Class of 2012 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: August 30th, 2011


Trent Montemayor took our inquiry for help to heart and volunteered to construct and maintain a running database of Big Ten Recruiting Rankings. The idea is borrowed from MGoBlog, who maintains a similar list for football classes. There will likely be some tweaks in future iterations but for now, here’s the current data:

Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg. Scout Avg. ESPN Avg. 24/7 Avg.
1 Indiana 5 4.00 3.60 3.60 3.20
2 Michigan State 3 4.00 3.67 4.00 3.67
3 Purdue 3 3.67 3.67 3.67 4.00
4 Michigan 2 4.00 3.50 4.00 4.00
5 Iowa 3 3.33 3.00 3.33 1.33
6 Northwestern 3 1.00 2.67 2.33 1.00
7 Wisconsin 1 5.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
8 Minnesota 1 3.00 0.00 3.00 0.00
9 Penn State 1 0.00 0.00 2.00 0.00
10 Nebraska 1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
T11 Illinois 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
T11 Ohio State 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Team by team data after the jump.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Kevin Ferrell PG IN 5 4 4 4
Jeremy Hollowell SF IN 4 4 4 4
Peter Jurkin C NC 3 3 3 NR
Ron Patterson SG IN 3 3 3 4
Hanner Perea PF IN 5 4 4 4

Indiana heads up the initial Big Ten Recruiting Rankings with 5 commits and 3 consensus 4+ star recruits.  As you will see below, like in football, 24/7 is seriously behind in ranking recruits and adding kids to commit lists.

Michigan State
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Matt Costello PF MI 4 4 4 4
Kenny Kaminski PF OH 4 4 4 3
Denzel Valentine SF MI 4 3 4 4

MSU comes in second for these rankings. They’re close with Purdue but State seems to have better addressed their needs in grabbing 2 bigs to replace Draymond Green and Delvon Roe.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Raphael Davis SG IN 3 3 4 4
Ronnie Johnson PG IN 4 4 4 4
Jay Simpson PF IN 4 4 3 4

Purdue grabs a solid class with three 4-star level commits. They could use another big though with the loss of Robbie Hummel after this season and no proven back-ups. Johnson is not on 24/7’s commit list.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Glenn Robinson III SF IN 4 4 4 4
Nick Stauskas SG CAN 4 3 4 4

Michigan fans are familiar with the Wolverines’ pair of four star commits but Michigan lags behind Michigan State and Purdue with just two commitments in the class.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Mike Gesell PG IA 4 4 4 4
Patrick Ingram SG IN 3 2 3 NR
Kyle Meyer C GA 3 3 3 NR

Iowa’s off to a solid start in this class. We’ll keep them behind Michigan since Michigan has 2 solid 4-stars. Ingram and Meyer not on 24/7’s commit list but both are on the other sites.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Kale Abrahamson SF IA 3 3 3 3
Sanjay Lumpkin SG MN NR 3 2 NR
Alex Olah C IN NR 2 2 NR

Same number of commits as Iowa but most sites don’t know who they are. Lumpkin and Olah aren’t on 24/7’s commit list.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Sam Dekker SF WI 5 4 4 4

Don’t expect Wisconsin to be in this spot for long. They have the third highest rated recruit in theBig Ten (after only Ferrell and Perea). Once they got another commit they’ll move up quick.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Wally Ellenson SG WI 3 NR 3 NR

Ellenson is NR nor on the commit list of 24/7.

Penn State
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Akosa Maduegbunam SF MA NR NR 2 NR

Maduegbunam, hopefully a finalist for Name of the Year, is the first recruit of the Patrick Chambers era. Most sites don’t know who he is. 24/7 doesn’t have him on their commit list.

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Keith Coleman PF IA NR NR NR NR

Coleman is a JUCO transfer He’ll have 3 years of eligibility once he hits campus.

Ohio State and Illinois

Both schools have yet to land a 2012 commitment at this time.

  • Flwolve

    Nice addition.  Any chance somebody could go back and do something similar for 2010 and 2011? 

    • Tom, Too…

      You do it.

  • JBlair52

    Iowa has probably their best class since 2008 and Northwestern probably has the best class they’ve had in about 10 years – I like the guys these teams brought in considering where they’re playing.  Should help make those two teams a little better and bring some strength to the Big 10.  Nebraska and Penn St. are going to need some help.


    Nice.  You should normalize everything to a five point scale (across the services) and then just compare one average number for the class.

  • Mark

    Are we arguing MSU and Purdue’s class is only better because they have one extra player?

    • Will

      Yes. We have 2 four star players. They both have 2 four star players and a three star player. That makes sense to put them higher

      • Will

        Oops didn’t look at the actual team breakdown before posting that. Essentially all the players for all three teams are four stars. It makes sense that MSU and PU are higher if they have 3 of them instead of 2

        • Mark

          I think it does but GRIII is ranked vastly higher than any of their 4 stars. Sometime 40+ spots. If you look at some Rivals for example, they say both of our guys are ranked higher than all 3 of MSU’s. You could make an argument that our class is better than theirs as a result

  • matt d

    Irvin up to #54, Walton holds steady at #88, and Donnal checks in at #124 in the updated 2013 Rivals 150

  • Sven187

    Jay Simpson is from Champaign, IL not Indiana.

    • JBlair52

      I think he’s attending HS in Indiana (LaPorte LaLumiere)…a school that is quickly becoming a basketball factory