Class of 2014 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: October 15th, 2013

Rk School # Rivals Scout ESPN 247 Avg. Avg. Score Cum. Score
1 Ohio State 4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.00 4.19 120.42 1470
2 Maryland 4 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 118.09 1475
3 Illinois 3 3.67 3.67 3.67 3.67 3.67 92.50 1045
4 Northwestern 4 3.25 3.00 3.50 3.25 3.25 89.49 1240
5 Michigan 4 3.25 3.25 3.00 3.00 3.13 87.04 1230
6 Purdue 3 3.00 2.67 3.33 3.00 3.00 72.86 910
7 Rutgers 2 3.00 2.50 3.00 3.50 3.00 59.33 605
8 Indiana 1 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 59.25 370
9 Michigan St. 1 4.00 3.00 4.00 4.00 3.75 55.04 355
10 Iowa 2 3.00 3.00 2.50 3.00 2.88 53.28 555
11 Penn State 2 2.50 3.00 2.50 2.50 2.63 49.53 540
12 Nebraska 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 44.38 320
13 Wisconsin 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 43.68 315
14 Minnesota 1 3.00 3.00 2.00 3.00 2.75 37.18 280

Class of 2014 recruiting swung into full gear recently with the early signing period less than a month away. There are still plenty of high profile recruits that might sign during the early signing period but it felt like a good time to update the 2014 class rankings and see how things are shaking out. There have been 20 Big Ten commitments or decommitments since we last updated the rankings in June. Ohio State and Big Ten newcomer Maryland have emerged at the top of the pack with a host of quality prospects but Illinois., Northwestern and Michigan have reeled in quality classes as well.

After the jump we review all of the action since the last update, the top ten incoming prospects in the conference and go team-by-team to examine every recruiting class.

Action since last update:

  • Jun 6, 2013 – Maryland adds commitment from Jared Nickens
  • Jun 15, 2013 – Penn State adds commitment from Shep Garner
  • Jun 20, 2013 – Rutgers adds commitment from D.J. Foreman
  • Jul 4, 2013 – Northwestern adds commitment from Victor Law
  • Jul 8, 2013 – Rutgers adds commitment from Mike Williams
  • Jul 29, 2013 – Northwestern adds commitment from Gavin Skelly
  • Aug 8, 2013 – James Blackmon Jr. decommits from Indiana
  • Aug 12, 2013 – Nebraska adds commitment from Jacob Hammond
  • Aug 22, 2013 – Maryland adds commitment from Trayvon Reed.
  • Sep 1, 2013 – Illinois adds commitment from Leron Black
  • Sep 9, 2013 – Northwestern adds commitment from Bryant McIntosh
  • Sep 12, 2013 – Illinois adds commitment from Quentin Snider
  • Sep 14, 2013 – Purdue adds commitment from Vincent Edwards
  • Sep 20, 2013 – Indiana adds commitment from Robert Johnson
  • Sep 22, 2013 – Northwestern adds commitment from Scott Lindsey
  • Sep 24, 2013 – Iowa adds commitment from Brady Ellingson
  • Sep 26, 2013 – Michigan State adds commitment from Lourawls Nairn
  • Sep 30, 2013 – Minnesota adds commitment from Josh Martin
  • Sep 30, 2013 – Purdue adds commitment from Jacquil Taylor
  • Oct 1, 2013 – Michigan adds commitment from Kameron Chatman
  • Oct 6, 2013 – Michigan adds commitment from D.J. Wilson
  • Oct 11, 2013 – Iowa adds commitment from Dominique Uhl

Cream of the Crop

We ranked the top ten (12 with a three-way tie at No. 10) incoming prospects in the conference by their average weighted score.

Rk Name Team Position Rivals Scout ESPN 247 Score
T-1 D’Angelo Russell Ohio State SG 21 17 12 30 98.75
T-1 Keita Bates-Diop Ohio State SF 24 20 22 49 98.75
T-3 Kameron Chatman Michigan SF 29 23 49 36 95
T-3 Romelo Trimble Maryland PG 36 33 37 35 95
T-3 Leron Black Illinois PF 41 46 41 37 95
T-6 Quentin Snider Illinois PG 31 31 35 51 93.75
T-6 Dion Wiley Maryland SG 49 28 48 58 93.75
8 Robert Johnson Indiana SG 42 54 44 53 92.5
9 Jae’Sean Tate Ohio State SF 75 53 25 75 91.25
T-10 Victor Law Northwestern SF 86 70 66 79 90
T-10 Trayvon Reed Maryland C 96 86 69 68 90
T-10 Jared Nickens Maryland SF 93 90 SG #20 107 90

Ohio State has the two top rated recruits headed to the conference but Maryland checks in with an impressive four of the top 12 – all consensus four-star recruits. Recent Wolverine commitment Kameron Chatman checks in at No. 3 for Michigan, beating out Romelo Trimble and Leron Black due to a slightly higher average rank. Illinois has two prospects on the list while Indiana and Northwestern each notch one prospect in the top group.

Ohio State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Keita Bates-Diop SF IL 5 5 5 4
David Bell C OH 3 3 3 4
D’Angelo Russell SG KY 5 5 5 4
Jae’Sean Tate SF OH 4 4 4 4

D’Angelo Russell adds a 5th star from Rivals.

Maryland

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Jared Nickens SF NJ 4 4 4 4
Trayvon Reed C GA 4 4 4 4
Romelo Trimble PG VA 4 4 4 4
Dion Wiley SG MD 4 4 4 4

Maryland adds consensus 4-star 7-foot-1 center Trayvon Reed. Jared Nickens gets a 4th star from 247.

Illinois

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Leron Black PF TN 4 4 4 4
Michael Finke PF IL 3 3 3 3
Quentin Snider PG KY 4 4 4 4

Illinois gets commitments from two consensus 4-stars in Leron Black and Quentin Snider. Michael Finke loses his 4th star from ESPN.

Northwestern

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Victor Law SF IL 4 4 4 4
Scott Lindsey SG IL 3 NR 3 3
Bryant McIntosh PG/SG IN 3 3 4 3
Gavin Skelly PF OH 3 3 3 3

Chris Collins is off to a fast start as the new headman at Northwestern garnering verbal commits from 4 prospects across the Midwest including a consensus four-star in Victor Law.

Michigan

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Kameron Chatman SF OR 4 4 4 4
Ricky Doyle PF/C FL 3 3 4 3
Austin Hatch SG/SF IN 3 3 1 NR
DJ Wilson SF CA 3 3 3 3

Consensus 4-star Kameron Chatman and under the radar DJ WIlson commit to Michigan. Ricky Doyle gets a 3-star ranking from Rivals and 4-star ranking from ESPN. Austin Hatch drops to a 1-star on ESPN.

Purdue

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Vincent Edwards SF OH 3 3 4 3
Dakota Mathias SG OH 3 3 3 3
Jacquil Taylor PF MA 3 NR 3 3

One-time Michigan target Vince Edwards and Jacquil Taylor commit to the Boilers.

Rutgers

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
D.J. Foreman PF NY 3 3 3 4
Mike Williams SG NY 3 NR 3 3

Rutgers dips into the local talent pool again to add Brooklyn prospect Mike Williams. D.J. Foreman drops to a 3-star on ESPN.

Indiana

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Robert Johnson SG VA 4 4 4 4

Indiana loses a SG commit in James Blackmon Jr but add another from consensus 4-star Robert Johnson.

Michigan State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Lourawls Nairn PG KS 4 3 4 4

With the graduation of Keith Appling coming this year, Michigan State gets their PG of the future in Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn.

Iowa

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Brady Ellingson SG WI 3 3 2 3
Dominique Uhl PF NJ 3 3 3 3

Iowa gets a couple verbal commitments from 3-star recruits Brady Ellingson and Dominique Uhl.

Penn State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Shep Garner PG/SG PA 3 3 3 3
Isaiah Washington SG PA NR 3 2 NR

No changes for Penn State.

Nebraska

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Jacob Hammond PF/C OK 3 3 3 3

Nebraska adds some size to their front line with the commitment of Jacob Hammond.

Wisconsin

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Ethan Happ SF IL 3 3 3 3

Ethan Happ adds a 3rd star from Scout and loses his 4th star from ESPN.

Minnesota

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Josh Martin PF WA 3 3 2 3

Josh Martin is Minnesota’s first commit in 2014.

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. Note: Ohio State tops Maryland despite a lower cumulative score because the average ranking is adjusted for the average star rating.

  • Chris S

    Nice work.

  • Wayman Britt

    Would love to see these ratings after Blackmon signs with UM. Mr. Blackmon we cannot wait until 10/22/13 to welcome you to the Wolverine family.

  • Chezaroo

    Hopefully one of the SGs goes our way. Still believe we should pursue Bolden no matter what happens. That kind of length and skill doesn’t come around everyday. It would also be nice to regain back a presence (Flint native) in this fertile area.

  • Joe Cool

    At least U of M is (currently) out-recruiting little bro and IU. Still a lot of players left to commit for the 2014 class. If Michigan lands Booker or Blackmon, then I’m happy either way.

  • fresh

    Ricky doyle is not a 3 star player, his post moves and ability to use both hands are probably better than 90% of college players currently, and as it has been stated 100 times DJ wilson is vastly underrated, i don’t include hatch in this becuase who knows what his situation will be, but the other 3 will be a dominating force

  • mattD

    Doyle’s doesn’t have great post moves, he has a really good shot for a 5, and good touch with both hands around the basket, but his footwork is average.

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