Scout Releases 2007 Team Recruiting Rankings

Scout.com's Dave Telep has assembled a list of the best recruiting classes to date

SEATTLE, Wash., Nov. 6, 2006 - Scout.com, the nation's leading basketball recruiting website, has unveiled its Class of 2007 recruiting class rankings. The initial release is Monday, Nov. 6, and the rankings will be updated daily beginning Nov. 8, the first day of the fall signing period.

Media members are receiving initial reports Monday afternoon and will receive an update on Wednesday. Media members are encouraged to visit www.ScoutHoops.com for the latest updates.

"It's been a tremendous season already," said Dave Telep, Scout.com national recruiting analyst. "The NBA rule preventing players from entering the draft directly out of high school has cranked up the intensity of the elite recruiting battles.

"Eighty-six of the Top 100 players have already committed and we're anticipating a handful to make pledges this week," Telep said. "There's been a trend toward de-committing (11 Top 100 players did this year) and plenty of drama amongst the Top 10 players and their choices. It looks like the Big Ten is the big winner with 4 classes ranked among the Top 10 nationally."

Derrick Rose, Scout.com's No. 6 overall player and No. 2 point guard, made his commitment last weekend. Rose picked Memphis, giving John Calipari a Top 25 recruiting class.

"Rose is elite of the elite," Telep said. "Don't be surprised when he comes into Conference USA and imposes his will on the rest of the league. We're talking a potential player of the year candidate in that conference as a freshman."

Nationally, Syracuse has been considered the leader for the top recruiting class. However, a late development swung momentum in Kansas State's favor.

"Kansas State, with the additions of Bill Walker and Michael Beasley, narrowly edged out Syracuse for tops in 2007," Telep said. "In the end, having a pair of Top 10 talents in the same class was the push that gave Bob Huggins the edge."

The Wildcats recruiting class is a unique one. Walker, the No. 8 prospect overall, actually could suit up for Huggins at mid-year.

Currently, the Indiana Hoosiers signed the highest-ranked player in the land. Eric Gordon, a star shooting guard out of Indianapolis, reneged on a previous pledge to Illinois before selecting conference rival Indiana in a much debated recruiting battle.

The best uncommitted senior to date is the ballyhooed O.J. Mayo. Playing this year at Huntington High School in Huntington, WVa., alongside No. 11 Patrick Patterson (also uncommitted), Mayo may opt to wait until the spring. Southern Cal was his lone early visit.

LINK: Scout.com's Team Recruiting Rankings


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