L'ville's 2011 class finishes in Top 5

Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jun 22, 2011


Kevin Ware's late addition moved Rick Pitino's 2011 recruiting class into Scout.com's Top 5 in the final class rankings.


2011 Top 25 Recruiting ClassesNotable Recruits / Scout Rankings
1 Kentucky

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Kentucky class: Wow! For the third year in a row the Cats are at the top of the list. Three players among the top six and another five-star prospect is as good as it gets.
Anthony Davis (1)
Michael Gilchrist (5)
Marquis Teague (7)
Kyle Wiltjer (22)

2 Duke

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Duke class: With Irving likely gone after one year, Coach K and company wanted to add some firepower on the perimeter and he did just that by adding Rivers, Cook, Murphy and Gbinije, plus yet another Plumlee.
Austin Rivers (2)
Michael Gbinije (26)
Quinn Cook (36)
Alex Murphy (37)
Marshall Plumlee (68)
3 Saint John's

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Saint John's class: Steve Lavin didn't waste any time getting St. John's rolling. Harkless and Sampson are the headliners, but they have six top 100 prospects. Terrific class for Lavin.
Jakarr Sampson (40)
Sir'Dominic Pointer (41)
Maurice Harkless (45)
D'Angelo Harrison (62)
Norvel Pelle (79)
Amir Garrett (80)
4 Texas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Texas class: Kabongo is the pride and joy of this class. The nation's No. 2 point guard should get the ball right away in Austin. To go with Kabongo, Lewis, Holmes and McClellan are top 100 players.
Myck Kabongo (10)
Sheldon McClellan (42)
Jonathan Holmes (66)
Julien Lewis (86)
Kevin Thomas
Sterling Gibbs
5 Louisville

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Louisville class: Blackshear got the class going and he'll get the ball right away on the wing. Behanan and Price will join a handful of talented post prospects to make up what could be the best frontline in the Big East in 2011.
Wayne Blackshear (16)
Chane Behanan (23)
Zach Price (65)
Kevin Ware (99)
Angel Nunez
6 Arizona

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Arizona class: Sean Miller has this recruiting thing down pat. Another top 10 class for Miller, as he has a pair of guards in Turner and Johnson that will see the floor from the jump, plus a pair of top 100 big men
Josiah Turner (15)
Nick Johnson (27)
Angelo Chol (47)
Sidiki Johnson (85)

7 Arkansas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Arkansas class: Young is the elite prospect of the group, but the Arkansas wings trio of Mickelson, Madden and Ross is impressive too. Look for Mickelson to make a big impact right away.
B.J. Young (22)
Ky Madden (34)
Hunter Mickelson (53)
Aaron Ross
DeVonte Abron
8 Ohio State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Ohio State class: OSU locked up Scott early and then surrounded him with a pair of talented and versatile wings plus two Michigan big men -- Williams and McDonald. Thompson and Ross will bring scoring to the wing spot right away.
Shannon Scott (31)
LaQuinton Ross (43)
Amir Williams (48)
Sam Thompson (50)
Trey McDonald
9 North Carolina

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
North Carolina class: North Carolina continues to bring in McDonald's All-Americans, scoring two in this years crop in McAdoo and Hairston. Toss in Hubert and Simmons and they improved their depth on the interior
James McAdoo (4)
P.J. Hairston (20)
Desmond Hubert
Jackson Simmons
Stilman White
10 Rutgers

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Rutgers class: This class is exactly what Rutgers needed. There's a jolt of energy in the program and scoring a difference maker like Kadeem Jack could go along way. They'll surround him with a bunch of solid players like Mack, Randall and Seagears.
Kadeem Jack
Myles Mack (82)
Jerome Seagears (89)
Derrick Randall
Elijah Carter
Greg Lewis
11 Syracuse

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Syracuse class: This class has an elite shot blocker in Christmas, a major scorer in Carter-Williams and one of the best shooters in the country in Cooney. Great group headed to 'Cuse.
Rakeem Christmas (19)
Michael Carter-Williams (33)
Trevor Cooney (73)


12 Pittsburgh

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Pittsburgh class: The addition of Birch to their 2011 class is a big deal. He's a top 10 prospect with elite athleticism. Gilbert continues to improve and is a force defensively
Khem Birch (14)
Malcolm Gilbert (83)
Durand Johnson (88)
John Johnson

13 Illinois

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Illinois class: Illinois locked down their borders and added four Illinois natives to their class. Mychael Henry is the top guy, but Egwu, Abrams, Shaw and Langford are solid players for the Illini
Mychael Henry (64)
Nnanna Egwu (67)
Tracy Abrams 71)
Mike Shaw (75)
Devin Langford
Ibrahmi Djimde
14 Alabama

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Alabama class: Alabama was able to lock up the best in the state, plus a JUCO standout and a talented big man out of Georgia. Randolph and Lacey should bring immediate scoring to their backcourt.
Levi Randolph (30)
Trevor Lacey (59)`
Nick Jacobs (92)
Rodney Cooper
Moussa Gueye
Retin Ojomoh
15 Virginia Tech

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Virginia Tech class: Throughout the summer Seth Greenberg stalked Finney-Smith and it paid off. Toss him in with Barksdale, Rankin and Brown and you have a group that will help Virginia Tech contend in the ACC.
Dorian Finney-Smith (25)
C.J. Barksdale (74)
Rob Brown (97)
Marquis Rankin

16 Georgetown

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Georgetown class: Otto Porter is the high riser of the class, toss in a pair of big nasties in the paint and Trawick and Whittington and the Hoyas have as strong group
Otto Porter (28)
Tyler Adams (95)
Mikael Hopkins
Jabril Trawick
Greg Whittington
17 Baylor

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Baylor class: Scott Drew certainly knows how to recruit. Miller is among the top scorers in the country and may be the best long term prospect in the entire class. His AAU teammate Bello isn't too bad either and is likely the top athlete in the entire class.
Quincy Miller (4)
Deuce Bello (52)
Pierre Jackson


18 Mississippi State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Mississippi State class: Hood is the stud of the class, but Gardner brings terrific shooting ability to the table and Deville Smith is a quick and elusive lead guard.
Rodney Hood (24)
David Gardner (84)
Deville Smith
Shawn Long
Roquez Johnson
19 Michigan State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Michigan State class: Dawson is Izzo's prototypical recruit. Amazing rebounder. Trice is a terrific shooter, while Anderson and Kearney bring athleticism to the table.
Branden Dawson (13)
Travis Trice
Dwaun Anderson
Brandan Kearney

20 Oregon

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Oregon class: Perimeter players and shooting was a focus and they solved that. Brown is among the nation's best shooters and Kingma has a quick trigger too. DonĂ­t sleep on Barron. Tough, hardnosed guard.
Jabari Brown (17)
Bruce Barron
Austin Kuemper
Brett Kingma
Carlos Emory
21 Washington

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Washington class: Washington will bring in arguably the nation's top passer in Wroten. Plus they'll get two quality perimeter prospects and a rangy, athletic big man
Tony Wroten (18)
Hikeem Stewart
Andrew Andrews
Jernard Jerreau
Martin Bruenig
22 Vanderbilt

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Vanderbilt class: Vandy scored a big one in Parker. He's a big time wing that will be joined by a solid combo guard in Johnson
Dai-Jon Parker (35)
Kedren Johnson (100)
Shelby Moats


23 Florida State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Florida State class: FSU has a pair four-star prospects, a three-star and a JUCO stnadout. Space has a high ceiling and could end up being their best overall prospect
Antwan Space (58)
Aaron Thomas (63)
Terry Whisnant
Keil Turpin

24 West Virginia

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
West Virginia class: Hinds is the prized recruit of the class. McCune, Brown and Miles are versatile forwards that can help on the wings and interior
Jabari Hinds (51)
Tommie McCune
Aaron Brown
Keaton Miles
Pat Forsythe
Gary Browne
25 Cincinnati

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Cincinnati class: Shaquille Thomas is a legit scorer and he'll have help on the wing from Sanders, Guyn and Davis.
Shaquille Thomas (78)
Jermaine Sanders
Jeremiah Davis
Octavious Ellis
Ge-Lawn Guyn
26 Indiana

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Indiana class: Zeller, a 6-foot-9 five-star prospect was the big one for Tom Crean. Toss in three-star Indiana native Austin Etherington and they have a top 30 class.
Cody Zeller (12)
Austin Etherington
Remy Abell


27 Oklahoma State

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Oklahoma State class: Nash is a physical beast on the perimeter, while Guerrero is a speedy and talented guard that can really score it
LeBryan Nash (8)
Cezar Guerrero
Phillip Jurick


28 Kansas

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Kansas class: The Jayhawks have an improving lead guard in Naadir Tharpe, plus talented and athletic wing Ben McLemore. Both are top 100 prospects. Three-star Braeden Anderson closes out their class.
Ben McLemore (54)
Naadir Tharpe (81)
Braeden Anderson
Jamari Taylor

29 Florida

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Florida class: Beal is one of the true gems of the 2011 class. An efficient guard he ranks among the top scorers the class. Pitchford will help provide depth inside
Brad Beal (6)
Walter Pitchford



30 Connecticut

Evan Daniels' Class Notes:
Connecticut class: Jim Calhoun scored a big fish late with the addition of DeAndre Daniels and they have a top 100 point guard in Ryan Boatright to go with him
DeAndre Daniels (29)
Ryan Boatright (77)





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