Big Ten Has Success In 2010

With the early signing period for the 2009 recruiting year nearly complete, now is a great time to take an early peak at the 2010 class rankings.

2010 Top 15 Class / Message Board

At first glance it's easy to tell that the Big Ten is set for a big year on the recruiting trail. Ohio State and Illinois come in at No. 1 and No. 2 in the rankings and have a combined seven prospects committed in the 2010 class.

Thad Matta and his staff have already spent a considerable amount of time mining the 2010 class for prospects and currently hold commitments from two top 10 post prospects – Jared Sullinger (No. 2) and DeShaun Thomas (No. 6).

On the perimeter they have secured a trio of guards. Jordan Sibert, who raised his stock nationally this past summer, is ranked No. 40 overall. Joining him is Lenzelle Smith (No. 75) and Cameron Wright.

Although they already have five commitments in hand, the Buckeyes aren't done with the class. They're raiding the nation's best 2010 AAU team, All-Ohio Red. With Sullinger and Sibert already in hand from that team, they are attempting to complete the tri-fecta and get Adreian Payne, the No. 11 prospect in the class.

If OSU were to seal up Payne, they would likely have a strangle hold on the top spot for the class. Interesting fact: The last time Ohio State scored three players from the same AAU team, they ended up in the Final Four.

Nearly 300 miles away from Columbus (Ohio) in Champaign (Ill.), the Fighting Illini have become a player on the recruiting trail and are keeping homegrown talent in the state. Coming off an impressive 2009 haul, Illinois is primed for a star studded 2010 class.

The jewel of their class right now is Waukegan (Ill.) High standout Jereme Richmond. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder is ranked No. 13 overall and is a versatile wing that is equipped to score from the perimeter.

But Bruce Weber didn't stop there. Luther Head's brother, Crandall, who checks in at No. 22 overall, is in the fold, as is Meyers Leonard (No. 29), that boosted his stock playing in national camps and for his AAU team this summer.

Over the past few years the Illini haven't kept the best players in their state home (Jon Scheyer, Sherron Collins, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert etc.). Now their staff appears to be making that a priority and it has their program back on the rise.

After Ohio State and Illinois there's a bit of gap, but still the next few classes are talented. Texas holds verbal commitments from the nation's top prospect, Tristan Thompson, and a top 20 shooting guard, Daniel Bejarano.

Just behind them is Louisville. The Cardinals went across the country to score a top 10 recruit in Jeremy Tyler. But they also have two other top 75 prospects committed -- Justin Martin (No. 36) and Josh Langford (No. 70).

Duke closes out the top five with a trio of top 75 commitments. Their highest ranked prospect is long-range bomber Andre Dawkins (23). Joining Dawkins is Josh Hairston (No. 26) and Tyler Thornton (No. 49).

Quick Hitters
-42 of the top 75 are committed
-7 of the 2010 top 10 are committed
-3 of top 10 point guards are committed
-7 of top 10 shooting guards are committed
-3 of top 10 small forwards are committed
-6 of top 10 power forwards are committed
-6 of top 10 power centers are committed
-ACC has 10 committed prospects in the top 50
-Big Ten has 11 committed prospects in the top 75, including 9 in top 50
-Big East has 9 committed prospect in top 75
-Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC each have 3 committed prospects in top 75

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