Class of 2014 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: November 26th, 2013

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Comp.
School # Rivals Scout ESPN 247 Avg Class Avg. Score Class Cum. Score
1 5 Ohio St. 4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.00 4.19 120.42 1470
2 8 Maryland 4 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 118.09 1475
3 19 Indiana 3 4.00 3.67 4.00 3.67 3.83 94.12 1040
4 30 Purdue 4 3.25 3.00 3.50 3.00 3.19 90.05 1260
5 39 Northwestern 4 3.25 3.00 3.50 3.25 3.25 89.13 1235
6 31 Michigan 4 3.25 3.25 3.00 3.00 3.13 87.04 1230
7 38 Illinois 2 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 70.96 670
8 54 Michigan St. 2 3.50 3.00 3.50 3.50 3.38 67.08 645
9 64 Minnesota 3 3.00 2.67 2.33 3.00 2.75 64.39 840
10 63 Rutgers 3 3.00 2.33 2.67 3.00 2.75 63.24 825
11 82 Iowa 2 3.00 3.00 2.50 3.00 2.88 53.28 555
12 76 Penn St. 2 2.50 3.00 2.50 3.00 2.75 52.57 560
13 97 Nebraska 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 44.38 320
14 96 Wisconsin 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 43.68 315

With the November early signing period in the books and most top-100 prospects off the board, the Big Ten recruiting picture is starting to become clear. 39 players are headed to Big Ten schools next year and the signing period brought some drama for a number of schools.

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 rankings:

  • Oct 21, 2013 – Michigan State adds commitment from Javon Bess
  • Oct 25, 2013 – Minnesota adds commitment from Nate Mason Jr.
  • Oct 27, 2013 – Indiana adds commitment from Max Hoetzel
  • Oct 29, 2013 – Minnesota adds commitment from Carlos Morris
  • Oct 31, 2013 – Indiana adds recommitment from James Blackmon Jr.
  • Nov 15, 2013 – Quentin Snider decommits from Illinois
  • Nov 18, 2013 – Purdue adds commitment from Isaac Haas

1. 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

2. 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/SG VA 4 4 4 4
Dion Wiley SG MD 4 4 4 4

3. Indiana

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
James Blackmon Jr. SG IN 5 4 5 4
Max Hoetzel SF/PF CA 3 3 3 3
Robert Johnson SG VA 4 4 4 4

James Blackmon Jr. recommits to Indiana.  Indiana also adds commitment from combo forward Hoetzel.

4. Purdue

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

Purdue flips big center prospect Isaac Haas from Wake Forest.

5. 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

6. 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
D.J. Wilson SF CA 3 3 3 3

7. Illinois

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

Rough week for Illinois as Quentin Snider decommits and Cliff Alexander chooses Kansas.

8. Michigan State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Javon Bess SF OH 3 3 3 3
Lourawls Nairn PG KS 4 3 4 4

Javon Bess, who was recruited by Michigan briefly, commits to play for the Spartans.

9. Minnesota

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Josh Martin PF WA 3 3 2 3
Nate Mason Jr. PG FL 3 3 3 3
Carlos Morris SG FL 3 NR NR 3

Richard Pitino goes into his old Florida stomping grounds to grab a PG commit in Mason and a JUCO SG commit in Morris.

10. 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
Bishop Daniels SG NY 3 3 3 3

11. Iowa

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

12. 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 3

Washington gets 3-stars from 247.

13. Nebraska

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

14. Wisconsin

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

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.

  • Wayman Britt

    As we know from the football team having the highest rated recruits does not always mean you will have a good team, but bball is a little different than fball. I can understand why we lost out on Booker and Blackmon, but still disappointed.

    However, in 2015 we need to recruit at least one maybe two players who can play in the NBA if we want to remain an elite program.

    • Indiana_Matt

      I agree. But Tim and Trey were both NBA players yet no one could tell that from how many stars they had on rivals at the time. Our track record shows the staff to be pretty good at developing guys in the back half of the Top 100.

  • Chris De Sana
  • Champswest

    Dylan, what would Michigan’s rank be if you factored out Austin and looked at it as 3 player class?

  • Bigrange

    Who would be the top freshman in the class, as of today? ohio has two 5 star kids, but that can mean little based on the program you are going to. I’d be interested to, in the time that you’ve been ranking the Big Ten classes, what the highest Northwestern has ranked.?

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