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September 21, 2011

Bruins make big move in team rankings

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Since unveiling our first look at team recruiting rankings for the class of 2012, there's been plenty of movement and an expansion from 20 to 25 ranked programs.

Indiana and Providence continue to hold onto the top two spots but thanks to the commitment of the nation's No. 2-ranked player Kyle Anderson, Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins were able to make a major move within the rankings as they rise from No. 12 to the third spot overall.

Also making a big splash are the Houston Cougars. The additions of five-star wing Danuel House and four-star big man Chicken Knowles allow James Dickey's squad to enter the rankings in the sixth overall spot.

Other newcomers to the list include Texas A&M who checks in at No. 14, Iowa at No. 19, Oklahoma State at No. 20 and Kentucky as the Wildcats make their debut at No. 22 thanks to the commitment of Archie Goodwin.

2012 Team Rankings
1. Indiana
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Hanner Perea (16)
PG Kevin Ferrell (17)
SF Jeremy Hollowell (48)
SG Ron Patterson (131)
C Peter Jurkin
Indiana fans are ready for the recruiting success of Tom Crean to translate on the court, and this five-man class is expected to play a huge part in this potential turnaround. Every position is covered in this class with five-star prospects Hanner Perea and Kevin Ferrell leading the way.
2. Providence
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Ricardo Ledo (8)
PG Kris Dunn (10)
SG Joshua Fortune
New head coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash at Providence. He has the top backcourt in the country committed with Dunn and Ledo, and Fortune is one of the top shooters in the 2012 class.
3. UCLA
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Kyle Anderson (2)
PG Dominic Artis (52)
SF Jordan Adams (74)
The addition of the nation's second-ranked, and most versatile, player Kyle Anderson gives UCLA's class a huge bump. Speedy point guard Dominic Artis was one of the high risers in the rankings during the summer circuit. Adams is one of the toughest perimeter players to defend in the 2012 class when he gets hot from the outside.
4. Arizona
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Brandon Ashley (13)
SG Gabe York (31)
PF Grant Jerrett (50)
Sean Miller has found success on the court and in recruiting at Arizona. He has a trio of top 50 prospects committed with five-star power forward Brandon Ashley, athletic scorer Gabe York and versatile forward Grant Jarrett.
5. Pittsburgh
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Steven Adams (4)
PG James Robinson (58)
New Zealand power forward Steven Adams is so talented Pittsburgh might only get to enjoy him for a year. Robinson is one of the toughest and craftiest point guards in the 2012 class.
6. Houston
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Danuel House (15)
PF Chicken Knowles (47)
Head coach James Dickey and his staff made a huge splash by convincing the two local stars to stay local. House is a long, athletic wing with deep range and huge upside. Knowles is a slender big with quickness and face-up skills.
7. Baylor
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Isaiah Austin (5)
PG L.J. Rose (95)
PF Chad Rykhoek (135)
The star of Baylor's recruiting class is versatile and talented 7-footer Isaiah Austin. He is complemented on the outside by steady point guard L.J. Rose and Rykhoek is a big-bodied interior player with good hands.
8. Villanova
2012 commits (National rank)
C Daniel Ochefu (29)
PG Ryan Arcidiacono (64)
Jay Wright and his staff continue to recruit at a high level. Ochefu, a four-star big man, is a force down low. His complement is fellow four-star Ryan Arcidiacono, who is a scoring point guard.
9. Texas
2012 commits (National rank)
C Cameron Ridley (21)
PG Javan Felix (92)
Ridley, who has a lot of size and a lot of game, is a post player who can anchor the attack on both ends. He also has a heady point guard in Felix who can get him the ball and keep the defense honest with his shooting ability.
10. Michigan
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Glenn Robinson III (34)
SG Nick Stauskas (79)
John Beilein has a couple talented four-star wings in the recruiting fold. Robinson, III, the son of The Big Dog, has blossomed this summer into a terrific prospect. Stauskas is a versatile shooting guard with nice size for his position.
11. North Carolina
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Marcus Paige (41)
SF J.P. Tokoto (68)
Roy Williams has secured a pair of talented backcourt prospects. Tokoto is a high-flying athlete who thrives in an open-court game. Paige is a heady point guard with a solid all around game.
12. Michigan State
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Denzel Valentine (80)
PF Matt Costello (82)
PF Kenny Kaminski (84)
Tom Izzo has a trio of skilled forwards at his disposal in his 2012 recruiting class. Costello and Kaminski have size and great shooting strokes. Valentine is small forward with a versatile game.
13. Florida State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Aaron Thomas (56)
PG Montay Brandon (59)
PG Devon Bookert
Florida State is looking forward to adding the scoring abilities of reclassified four-star shooting guard Aaron Thomas. Brandon, a four-star perimeter players, is a versatile playmaker. And point guard Devon Bookert rounds out the class.
14. Texas A&M
2012 commits (National rank)
PG J-Mychal Reese (63)
SG Alex Caruso (67)
Billy Kennedy is off to a great start on the recruiting trail in his first year at A&M. With Reese and Caruso A&M adds a scoring combo guard and a smooth two who have significant ties to the school. Reese's father, John, is now an assistant coach and Caruso's father, Mike, is an associate athletic director at A&M.
15. Florida
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Braxton Ogbueze (62)
SG Michael Frazier (87)
Continuing the back court theme, Billy Donovan also has secured a quality point guard and wing scorer. Ogbueze has a balanced skill package at the point, and Frazier is known for scoring points.
16. Virginia
2012 commits (National rank)
SF Justin Anderson (35)
C Mike Tobey (109)
SF Evan Nolte (120)
Tony Bennett has secured a trio of recruits with diverse games. Anderson is a big-time wing athlete. Tobey is a skilled post player with face-up game. And Nolte is a deadly outside shooter.
17. St. John's
2012 commits (National rank)
PF Ricardo Gathers (37)
SF Darrick Wood (104)
Four-star forward Ricardo Gathers is a physically imposing double-double machine while Wood is a terrific wing scorer.
18. Xavier
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Semaj Christon (72)
PF Jalen Reynolds (111)
SG Myles Davis (140)
PF James Farr
Christon emerged out of relative obscurity this summer to become a four-star prospect. Reynolds and Farr are versatile forwards, and Davis is a deadly scorer from the outside.
19. Iowa
2012 commits (National rank)
C Adam Woodbury (42)
PG Mike Gesell (96)
SG [/db]Patrick Ingram[/db]
PF Kyle Meyer
Woodbury is a skilled big man who should find plenty of success in the Big Ten. Gesell is a steady guard who can play either the one or the two while Ingram is a physical defender who likes to hit corner jumpers. Meyer is a big with mobility and emerging skill.
20. Maryland
2012 commits (National rank)
C Shaquille Cleare (44)
SF Jake Layman (110)
SG Seth Allen
Four-star post player Shaquille Cleare is a physical presence who should have a significant impact on the ACC. Layman is a talented combo forward with a smooth shooting stroke and upside. Allen, a shooting guard, rounds out the class.
21. Oklahoma State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Marcus Smart (14)
PG Phil Forte
PF Kamari Murphy
SG Adam Wing
In Smart, Travis Ford has landed the class of 2012's ultimate warrior. The aggressive and versatile combo guard has long teamed up and been successful with the sharp-shooting Forte. Murphy is a lengthy and skilled four who sits on the Rivals150 bubble and Wing is more of an unknown with a rep as a shooter.
22. Kentucky
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Archie Goodwin (12)
Goodwin is only a one-man class at this point, but the five-star guard is as electric as they come when creating off of the dribble. Now that he's on the board in 2012, John Calipari and his staff have somebody to build their recruiting efforts around.
23. Mississippi State
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Craig Sword (88)
C Gavin Ware (99)
PG Josh Gray
SG Fred Thomas
Rick Stansbury took advantage of the talent in Mississippi to secure a four-man class. Four-star shooting guard Craig Sword and four-star post player Gavin Ware lead the class.
24. Purdue
2012 commits (National rank)
PG Ronnie Johnson (91)
PF Jay Simpson (101)
SG Rapheal Davis (106)
Simpson provides the size for Matt Painter's class. Davis is a terrific shooter with a solid all-around game as a shooting guard. And Johnson is a steady but quick point guard whose stock is on the rise.
25. UNLV
2012 commits (National rank)
SG Katin Reinhardt (45)
PF Demetris Morant (150)
PG DaQuan Cook
New UNLV coach Dave Rice has three positions covered in his 2012 recruiting class. Reinhardt, the highest ranked of the three, is versatile perimeter scorer. Morant is an athletic defender and rebounder. Cook is a steady playmaker at the point of attack.

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