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October 25, 2012

UK stays on top, Mizzou makes move

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While the commitments continue to fly fast and furious, it's been a relatively quiet week when it comes to members of the Rivals150.

Because of that, there's not been a lot of movement since Kentucky reclaimed its usual spot atop the rankings a week ago.

The only real movement within the top 30 comes courtesy of Missouri and Baylor making their way into the top 30.

Frank Haith's Tigers make the biggest entrance checking in at No. 14. Mizzou already had a pair of Rivals150 point guards committed in Wesley Clark and Travis Jorgenson but they added on a pair of Rivals150 big men late last week.

Four-star Johnathan Williams III is a versatile power forward with length who is a ball-handling and slashing four capable of making plays via the dribble. While Williams handles, Arizona native Torren Jones is a physical grinder who plays with high effort and does much of the dirty work around the rim.

Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears make their debut in the top 30 at No. 29. Late last week, the Bears scored with Kansas City native Ishmail Wainright, a top-50 wing who is finishing his high school career in the D.C. area. Wainright defends multiple positions, is able to play much bigger than his 6-foot-5 size thanks to a 7-foot-3 wingspan and brings a dose of physicality to the Bears.

He joins developing four-star Johnathan Motley. The Bears standing could be changing very soon, though. Top-50 big man Dominic Woodson should have a decision within the next week and he's down to Baylor and N.C. State (currently No. 13). Whichever program scores the power scorer will make a jump.

In addition to Woodson, only 29 other members of the 2013 Rivals150 remain undecided and it's likely that each of their decisions has an impact on the final team rankings.

From a conference standpoint, the SEC is looking dominant and now has command of seven of the top 30 spots thanks to Mizzou's entrance. The ACC and Big Ten each have five schools in the top 30, while the Big East and Big 12 each have four and the Pac-12 has three. The Mountain West and West Coast Conference are each represented by one program.

2013 Team Rankings
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Harrison (4)
PG Andrew Harrison (5)
SG James Young (10)
PF Marcus Lee (17)
PF Derek Willis (128)
For the fifth year in a row, John Calipari and the Wildcats sit at the head of the class when it comes to recruiting. In the span of a week, Calipari landed commitments from a set of top-five ranked twins in the Harrison brothers and then backed it up with a commitment from a top-10 wing in Young and top-15 PF in Lee. The Harrisons and Young are interchangeable parts in the backcourt and give them lots of options, while Lee and Willis bulk up the frontcourt.
2. florida
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Chris Walker (8)
PG Kasey Hill (9)
Head coach Billy Donovan and his staff are off to one heck of a start in the class of 2013. The Gators shut down the state borders to lock up a five-star point guard in Hill and a five-star big man in Walker. Walker and Hill also provide the athleticism and have plenty of experience playing together in the summer.
3. Kansas
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Brannen Greene (24)
SG Wayne Selden (25)
PG Conner Frankamp (30)
PG Frank Mason (133)
Bill Self and the Jayhawks have really solidified their perimeter rotation with the additions of Selden and Mason. Selden is a big and physical guard who is perfect for all of the ball screen action run by the Jayhawks while Mason is a hard charging guard with lots of toughness. Greene is a tall shooter with length who stretches defenses while Frankamp is another long range bomber who is also quite capable off the drible.
4. memphis
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Kuran Iverson (26)
SF Nick King (39)
SG Markel Crawford (52)
PG Rashawn Powell (98)
The addition of the slashing, high scoring Iverson to this group really gives the Tigers some firepower on the wing and perimeter. King is a strong wing who can play some on the interior if the Tigers want to play small. Crawford is a big time athlete and defender who was just starting to blossom as a scorer before a knee injury took him down and Powell is a quick floor general who can score.
5. Louisville
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Anton Gill (47)
PG Terry Rozier (2012 80 4-star)
PG Chris Jones (JC 4-star)
PF Akoy Agau (85)
Thanks to a big-time junior college player and another solid high school big man, Rick Pitino and the Cardinals staff have put together one heck of a class. Point guard Chris Jones is arguably the best junior college player in the country and will warrant five-star consideration. Akoy Agau is a big man with skill and they join four-star shooting guard Anton Gill and 2012 holdover Terry Rozier to make a nice class.
6. Duke
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Semi Ojeleye (32)
SG Matt Jones (34)
The Blue Devils should be feeling pretty good about the wing help they've secured. Both shooting guard Matt Jones and small forward Semi Ojeleye are active scorers and both will be in contention for McDonald's All-American honors.
7. Marquette
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Duane Wilson (55)
SF Deonte Burton (56)
PF Jameel McKay (JC 4-star)
PG John Dawson (NR 3-star)
The city of Milwaukee has been producing more and more talent of late and Buzz Williams and his staff look to be building a fence around the city. Wilson is an attacking guard who is built to score while Burton is a big time athlete with strength who rebounds and competes. In McKay, Marquette has a high volume rebounder and one of the premier junior college players in the country.
8. Michigan
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Zakarie Irvin (33)
PG Derrick Walton (46)
PF Mark Donnal (106)
The Wolverines continue to load up their roster with high level talent. Irvin's game has taken a huge leap over the last year and he's a versatile wing with terrific size. Walton is one of the toughest playmakers in the country and Donnal gives them a big man with skill and a body to build on.
9. arkansas
2013 commits (National rank)
C Bobby Portis (16)
C Moses Kingsley (59)
Those who saw Portis a few years ago can't have expected he would blossom like this. The high energy big man has made a steady climb up the rankings since committing to Mike Anderson and his combination of size, skill and relentless pursuit of the ball should allow him to be an impact player. Moses Kingsley gives the Hogs a tireless rebounder and defender to pair with Portis.
10. illinois
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Malcolm Hill (66)
PF Maverick Morgan (150)
SG Kendrick Nunn (44)
PG Jaylon Tate (NR 3-star)
John Groce and his staff are off to a good start during their first year in Champaign. Hill is an in-state product with good size for a two guard and a nicely developed mid-range game and jump shot. Morgan is a good athlete with a strong frame and will be capable of playing either the four or the five in the Big Ten. The Illini made an impressive charge to land a key Chicago recruit in Nunn.
11. notre dame
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Demetrius Jackson (29)
SF V.J. Beachem (84)
SG Steve Vasturia (NR 3-star)
PF Austin Torres (NR 2-star)
It wasn't easy, but the Irish were able to get the highly regarded Jackson to stay home and run the show. Jackson is a true leader at the point and will love to get the ball to excellent wing shooters like Beachem and Vasturia. Torres is a bit of a wild card and a local who has some athleticism.
12. North carolina
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Isaiah Hicks (13)
PG Nate Britt (75)
As usual, Roy Williams and his staff are doing well on the recruiting trail. Hicks is a long and athletic local with huge upside who is really just starting to gain experience and will benefit greatly from college coaching. Since busting onto the scene, Britt has been in a funk but if the point guard gets his mojo back this class get much stronger.
13. N.C. State
2013 commits (National rank)
PG Anthony Barber (11)
PF Kyle Washington (97)
Mark Gottfried and the Pack are proving that 2012's recruiting efforts were no fluke. They made up major ground to get in late and land the super quick Barber at the point. A native of Minnesota, Washington is a steadily improving big man with a nice frame to build on.
14. Missouri
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Johnathan Williams III (48)
PG Wesley Clark (70)
PF Torren Jones (116)
PG Travis Jorgenson (137)
During the 2011-12 season, Frank Haith and the Tigers benefited greatly from being able to play two talented point guards. They look to be following that blueprint with their early 2013 efforts. Clark is more of a scorer who can attack the rim while Jorgenson is a clever setup man. They pair the floor generals with a ball handling/slashing four in Williams and a physical grinder in Jones.
15. Arizona
2013 commits (National rank)
SF Rondae Jefferson (18)
SG Elliott Pitts (119)

Sean Miller continues to recruit very well out in the desert. Rondae Jefferson is a tough guy small forward who plays with terrific energy. Elliott Pitts can shoot with range and is a good passer.
16. UCLA
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Zach LaVine (43)
SG Allerik Freeman (53)
Thanks to their 2013 efforts, the Bruins won't lack for scorers at the shooting guard position. Zach LaVine is a slender, explosively athletic slasher who can also play some at the point. Al Freeman is a mid-range scorer with a Pac-12 ready body.
17. UNLV
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Christian Wood (35)
SF Jelan Kendrick (JC 4-star)
The Running Rebels continue to add players that will allow them to play a high octane style of ball out in Vegas. Wood is a long and thin four man who can really stretch defenses with his shooting or finish athletically around the rim. Kendrick had some troubles at both Memphis and Ole Miss before landing in a junior college. But, the wing is extremely talented and versatile.
18. california
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Jabari Bird (22)
SG Jordan Mathews (87)
PG Sam Singer (NR)
The Bears are doing what they can to keep a hold on some top level local talent. Jabari Bird is a five-star wing scorer whose father played at Cal. Jordan Mathews is a four-star who can score off the dribble and is the son of an UCLA assistant.
19. lsu
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Jordan Mickey (40)
PG Tim Quarterman (65)
C John Odoh (JC 3-star)
PF Deng Deng (JC 3-star)
After some early grousing, fans in Baton Rouge have to be excited about their new coaching staff's recruiting so far. Mickey is a combo forward with a great motor and athleticism while the multi-positional Quarterman is one of the nation's more versatile players. The junior college transfers, Odoh and Deng, should add size and athleticism to the frontline.
20. indiana
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Stanford Robinson (50)
C Luke Fischer(115)
SF Devin Davis (121)
SF Collin Hartman (NR 3-star)
On the heels of 2012's monster class, Tom Crean and his staff have already put together a pretty good group. Robinson is a playmaker off the dribble who can defend while Fischer is a big body that will be bulked up into a Big Ten banger. Davis is a high energy combo-forward who rebonds and defends while Hartman is an excellent spot up jump shooter.
21. florida state
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes (27)
PF Jarquez Smith (110)
Things started to move for Leonard Hamilton and the 'Noles as they landed a pair of highly regarded recruits on the same weekend in October. A native Candadian whose father played at FSU, Rathan-Mayes is a high level scorer. Smith is a long limbed, slender big man who has loads of potential if he can get more consistent.
22. iowa state
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Matt Thomas (57)
SG Monte Morris (93)
SF Dustin Hogue (JC 3-star)
PF Richard Amardi (JC 3-star)
When it comes to shooters, Thomas just may be the best in the entire country. The Wisconsin native's jumper is a thing of beauty. A tough kid from Michigan, Morris is a combo guard with leadership ability. In addition to those two, the junior college teammates Hogue and Armardi add experience. Hogue is an athletic wing scorer while Armardi brings size and rebounding.
23. purdue
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Kendall Stephens (58)
PG Bryson Scott (79)
SF Basil Smotherman (NR 3-star)
The son of former Boilkermaker Everette Stephens, shooting guard Kendall Stephens can really rip the nets from deep and is blessed with size and length. Scott is a hard nosed kid who can score, defends and can play some at the one or two. Smotherman has matured physically and is coming on as an athlete that can board and play a little inside and out..
24. ohio state
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Marc Loving (No. 62)
SG Kameron Williams (No. 82)
The Buckeyes have landed a pair of guys who can shoot the ball in combo forward Marc Loving and shooting guard Kameron Williams. Loving has to get stronger but has upside while Williams is one of the best shooters in the class.
25. alabama
2013 commits (National rank)
C Jimmie Taylor (59)
PF Shannon Hale (92)
Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide have gone big with their first two commitments in 2013. With more focus and some physical maturity, Taylor has the tools to climb much further up the rankings. Hale is a four man who can face the basket a bit and he's become a more dedicated rebounder.
26. byu
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Eric Mika (71)
SG Nick Emery (105)
PF Jakob Hartsock (NR 3-star)
PF Braiden Shaw (NR)
PF Luke Worthington (NR 3-star)
A rugged big man, Mike really burst onto the scene during the summer after sitting out his junior season due to transfer rules. His high school teammate Emery is a highly confident gunslinger from deep who plays with swagger. Hartsock and Shaw add quality depth to the post rotation.
27. villanova
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Kris Jenkins (78)
SF Josh Hart (89)
The Washington D.C. area has been really good to 'Nova in the class of 2013. Jenkins is a rugged and skilled combo forward who causes matchup problems. Hart is a grinder wing who does a little bit of everything and plays very good defense.
28. west virginia
2013 commits (National rank)
C Brandon Watkins (126)
PF Elijah Macon (2012 No. 56 4-star)
PF Nathan Adrian (3-star)
Similar to Louisville, the Mountaineers class gets a boost from a guy not qualifying in 2012. A native of Ohio, Macon is a big man who has a Big 12 body and plays with a great deal of physicality. Watkins is a thin big man who can block shots and has a little scoring pop while Adrian is a local product who should develop into a solid contributor during his time in Morgantown.
29. Baylor
2013 commits (National rank)
C Ishmail Wainwright (51)
PF Johnathan Motley (104)
It's no surprise to see the Bears making more noise on the recruiting trail. Wainright is one of the most physical players in the country and a true glue guy who does a little bit of everything. Motley is a thin and developing four man who can run the floor and shoot the ball with range.
30. tennessee
2013 commits (National rank)
SG Robert Hubbs (No. 14)
PG Travon Landry (NR 3-star)
PF A.J. Davis (NR 3-star)
Cuonzo Martin and the Volunteers have made a major score with five-star shooting guard Robert Hubbs. Hubbs should be an impact player at the two while Travon Landry is a true pass-first point guard and combo-forward A.J. Davis has length and some faceup ability.

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