Wednesday, June 15, 2011

College Basketball Recruiting 2012: Power Ranking the Top 17 Undecided Recruits

With the freshmen in college basketball performing at all-time highs, fans are eager to know the names of incoming players that could one day make a name for themselves in March Madness.

These are players have have so much hype coming out of high school that they are coveted by teams looking to recruit the next Kyrie Irving or Jared Sullinger.

How these players develop in college basketball is yet to be determined, but whether the most-hyped players turn out like a Josh Selby or a Brandon Knight, does not matter.

For now, schools will do anything to land that all-important freshman player that they can lay claim to and boost their school's fan base.

High school players are receiving more hype than ever, and today is no different.

17. Shacquille Cleare

High School: The Village School
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 270

Strengths: Good post player with terrific touch around the rim.

Weaknesses: Needs to be in better shape.

Considering: Arizona, Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, Maryland

16. Perry Ellis

High School: Wichita Heights
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 220

Strengths: Can run the floor and finish well.

Weaknesses: Needs to become better shooter.

Considering: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma

15. Jarnell Stokes

High School: Memphis Central
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 250

Strengths: Strong, big bodied power forward

Weaknesses: Still too small for position, so must improve outside shot.

Considering: Memphis, Tennessee, Duke

14. Alex Poythress

High School: Northeast
Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 215

Strengths: Very good at attacking the basket.

Weaknesses: Needs to improve ways of scoring.

Considering: Vanderbilt, Memphis, Florida

13. Gary Harris

High School: Hamilton Southeastern
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195

Strengths: Good strength for a guard.

Weaknesses: Needs to improve consistent shooting ability.

Considering: Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue

12. Robert Carter

High School: Thomasville
Hometown: Thomasville, Georgia
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 240

Strengths: Good combination of size, strength and ability.

Weaknesses: Needs to be more active on the glass.

Considering: Georgia, Florida, Florida State

11. Ricardo Ledo

High School: Notre Dame Prep
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 180

Strengths: Phenominal scorer.

Weaknesses: Needs to improve defense.

Considering: Providence, Syracuse, Kansas, Connecticut

10. Shaq Goodwin

High School: Southwest Dkalb
Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 210

Strengths: Good athleticism and range behind the free throw line.

Weaknesses: Needs to work on maturity.

Considering: UCLA, Georgia, Florida

9. Kyle Anderson

High School: St. Anthony
Hometown: Fairview, New Jersey
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 210

Strengths: A point guard in a small forward's body makes for match-up problems. Has great passing abilities and vision on the floor.

Weaknesses: Needs to bulk up.

Considering: UCLA, St. John's, Florida

8. Kaleb Tarczewski

High School: St. Marks
Hometown: Claremont, New Hampshire
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 220

Strengths: Good mobility for a true center.

Weaknesses: Needs to work on his scoring abilities in the post.

Considering: Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona

7. Archie Goodwin

High School: Sylvan Hills
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 181

Strengths: Smooth and multi-skilled forward.

Weaknesses: Improve shot from three-point range.

Considering: Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas

6. Rodney Purvis

High School: Upper Room Christian Academy
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 185

Strengths: Good ball-handling gives him the ability of driving to the bucket whenever he feels like it.

Weaknesses: Improve jump shot.

Considering: Duke, Kentucky, Louisville

5. Brandon Ashley

High School: Bishop O'Dowd
Hometown: Oakland, California
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 210

Strengths: Good timing and quickness around the basket with a soft touch.

Weaknesses: Needs to work on fundamentals in order to make it in college.

Considering: UCLA, California, Arizona

4. DaJuan Coleman

High School: Jamesville De-Witt
Hometown: DeWitt, New York
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 280

Strengths: Good conditioning for a big man and has good post-up ability.

Weaknesses: Must stay in shape.

Considering: Syracuse, North Carolina, Louisville

3. Mitch McGary

High School: Brewster Academy
Hometown: Chesterton, Indiana
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 225

Strengths: A lefty with good range and power around the rim.

Weaknesses: Needs to improve back to the basket ability.

Considering: Texas, Connecticut, Indiana

2. Shabazz Muhammad

High School: Bishop Gorman
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 205

Strengths: Consistent shot from within 15 feet.

Weaknesses: Improve three-point shot.

Considering: UCLA, Duke, Kentucky

1. Andre Drummond

High School: St. Thomas
Hometown: Middletown, Connecticut
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 275

Strengths: Best 2012 high school recruit. Talented combination of size, strength and ability.

Weaknesses: Needs to be more consistent dominating the game.

Considering: Kentucky, Connecticut, Duke

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