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September 17, 2009

Memphis moves up in 2010 team rankings

MORE: Class of 2010 Rivals150 | 2009 Team Rankings | Class of 2011 Rivals150

Memphis recruited well under former coach John Calipari, and it continues to do well under first-year coach Josh Pastner.

The Tigers are the biggest movers in the Rivals.com 2010 national team recruiting rankings, moving up from No. 14 to No. 3 behind the commitment of five-star guard Joe Jackson. The addition of the local standout, along with the commitment of Will Barton, gives Memphis the most dynamic backcourt in the class of 2010.

Virginia is the other previously ranked team to make a move up the charts. The commitment of four-star big man James Johnson moves the Cavaliers from No. 11 to No. 8.

With the expansion of the national team recruiting rankings from a top 15 to a top 20, Xavier, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Tennessee enter the rankings.

The addition of four-star combo guard Trae Golden to the Tennessee recruiting class places the Vols at No. 13 in the rankings.

Xavier jumps in at No. 13 with the addition of Rivals150 prospect Griffin McKenzie, who committed after our previous team rankings update.

Notre Dame and Oklahoma State also have added recent commitments. Four-star combo guard Jerian Grant pledged to Notre Dame. Michael Cobbins, a top-50 prospect committed to Oklahoma State.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is by far the top recruiting league in terms of the 2010 class. The ACC has seven teams in the top 20, with five of those being in the top 10.

The Big Ten is second with four teams, including Ohio State at No. 1. The Big East is follows with three teams, one of which is Syracuse at No. 2. The Big 12 is fourth with three teams represented. Conference-USA is represented by Memphis at No. 3. The Atlantic-10 has Xavier and Dayton in the rankings. Neither the Pac-10 nor the SEC are represented at this time.

2010 Team Rankings
1. Ohio State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Jared Sullinger (3)
PF Deshaun Thomas (18)
SG Jordan Sibert (37)
PG Aaron Craft (104)
SG Lenzelle Smith Jr. (124)
PF J.D. Weatherspoon (137)
With far and away the best recruiting class in the 2010, Ohio State is in familiar territory at the top of the recruiting rankings. Thad Matta has plucked some of the top prospects in his region, creating a formidable seven man class. Sullinger is the premier post player in 2010, while Thomas, a fellow five-star, is one of the top scoring forwards in the country. Sibert and Craft have a strong chemistry as backcourt teammates on the All Ohio Red travel squad. Smith is a unique player with a feel for passing the ball, and Weatherspoon is a tremendous athlete with a lot of potential.
2. Syracuse
2010 commits (National rank)
C Fabricio de Melo (16)
SG Dion Waiters (29)
PF C.J. Fair (111)
C Baye Moussa Kieta (145)
There is a distinct international flavor to Syracuse's four-man recruiting class. The jewel of the class is de Melo, a highly skilled 7-footer from Brazil. Not far behind him talent-wise is Waiters, a physical combo guard. Fair is a versatile forward, and rounding out the class is Moussa Kieta - who is a shot-blocking specialist from Sudan.
3. Memphis
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Will Barton (11)
PG Joe Jackson (12)
PG Antonio Barton
First year coach Josh Pastner secured a significant commitment when elite shooting guard Will Barton turned down a number of other programs to play for the Tigers. Then Pastner defended his home turf and secured a commitment from Memphis native Jackson, giving the Tigers the most dynamic backcourt in the 2010 recruiting class. Joining Barton and Jackson in Memphis will be Will's brother Antonio, who is a solid three-star point guard prospect.
4. North Carolina
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Reggie Bullock (10)
PG Kendall Marshall (32)
Coach Roy Williams is off to a great start with his 2010 class after landing the top-ranked 2009 class. A North Carolina native, Bullock is a five-star shooting guard with size, a pure shooting stroke and a load of upside. Marshall is a polished point guard who has a natural feel for the position and has been playing like a college-ready player for the past couple of years.
5. Illinois
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Jereme Richmond (36)
C Meyers Leonard (39)
SG Crandall Head (81)
Bruce Weber mined his home state for three highly regarded four-star prospects. Big things are expected from Richmond, who has been committed to the program since his freshman year. At nearly 7-feet tall, Leonard is athletic and progressively improving his skill game. Illinois hopes he develops into a dominant big man before the end of his career. Head, an athletic shooting guard who is the younger brother of former Illini star Luther Head, rounds out the class.
6. North Carolina State
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Ryan Harrow (24)
PG Lorenzo Brown (No. 37 in 2009)
The 2009 recruiting class' loss is the 2010 recruiting class' gain for North Carolina State. Brown, a highly ranked four-star combo guard, didn't make the cut academically and now joins the 2010 class. He is paired up with Harrow, who is a five-star point guard. Harrow is one of the most dynamic scorers in the class despite his small frame.
7. Wake Forest
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Travis McKie (50)
SG J.T. Terrell (78)
PF Melvin Tabb (85)
PG Tony Chenault
Wake Forest continues to recruit on a national scale. Its four-man class includes a trio of four-star prospects. McKie and Tabb are versatile combo forwards. Terrell is a smooth shooting wing who is capable of scoring buckets in bunches. Chenault is a tough Philly guard who loves to attack the rim.
8. Virginia
2010 commits (National rank)
SG K.T. Harrell (35)
PF James Johnson (99)
SG Joe Harris (114)
PF Will Regan (143)
First-year Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett is off to a strong start on the recruiting trail. Harrell, his first recruit and most prized recruit, is a complete shooting guard with a competitive streak. Harris is a versatile swing man who can stroke it from outside. A big man who worked his way into a four-star ranking, Johnson should be a rugged athlete for Bennett. Joining Johnson on the front line is Regan, a big man who can grind it out down low and step out and knock down a jumper.
9. Maryland
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Terrence Ross (43)
SF Mychal Parker (53)
PG Terrell Stoglin (122)
Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked westward to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.
10. Texas
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Tristan Thompson (17)
SG Daniel Bejarano (57)
The Longhorns are at it again. After landing two five-star prospects in 2009, Coach Rick Barnes and his staff have started strongly in 2010 with another double dose of top talent. Thompson, a 6-foot-8 forward from national powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., continues the line of long and talented forwards to pick the Longhorns. Bejarano, a 6-5 scorer from Arizona, is a top perimeter scorer with a dose of athleticism as well.
11. Michigan State
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Keith Appling (34)
SF Russell Byrd (108)
PF Alex Gauna (149)
One of the top scoring guards in the country, Appling headlines Michigan State's class. Whereas Appling loves to attack off the dribble, Byrd is a standout catch-and-shoot wing with size. Rounding out the three-man class is Gauna, a big man with upside.
12. Purdue
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Terone Johnson (46)
SG Anthony Johnson (100)
C Travis Carroll
PF Donnie Hale
A couple four-star combo guards by the name Johnson lead Purdue's 2010 recruiting class. Terone Johnson is powerfully built and is a big-time scorer who can also distribute the ball. Anthony Johnson, who has battled injuries, specializes in knocking down tough shots. On the front line, Purdue adds two blue-collar big men in Carroll and Hale.
13. Tennessee
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Jordan McRae (42)
SG Trae Golden (55)
Tennessee landed a formidable one-two scoring punch with the backcourt duo of McRae and Golden. McRae is a rangy wing player who can score off the catch and the dribble. The most recent commitment, Golden is a physical combo guard who thrives off scoring off the dribble.
14. Xavier
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Martin (83)
PF Griffin McKenzie (115)
PF Jordan Latham (121)
SF Jay Canty (130)
First-year head coach Chris Mack secured the top recruiting class in the Atlantic-10 with a four-man class of Rivals150 prospects. Martin, a four-star player, is a deep shooter with athletic bounce. Both McKenzie and Latham are workmanlike posts who can score and play the four or the five. Canty is a long small forward who knows how to clean up the glass and defend.
15. Dayton
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Juwan Staten (44)
SG Brandon Spearman (116)
SG Jesse Berry
SF Ralph Hill
Dayton also represents the Atlantic-10 in the 2010 team recruiting rankings with an impressive four-man class. Staten is a top-50 prospect who is a proven winner at the point guard position. Spearman is a lockdown defender and versatile offensive player. Berry is known for his scoring prowess, and Hill, a developing big man, rounds out the class.
16. Baylor
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Perry Jones (6)
SG Bakari Turner
Baylor enters the top 15 in the 2010 team recruiting rankings behind the enormously talented Jones. An exceptional athlete at 6-foot-10, Jones has the talent to be a program lifter his freshman year. Turner is an athletic wing scorer.
17. Florida State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Okaro White (59)
PG Ian Miller (70)
PF Bernard James
Leonard Hamilton has two solid four-star prospects committed to his program. Miller is an excellent floor general who hit the game-winning, long-range 3-pointer to down John Wall's team in the North Carolina state championship game. White is an intriguing combo forward with length and a developing skill game.
18. Georgetown
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Nate Lubick (48)
PG Markel Starks (74)
Georgetown is excited about the guard/post combo headed to Washington D.C. Starks is a four-star point guard with a well-rounded game for the position. A four-star prospect as well, Lubick is a skilled big man with a high basketball IQ.
19. Notre Dame
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Eric Atkins (58)
SG Jerian Grant (92)
SG Alex Dragicevich
Notre Dame enters the top 20 of the team recruiting rankings for the first time in a good while behind the strength of two four-star guards. Atkins is a heady point guard who can both score and play the role of distributor. Grant, who is primarily a shooting guard, brings a lot of the same attributes to the table as Atkins. Dragicevich is known for his shooting ability.
20. Oklahoma State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Michael Cobbins (38)
SF Brian Williams (127)
SG Markel Brown
Cobbins, a top-50 prospect, gives Oklahoma State the size and versatility. He is a promising prospect who should blossom on down the road. Williams and Brown are both athletic wing scorers who should fit in well into the Cowboys' fast style of play.




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