Signing Day: Top 25 Rankings

For the third year in a row, Kentucky will pull in the top recruiting class in the country. Duke and Arkansas weren't too far behind as they check in at No. 2 and No. 3. Louisville, second in the Big East, checks in slightly outside the Top 5 at No. 6.

2011 Top 25 Recruiting ClassesNotable Recruits / Scout Rankings
1 Kentucky

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Kentucky class: Wow! For the third year in a row the Cats are at the top of the list. Three players among the top six and another five-star prospect is as good as it gets.
Anthony Davis (1)
Michael Gilchrist (5)
Marquis Teague (6)
Kyle Wiltjer (19)

2 Duke

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Duke class: With Irving likely gone after one year, Coach K and company wanted to add some firepower on the perimeter and he did just that by adding Rivers, Cook and Gbinije.
Austin Rivers (3)
Quinn Cook (20)
Michael Gbinije (21)
Marshall Plumlee (40)

3 Arkansas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Arkansas class: Young is the elite prospect of the group, but the Arkansas wings trio of Mickelson, Madden and Ross is impressive too. Look for Mickelson to make a big impact right away.
B.J. Young (17)
Ky Madden (30)
Hunter Mickelson (50)
Aaron Ross
DeVonte Abron
4 Saint John's

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Saint John's class: Steve Lavin didn't waste any time getting St. John's rolling. Harkless and Sampson are the headliners, but they also have two other Top 100 prospects and a highly regarded JUCO guard.
Jakarr Sampson (22)
Maurice Harkless (44)
D'Angelo Harrison (60)
Dom Pointer (81)
Nurideen Lindsey
5 Texas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Texas class: Kabongo is the pride and joy of this class. The nation's No. 2 point guard should get the ball right away in Austin. To go with Kabongo, Lewis, Holmes and McClellan are top 100 players.
Myck Kabongo (9)
Sheldon McClellan (35)
Jonathan Holmes (69)
Julien Lewis (89)

6 Louisville

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Louisville class: Blackshear got the class going and he'll get the ball right away on the wing. Behanan and Price will join a handful of talented post prospects to make up what could be the best frontline in the Big East in 2011.
Wayne Blackshear (12)
Chane Behanan (29)
Zach Price (53)
Angel Nunez

7 North Carolina

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
North Carolina class: It may be a small class, but it's certainly a talented one. McAdoo is an elite power forward, while Hairston is an elite shooter. Toss in walk-on Simmons and it's a three-man group that can help UNC right away.
James McAdoo (4)
P.J. Hairston (18)
Jackson Simmons

8 Syracuse

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Syracuse class: This class has an elite shot blocker in Christmas, a major scorer in Carter-Williams and one of the best shooters in the country in Cooney. Great group headed to 'Cuse.
Rakeem Christmas (10)
Michael Carter-Williams (31)
Trevor Cooney (59)

9 Arizona

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Arizona class: Sean Miller has this recruiting thing down pat. Another top 10 class for Miller, as he has a pair of guards in Turner and Johnson that will see the floor from the jump, plu ands active and improving big man in Johnson.
Josiah Turner (24)
Nick Johnson (26)
Sidiki Johnson (58)

10 Rutgers

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Rutgers class: This class is exactly what Rutgers needed. There's a jolt of energy in the program and scoring a difference maker like Kadeem Jack could go along way. They'll surround him with a bunch of solid players like Mack, Randall and Seagears.
Kadeem Jack
Myles Mack (71)
Derrick Randall (93)
Jerome Seagears
Michael Taylor
11 Illinois

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Illinois class: Bruce Weber didn't have to go far to reel in his four-man class. All of his guys are from Illinois and all rank among the nation's top 100 prospects. Solid class for the Illini
Mike Shaw (66)
Tracy Abrams (80)
Nnanna Egwu (82)
Mychael Henry (86)

12 Virginia Tech

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Virginia Tech class: Throughout the summer Seth Greenberg stalked Finney-Smith and it paid off. Toss him in with Barksdale, Rankin and Brown and you have a group that will help Virginia Tech contend in the ACC.
Dorian Finney-Smith (28)
C.J. Barksdale (65)
Marquis Rankin (84)
Rob Brown

13 Ohio State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Ohio State class: OSU locked up Scott early and then surrounded him with a pair of talented and versatile wings and a rising big man in McDonald. Thompson and Ross will bring scoring to the wing spot right away.
Shannon Scott (38)
Sam Thompson (48)
LaQuinton Ross (63)
Trey McDonald

14 Baylor

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Baylor class: Scott Drew certainly knows how to recruit. Miller is among the top scorers in the country and may be the best long term prospect in the entire class. His AAU teammate Bello isn't too bad either and is likely the top athlete in the entire class.
Quincy Miller (2)
Deuce Bello (32)

15 Oklahoma State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Oklahoma State class: Nash will make a difference right away for the Cowboys. He's an elite wing prospect. Johnson, a JUCO standout, has potential
LeBryan Nash (11)
Karron Johnson

16 Xavier

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Xavier class: Wells is a top 50 prospect and a tough, athletic wing prospect. Davis will help at the guard spot, while Chandler and Reynolds will help inside.
Dezmine Wells (39)
Michael Chandler (67)
Dee Davis
Jalen Reynolds

17 Alabama

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Alabama class: Alabama targeted the south and they were able to reel in Randolph, a five-star prospect, and four-star big Nick Jacobs.
Levi Randolph (25)
Nick Jacobs (92)
Rodney Cooper
Moussa Gueye

18 Florida State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Florida State class: FSU has three four-star prospects and a JUCO stnadout. Space has a high ceiling and could end up being their best overall prospect
Aaron Thomas (72)
Antwan Space (76)
Terry Whisnant
Keil Turpin

19 Michigan State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Michigan State class: Dawson is Izzo's prototypical recruit. Amazing rebounder. Trice is a terrific shooter, while Anderson and Kearney bring athleticism to the table.
Branden Dawson (15)
Travis Trice
Dwaun Anderson
Brandan Kearney

20 Oregon

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Oregon class: Perimeter players and shooting was a focus and they solved that. Brown is among the nation's best shooters and Kingma has a quick trigger too. Donít sleep on Barron. Tough, hardnosed guard.
Jabari Brown (14)
Bruce Barron
Austin Kuemper
Brett Kingma

21 West Virginia

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
West Virginia class: Hinds is the prized recruit of the class. McCune, Brown and Miles are versatile forwards that can help on the wings and interior
Jabari Hinds (79)
Tommie McCune
Aaron Brown
Keaton Miles
Pat Forsythe
22 Georgetown

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Georgetown class: Georgetown boosted their frontline by picking up two top 100 post prospcts. Trawick is climbing the ranks and will add depth to the perimeter
Mikael Hopkins (37)
Tyler Adams (83)
Jabril Trawick

23 Villanova

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Villanova class: It was all perimeter for 'Nova's 2011 recruiting class. Johnson is a difference maker, while Yacoubou and Hilliard will add depth
Tyrone Johnson (70)
Achraf Yacoubou
Darrun Hilliard

24 Vanderbilt

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Vanderbilt class: Vandy scored a big one in Parker. He's a big time wing that will be joined by a solid combo guard in Johnson
Dai-Jon Parker (42)
Kedren Johnson
Shelby Moats

25 Mississippi State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Mississippi State class: Hood is the stud of the class, but Smith and Garnder are solid three-star prospects that will help the Bulldogs
Rodney Hood (49)
Deville Smith
David Gardner

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