico, and Skylar Spencer at San Diego State give the teams big posts down low who can compete physically and athletically with virtually any frontline player going to a BCS school.  


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