Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: November 19th, 2012

With the start of the early signing period last week, we’ve taken the time to refresh our Big Ten class of 2013 rankings. The rankings incorporate numbers from Rivals, Scout and ESPN into a composite average score to rank the best incoming classes in the conference.

Rank School  Commits Rivals Scout ESPN Avg. Avg. Score Cum. Score
1 Indiana 6 3.67 3.83 3.33 3.61 129.61 1565
2 Illinois 5 3.60 3.40 3.20 3.40 111.36 1265
3 Michigan 3 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 102.93 835
4 Purdue 3 3.67 3.67 3.33 3.56 88.91 765
5 Wisconsin 5 2.60 2.60 3.00 2.73 88.01 1115
6 Ohio State 2 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 81.52 540
7 Penn State 4 3.00 2.25 2.50 2.58 75.92 885
8 Northwestern 2 3.00 3.00 3.50 3.17 65.15 485
9 Nebraska 3 2.00 2.00 3.33 2.44 64.56 670
10 Minnesota 2 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 57.53 440
11 Iowa 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 41.60 225
12 Michigan State 0 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 0.00 0

Find a run-down of new commitments and team-by-team breakdowns after the jump.

Action since last update:

  • Oct 4, 2012: Illinois adds commitment from Jaylon Tate
  • Oct 14, 2012: Minnesota adds commitment from Alex Foster
  • Oct 15, 2012: Penn State adds commitment from Graham Woodward
  • Oct 28, 2012: Indiana adds commitment from Troy Willliams
  • Nov 10, 2012: Indiana adds commitment from Noah Vonleh
  • Nov 11, 2012: Wisconsin adds commitment from Nigel Hayes
  • Nov 12, 2012: Illinois adds commitment from Austin Colbert

1. 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
Noah Vonleh PF MA 5 5 5
Troy Williams SF VA 4 4 4

Indiana continues to stockpile talent by adding super-recruit Vonleh and consensus 4-star Williams.  Indiana jumps to #1 in our rankings.

2. Illinois

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Austin Colbert PF NJ 4 3 3
Malcolm Hill SG IL 4 4 4
Maverick Morgan C OH 3 3 3
Kendrick Nunn SG IL 4 4 4
Jaylon Tate PG IL 3 3 2

Colbert and Tate commit to the Illini.  Illini jump Michigan for the #2 spot in our rankings.

3. Michigan

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Mark Donnal   PF OH 4 4 4
Zak Irvin SF IN 4 4 4
Derrick Walton PG MI 4 4 4

Commitments for other teams move Michigan to #3 in our rankings.

4. 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

No change for Purdue.

5. Wisconsin

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Vitto Brown PF OH 3 3 2
Riley Dearring SF MN 3 3 3
Nigel Hayes PF OH 3 3 4
Jordan Hill SG CA NR NR 2
Bronson Koenig PG WI 4 4 4

Wisconsin gets another Ohio big man in Hayes.  Wisconsin jumps OSU with the commitment.

6. Ohio State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Marc Loving PF OH 4 4 4
Kameron Williams SG MD 4 4 4

No change for Ohio State.

7. Penn State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Payton Banks SF CA 3 3 2
Julian Moore PF PA 3 3 3
Geno Thorpe PG PA 3 3 3
Graham Woodward PG MN 3 NR 2

Penn State gets their second PG in the class with Woodward

8. Northwestern

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

No change for Northwestern.

9. Nebraska

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Nick Fuller SF WI 3 3 3
Nathan Hawkins SG TX 3 3 3
Tai Webster PG New Zealand NR NR 4

No changes for Nebraska.

10. Minnesota

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Alvin Ellis SF IL 3 3 3
Alex Foster PF IL 3 3 3

Tubby Smith dips into Chicago again to get a commitment from Foster. Minnesota jumps Iowa in the rankings.

11. Iowa

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Peter Jok SF IA 3 3 3

No changes for Iowa.

12. Michigan State

Michigan State still without a commitment in the class.

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) as well as our additional factor the square root of average ranking over 3.
  • Class Cumulative Score: Sum of all normalized score for all recruits based on all services

The system is far from perfect 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.

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