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Baylor gathers talent, moves up rankings

Baylor already had its replacement for Perry Jones in top five prospect Isaiah Austin. With the recent commitment of top 40 prospect Ricardo Gathers, the Bears now have a replacement for Quincy Acy.

Adding Gathers, who is a rugged double-double machine, to a class with Austin, point guard L.J. Rose and power forward Chad Rykhoek moves Baylor’s class to No. 6 in the 2012 national team recruiting rankings.

Baylor sits behind a current top five of Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina State and Michigan.

The Big East is the most represented conference with six teams in the rankings.

Right behind the Big East is the ACC with five teams, and the Big Ten and Big 12 have four teams each in the rankings.

Conference-USA, Pac-12 and the SEC have two representatives each.

2012 Team Rankings
1. Arizona
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Brandon Ashley (13)
C Kaleb Tarczewski (20)
SG Gabe York (31)
PF Grant Jerrett (50)

Sean Miller has found success on the court and in recruiting at Arizona. He has a trio of top 50 ranked post players who will give Arizona outstanding frontcourt depth. Ashley is a versatile athlete, Tarczewski is a true center at 7-feet and Jarrett is a skilled four man. Also a top 50 prospect, York is a potent perimeter scorer.

2. Indiana
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Hanner Perea (16)

PG Kevin Ferrell (17)

SF Jeremy Hollowell (48)
SG Ron Patterson (131)
C Peter Jurkin

Indiana fans are ready for the recruiting success of Tom Crean to translate on the court, and this five-man class is expected to play a huge part in this potential turnaround. Every position is covered in this class with five-star prospects Hanner Perea and Kevin Ferrell leading the way.

3. Kentucky
2012 commits (National rank)

SG Archie Goodwin (12)
PF Alex Poythress (19)
C Willie Cauley (39)

Kentucky has secured a potentially explosive inside/outside duo. Cauley is a long athlete with a tremendously high ceiling. Goodwin is a top-level athlete who can score points in bunches. Poythress, a five-star prospect like Goodwin, is an athletic specimen who can make plays both inside and outside.

4. North Carolina State
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Rodney Purvis (6)
SF T.J. Warren (23)
PG Tyler Lewis (55)

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. Michigan
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Mitch McGary (3)
SF Glenn Robinson III (34)
SG Nick Stauskas (79)

John Beilein has a couple talented four-star wings in the recruiting fold. Robinson, III, the son of The Big Dog, has blossomed this summer into a terrific prospect. Stauskas is a versatile shooting guard with nice size for his position. But the crown jewel of Michigan’s strong recruiting effort is McGary, who is the top power forward in the 2012 class.

6. Baylor
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Isaiah Austin (5)
PF Ricardo Gathers (37)
PG L.J. Rose (95)
PF Chad Rykhoek (135)

The star of Baylor’s recruiting class is versatile and talented 7-footer Isaiah Austin. He has the perfect interior complement in the physical and talented Ricardo Gathers. Rose is a steady and solid point guard, and Rykhoek will provide depth to the frontcourt.

7. Providence
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Ricardo Ledo (8)
PG Kris Dunn (10)
SG Joshua Fortune

New head coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash at Providence. He has the top backcourt in the country committed with Dunn and Ledo, and Fortune is one of the top shooters in the 2012 class.

8. North Carolina
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Marcus Paige (41)
PF Brice Johnson (49)
C Joel James (61)
SF J.P. Tokoto (68)

Just like neighbor North Carolina State , Roy Williams has secured a strong backcourt. Tokoto is a high flying athlete who thrives in an open court game. Paige is a heady point guard with a solid all-around game. James is a big, back-to-the-basket guy who has been working hard to get in better shape. And the latest commitment comes from Johnson, who is a bouncy athlete with great potential.

9. Texas
2012 commits (National rank)
C Cameron Ridley (21)
C Prince Ibeh (54)
PG Javan Felix (92)
PF Connor Lammert
SF Ioannis Papapetrou

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, who is a skilled wing, rounds out the class.

10. Pittsburgh
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Steven Adams (4)
PG James Robinson (58)

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.

11. UCLA
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Kyle Anderson (2)
SF Jordan Adams (74)

The addition of the nation’s second-ranked, and most versatile, player Kyle Anderson gives UCLA’s class a huge bump. Adams is one of the toughest perimeter players to defend in the 2012 class when he gets hot from the outside.

12. Michigan State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Gary Harris (25)
SF Denzel Valentine (80)
PF Matt Costello (82)
PF Kenny Kaminski (84)

Michigan State got its man in five-star shooting guard Garry Harris. 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.

13. Kansas
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Perry Ellis (24)
SF Andrew White (56)
PF Zach Peters (144)
SG Anrio Adams
C Landen Lucas

Bill Self has put together a solid five-man class with five-star forward Perry Ellis leading the charge. White, a four-star wing, is an excellent shooter while Adams is a physical slasher. Lucas and Peters, both physical big men, round out the class.

14. Houston
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Danuel House (15)

PF Chicken Knowles (47)

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.

15. Georgia Tech
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Robert Carter (28)
SF Marcus Hunt (100)
SG Chris Bolden (107)

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.

16. Syracuse
2012 commits (National rank)
C Dajuan Coleman (27)
PF Jerami Grant (60)

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.

17. Villanova
2012 commits (National rank)
C Daniel Ochefu (29)
PG Ryan Arcidiacono (64)

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.

18. Notre Dame
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Cameron Biedscheid (30)
PF Zach Auguste (93)
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.

19. Florida State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (56)
PG Montay Brandon (59)
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.

20. Florida
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Braxton Ogbueze (62)
SG Michael Frazier (87)
SG Dillon Graham

Continuing the backcourt theme, Billy Donovan also has secured a four-star point guard and wing scorer. Ogbueze has a balanced skill package at the point, and Frazier is known for scoring points. Graham, a three-star prospect, is also a great shooter.

21. Texas AM
2012 commits (National rank)
PG J-Mychal Reese (63)
SG Alex Caruso (67)

Billy Kennedy is off to a great start on the recruiting trail in his first year at AM. With Reese and Caruso AM 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 AM.

22. Virginia
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Anderson (35)
C Mike Tobey (109)
SF Evan Nolte (120)
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.

23. Georgetown
2012 commits (National rank)
PG D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (22)
C Brandon Bolden (115)

As a physical combo guard with a knack for scoring, Smith-Rivera is a perfect fit for the Georgetown system. Bolden will give the Hoyas length and athleticism on their frontline.

24. Purdue
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Ronnie Johnson (91)
PF Jay Simpson (101)
SG Rapheal Davis (106)
C A.J. Hammons (123)

Matt Painter doesn’t have a superstar in his recruiting class, but he does have four solid recruits headed to Purdue. Johnson is a speedy point guard, Simpson is a force in the lane, Davis is a dangerous shooter and Hammons has a lot of potential as a 7-footer.

25. Memphis
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Shaquille Goodwin (26)
SF Damien Wilson (90)

Goodwin is an athletic and versatile big man who is made for an up-tempo system. A slashing lefty wing, Wilson thrives in transition as well.


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