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2009 Top 25 Recruiting ClassesNotable Recruits / Scout Rankings
1 Memphis

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Memphis class: John who? Josh Pastner are you serious? Three all-americans right out of the gate? Wow
Will Barton (8)
Jelan Kendrick (15)
Joe Jackson (17)
Tarik Black (72)
Chris Crawford
Hippolyte Tsafack
Antonio Barton
2 Ohio State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Ohio State class: Three guys, including Big Sully, from the same AAU team plus two more standouts = excellence
Jared Sullinger (3)
DeShaun Thomas (14)
Jordan Sibert (56)
Aaron Craft (91)
Lenzelle Smith
J.D. Weatherspoon
3 North Carolina

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
North Carolina class: Two players with championship resumes headed to team with embarrassment of riches
Harrison Barnes (1)
Reggie Bullock (11)
Kendall Marshall (21)

4 Syracuse

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Syracuse class: Cuse fans, prepare yourself for the Fab Melo Experience; Waiters gets buckets
Fab Melo (7)
Dion Waiters (28)
Baye Moussa-Keita
C.J. Fair

5 Illinois

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Illinois class: Bruce Weber's been waiting a long time for this group to sign their letters; this was the class Illini fans waited for!
Jereme Richmond (16)
Meyers Leonard (39)
Crandall Head (59)

6 Michigan State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Michigan State class: Tom Izzo has a diverse bunch highlighted by the athletic Payne and scoring maven Appling
Adreian Payne (19)
Keith Appling (44)
Russell Byrd (84)
Alex Guana

7 Duke

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Duke class: Jay who? Chris who? Move over fellas, Kyrie Irving is carving out his own niche
Kyrie Irving (5)
Josh Hairston (42)
Tyler Thornton (92)

8 Wake Forest

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Wake Forest class: Jumpers from J.T.: good. Boards for Tabb: many. Upside of Desrosiers: priceless
Carson Desrosiers (38)
Travis McKie (46)
J.T. Terrell (75)
Melvin Tabb (88)
Tony Chennault
9 NC State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
NC State class: Pack's backcourt has a chance to be elite with Lo Brown and Harrow; ATL pipeline in effect!
Lorenzo Brown (28, '09)
Ryan Harrow (25)
Luke Cothron (57)

10 South Carolina

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
South Carolina class: Not to toot their Horn, but Gamecocks did pretty well for themselves with Harris & Ellington
Damontre Harris (40)
Bruce Ellington (52)
R.J. Slawson (69)
Brian Richardson
Eric Smith

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
UCLA class: Diverse group led by Teronne Johnson who was born to play Big Ten basketball
Josh Smith (13)
Tyler Lamb (60)

12 Florida

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Florida class: Is it me of does Patric Young still seem a tad undervalued nationally? Prather perfect Billy D guy
Patric Young (18)
Casey Prather (55)

13 Stanford

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Stanford class: Johnny Dawkins was part of a big class when he arrived at Duke, now he's got his own in Palo Alto
Anthony Brown (41)
Dwight Powell (45)
Josh Huestis
John Gage
Aaron Bright
14 Virginia

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Virginia class: Sum is greater than the individual parts and that's impressive since Johnson and Harrell are Top 50 prospects
James Johnson (31)
K.T. Harrell (53)
Will Regan
Joe Harris
Akil Mitchell
15 Florida State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Florida State class: Two guys in our Top 50 were enough to give FSU the Top 15 nod. Remember the name: Okaro White
Ian Miller (48)
Okaro White (49)
Bernard James (JUCO)

16 Missouri

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Missouri class: Tony Mitchellís addition along with Phil Pressey gives Mikes Anderson pop on the trail
Phil Pressey (33)
Tony Mitchell (47)
Ricky Kreklow
Kadeem Green

17 Tennessee

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Tennessee class: Bruce Pearl loves him some Atlanta Celtics. Last three recruits have come from famed ATL program
Jordan McRae (29)
Trae Golden (83)

18 California

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
California class: You knew that if Stanford was gonna have a nice class, Cal would counter. Monty has marksmen coming
Gary Franklin (85)
Richard Solomon (89)
Allan Crabbe (97)
Alex Rossi

19 Maryland

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Maryland class: Terps quietly added three guys with good credentials who can score; Terps signed two West Coast natives
Mychael Parker (64)
Terrence Ross (93)
Terrell Stoglin
Ashton Pankey

20 Oklahoma State

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Oklahoma State class: Success of class hinges on knee of Michael Cobbins and development of junior college forward J.P. Olukemi
Michael Cobbins (51)
Markell Brown (98)
J.P. Olukemi (JUCO)
Brian Williams

21 Xavier

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Xavier class: Gillen. Prosser. Matta. Miller. Mack. New coach went on the attack and got a well-rounded class for "X"
Jordan Latham (87)
Griffin McKenzie
Jay Canty
Justin Martin

22 Georgetown

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Georgetown class: Point guard Markel Starks should steady the ship and Lubick is a sneaky athlete inside
Nate Lubick (37)
Markel Starks (81)

23 Pittsburgh

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Pittsburgh class: Panthers rallied on signing day to bring in Moore; three Top 100 level recruits in the fold
Cameron Wright (74)
J.J. Moore (77)
Isaiah Epps (92)

24 Texas A&M

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Texas A&M class: All bigs ñ each different ñ plus a holdover recruit in Kourtney Roberson gives this class size and a revampted frontcourt
Tobi Oyedeji (68)
Kourtney Roberson
Keith Davis
Daniel Alexander

25 Alabama

Dave Telep's Class Notes:
Alabama class: A-Grant has his point guard of the future in Kansas City's Trevor Releford and Hankerson made you take notice last summer
Trevor Releford (50)
Charles Hankerson (96)

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