Top 30 Recruiting Classes Signing Day Update

Kansas takes top spot with UCLA, Louisville and Florida right behind

April 18, 2008


By Van Coleman &


Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.

Kansas holds onto the top spot followed by UCLA, Louisville, Florida and Arizona, but some changes could be coming.


The spring signing period just began on Wednesday, but already we are seeing some movement as no less than five teams have moved into the top 30 with new additions since we did our pre-signing day update two weeks ago. And we look for more changes over the next two weeks, some that could affect the top five in the ranks, as well as a number of the top 30 as some of the top available talent makes their choices.


The biggest move this week belonged to Memphis as it received a commitment from our No. 4-rated senior, 6-foot-4 Tyreke Evans, to move into the No. 15 spot nationally. They may not be done as they are among the leaders for No. 13 prospect Devin Ebanks, who will make his college choice on May 1. Maryland jumped back into the rankings with the addition of Tyree Evans, a top 20 junior college talent, while Cincinnati, Washington State and Xavier were among the teams to crack the top 30 in this update.


A number of teams, including Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Kentucky are all expecting to add to their classes in the near future so the rankings are going to continue to evolve over the next few weeks on through the end of the signing period May 15. With that in mind, here's a look at our Signing Day update of the nation's top 30 recruiting classes:


Spring Signing Day Top 30 Classes Update


1. Kansas (Six Recruits): Mario Little 6-foot-5 WF Chipola CC (Fla.); Tyrone Appleton 6-foot-3 PG Midland CC (Tex.); Marcus Morris 6-foot-9 WF Pennsauken Apex Academies (NJ); Markieff Morris 6-foot-10 PF Pennsauken Apex Academies (NJ); Travis Releford 6-foot-3 SG Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege (Mo.); Quintrell Thomas 6-foot-8 PF Elizabeth St. Patrick (NJ).


2. UCLA (Four Recruits): Jrue Holiday 6-foot-3 PG North Hollywood Campbell Hall (Calif.); Malcolm Lee 6-foot-4 PG Riverside J.W. North (Calif.); Drew Gordon 6-foot-9 PF San Jose (Archbishop Mitty) (Calif.); Jerime Anderson 6-foot-2 PG Anaheim Canyon (Calif.). Note: The Bruins have been scouring available big men, so stay tuned for possible addition now that Kevin Love has decided to enter NBA Draft.


3. Louisville (Five Recruits): Samardo Samuels 6-foot-8 PF Newark St. Benedict (NJ); Terrence Jennings 6-foot-10 C Fitchburg Notre Dame (Mass.); Melquan Bolding 6-foot-3 SG Fitchburg Notre Dame (Mass.); Jared Swopshire 6-foot-8 WF Bradenton Pendleton School (Fla.); (3) Kyle Kuric 6-foot-5 WF Evansville Memorial (Ind.).


4. Florida (Five Recruits): Eloy Vargas 6-foot-10 PF Plantation American Christian (Fla.);  Erving Walker 5-foot-7 PG Middle Village Christ the King (NY);  Ray Shipman 6-foot-4 SG Miami Monsignor Pace (Fla.);  Kenneth Kadji 6-foot-10 C Bradenton Pendleton School (Fla.);  Alan Chaney 6-foot-9 PF New London (Conn.).


5. Arizona (Four Recruits): Brandon Jennings 6-foot-1 PG Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill (Va.); Emmanuel Negedu 6-foot-7 PF Wolfeboro Brewster Academy (NH);  Jeff Withey 7-foot-0 C San Diego Horizon (Calif.); Brenden Lavender 6-foot-5 SG Mesa Mountain View (Ariz.).


6.  Georgetown (Four Recruits): Greg Monroe 6-foot-10 PF Gretna Helen Cox (La.); Chris Braswell 6-foot-9 PF Chatham Hargrave Military (Va.); Jason Clark 6-foot-2 SG Arlington Bishop O'Connell (Va.); Henry Sims 6-foot-9 PF Baltimore Mt. St. Joseph's (Md.).


7.  Ohio State (Five Recruits): William Buford 6-foot-5 SG Toledo Libbey (Oh.); B.J. Mullens 6-foot-11 C Canal Winchester (Oh.); Anthony Crater 6-foot-1 PG Wolfeboro Brewster Academy (NH); Walter Offutt 6-foot-3 CG Indianapolis Warren Central (Ind.); Walk-on: Terrelle Pryor 6-foot-6 WF Jeanette (Penn.)-Football signee.


8. Florida State (Six Recruits): Chris Singleton 6-foot-8 WF Dunwoody (Ga.); Derwin Kitchen 6-foot-4 PG Iowa Western CC (Ia.); Xavier Gibson 6-foot-11 C Dothan Northview (Ala.); Luke Loucks 6-foot-4 PG Clearwater (Fla.); Deividas Dulkys 6-foot-3 SG Henderson Findlay Prep (Nev.); Pierre Jordan 5-foot-11 PG Dunwoody (Ga.).


9. Minnesota (Five Recruits): Devron Bostic 6-foot-5 WF Southwestern Illinois CC;  Paul Carter 6-foot-8 PF Missouri State-West Plains CC; Colt Iverson 6-foot-10 C Yankton (SD); Devoe Joseph 6-foot-3 SG Toronto Pickering (Ont.); Ralph Sampson Jr. 6-foot-11 C Duluth Northview (Ga.). Note: Gophers are still looking to add one more this spring, so they could challenge for top five spot.


10. North Carolina (Three Recruits): Tyler Zeller 7-foot-1 C Washington (H.S.) IN; Ed Davis 6-foot-9 PF Richmond Benedictine (Va.);  Larry Drew 6-foot PG Woodland Hills Taft (Calif.).


11. Arkansas (Five Recruits): Daniel Payne 6-foot-7 PF Coffeyville CC KS;  Courtney Fortson 6-foot-1 PG Lenoir Patterson School (NC); Rotnei Clarke 6-foot-0 SG Claremore Verdigris (Okla.); Andre Clarke 6-foot-9 PF Mendenhall Genesis One (Miss.); Brandon Moore 6-foot-9 C New Orleans Holy Cross (La.). Note: The Hogs are close on 6-foot-8 Jason Henry and are in the hunt for Nick Williams and would sign both. Potential to crack the top five if they do.


12. Wake Forest (Three Recruits): Al-Farouq Aminu 6-foot-9 WF Norcross (Ga.); Tony Woods 6-foot-10 C Rome (Ga.); Ty Walker 6-foot-10 C Wilmington New Hanover (NC).


13. Oklahoma (Four Recruits): Willie Warren 6-foot-4 SG Fort Worth North Crowley (Tex.); Orlando Allen 6-foot-11 C Paris CC (Tex.); Kyle Cannon 6-foot-8 PF San Jacinto CC (Tex.); Ray Willis 6-foot-5 WF Atlanta Westlake (Ga.); Note: Sooners are still recruiting a number of JUCO talents.


14. Oregon (Five Recruits): Michael Dunigan 6-foot-9 C Chicago (Farragut) (Ill.);  Matt Humphrey 6-foot-5 SG Chicago Hales Franciscan (Ill.);  Drew Wiley 6-foot-6 WF Vida McKenzie River (Ore.); Josh Crittle 6-foot-8 PF Chicago Hales Franciscan (Ill.); Teondre Williams 6-foot-4 SG Norcross Meadowcreek (Ga.).


15. Memphis (Three Recruits): Tyreke Evans 6-foot-5 CG Aston American Christian (Penn.);  Matt Simpkins 6-foot-9 PF Lenoir Patterson School (N.C.); Angel Garcia 6-foot-10 PF East Chicago (Ind.) Note: Tigers are still in hunt for Ebanks and others, they could crack top 5-10 rankings this spring.


16. Tennessee (Four Recruits): Scotty Hopson 6-foot-6 SG Hopkinsville, KY University Heights;  Renaldo Woolridge 6-foot-7 WF North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (Calif.);  Phillip Jurick 6-foot-10 C Chattanooga East Ridge (Tenn.);  Daniel West 6-foot-2 PG Saginaw (Mich.)


17. Missouri  (Six Recruits): Kim English 6-foot-5 WF Fitchburg Notre Dame (Mass.); Keith Ramsey 6-foot-9 PF Okaloosa-Walton CC (Fla.); Miguel Paul 6-foot PG Lakeland Kathleen (Fla.); Steve Moore 6-foot-8 PF Independence Truman (Mo.); Marcus Denmon 6-foot-2 SG Kansas City Hogan Prep (Mo.);  Laurence Bowers 6-foot-7 PF Collierville St. George (Tenn.).


18.  USC (Four Recruits): Demar Derozan 6-foot-5 Jr. Compton (Calif.); Donte Smith 5-foot-11 PG Mt. San Antonio CC (Calif.); Malik Story 6-foot-5 SG Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill (Va.); Percy Miller 6-foot PG Beverly Hills (Calif.).


19.  LSU (Four Recruits): J'Mison Morgan 6-foot-11 C Dallas South Oak Cliff (Tex.); Storm Warren 6-foot-8 PF Monroe Richwood) LA; Delwan Graham 6-foot-6 PF Dunwoody (Ga.); Dennis Harris 6-foot-9 PF Jonesboro Mundy's Mill (Ga.). Note: Tigers are focusing on re-recruiting current signees.


20. Maryland (Four Recruits): Bobby Maze 6-foot-3 SG Hutchinson CC (Kan.); Ken Bowman 6-foot-9 PF Hutchinson CC (Kan.); Sean Mosley 6-foot-4 SG Baltimore St. Frances (Md.); Augustus Gilchrist 6-foot-9 PF Hyattsville Progressive Christian (Md.).


21. Cincinnati (Five Recruits): Yancy Gates 6-foot-9 PF Cincinnati Withrow (Oh.); Varez Ward 6-foot-2 CG Lenoir Patterson School (N.C.); Cashmere Wright 6-foot-1 PG Savannah Urban Christian (Ga.); Dion Dixon 6-foot-3 SG Chicago Crane Tech (Ill.); Steven Toyloy 6-foot-9 C Miami-Dade CC (Fla.).


22. Pittsburgh (Five Recruits): Jermaine Dixon 6-foot-3 SG Tallahassee CC (Fla.); Nasir Robinson 6-foot-5 WF Chester (Penn.); Travon Woodall 6-foot-0 PG Jersey City St. Anthony's (NJ); Aston Gibbs 6-foot-2 SG West Orange Seton Hall Prep (NJ); Dwight Miller 6-foot-8 C Houston St. Pius X (Tex.).


22. New Mexico (Five Recruits): Isaiah Rusher 6-foot-8 PF Jackson Mississippi Elite Christian Academy (Miss.); Phillip McDonald 6-foot-5 SG Cypress Community Christian (Tex.); Will Brown 6-foot-8 PF Lenoir Patterson School (NC); Curtis Dennis 6-foot-4 SG Henderson Findlay Prep (Nev.);  Nathan Garth 6-foot-1 PG Memphis Hamilton (Tenn.).


23. Connecticut (Four Recruits): Nate Miles 6-foot-7 WF Lenoir Patterson School (NC);  Kemba Walker 6-foot PG New York Rice (NY);  Scottie Haralson 6-foot-4 SG Jackson Provine (Miss.); Charles Okwandu 7-1 C Harum CC (Penn.).


24. Texas Tech (Six Recruits): Darko Cohadarevic 6-foot-9 PF Seward County CC (Ks.); Nick Okorie 6-foot-0 PG South Plains CC (Tex.); Darryl Arnold 6-foot-4 SG Jacksonville CC (Tex.); Corbin Ray 6-foot-8 WF Katy Taylor (Tex.); Tyree Graham 6-foot-2 SG Fayetteville Village Christian Academy (NC); Robert Lewandowski 6-foot-9 PF Overland Park Blue Valley West (Kan.).


25. Iowa (Six Recruits): Matt Gatens 6-foot-5 WF Iowa City City High (Ia.); Devan Bawinkle 6-foot-4 SG Highland CC (Ill.); Anthony Tucker 6-foot-4 SG Minnetonka Hopkins (Minn.); Andrew Brommer 6-foot-8 PF Rosemont (Minn.);  Jermain Davis 6-foot-4 SG Kirkwood CC (Ia.); Aaron Fuller 6-foot-7 WF Mesa (Ariz.).


27. Alabama (Three Recruits): JaMichael Green 6-foot-8 PF Montgomery St. Jude (Ala.); Tony Mitchell 6-foot-7 WF Swainsboro (Ga.); Andrew Steele 6-foot-3 CG Birmingham John Carroll (Ala.).


28. Michigan State (Three Recruits): Delvon Roe 6-foot-8 PF Lakewood St. Edward (Oh.); Korie Lucious 5-foot-11 PG Milwaukee St. Pius X (Wis.); Draymond Green 6-foot-7 PF Saginaw (Mich.).


29. Washington (Four Recruits): Isaiah Thomas 5-foot-8 PG South Kent School (Conn.);  Elston Turner 6-foot-4 SG Roseville (Calif.);  Scott Suggs 6-foot-5 SG Washington (Mo.);  Tyrese Breshers 6-foot-7 PF Los Angeles Price (Calif.).


30. Nevada (Four Recruits): Luke Babbitt 6-foot-8 PF Reno Galena (Nev.);  Joey Shaw 6-foot-7 Southern Idaho CC (Id.);  Mark McLaughlin 6-foot-4 SG Kenmore Inglemoor (Wash.);  London Giles 6-foot-3 SG Dallas Kimball (Tex.).


30. Xavier (Five Recruits): Kenny Frease 7-foot-1 C Massillon Perry (Oh.);  Mark Lyons 6-foot-1 PG South Kent Prep (Conn.); Brad Redford 6-1 SG Frankenmuth (Mich.);  Brian Walsh 6-foot-4 Coraopolis Moon Township (Penn.);  Terrell Holloway 6-foot PG Cincinnati Harmony Community (Oh.).


30. Washington State (Six Recruits): Klay Thompson 6-foot-7 WF Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.); DeAngelo Castro 6-foot-8 Seattle Ferris (Wash.); Michael Harthun 6-foot-3 SG South Medford (Ore.); Nick Witherill 6-foot-4 SG Phoenix Saguaro (Ariz.); Marcus Capers 6-foot-5 Montverde Academy (Fla.); James Watson 6-foot-8 PF Springtown (Okla.).


30. Kentucky (Three Recruits): DeAndre Liggins 6-foot-6 WF Henderson Findlay Prep (Nev.); Darius Miller 6-foot-7 WF Maysville Mason County (KY);  Kevin Galloway 6-foot-6 WF Southern Idaho CC (Id.). Note: Wildcats are looking to add size and athleticism this spring.


30. Iowa State (Six Recruits): Jamie Vanderbeken 6-foot-10 C Tyler C (Tex.); L.A. Pomlee 6-foot-8 PF Davenport Central (Ia.); Dominique Buckley 6-foot-2 PG Romulus (Mich.); Wes Eismeier 6-foot-3 SG Freemont Archbishop Bergen (Neb.); Jordan Hamilton 6-foot-10 C Lone Peak Highland (Ut.); Clinton Mann 6-foot-7 CF Overland Park Thomas Aquinas (Kan.).


Near Misses & Potential Breakthroughs: West Virginia (3) Recruits; Georgia (5) Recruits; Auburn (5) Recruits; Clemson (5) Recruits; Wisconsin (4) Recruits;  Marquette (3) Recruits; Mississippi (5) Recruits; Saint Louis (7) Recruits; Xavier (4) Recruits; Virginia (3) Recruits; Syracuse (3) Recruits; Duke (2) Recruits;  Dayton (4) Recruits; Baylor (2) Recruits; Butler (6) Recruits; Southern Illinois (5) Recruits; Northern Iowa (6) Recruits; Rutgers (3) Recruits; UNLV (4) Recruits; SMU (5) Recruits; Utah State (5) Recruits; Rhode Island (5) Recruits; Wichita State (4) Recruits; Miami (FL) (3) Recruits; Fresno State (5) Recruits; St. Joseph's (5) Recruits; Duquesne (5) Recruits; Fordham (5) Recruits; Houston (5) Recruits.


Editor's Note: These early rankings are done from our point system based only on the player's rankings. No allowances or bonus points have been given for filling team needs or based on a player's impact to the program. Those additions will be made when we do our final rankings of the classes in May once the signing period is complete.


As we mentioned earlier there are a number of players who can have an impact on the spring recruiting rankings. Below is a quick look at the players who will certainly have an effect on our final recruiting rankings this spring:


Top Unsigned National Talent


No. 13 Devin Ebanks, 6-foot-9 PF from Oakdale Thomas Moore (Conn.), has a list that includes Memphis, Texas, Rutgers, West Virginia, and of course Indiana. He will take three or four visits this month, so stay tuned.


No. 46 Wesley Witherspoon, 6-foot-7 WF from Lilburn Berkmer (Ga.), has visited LSU, Florida, Texas and Virginia. He is looking to visit either Florida or Clemson, but has also had recent interest from North Carolina.


No. 96 Tyshawn Taylor, 6-foot-2 PG from Jersey City St. Anthony's (N.J), just received his release from Marquette and will be formulating list of schools to visit.


No. 104 Nick Williams, 6-foot-5 WF from Mobile Leflore (Ala.), just received release from Marquette and will visit Indiana and Arkansas before deciding on other schools to consider.


No. 111 Brad Tinsley, 6-foot-3 CG from Oregon City (Ore.), has narrowed his list to seven schools, they include Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, North Carolina, USC, Arizona State, Butler and Oregon.


No. 147 Verdell Jones, 6-foot-4 PG from Champaign Central (Ill.), has visited Kentucky, Indiana and Minnesota and has Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois and Kansas showing interest.


No. 3 JUCO Juan Patillo, 6-foot-7 CF from College of Southern Idaho, has Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, UNLV and Oklahoma State as his early leaders.


No. 7 JUCO Montrell McDonald, 6-foot-6 WF from Cowley County CC (Kan.), has visited Kansas State and Oregon. He's also looking at Kansas, Miami (FL), Texas Tech and Wichita State.


No. 25 JUCO Josh Harrellson, 6-foot-9 C from Southwestern CC (Ill.), has just received his release from Western Illinois and his first visits will be to Indiana, Saint Louis and Kentucky, so stay tuned for other possible visits.


Also, we expect a number of other players to request releases from national letters now that coaches have been dismissed or taken new jobs. One of major interest could be No. 39 senior 6-foot-11 J'Mison Morgan, who is reportedly considering the possibility of asking for a release from LSU because of the coaching change. We will keep you up to date on players who re-open their recruiting and the effect that will have on this spring's recruiting rankings.


Note: If we have missed a school you feel is deserving of a spot among our top thirty, drop Van an email at either or, so they can be considered for our next update on May 1.

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