Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: June 21st, 2012

Dylan Burkhardt
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Last summer was the early rush in class of 2013 recruiting but things will heat up once again throughout July and August. Eleven prospects rated 4-stars or better by at least one of the three major scouting services have committed to Big Ten schools but there are no five star commitments to date. The early leader in the class of 2013 is Indiana as the recent commitment of Stanford Robinson nudged the Hoosiers ahead of Michigan for the top spot.

Rank School # Commits Rivals Scout ESPN Avg. Avg. Score Cum. Score
1 Indiana 4 3.3 3.5 3.5 3.4 95.2 1030
2 Michigan 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 94.8 1025
3 Purdue 3 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 83.3 780
4 Illinois 2 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 67.3 515
5 Penn State 2 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.3 66.0 505
6 Ohio State 1 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 52.7 285
7 Wisconsin 1 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.7 49.0 265
8 Iowa 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 0 0
9 Michigan State 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 0 0
10 Minnesota 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 0 0
11 Nebraska 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 0 0
12 Northwestern 0 N/A N/A N/A 0 0 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. 

Action since last rankings:
  • Nov 8, 2011: Penn State adds commitment from Geno Thorpe
  • Jan 1, 2012: Indiana adds commitment from Luke Fischer
  • Feb 9, 2012: Penn State adds commitment from Brandon Austin
  • Apr 22, 2012: I.J. Ready decommits from Nebraska
  • May 16, 2012: Indiana adds commitment from Stanford Robinson
  • May 31, 2012: Jalen James decommits from Illinois
  • Jun 8, 2012: Milos Kostic decommits from Northwestern

Indiana

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Devin Davis SF IN 3 3 3
Luke Fischer PF WI 3 4 4
Collin Hartman SF IN 3 3 3
Stanford Robinson SG VA 4 4 4

Michigan

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Mark Donnal PF OH 3 4 4
Austin Hatch SG IN 3 3 2
Zak Irvin SF IN 4 3 4
Derrick Walton PG MI 4 4 4

Purdue

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Bryson Scott SG IN 4 4 4
Basil Smotherman SF IN 3 3 3
Kendall Stephens SG IL 4 4 4

Illinois

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Malcolm Hill SG IL 4 4 4
Maverick Morgan C OH 3 3 3

Penn State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Brandon Austin SF PA 3 4 4
Geno Thorpe PG PA 3 3 3

Ohio State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Marc Loving PF OH 4 4 4

Wisconsin

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Bronson Koenig PG WI 4 3 4

Iowa

No commitments for Iowa.

Michigan State

No commitments for Michigan State.

Minnesota

No commitments for Minnesota.

Nebraska

No commitments for Nebraska.

Northwestern

No commitments yet for Northwestern.

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 – as was discussed in the comments of our last 2012 update – but we favor the current system to generate some sort of consistent, objective basis for comparing classes.

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

  • Thomas Beindit

    Wow, can’t believe Michigan can in at 2nd. I see Hatch is pulling us down right now, but once he fully recovers, Michigan’s going to get a fantastic player. Advantage us

    • It’s very close obviously.. A couple fractions off, and a couple shifts in-out of the top 50 by either school would shift it most likely.

  • Jeff

    I’m a little confused by how IU and Michigan have an average score right at 95. Wouldn’t that imply that their guys are on average 4* and Top 50?

    • It has to do with the normalization..
      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).

  • Wayman Britt

    I get giddy looking at our high recruiting scores. The UM program has come along way from the dreadfull days of Ellerbe’s recruiting.