Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: August 31st, 2012

on

The live evaluation period is in the books and all three major scouting services have updated their national rankings. There are plenty of 2013 prospects left on the board but the class has played its final season of AAU basketball and rankings are becoming more concrete.

Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg. Scout Avg. ESPN Avg. Rankings Avg. Class Ave. Score Class Cum. Score
1 Michigan 4 3.75 3.75 3.50 3.67 97.53 1055
2 Indiana 4 3.25 3.50 2.75 3.17 91.99 995
3 Purdue 3 3.67 3.67 3.33 3.56 81.67 765
4 Illinois 2 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 67.33 515
5 Wisconsin 3 1.33 2.33 2.33 2.00 66.72 625
6 Nebraska 3 2.00 2.00 1.00 1.67 63.52 595
7 Northwestern 2 3.00 3.00 3.50 3.17 63.41 485
8 Penn State 2 1.50 3.00 3.00 2.50 58.18 445
9 Ohio State 1 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 49.92 270
10 Iowa 0 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 0.00 0
11 Michigan State 0 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 0.00 0
12 Minnesota 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.

Action since last rankings:

  •  Jul 2, 2012: Northwestern adds commitment from Jaren Sina
  • Jul 15, 2012: Northwestern adds commitment from Nate Taphorn
  • Jul 21, 2012: Wisconsin adds commitment from Riley Dearring
  • Jul 22, 2012: Penn State loses commitment from Brandon Austin
  • Jul 27, 2012: Penn State adds commitment from Julian Moore
  • Aug 7, 2012: Wisconsin adds commitment from Jordan Hill
  • Aug 10, 2012: Nebraska adds commitment from Nick Fuller
  • Aug 10, 2012: Nebraska adds commitment from Nathan Hawkins
  • Aug 21, 2012: Nebraska adds commitment from Tai Webster

Michigan

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

Zak Irvin adds a fourth star to officially give Michigan three consensus four star recruits.

Indiana

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Devin Davis SF IN 3 3 2
Luke Fischer PF WI 3 4 3
Collin Hartman SF IN 3 3 2
Stanford Robinson SG VA 4 4 4

Devin Davis and Collin Hartman were both downgraded to 2 stars and Luke Fischer was bumped down to 3 stars by ESPN.

Purdue

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

Bryson Scott took a hit for Purdue, seeing his stock knocked down to 3-stars by ESPN.

Illinois

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

A nice class for Illinois with a consensus four star wing and a big man that can play at the next level.

Wisconsin

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Riley Dearring SF MN NR 3 3
Jordan Hill SG CA NR NR NR
Bronson Koenig PG WI 4 4 4

Wisconsin added a pair of commitments from Riley Dearring and Jordan Hill.

Nebraska

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Nick Fuller SF WI 3 3 3
Nathan Hawkins SF TX 3 3 NR
Tai Webster PG NZ NR NR NR

Nebraska added three commitments in August spanning from Wisconsin to Texas all the way to New Zealand.

Northwestern

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jaren Sina PG NJ 3 3 4
Nate Taphorn SF IL 3 3 3

Jaren Sina will go down as one of Bill Carmody’s best recruiting gets. Shooting point guard is top 100 per ESPN and top 150 per Rivals. Nate Taphorn is a local Illinois product that can flat out shoot the ball.

Penn State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Julian Moore PF PA NR 3 3
Geno Thorpe PG PA 3 3 3

Penn State lost a top-100 commitment in Brandon Austin after his decommit but bounced back to score Julian Moore.

Ohio State

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

Ohio State still has just one commitment in the class of 2013, talented combo forward Marc Loving.

Iowa

No commitments for Iowa.

Michigan State

No commitments for Michigan State.

Minnesota

No commitments for Minnesota.

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.

  • HHW98212

    So, Austin is still included in these rankings. 1. what do they look like if he is unable to play and 2. is there anymore info on how he’s progressing?

    • A2JD

      I was also wondering how Austin is doing.

    • Steve2081

      Since he is our lowest ranked commit I’d guess we’d fall a bit behind Indiana but stay ahead of Purdue. Our top 3 are rated higher than theirs.

    • jblair52

      on May 1, 2012 in an interview with the Freep he promised he would play for the Wolverines in 2013 (-2014). We should know more in 3-4 months as bball season gets going.