Final 2011 Rankings Released

The final results are in, and the Texas recruiting class is a little better than originally thought.

Scout.com released its final 2011 rankings, with the Longhorns' class finishing in fifth. Texas actually has a higher average star ranking than St. John's (No. 3) and Arkansas (No. 4), though St. John's signed a whopping nine players, and Arkansas's top-notch players were more highly ranked within their positions.

Still, there's room to grow for the Longhorns, who are after another recruit or two in this class — namely DeAndre Daniels — that could push the Longhorns up a spot or two.

Kentucky, which landed a four-man class consisting of all five-star prospects, finished with the No. 1 class, followed by a Duke team that picked up five commitments, one five-star and four four-stars. Duke achieved that status with the help of Alex Murphy, originally one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2012. Murphy, who was the No. 11 overall player in that class, elected to reclassify and join the Blue Devils early. Without that extra year of development, he was rated as the No. 10 small forward in the Class of 2011, and the No. 37 player overall.

None of the Longhorns went up or down in terms of star rating, but all five players raised their stock in at least one of their ratings (either positionally, or overall).

The cream of the class is still Myck Kabongo. The point guard from Findlay Prep stayed as the class's No. 2 point guard behind Kentucky-bound Marquis Teague, but he did move up one slot nationally, from the No. 11 overall player to No. 10.

Each of the other four players improved at least their positional stock. Sheldon McClellan moved from the No. 12 shooting guard to the No. 11 shooting guard, though he fell from 39th overall to 42nd, largely the result of Murphy reclassifying and Otto Porter jumping ahead nationally.

Jonathan Holmes jumped five spots from the No. 16 power forward to the No. 11 power forward, though he stayed put at 66. Julien Lewis moved to the No. 21 shooting guard, up from No. 23, and raised his national ranking two spots from 88th to 86th. Kevin Thomas, the class's lone three-star prospect, elevated his stock to become a top-30 power forward, ranking 29th.


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