Updated Top 25 Fall Recruiting Class Rankings

Florida State, Arkansas and Oklahoma make jumps; UCLA still No. 1


Nov. 28, 2007

By Van Coleman

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Since the fall signing period ended last Wednesday, a couple of surprising decisions shook up our Top 10 recruiting class rankings, as well as throughout the rest of the Top 25.


Florida State gained entrance into the No. 5 spot with the expected decision of No. 28 rated senior Chris Singleton, who chose the Seminoles over Kentucky. The surprise signing of stud JUCO Daniel Payne to Arkansas pushed the Hogs into the Top 10, while Minnesota came close to joining that elite category with the addition of point guard Devoe Joseph for added depth, and into the Top 15 jumps Oklahoma thanks to a surprise decision by No. 12 rated senior Willie Warren. As you'll see below, we've noted the other moves that have been made.




UCLA still has a slight three point overall lead in our point system, finishing just ahead of Louisville, Florida and Kansas.


However, it may be the spring before we know whether the Bruins can hold onto the top spot, because two Top 20 seniors have elected to wait and sign in April. 


No. 3 rated Tyreke Evans could boost Louisville, as he will choose among the Cardinals, Memphis, Villanova (his three current leaders), and UConn, Texas and Seton Hall. 


No. 11 rated John Riek-Suas could make a decision that alters the rankings as well, but he's also a candidate for the NBA Draft from all reports we've gathered.


In December, we will be doing one more final ranking of the fall classes after the final letters-of-intent have all been received by the conference offices.


At that time we will also factor in some intangible points, like filling team needs, that may move schools up or down a spot in those final fall rankings.



Updated Top 25 Recruiting Classes - Fall Signing Period


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


1.  UCLA (Previous Rank - 1):  No. 6 Jrue Holiday, 6-foot-3, CG, North Hollywood, Calif., Campbell Hall;  No. 23 Malcolm Lee, 6-foot-4, CG, Riverside, Calif., J.W. North; No. 31 Drew Gordon, 6-foot-9, PF, San Jose, Calif., Archbishop Mitty; No. 35 Jerime Anderson, 6-foot-1, PG Anaheim, Calif.., Canyon.


2.  Louisville (Previous Rank - 2):  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, Mass., Notre Dame; Jared Swopshire, 6-foot-8, WF, Bradenton, Fla.., IMG Academy; Kyle Kuric, 6-foot-5, SG, Evansville, Ind., Memorial.


NOTE: Bolding and Kuric say they will sign in the spring.


3.  Florida (Previous Rank - 3):  No. 17 Eloy Vargas, 6-foot-10, PF, Plantation, Fla., American Heritage; No. 26 Kenneth Kadji, 6-foot-10, C, Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy; No. 77 Ray Shipman, 6-foot-4, SG, Miami, Fla., Monsignor Pace; No. 86 Allan Chaney, 6-foot-9, PF, New London, Conn.; Erving Walker, 5-foot-8, PG, Middle Village, N.Y. Christ the King.


4.  Kansas (Previous Rank - 4):  No. 33 Travis Releford, 6-foot-3, SG, Shawnee Mission, Mo., Bishop Miege;  No. 60 Marcus Morris, 6-foot-9, PF, Pennsauken, N.J., Apex Academy; No. 82 Markieff Morris, 6-foot-10, PF, Pennsauken, N.J., Apex Academy;  Top 20 JUCO talent Mario Little, 6-foot-5, WF, Chipola CC, Fla.;  Quintrell Thomas, 6-foot-8, PF, Elizabeth, N.J., St. Patrick.


5.  Florida State (Previous Rank - 25): No. 28 Chris Singleton, 6-foot-8, SF, Dunwoody, Ga.; Top 10 JUCO Derwin Kitchen, 6-foot-4, PG, Iowa Western CC; No. 44 Xavier Gibson, 6-foot-11, PF, Dothan Northview, Ala.;  No. 94 Deividas Dulkys, 6-foot-3, SG, Henderson Findlay Prep Nev.;  Luke Loucks, 6-foot-4, PG, Clearwater H.S. Fla.; Pierre Jordan, 6-foot-0, PG, Dunwoody, Ga.


NOTE: Seminoles added highly-rated Singleton and Kitchen to vault into top five.


6.  Arkansas (Previous Rank - 22):  Top 5 JUCO Daniel Payne, 6-foot-7, WF, Coffeyville CC, Kan.; No. 79 Courtney Fortson, 6-foot-1, PG, Lenoir, N.C., Patterson School;  Rotnei Clarke, 6-foot-1, CG, Claremore, Okla. Verdigris;  Andre Clarke, 6-foot-9, PF, Mendenhall, Miss., Genesis One;  Terrance Joyner, 6-foot-1, PG, Mendenhall, Miss., Genesis One;  Brandon Moore, 6-foot-9, C, New Orleans, La., Holy Cross.


NOTE: Razorbacks add super JUCO talent Payne and sweet shooting Clarke to make big jump.


7.  Arizona (Previous Rank - 5):  No. 1 Brandon Jennings, 6-foot-1, PG, Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill;  No. 30 Emmanuel Negedu, 6-foot-7, PF, Wolfeboro, N.H., Brewster Academy;  No. 34 Jeff Withey, 7-foot, C, San Diego, Calif. Horizon;  Brenden Lavender, 6-foot-4, SG, Mesa, Ariz., Mountain View.


8.  Georgetown (Previous Rank - 6):  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.


9.  Ohio State (Previous Rank - 7):  No. 9 B.J. Mullens, 6-foot-10, C, Canal Winchester, Ohio;  No. 15 William Buford, 6-foot-5, SG, Toledo, Ohio Libbey;  No. 88 Anthony Crater, 6-foot-1, PG, Wolfeboro, N.H., Brewster Academy;  Walter Offutt, 6-foot-3, SG, Indianapolis, Ind., Warren Central.


10.  Oregon (Previous Rank - 8): No. 25 Michael Dunigan, 6-foot-9, C, Chicago, Ill., Farragut ;  No. 72 Matt Humphrey, 6-foot-5, SG, Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan;  Josh Crittle, 6-foot-8, PF, Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan;  Teondre Williams, 6-foot-4, SG, Norcross, Ga. Meadowcreek;  Drew Wiley, 6-foot-6, WF, Vida, Ore. McKenzie River.


11.  Minnesota (Previous Rank - 15):  No. 78 Ralph Sampson Jr, 6-foot-11, C, Duluth, Ga. Northview;  Top 10 JUCO talent Paul Carter, 6-foot-8, PF, Missouri State-West Plains (Mo.) CC;  Top 30 JUCO talent Devron Bostic, 6-foot-5, WF, Southwestern Illinois CC;  Colton Iverson, 6-foot-10, C, Yankton, S.D.; DeVoe Joseph, 6-foot-4, PG, Ajax, ON Pickering.


 NOTE: Gophers add Joseph to bring them closer to top ten spot.


12.  North Carolina (Previous Rank - 9):  No. 10 Ed Davis, 6-foot-9, PF, Richmond, Va., Benedictine;  No. 16 Tyler Zeller, 7-foot-1, C, Washington, Ind.;  No. 58 Larry Drew, 6-foot, PG, Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft.


13.  Wake Forest, (Previous Rank - 10):  No. 18 Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-foot-9, WF, Norcross, Ga.; No. 22 Ty Walker, 6-foot-10, C, Wilmington, N.C., New Hanover: No. 43 Tony Woods, 6-foot-10, C, Rome, Ga..


14.   Oklahoma (Previous Rank - Best of Rest): No.12 Willie Warren, 6-foot-3, SG, Fort Worth, Tex. North Crowley;  Top 25 JUCO talent Kyle Cannon, 6-foot-8, PF, San Jacinto CC, Tex.; Top 40 JUCO talent Orlando Allen, 6-foot-10, C, Paris CC, Tex.;  Ray Willis, 6-foot-5, WF, Atlanta, Ga. Westlake.


NOTE:  Sooners add super shooter Warren and JUCO powerman Cannon to leap into No.14 spot.


15.  USC (Previous Rank - 11):  No. 5 Demar DeRozan, 6-foot-6, WF, Compton , Calif.;  Top 20 JUCO talent Donte Smith, 5-foot-11, PG, Mt. San Antonio CC, Calif.;  Malik Story, 6-foot-5, SG, Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill Academy; Percy Miller, 6-foot-0, PG, Beverly Hills, Calif..


16.  Washington (Previous Rank - 12): No. 61 Scott Suggs, 6-foot-5, SG, Washington H.S., Mo.;  No. 76 Tyrese Breshers, 6-foot-7, PF, Los Angeles, Calif., Price;  No. 81 Elston Turner, 6-foot-4, SG, Roseville, Calif.;  No. 90 Isaiah Thomas 5-9 PG South Kent, Conn., School.


17.  Alabama (Previous Rank - 13):  No. 20 JaMychael Green, 6-foot-8, PF, Montgomery, Ala., St. Jude; No. 40 Tony Mitchell, 6-foot-6, WF, Swainsboro, Ga.;  No. 82 Andrew Steele, 6-foot-3, SG, Birmingham, Ala., John Carroll.


18.  Michigan State (Previous Rank - 14):  No. 5 Delvon Roe, 6-foot-8, PF, Lakewood, Ohio., St. Edward;  No. 69 Korie Lucious, 5-foot-11, PG, Milwaukee, Wisc., St. Pius X;  No. 99 Draymond Green, 6-foot-7, PF, Saginaw, Mich.


19.  Mississippi State (Previous Rank - 16):  No. 13 Scotty Hopson, 6-foot-5, WF, Hopkinsville, KY University Heights;  No. 42 Romero Osby, 6-foot-8, WF, Meridian, MS Northeast Lauderdale; DeMarquis Bost, 6-foot-3, PG, Chatham, VA Hargrave Military.


NOTE: Hopson says he will sign in spring.


20.  LSU (Previous Rank - 21): No. 39 J'Mison Morgan, 6-foot-11, C, Dallas, Texas, South Oak Cliff;  No. 92 Delwan Graham, 6-foot-6, PF, Dunwoody, Ga.; Dennis Harris, 6-foot-9, PF, Jonesboro, Ga. Mundy's Mill; Storm Warren, 6-foot-8, PF, Monroe, La., Richmond.


21.  Auburn (Previous Rank - 17): Top 20 JUCO talent Tay Waller, 6-foot-2, SG, Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla.;  Top 40 JUCO talent Johnnie Lett, 6-foot-11, Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla.;  Frank Sullivan, 6-foot-1, PG, Uniontown, Ala. R.C. Hatch;  Kenny Gabriel, 6-foot-7, PF, Kings Mountain, N.C. Hope Christian.


22.  Missouri (Previous Rank - 18):  Top 20 JUCO talent Keith Ramsey, 6-foot-9, PF, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC;  Miguel Paul, 6-foot, PG, Lakeland, Fla., Kathleen; Steve Moore, 6-foot-8, PF, Independence, Mo., Truman;  Marcus Denmon, 6-foot-3, SG, Kansas City, Mo., Hogan Prep;  Laurence Bowers, 6-foot-7, PF, Collierville, Tenn., St. George; Kim English, 6-foot-5, WF, Fitchburg, Mass., Notre Dame.


23.  Indiana (Previous Rank - 19):  No. 14 Devin Ebanks, 6-foot-8, WF, Oakdale, Conn., St. Thomas More; Terrell Holloway, 6-foot-1, PG, Cincinnati, Ohio, Harmony Prep; Tom Pritchard, 6-foot-8, PF, Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edwards; Matt Roth, 6-foot-2, SG, Washington, Ind.


24.  Marquette (Previous Rank - 20):  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.


Tie - 25:  Virginia (Previous Rank - 23):  No. 37 Sylven Landesberg, 6-foot-5, SG, Flushing, N.Y., Holy Cross;  No. 80 John Brandenburg, 6-foot-10, C, St. Louis, Mo., DeSmet;  Assane Sene, 7-foot-0, C, South Kent, Conn., School.


Tie - 25:  Syracuse (Previous Rank - 24):  No. 45 Mookie Jones, 6-foot-6, WF, Peekskill, NY;  No. 54 Kris Joseph, 6-foot-7, WF, Washington, DC Archbishop Carroll; James Southerland, 6-foot-7, WF, Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame.


Tie - 25:  Pittsburgh (Previous Rank - Near Miss):  No. 73 Nasir Robinson, 6-foot-5, WF, Chester, Penn.;  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, Dwight Miller, 6-foot-8, PF, Houston, Tex., St. Pius X.


NOTE: Panthers add big inside presence Miller to jump into Top 25.



Near Misses


Duke (Previous Rank - Tie for No. 25), Two Signees:  No. 18 Elliott Williams, 6-foot-5, SG, Collierville, Tenn., St. George; No. 56 Olek Czyz, 6-foot-8, PF, Reno, Nev.


Connecticut (Previous Rank - Tie for No. 25), Two Signees:  No. 29 Kemba Walker, 5-foot-11, PG, New York, N.Y., Rice; No. 41 Nate Miles, 6-foot-7, WF, Lenoir, N.C., Patterson School;


Kentucky, Two Signees: No. 32 DeAndre Liggins, 6-foot-6, WF, Henderson, Nev. Findlay Prep; No. 46 Darius Miller, 6-foot-7, WF, Maysville, Ky., Mason County.


West Virginia, Three Signees: No. 66 Kevin Jones, 6-foot-7, CF, Mount Vernon, NY;  Roscoe Davis, 6-foot-10, C, Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military;  Darryl Bryant, 6-foot-2, CG, Bronx, NY, St. Raymond's.


NOTE: Mountaineers add Jones to move up from Best of Rest.


Rutgers, Three Signees:  No. 49 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.


Nevada, Three Signees :  No. 25 Luke Babbitt, 6-foot-8, PF, Reno, Galena Nev.; No. 74 Mark McLaughlin, 6-foot-4, SG, Kenmore, Wash., Inglemoor;  London Giles, 6-foot-3, SG, Dallas, Texas, Kimball.


Wisconsin, 4 Signees:  No. 85 Jarred Berggren, 6-foot-11, C, Princeton, Minn.;  Jordan Taylor, 6-foot-3, SG, St. Louis Park, Minn., Benilde St. Margaret's;  Robert Wilson, 6-foot-3, SG, Garfield Heights, Ohio;  Ian Markoff, 7-foot, C, San Antonio, Tex., Churchill.


Clemson, 4 Signees:  No. 50 Catalin Baciu, 6-foot-11, C, Fletcher, N.C. Veritas Academy;  Andre Young, 5-foot-9, PG, Albany, Ga. Deerfield Windsor;  Mbai Oliver, 6-foot-7, WF, Hampton, Va. Bethel; Tanner Smith, 6-foot-5, WF, Norcross, Ga. Wesleyan.


New Mexico, 5 Signees:  Phillip McDonald, 6-foot-5, SG, Cypress, Tex., Community Christian;  Will Brown, 6-foot-8, PF, Lenoir, N.C. Patterson School;  Isaiah Rusher, 6-foot-8, PF, Lenoir, N.C. Patterson School;  Curtis Dennis, 6-foot-4, SG, Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep;  Nathan Garth, 6-foot, PG, Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton.


Iowa, 4 Signees:  No. 70 Matt Gatens, 6-foot-5, SG, Iowa City, Iowa, City High;  Anthony Tucker, 6-foot-4, SG, Minnetonka, Minn., Hopkins;  Andrew Brommer, 6-foot-9, PF, Rosemont, Minn.; Top 50 JUCO talent Jermain Davis, 6-foot-4, SG, Kirkwood CC Iowa.


Washington State, 5 Signees:  Michael Harthun, 6-foot-3, SG, Medford, Oreg., South Medford;  Nick Witherill, 6-foot-3, SG, Phoenix, Ariz., Saguaro;  Marcus Capers, 6-foot-5, WF, Montverde, Fla. Academy; Klay Thompson, 6-foot-7, WF, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Santa Margarita;  James Watson, 6-foot-8, PF, Springtown, Okla.


Southern Illinois, 4 Signees:  No. 84 Anthony Booker, 6-foot-8, PF, Florissant, MO McCluer North; Kevin Dillard, 6-foot, PG, Fla.ossmoor, Ill. Homewood-Flossmoor;  Torres Roundtree, 6-foot-2, SG, Florissant, MO McCluer North;  Chris Parrish, 6-foot-3, PG, Riverside, Ill. Brookfield.


Vanderbilt, 2 Signees:  No. 64 Steve Tchiengang, 6-foot-9, PF, Montverde, Fla. Academy; No. 87 Lance Goulbourne, 6-foot-8, PF, Princeton, N.J., Hun.


Tennessee, 2 Signees:  No. 75 Renaldo Woolridge, 6-foot-8, WF, North Hollywood, Calif. Harvard-Westlake;  No. 89 Phillip Jurick, 6-foot-11, C, Chattanooga, Tenn., East Ridge.


Colorado, 5 Signees: Toby Veal 6-foot-7 WF Savannah, GA Johnson;  Austin Dufault 6-foot-8 PF Killdeer, ND;  Javonte Clanton 6-foot-1 SG Blinn CC, TX;  Trey Eckloff 6-foot-10 C Englewood, CO Cherry Creek;  Nate Tomlinson 6-foot-2 PG Lee, ME Academy.


Maryland, 2 Signees:  No. 54 Sean Mosely, 6-foot-4, SG, Baltimore, Md., Mt. St. Joseph's;  No. 68 Augustus Gilchrist, 6-foot-10, C, Temple Hills, Md., Progressive Christian.


St. Louis, 5 Signees:  Brett Thompson, 6-foot-10, C, Vienna, Ill.;  Willie Reed, 6-foot-11, C, Shawnee Mission, Kan. Bishop Miege;  Kwamaine Mitchell, 5-foot-11, PG, Milwaukee, Wi., Dominican;  Femi John, 6-foot-3, SG, St. Louis, Mo., McCluer North;  Brian Conklin, 6-foot-8, PF, Eugene, Ore., North Eugene.


Harvard, 6 Signees:  Frank Ben-Eze, 6-foot-11, C, Arlington, Va., Bishop O'Connell;  Andrew Van Nest, 6-foot-10, C, Northfield, Mass., Mount Hermon;  Keith Wright, 6-foot-7, PF, Norfolk, Va. Collegiate;  Max Kenyi, 6-foot-5, WF, Washington, DC, Gonzaga;  Oliver McNally, 6-foot-2, SG, San Jose, Calif., Branson;  Peter Boehm, 6-foot-7, WF, Winnetka, Ill., New Trier.



Best of the Rest


Stanford (3) Signees

California (4)

Xavier (4)

Cincinnati (2)

Dayton (4)

Iowa State (4)

Rhode Island (5)

Texas A&M (2)

George Mason (4)

Gonzaga (3)

Miami (2)

Georgia (2)

Baylor (2)

Hofstra (3)

Mississippi (4)

Duquesne (4)

Pennsylvania (4)

Binghamton (2)

Houston (3)

DePaul (2)

Pepperdine (3)

Boston College (3)

SMU (3)

Texas Tech (4)

Arizona State (2)

Saint Joseph's (4);

UC Santa Barbara (4)

Fordham (4)

UNC-Wilmington (3)

Louisiana-Lafayette (3)