Big East Fall Recruiting Rankings

Louisville leads conference's five Top 25 nationally ranked classes

Nov. 14, 2007


By Van Coleman and

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Overview:  Louisville is in the hunt for the top national honor and heads a very strong start for the Big East with Georgetown also on the cusp of the top five.  Marquette, Syracuse, and Connecticut head the rest of the pack.  If a couple players (ie: No. 66 ranked Kevin Jones, Devoe Joseph) head to the Big East this fall, the league could add a couple more to the top twenty-five in our final rankings.  The first 10-12 teams all have added players who will help, but the last four or five teams are still working on adding talent. This bottom group are the key to where the Big East ends up in the conference rankings.




Big East Fall Recruiting Preview: Part I (10/6), Part II (10/7)


('s Hodge Basketball Report has your team's recruiting logs and commitment histories.)


1.  Louisville (National Ranking - No. 2) - 5 Commitments:  No. 4 Samardo Samuels, 6-foot-8, PF, Newark, N.J. St. Benedict; No. 19 Terrence Jennings, 6-foot-10, C, Fitchburg, Mass. Notre Dame; Melquan Bolding, 6-foot-3, SG, Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame; Jared Swopshire, 6-foot-8, WF, Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy; Kyle Kuric, 6-foot-5, SG, Evansville, Ind. Memorial.


2.  Georgetown (NR-6) - 4 Commitments:  No. 2 Greg Monroe, 6-foot-10, PF, Gretna, La. Helen Cox;  No. 57 Henry Sims, 6-foot-10, C, Baltimore, Ill Mt. St. Joseph's;  No. 65 Chris Braswell, 6-foot-9, PF, Chatham, Va. Hargrave Military;  Jason Clark, 6-foot-2, SG, Arlington, Va. Bishop O'Connell.


3.  Marquette (NR-20) - 4 Commitments:  Tyshawn Taylor, 6-foot-3, PG, Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony's;  Nick Williams,  6-foot-4, SG, Mobile, Ala. Leflore;  Joseph Fulce, 6-foot-7, WF, Tyler CC, Texas;  Chris Otule, 6-foot-10, C, Houston, Texas Ft. Bend Bush.


4.  Syracuse (NR-24) - 3 Commitments:  No. 45 Mookie Jones, 6-foot-6, WF, Peekskill, N.Y;  No. 54 Kris Joseph 6-foot-7, WF, Washington, D.C. Archbishop Carroll; James Southerland, 6-foot-7, WF, Fitchburg, Mass. Notre Dame.


5.  Connecticut (NR-25) - 2 Commitments:  No. 29 Kemba Walker, 5-foot-11, PG, New York Rice N.Y.; No. 41 Nate Miles, 6-foot-7, WF, Lenoir, N.C., Patterson School.


6.  Rutgers - 3 Commitments:  No. 48 Mike Rosario, 6-foot-2, SG, Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony;  Christian Morris, 6-foot-9, C, South Kent, Conn. School;  Patrick Jackson, 6-foot-6, WF, Brooklyn, N.Y. Boys & Girls.


7.  Pittsburgh - 3 Commitments:  No. 73 Nasir Robinson, 6-foot-5, WF, Chester, Pa.;  Travon Woodall, 6-foot, PG, Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony's;  Ashton Gibbs, 6-foot-2, SG, West Orange, N.J. Seton Hall Prep.


8.  Cincinnati - 2 Commitments:  No. 62 Yancy Gates, 6-foot-9, PF, Cincinnati, Ohio Withrow;  Cashmere Wright, 6-foot, PG, Savannah, Ga. Urban Christian.


9.  West Virginia - 2 Commitments:  Roscoe Davis, 6-foot-10, PF Chatham, Va. Hargrave Military;  Darryl Bryant, 6-foot-2, SG, Bronx, N.Y. St. Raymond's.


10. DePaul - 2 Commitments:  Jeremiah Kelly, 6-foot-2, PG, Aston, PA American, Christian;  Devin Hill 6-foot-9, PF, New Canaan, Conn. St. Mark's.


11. Seton Hall - 1 commitment:  Jordan Theodore, 6-foot-1, PG, Paterson, N.J. Catholic.


12. Providence - 1 commitment:  Bilal Dixon, 6-foot-8, PF, North Arlington, N.J. Queen of Peace School.


13. South Florida 1 commitment:  Eladio Espinosa, 6-foot-7, SF, Chatham, Va. Hargrave Military.


14-16. St. John's - no commitments


14-16. Notre Dame - no commitments


14-16. Villanova  - no commitments