This will not go down as the best recruiting year in the history of the Big East Conference. Who knows if it is related to the potential conference turnover or what the reason, but in general the conference isn't pulling in the five-star talent that it usually does. Still the Providence Friars clearly reeled in the top class.Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo.
Ledo is one of the best pure scorers in the class. A kid with range well beyond the three point line, Ledo can light it up from deep, but also has the ability to score going to the rim. Given Ledo's length and athleticism, he can play either wing position, and also he is someone who should be a good defender when he puts his mind to it.
While landing Ledo and his scoring ability was huge, pulling a commitment from Dunn might have been even bigger. Dunn is the best point guard in the country, and is the type of athlete and scorer that can takeover games. In that way he has some qualities similar to Kemba Walker.
Providence also added a quality wing in Josh Fortune who will provide depth and another shooter to complement Dunn and Ledo.
Overall this is a very impressive group, and the only class in the Big East that has two top 40 ranked players.
|Big East Rankings|
5. Notre Dame
9. West Virginia
10. South Florida
13. Saint John's
14. Seton Hall
Syracuse knew early on that they had to land Dajuan Coleman and they did just that. After a heated recruiting battle with Ohio State and Kentucky, the Orange landed Coleman, and kept the local five-star home.
Coleman will now team up with Jerami Grant to make up one of the best frontcourts in the country, and certainly the best incoming frontcourt in the Big East. Grant is a skilled combo forward who is a good athlete and can score in a variety of ways both from the mid-range and in.
The highest rated player coming in to the league is Steven Adams. The native of New Zealand took the Adidas Nations event by storm, and with that rose to a top 10 spot in the rankings. In fact, there are some that feel Adams could be the single best player in the 2012 class. Joining Adams is James Robinson. One of the biggest intangibles guys in the class, Robinson just wins and makes things happen on the offensive end.
Despite the de-commitment of Savon Goodman, Villanova has a strong two man class headed by defensive specialist Daniel Ochefu. The long armed Ochefu is a dynamite shot blocker and someone who will dominate the paint. Also Ryan Arcidiacono is a combo guard who can flat out fill it up from deep as well as score going to the rim using his size and intelligence.
Finally don't sleep on what the Notre Dame Fighting Irish did. Notre Dame landed a huge commitment early from Cameron Biedscheid out of the St. Louis area. Biedscheid is a big wing with size and athleticism. Then they surrounded him with quality frontcourt pieces in Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett.
How the Big East Stacks Up?
|Top Big East Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Steven Adams, Pittsburgh|
|Best Scorer:||Ricardo Ledo, Providence|
|Best Passer:||Kris Dunn, Providence|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Daniel Ochefu, Villanova|
|Best Floor General:||James Robinson, Pittsburgh|
|Best Post Player:||Steven Adams, Pittsburgh|
|Best Shooter:||Omar Calhoun, Connecticut|
|Best Rebounder:||Steven Adams, Pittsburgh|
|Best Athlete:||Terry Henderson, West Virginia|
While de-commitments kind of took some of the luster out of this group, there are still several future pros headed into the conference, and there is no question that it will remain a very competitive place full of great coaches and great players. Overall it was a solid year for the Big East on the recruiting trail, but maybe down a notch or two from years past.