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April 13, 2012

UK back on top of team rankings

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The spring signing period began on Wednesday and the respective additions of Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel to UCLA and Kentucky allow the Bruins and Wildcats to make big moves in the updated team rankings.

By adding the nation's No. 2-ranked player in Noel, John Calipari and his staff made the jump from No. 3 and find themselves in a very familiar position atop the team rankings. Meanwhile, Muhammad's decision to attend school in Westwood catapults UCLA's class from just outside the top ten at No. 11 all the way up to No. 3.

Of the remaining 18 players in the Rivals150 who have yet to commit, five-stars Anthony Bennett andDevonta Pollard along with high four-stars Tony Parker and Amile Jefferson have the most ability to shuffle the final team rankings.

From a conference standpoint, the ACC has the honors for most teams in the top 30 recruiting classes with six. The Big East and the Big Ten each have five teams included in the ranking while the Big 12 and Pac 12 each place four teams on the list. Conference USA lands a pair of teams in the rankings while the SEC, A-10, Big West and Mountain West each place one team in the updated team rankings.

2012 Team Rankings
1. Kentucky
2012 commits (National rank)
C Nerlens Noel (2)
PF Alex Poythress (8)
SG Archie Goodwin (14)
C Willie Cauley (40)
With the addition of Noel to their 2012 recruiting class, John Calipari and the Wildcats lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class for the fourth year in a row. Noel, Poythress, Goodwin and Cauley form a group that is likely the most athletic recruiting class put together by any staff in the country.
2. Arizona
2012 commits (National rank)
C Kaleb Tarczewski (9)
PF Grant Jerrett (15)
PF Brandon Ashley (23)
SG Gabe York (46)
C Matt Korcheck
Kentucky may have edged Arizona for the top recruiting class in the country, but Sean Miller and the Wildcats still have a class featuring a trio of five-star big men in Tarczewski, Jerrett and Ashley. Gabe York provides a wing scoring option capable of putting up points in a hurry while Korchek is a junior college transfer who can add depth and experience to a young front line.
3. UCLA
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Shabazz Muhammad (1)
SF Kyle Anderson (3)
SF Jordan Adams (62)
With Muhammad and Anderson headed to Westwood, the Bruins have landed the best duo of any program in 2012. Muhammad is a big-time scorer while Anderson is a versatile playmaker capable of playing several positions. In Adams, Ben Howland adds a shooter with range and loads of confidence in his ability from deep. The potential addition of undecided Tony Parker could push this class even higher.
4. North Carolina State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Rodney Purvis (12)
SF T.J. Warren (17)
PG Tyler Lewis (48)
The Pack scored a couple of major commitments when five-star prospects Purvis and Warren decided to stay home for school. Purvis is a physical, attacking combo guard who can score with the best of them. Warren is also a high scoring forward with a sweet shooting stroke. Lewis is as crafty as they come off the dribble and a fan favorite thanks to his flashy passing.
5. Indiana
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Kevin Ferrell (19)
SF Jeremy Hollowell (41)
PF Hanner Perea (43)
SG Ron Patterson (131)
C Peter Jurkin
Indiana is primed to build on the success of the 2011-2012 season, and this five-man class is expected to play a huge part in the future for Tom Crean's Hoosiers. Every position is covered in this class with five-star prospect Kevin Ferrell and high four-star Jeremy Hollowell leading the way.
6. Baylor
2012 commits (National rank)
C Isaiah Austin (4)
PF Ricardo Gathers (37)
PG L.J. Rose (74)
C Chad Rykhoek (145)
The star of Baylor's recruiting class is the versatile and talented 7-footer Austin. He has the perfect interior complement in Gathers who is an athletic and physical presence in the paint. Rose is a steady and solid point guard, and Rykhoek will provide depth to the frontcourt.
7. Michigan
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Glenn Robinson III (11)
C Mitch McGary (30)
SG Nick Stauskas (71)
PG Spike Albrecht
In Robinson III, John Beilein and his staff have a potential Big Ten star to provide instant help on the wing. McGary is a physical post player with skill around the rim and the ability to face up and score near the free throw line. Stauskas can bomb away from deep and Albrecht provides insurance at the point.
8. Providence
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Ricardo Ledo (6)
PG Kris Dunn (16)
SG Joshua Fortune
PG Ian Baker
New head coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash at Providence. He has arguably the top incoming backcourt in the country with Dunn and Ledo. Fortune is one of the top shooters in the 2012 class and Baker adds depth to the backcourt.
9. North Carolina
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Marcus Paige (34)
SF J.P. Tokoto (45)
PF Brice Johnson (49)
C Joel James (65)
Roy Williams and the Tar Heels have landed a solid foundation class. Paige will be expected to help out immediately with the departure of Kendall Marshall and Tokoto is a freakish athlete whose skills are starting to match his physical tools. Johnson is a smooth athletic and slender post player while James has the frame to develop into a bruising interior player.
10. Kansas
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Perry Ellis (24)
SF Andrew White (51)
SG Anrio Adams (98)
PF Zach Peters (137)
C Landen Lucas
Bill Self has put together a solid five-man class with the five-star four-time state champion and player of the year Ellis leading the charge. White, a four-star wing, is an excellent shooter while Adams is a physical, slashing, four-star combo guard. A pair of physical big men, Peters and Lucas, round out the class.
11. Texas
2012 commits (National rank)
C Cameron Ridley (29)
C Prince Ibeh (55)
PG Javan Felix (110)
PF Connor Lammert
SF Ioannis Papapetrou
SG DeMarcus Holland
Ridley, who has a lot of size and a lot of game, is a post player who can anchor the attack on both ends. Highly athletic, Ibeh is a great interior complement to Ridley. Lammert, a skilled four man, adds depth to the frontline. He also has a heady point guard in Felix who can get him the ball and keep the defense honest with his shooting ability. Papapetrou is a skilled wing and Holland adds perimeter pop to the class.
12. Pittsburgh
2012 commits (National rank)
C Steven Adams (5)
PG James Robinson (59)
SF Chris Jones
New Zealand power forward Steven Adams is so talented Pittsburgh might only get to enjoy him for a year. Robinson is one of the toughest and craftiest point guards in the 2012 class while Jones gives Jamie Dixon an extra option on the wing. Transfer Trey Zeigler doesn't count towards ranking the class but will be a big addition.
13. Michigan State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Gary Harris (25)
SG Denzel Valentine (81)
PF Matt Costello (83)
PF Kenny Kaminski (113)
Michigan State got its man in the five-star shooting guard Harris who was named Mr. Basketball in Indiana. Tom Izzo has a trio of skilled forwards at his disposal in his 2012 recruiting class. Costello and Kaminski have size and great shooting strokes. Valentine is small forward with a versatile game.
14. Houston
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Danuel House (20)
PF Chicken Knowles (54)
C Valentine Izundu
Head coach James Dickey and his staff made a huge splash by convincing the two local stars to stay local. House is a long, athletic wing with deep range and huge upside. Knowles is a slender big with quickness and face-up skills while Izundu is a developing shot blocker.
15. Maryland
2012 commits (National rank)
C Shaquille Cleare (53)
PF Jake Layman (70)
PF Charles Mitchell (92)
SG Seth Allen
C Damonte Dodd
Cleare and Mitchell, both four-star post players, provide a formidable inside duo. Layman, a shooter with length, has plenty of upside. Allen, a guard, and Dodd, a post player, round out the class.
16. Georgia Tech
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Robert Carter (33)
SF Marcus Hunt (95)
SG Chris Bolden (106)
PG Corey Heyward
The big catch for first-year Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory is Carter, who is an impressive low post scorer. Hunt and Bolden are both wings who can fill it up from outside while Heyward is a point guard with some quickness.
17. Virginia
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Anderson (35)
C Mike Tobey (76)
SF Evan Nolte (91)
PG Teven Jones
Tony Bennett has secured a trio of ranked recruits with diverse games. Anderson is a big-time wing athlete. Tobey is a skilled post player with face-up game. And Nolte is a deadly outside shooter. Three-star point guard Jones is the fourth recruit.
18. Syracuse
2012 commits (National rank)
C Dajuan Coleman (26)
PF Jerami Grant (64)
Coleman brings tremendous size to the interior of Syracuse's offense and zone defense. Grant is a rangy athlete with a solid skill set who can play both forward positions.
19. Xavier
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Semaj Christon (31)
SG Myles Davis (136)
PF Jalen Reynolds (111 in 2011)
PF James Farr
During his year at prep school, Christon proved to be among the nation's elite premier floor generals. Davis is an outstanding perimeter shooter while Reynolds rose to four-star status during his prep school year after finishing No. 111 in the final 2011 Rivals150. Farr is a four man with some face-up skills who will have time to develop.
20. Purdue
2012 commits (National rank)
C A.J. Hammons (77)
PG Ronnie Johnson (94)
SG Rapheal Davis (96)
PF Jay Simpson (112)
Matt Painter's class covers several areas of need and is filled with tough, physical players. Johnson can push tempo at the point and is a vocal leader while Hammons is a shot-blocking space eater on the interior. Davis is a slashing scorer while Simpson is a big body who has some face-up skill.
21. Notre Dame
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Cameron Biedscheid (28)
PF Zach Auguste (97)
PF Austin Burgett
Mike Brey has a couple four-star recruits in the fold with Biedscheid and Auguste. Biedscheid is a versatile perimeter player with length and a high skill level. Auguste is a mobile and skilled big man who is hitting his stride. A lengthy shooter, Burgett rounds out the class.
22. Villanova
2012 commits (National rank)
C Daniel Ochefu (42)
PG Ryan Arcidiacono (57)
Jay Wright and his staff continue to recruit at a high level. Ochefu, a four-star big man, is a force down low. His complement is fellow four-star Ryan Arcidiacono, who is a scoring point guard.
23. Memphis
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Shaquille Goodwin (44)
SF Damien Wilson (140)
SG Geron Johnson
Goodwin is a big man who has become more physical and can play some in an up-tempo system. A slashing lefty wing, Wilson thrives in transition as well. A junior college transfer, Johnson is a talented wing scorer with huge potential.
24. San Diego State
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Winston Shepard (21)
C Skylar Spencer (126)
SF Matt Shrigley
The Aztecs have a potential big-time impact player on the way in the highly versatile Shepard. A playmaker who can defend almost every position on the floor, he'll be backed up near the rim by a shot-blocking specialist in Spencer. Shrigley is a guy who can fill it up and just missed the final Rivals150.
25. Florida State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (56 in 2011)
SF Montay Brandon (60)
PG Devon Bookert
PF Robert Gilchrist
Florida State is looking forward to adding the scoring abilities of reclassified four-star shooting guard Aaron Thomas. Brandon, a four-star perimeter player, is a versatile playmaker. Point guard Bookert and power forward Gilchrist round out the class.
26. Iowa
2012 commits (National rank)
C Adam Woodbury (50)
PG Mike Gesell (100)
PG Anthony Clemmons
SG Patrick Ingram
PF Kyle Meyer
Hawkeye fans will likely fall in love with this class quickly. Woodbury is a competitor in the lane who combines tremendous size and skill while Gesell is a playmaker who can score. They are surrounded by a solid cast of three-star prospects who each fill a role.
27. Colorado
2012 commits (National rank)
C Josh Scott (61)
SF Xavier Johnson (75)
PF Wesley Gordon
SF Chris Jenkins
PG Eli Stalzer
PG Xavier Talton
Tad Boyle and the Buffaloes landed a pair of top 100 players in Scott and Johnson. Scott is an improving homegrown big man while Johnson is a wing who can play on the interior if needed. A solid supporting cast of three-stars is led by another Colorado-grown big man in Gordon.
28. Texas A&M
2012 commits (National rank)
PG J-Mychal Reese (68)
SG Alex Caruso (84)
PG Fabyon Harris
SG Shawn Smith
With Reese and Caruso A&M adds a scoring combo guard and a smooth two who have significant ties to the school. Reese's father, John, is now an assistant coach and Caruso's father, Mike, is an associate athletic director at A&M. Harris is one of the top junior college guards in the country while Smith adds athleticism.
29. UNLV
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Katin Reinhardt (38)
C Demetris Morant (144)
PG DaQuan Cook
With a tournament appearance in 2012, Dave Rice has helped bring some excitement back to Vegas. A four-star prospect who has a flashy style of play and a penchant for bombing away from deep, Reinhardt fits in well with a high-octane style. Morant is raw offensively but a big-time athlete with potential while Cook is a high-scoring floor general.
30. Oregon
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Dominic Artis (47)
PF Ben Carter (130)
SF Damyean Dotson
SG Devon Branch
Dana Altman has landed a class that features one of the nation's top floor generals in Artis. Carter is a highly skilled four-man capable of making plays for others while Dotson is a slashing wing athlete and Branch is junior college transfer who can fill it up from the perimeter.

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