Top Class?Behind a strong recruiting effort by Steve Lavin, St. John's sits atop the Big East recruiting class rankings.
* No. 1 SEC|
* No. 2 Big East
* No. 3 ACC
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* No. 4 Big Ten
* No. 5 Big 12
* No. 6 PAC-10
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"A lot of guys don't really want to stay local," Harkless told Scout.com. "I'm the first New York guy to stay in New York."
The five-man group consists of one five-star prospect – Sampson – a trio of four-star players – Pointer, Harrison and Harrison – as well as Lindsey -- a JUCO scoring sensation.
While their class ranks No. 1 in the Big East, it also stacks up pretty well nationally and ranks among the top five classes in the country.
Other WinnersAfter St. John's, Louisville and Syracuse battled it out for the second and third spots.
|Big East Rankings|
1. St. John's|
5. West Virginia
13. Notre Dame
15. South Florida
16. Seton Hall
Each class has an elite player, as well as two more top 50 recruits.
For Louisville, Blackshear is the elite scoring talent. His strong frame allows him to muscle up with defenders when he attacks the basket, but his best attributes are his ball skills and jump shot.
Behanan and Price will really boost Louisville's frontline. Behanan, who was MVP of the NBA Camp, is an undersized monster on the block, while Price is a developing big man that continues to get better.
Jim Boeheim's class contains an elite shot blocker in Christmas, but also plenty of scoring talent on the perimeter. Cooney has the reputation as one of the best shooter in the country, while Carter-Williams is an electric scorer.
Much like Lavin, Mike Rice managed a pretty strong first year class at Rutgers.
|Top Big East Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse|
|Best Scorer:||Wayne Blackshear, Louisville|
|Best Passer:||Tyrone Johnson, Villanova|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse|
|Best Floor General:||Tyrone Johnson, Villanova|
|Best Post Player:||Chane Behanan, Louisville|
|Best Shooter:||Trevor Cooney, Syracuse|
|Best Rebounder:||Chane Behanan, Louisville|
|Best Athlete:||Dom Pointer, St. John's|
Rutgers also filled their need of a point guard; by picking up a pair of top 20 lead guards in Mack and Seagears. Mack is one of the best shooters in the country, while Seagears brings skill and a nice overall floor game to the table.
How did the Big East stack up?The Big East, which ranks No. 2 of the big six conferences, faired pretty well this year.
Now the league doesn't have near as many five star prospects as the SEC, who ranks No. 1, but it does have far more depth than any of the other conferences.
The league will bring 20 four-star recruits and 18 three-star prospects. So while the league has more teams they are also bringing in far more players.
The top rated players headed to the league are Christmas, Blackshear and Sampson.