Class of 2012 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: May 16th, 2012

The late signing period is finally drawing to a close and most schools in the Big Ten are putting the finishing touches on their incoming classes of 2012. In that spirit, national scouting services have also released the majority of their final recruiting rankings and we’ve updated our compilation of Big Ten Recruiting Rankings.

Rk School # Rivals Scout ESPN Avg. Avg. Score Cum. Score
1 Indiana 5 3.80 3.60 3.60 3.67 110.39 1335
2 Michigan 5 3.80 3.20 3.20 3.40 103.78 1255
3 Michigan State 4 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.08 101.70 1100
4 Iowa 5 3.40 3.00 2.80 3.07 99.64 1205
5 Purdue 4 3.75 4.00 3.75 3.83 98.46 1065
6 Northwestern 4 3.00 2.75 2.25 2.67 80.89 875
7 Nebraska 4 2.50 1.50 1.00 1.67 63.33 685
8 Penn State 3 2.33 1.67 2.00 2.00 62.98 590
9 Minnesota 2 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 59.49 455
10 Wisconsin 1 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 55.47 300
11 Ohio State 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 42.53 230
12 Illinois 0 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 0.00 0

Find full class breakdowns, additions and subtractions of the last two months, and a note on how all of these numbers were calculated after the jump.

Movement

  • AprilFahro Alihodzic, Keith Coleman and Jerran Young decommit from Nebraska
  • Apr 6: Michigan adds commitment from Spike Albrecht
  • Apr 13Michael Orris decommits from Illinois
  • Apr 15: Nebraska adds commitment from Deverell Biggs
  • Apr 21: Ohio State adds commitment from Amedeo Della Valle
  • May 2: Penn State adds commitment from Donovan Jack
  • May 3: Nebraska adds commitment from Sergej Vucetic
  • May 11: Michigan adds commitment from Caris LeVert
  • May 14: Northwestern adds commitment from Mislav Brzoja

1. Indiana

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Kevin Ferrell PG IN 5 4 4
Jeremy Hollowell SF IN 4 4 4
Peter Jurkin C NC 3 3 3
Ron Patterson SG IN 3 3 3
Hanner Mosquera-Perea PF IN 4 4 4

2. Michigan

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Spike Albrecht PG IN 3 NR 1
Caris LeVert SG OH 3 3 2
Mitch McGary PF IN 4 4 4
Glenn Robinson III SF IN 5 4 5
Nik Stauskas SF CAN 4 4 4

3. Michigan State

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Matt Costello C MI 4 4 4
Gary Harris SG IN 5 5 5
Kenny Kaminski PF OH 3 4 4
Denzel Valentine SF MI 4 3 4

4. Iowa

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Anthony Clemmons PG MI 3 2 2
Mike Gesell PG NE 4 4 4
Patrick Ingram SG IN 3 2 2
Kyle Meyer C GA 3 3 2
Adam Woodbury C IA 4 4 4

5. Purdue

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raphael Davis SG IN 4 4 4
A.J. Hammons C IN 4 4 4
Ronnie Johnson PG IN 4 4 4
Jay Simpson PF IL 3 4 3

6. Northwestern

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Mislav Brzoja SG IN 3 3 NR
Kale Abrahamson SF IA 3 3 3
Sanjay Lumpkin SG MN 3 3 2
Alex Olah C IN 3 2 2

7. Nebraska

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Deverell Biggs PG NE 3 NR NR
Benny Parker PG KS 3 NR 1
Shavon Shields SG KS 3 3 2
Sergej Vucetic C MI NR NR NR

8. Penn State

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Donovan Jack PF PA NR 2 2
Akosa Maduegbunam SF MA 3 NR 2
Brandon Taylor PF PA 3 3 2

9. Minnesota

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Charles Buggs PF TX 3 3 3
Wally Ellenson SG WI 3 3 3

10. Wisconsin

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Sam Dekker SF WI 5 5 5

11. Ohio State

Name Pos. State Rivals Scout ESPN
Amedeo Della Valle SG ITA 3 3 3

12. Illinois

No class of 2012 commitments.

Ranking Explanations

Every player is given a normalized score on a 100 point scale for each of the three major scouting services. That score breaks down like this:

Player Score
100 = 5* Player
95 = 4* and top 50 player
90 = 4* player not in top 50
85 = Top 150 player or top 30 at position
80 = Top 40 at position
75 = Top 50 at position or 3* player unranked at his position
70 = Top 75 at position
65 = Top 100 at position or 2* player unranked at his position
60 = Top 300 player or 1* player unranked at his position
50 = Player who has no star rating or position ranking

That much is relatively simple. Those scores are combined into two cumulative metrics: Class Average Score and Class Cumulative Score.

  • Class Average Score: Average normalized scores by service multiplied by the square root of the number of commitments/3.25  (13 total scholarships over 4 years).
  • Class Cumulative Score: Sum of all normalized score for all recruits based on all services

The system is far from perfect. I wouldn’t hesitate to choose a one man class of Sam Dekker over a three man class consisting of Donovan Jack, Akosa Maduegbunam, Brandon Taylor – and I don’t think I’m alone. However, that problem is almost unavoidable when evaluating classes mathematically. As always, we’re open to suggestions on how to improve this feature.

Special thanks to Trent Montemayor for compiling all of the data.

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