Big Ten Loading Up on Talent in 2010

Dylan Burkhardt

After grabbing a commitment from top 20 guard Jordan Sibert this weekend Ohio State appears to be loading up again with a huge class. While I was working on this article they even got another top 100 commitment, this one from shooting guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. on Monday. That brings Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class to 5 commits, two top 10, three top 20, four top 100. Don’t forget they have two five stars in their six man 2008 class which includes B.J. Mullens, Rivals #1 overall prospect in 2008.

There are 38 commits from Rivals top 150 for the class of 2010, 12 of them are headed to the Big Ten. The Big Ten has been considered down for a while, but it looks like a wave of talent is on the way. For comparison in this years incoming 2008 recruiting class the Big Ten only landed 15 prospects from the Rivals top 150. The Big Ten almost has as many commits right now as they had in the 2008 class overall.

Illinois has been down since Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head left Champaign but they have two top 25 kids to follow up a solid 2009 class. Bruce Weber was on life support but pulling some strings in around Chicago has him on the payroll until the 2010 class arrives at this point.

Here is a current list of 2010 commits:

  • OSU: Jordan Sibert (SG *****), Jared Sullinger (PF *****), DeShaun Thomas (PF *****), Lenzelle Smith Jr. (SG ****), Cameron Wright (SG ***)
  • Illinois: Crandall Head (SG *****), Jereme Richmond (SF *****), Meyers Leonard (C ****),
  • Wisconsin: Evan Anderson (C ****), Vander Blue (PG ****)
  • Purdue: Travis Carroll (C ****), Terone Johnson (PG ***)
  • MSU: Keith Appling (SG ****)
  • Iowa: Chanse Creekmur  (SF unranked)
  • No Commits: Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, PSU, NW

Of course it’s early, and kid’s development can go any direction as we saw with Jerrett Smith and Ron Coleman who were both highly rated early in their high school careers. But the influx of talent in the 2010 class is becoming clear. At this point it is starting to feel like Michigan needs to land some of the big fish like Darius Morris, Trey Zeigler, Nate Lubick, or Cameron Ayers in order to keep up with the rest of the league.

Going to get started on season preview stuff this week, the season is almost here so we can take a look at player expectations, who we are playing and all of that good stuff. Also, the non conference times and TV schedule is released.

  • Giddings

    Is Crandall Head Luther’s brother?

  • Dylan

    yes I believe so.

  • FL Wolve

    For the television schedule, what is Does that mean the game is only available via the website and not TV? And why are there games not on TV at all or just on FSN Detroit? This year’s TV schedule is nowhere near as friendly as last year’s schedule.

  • Not sure about, seems like it will be an online service of some kind but don’t know if its subscription or ESPN360 “only some ISPs” thing or what.

    Last year there were definitely a couple games not on TV I think. GT was ESPN360 I know. Savannah State, FGCU and Round two seem like the only games not on TV.

    FSN Detroit is an Oakland deal I’m pretty sure. The home team gets rights to non conference games I think so Oakland probably has a deal with FSD (the OU/MSU game @ the Palace is also on FSD).

    The only thing I’m mad about is the Maryland game on ESPNU… Look’s like I’ll be headed somewhere to watch that one.

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