2012 Big 12 Basketball Recruiting Review Pt 1

The Big 12 has several nationally ranked classes coming in next year.

With the Spring signing period upon us, most of the Big 12 basketball classes are taking their final form. There are still several high level recruits out there, including the top two players in the '12 class. However, none of these players are seriously looking at Big 12 schools at this time.

Overall, this was a down year in recruiting for the Big 12 schools. Four schools finished in the Top 25 of the Scout.com national ranks. Baylor and Texas both are currently in the Top 10, with Baylor 5th and Texas 6th. Kansas is the next highest Big 12 School at 12th, with Oklahoma State at 19th place.

Here, we will take a look at who the schools are bringing in. Later in the week, I will post my rankings of the classes in the Big 12 and give out some fun awards.

Baylor

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

PF

4

10

Ricardo Gathers

6-7/245

C

3

NR

Chad Rykhoek

6-9/205

PG

4

10

L.J. Rose

6-2/170

C

5

2

Isaiah Austin

7-0/200

Baylor's class is highlighted by McDonald's All-American Isaiah Austin, a 5-star recruit ranked the 3rd best player in the country. He is a long and lean post player who can change the game on defense. Austin is a defensive game changed. Outside of Nerlean Noels, he is the best shot blocker in this class. Gathers is an undersized power forward, with great athleticism. He is also one of the best rebounders in this class, and is a great compliment to Austin's outside game. L.J.Rose is a true point guard, who knows how to run an offense. Chad Rykhoek rounds out the class as a projectable post player with great skill.

Iowa State

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

SG

2

NR

Nazareth Long

6-2/185

SG

3

NR

Sherron Dorsey-Walker

6-5/185

SF

3

NR

Nkereuwem Okoro

6-5/175

PF

4

20

Georges Niang

6-6/203

Georges Niang is the guy to watch for Iowa State. He is a classic low post scorer, who has numerous moves down low. He is a high motor guy that makes up for his lack of size in the post with effort and hustle. Dorsey-Walker is a pure scoring guard with the ability to score from numerous spots, while Okoro is a pure effort guy who is constantly going.

Kansas

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

SF

4

9

Andrew White

6-6/205

SG

3

NR

Anrio Adams

6-3/175

C

3

NR

Landen Lucas

6-8/240

PF

4

6

Perry Ellis

6-8/221

PF

3

26

Zach Peters

6-9/220

After a recruiting class that failed to make any impact mainly due to eligibility issues, the Jayhawks hope to get back to normal with two 4-star recruits. Perry Ellis is a very highly skilled power forward that could develop into an elite scorer for Kansas. Andrew White is a top level athlete that has excellent range on his shot but seems to coast at times.

Lucas is a physical post player that works hard, but lacks great athleticism and true scoring ability. Anrio Adams is as fast with the ball as any player in this class, but is more of a small shooting guard than a point guard. He could be an elite defender with good coaching. Finally, Zach Peters is another strong, projectable post player that the Jayhawks will spend a few years developing and probably turn into a very good player.

Kansas State

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

C

2

NR

Laimonas Chatkvevicius

7-0/265

The Kansas State class looked a lot better a few weeks ago, before Frank Martin surprisingly left to be the new coach at South Carolina. Despite signing in the early period, Four-Star center Robert Upshaw only signed scholarship papers and not a Letter of Intent, which allowed him to open his options back up when his coach left. Chatkvevicius is a skilled true seven footer who can hit three-pointers and spread the floor.

Oklahoma

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

SG

NR

NR

Isaiah Cousins

6-4/190

SG

3

NR

Jelon Hornbeak

6-1/170

SG

2

NR

Buddy Hield

6-3/185

Though just a 2-star, Buddy Hield is the player to watch out of these three. He is a late bloomer who is ranked much higher by other sites. He is a phenomenal athlete with explosive ability to get to the rim. Hield is a legit 4-star caliber recruit, and I expect he will be moved up in the rankings significantly at the next update. Hornbeak is a shot-maker, be it a mid-range jumper, a 3-pointer. He is really good for his age moving without the ball.

Cousins is a versatile wing player who could move between the shooting guard or small forward position. In addition to these three players, I have seen reports of C.J. Cole (6-7, 220lb power forward, unranked) and Jarion Henry (6-8, 200lb Small Forward, 3-star) of being committed to the Sooners. For some reason, they are not showing on scout yet. Henry would be a nice addition for the Sooners, as he is a guy with a lot of potential who can do a lot of things

Oklahoma State

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

SG

5

3

Marcus Smart

6-4/200

PG

3

25

Phil Forte

5-11/165

PF

NR

NR

Kamari Murphy

6-8/200

Marcus Smart and Phil Forte, the teammates from Flower Mound, TX (Marcus High School) are the big names here. Smart is one of the strongest and physically developed shooting guards in this class. He is a very smart and aware player and just seems to play the game the right way. He is great at attacking the basket, but will need to improve the range on his jump shot at the next level. Range on his jump shot is not a problem for Forte. He is a shooter, pure and simple. He has range out to the NBA 3-point line, and will do a great job replacing Keaton Paige's shooting. Murphy is a prep player who has great physical gifts and will bring the Cowboys much needed size.

TCU

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

PG

2

NR

Clyde Smith

6-1/160

SG

NR

NR

Charles Hill

6-2/175

C

JC

NR

Reggie Murphy

6-9/210

TCU welcomes their first recruiting class for the Big 12 with a rather unheralded group. None of these three kids had any Power conference offers before the Horn Frogs moved to a power conference. The best of the bunch is Smith, who is an all-around point guard, who can score, has good range on his jump shot and is always attacking. New coach Trent Johnson has his work cut out for him in Fort Worth.

Texas

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

SG

NR

NR

DeMarcus Holland

6-3/165

SF

3

NR

Ioannis Papapetrou

6-7/220

C

4

16

Prince Ibeh

6-11/210

C

3

NR

Connor Lammert

6-9/220

PG

4

13

Javan Felix

5-11/170

C

5

5

Cameron Ridley

6-9/260

The Longhorns welcome a very large class for the second year in a row. After bringing in 7 players last year, they welcome 6 more this year. Their nationally ranked class is led by McDonald's All-American Cameron Ridley, who finally signed with the Longhorns after waiting through the early period. He is a very large true center. He has seen his athleticism and mobility improve in recent years due to some weight loss. He is a very good rebounder, due to his size and is good at fighting for post position.

Along with Ridley are two 4-star recruits, Prince Ibeh ad Javan Felix. Ibeh is a jumping jack athlete with very little skill on the offensive end. He has excellent instincts for blocks and rebounds, and seems to just know where the ball is. Felix is a very good point guard recruit, who really controls the game. He is a very competitive player who will bust his butt to win any game. He just knows how to be a point guard, and seems to be the classic great college point guard, due to size and athletic limitations.

Connor Lammert is a project post player with some really nice skills. He actually reminds me of Baylor signee Chad Rykhoek in terms of style and potential. Papapetrou is a native of Greece who has all of the physical gifts you could ask for. He will have to learn to be a basketball player though. Finishing the class is DeMarcus Holland, who is a combo guard that will bring some good range to the Longhorns

Texas Tech

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

PF

NR

NR

Aaron Ross

6-6/220

SF

3

NR

Michael Carey

6-5/190

PF

3

24

Wanaah Bail

6-7/185

Wannah Bail is a natural athlete with exceptional potential. He could be special, but he just doesn't know the game of basketball very well yet. With time (and learning how to shoot a jump shot) he could be a very good player. Ross is a very undersized power forward who is physically mature and has a solid mid-range game. Michael Carey plays hard all the time and will fit into what Billy Gillespie wants to do with that program. I have also seen Dusty Hannahs (6-3/200lb Shooting guard, unranked) and Daylen Robinson (5-10/170lb Point Guard, unranked) listed as commits, but I couldn't find much information on them.

West Virginia

Position

Rating

Pos. Rank

Name

Ht/Wt

SG

3

NR

Terry Henderson

6-3/150

SG

3

NR

Eron Harris

6-3/180

PF

4

12

Elijah Macon

6-8/210

Macon is the star recruit here, with a great face-up game and the ability to hit a 18-footer along with take his man to the rim. He has great athleticism, is very mobile, and one of the better transition players in this class. Terry Henderson is another excellent shooter who can spread the floor very well and can play without the ball running off of screens. Harris is a skinny guard that will need to develop physically, but has a nice quick step and can get to the basket.


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