Early Recruiting Class Rankings

Last year it was UCLA, this time around UNC. What began last December with the commitment of John Henson translates nearly a year later with the nation's top class headed to Chapel Hill.

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Take a good picture of these rankings because they are bound to change. Currently, five of's Top 10 prospects are undecided and in turn, will affect the outcome of these rankings in the spring.

2009 Top 25 Recruiting ClassesNotable Recruits / Scout Rankings
1 North Carolina

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
North Carolina class: Henson has a chance to be one of Roy's all-timers; solid depth with star power
John Henson (3)
Dexter Strickland (18)
Leslie McDonald (63)
Travis Wear (41)
David Wear (42)
2 Texas

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Texas class: Stud wing players led by Bradley give the Horns a leg up in the Big 12
Avery Bradley (10)
Jordan Hamilton (13)
Shawn Williams (44)

3 Florida

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Florida class: One of the most important signees of the Donovan Era and two solid bigs
Kenny Boynton (8)
Erik Murphy (39)
Deshawn Painter (52)

4 Villanova

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Villanova class: Villanova has a reputation for attracting guards but Jay Wright will love these big fellas
Maalik Wayns (26)
Mouphtauo Yarou (28)
Isaiah Armwood (31)

5 Duke

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Duke class: Two of the three best kids in NC on board and a third in their sights
Ryan Kelly (11)
Mason Plumlee (19)

6 Kansas

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Kansas class: Jayhawks replace Shady and Chalmers with Robinson and Johnson
Thomas Robinson (20)
Elijah Johnson (25)

7 Indiana

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Indiana class: The foundation class for Crean's tenure was a priority and mission accomplished
Maurice Creek (45)
Christian Watford (72)
Jordan Hulls (80)
Derek Elston (90)
Bawa Muniru
Bobby Capobianco

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
UCLA class: A potential star in Honeycutt and three bigs who are going to battle for PT
Tyler Honeycutt (21)
Anthony Stover (70)
Brendan Lane (83)
Reeves Nelson (89)

9 Kentucky

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Kentucky class: Orton's out for the rest of the year; Hood acquisition under the radar
Daniel Orton (12)
Jon Hood (36)
G.J. Vilarino

10 Washington

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Washington class: Drama filled recruitment of Gaddy ends with the hometown boys scoring big
Abdul Gaddy (9)
Clarence Trent (77)
C.J. Wilcox
Charles Garcia

11 Minnesota

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Minnesota class: As of signing day, the Gophers landed the Big Ten's two best incoming recruits
Royce White (30)
Rodney Williams (32)
Justin Cobbs
Trevor Mbakwe

12 Connecticut

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Connecticut class: This foundation for this class was poured two years ago; Oriakhi keeps improving
Alex Oriakhi (14)
Jamaal Coombs (81)

13 Illinois

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Illinois class: Heavy lifting done a long time ago with this group; Richardson, Paul are key
D.J. Richardson (66)
Brandon Paul (88)
Tyler Griffey (92)
Joseph Bertrand

14 Oklahoma

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Oklahoma class: There's something solid about this group; TMG is easy to bet on for success
Tommy Mason-Griffin (24)
Andrew Fitzgerald (85)
Kyle Hardrick
Steven Pledger

15 Marquette

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Marquette class: The Buzz around Milwaukee is that this group is just what the new coach ordered
Junior Cadougan (50)
Jeronne Maymon (75)
Erik Williams (95)
Dwight Buycks
Brett Roseboro

16 Oklahoma State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Oklahoma State class: Lots of guards to pick from but the heart and soul of this class is Roger Franklin
Roger Franklin (43)
Karron Johnson (49)
Torin Walker
Ray Penn
Fred Gulley
Reger Dowell
17 North Carolina State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
North Carolina State class: Richard Howell brings the lunch pail, Wood the stroke; what can Brown do for you?
Lorenzo Brown (33)
Richard Howell (51)
Scott Wood

18 Clemson

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Clemson class: Tigers score huge with top in-stater and potential all-american; Booker underrated
Milton Jennings (23)
Devin Booker (65)
Donte Hill

19 Louisville

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Louisville class: Always talent heading to Pitino's place; solid mix of different style players
Rakeem Buckles (48)
Peyton Siva (54)
Stephan Van Treese
Mike Marra

20 Georgia Tech

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Georgia Tech class: Hewitt has his new leader in Udofia plus an athletic big and wing options
Mfon Udofia (53)
Kammeon Holsey (78)
Glen Rice
Brian Oliver

21 Memphis

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Memphis class: If the jucos are as good as advertised then we underrated this bunch
Nolan Dennis (46)
Darnell Dodson
Will Coleman

22 UAB

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
UAB class: Cousins defines Mike Davis' signature group; Fields is a great looking sleeper
DeMarcus Cousins (6)
Adrien Coleman
Dexter Fields

23 Georgetown

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Georgetown class: Big names on the scene dot the class; can Riley rise up and develop like Hibbert?
Hollis Thompson (34)
DaShonte Riley (57)

24 Pittsburgh

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Pittsburgh class: Can you picture Taylor and Blair in the same frontcourt? Yikes, look out Big East
Dante Taylor (17)
Lamar Patterson (93)
J.J. Richardson
Talib Zanna

25 Kansas State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Kansas State class: The resurrection of Wally Judge was one of the comeback stories of the year
Wally Judge (16)
Rodney McGruder
Nick Russell
Jordan Henriquez

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