Class of 2014 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: May 15th, 2014

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Rank 247 Comp. School # Rivals Scout ESPN 247 Avg. Avg. Score Cum. Score
1 2 (12) Maryland 5 3.80 4.00 4.00 4.00 3.95 129.87 1825
2 1 (8) Ohio St. 4 4.00 4.25 4.50 3.75 4.13 118.71 1460
3 4 (33) Michigan 6 3.33 3.33 2.67 3.00 3.08 102.74 1790
4 3 (19) Indiana 5 3.40 3.00 3.20 3.60 3.30 99.52 1530
5 5 (35) Purdue 5 3.20 3.20 3.20 3.00 3.15 98.50 1550
6 6 (42) Northwestern 5 3.20 3.00 3.20 3.20 3.15 94.37 1485
7 8 (47) Michigan St. 3 3.33 3.33 3.67 3.33 3.42 85.44 1000
8 9 (65) Minnesota 5 2.80 2.60 2.40 3.00 2.70 77.66 1320
9 11 (67) Rutgers 5 2.80 2.40 2.60 2.60 2.60 75.63 1310
10 7 (44) Illinois 2 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.50 70.96 670
11 10 (66) Iowa 3 3.00 2.67 2.33 3.33 2.83 63.02 810
12 13 (87) Nebraska 2 3.00 3.00 2.50 3.00 2.88 56.64 590
13 12 (86) Penn St. 3 2.33 2.67 2.33 2.67 2.50 55.55 760
14 14 (111) Wisconsin 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 43.68 315

Class of 2014 recruiting is finally close to wrapping up as the calendar rolls through May. There were a number of late additions since the last time we updated the rankings in the fall including 15 late commitments and signings.

Maryland reeled in the conference’s top class with four four-star prospects, but Ohio State, Michigan and Indiana also reeled in strong groups. Michigan’s class ranks third after the additions of Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins in April. 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:

  • Dec 20, 2013 – Northwestern adds commitment from Johnnie Vassar
  • Feb 10, 2014 – Rutgers adds commitment from Ibrahima Diallo
  • Mar 8, 2014 – Iowa adds commitment from Trey Dickerson
  • Mar 11, 2014 – Purdue adds commitment from P.J. Thompson
  • Mar 17, 2014 – Nebraska adds commitment from Tarin Smith
  • Mar 24, 2014 – Michigan State adds commitment from Marvin Clark
  • Apr 7, 2014 – Maryland adds commitment from Michal Cekovsky
  • Apr 11, 2014  – Minnesota adds commitment from Gaston Diedhiou
  • Apr 12, 2014  – Penn State adds commitment from Devin Foster
  • Apr 18, 2014 – Indiana adds commitment from Jeremiah April
  • Apr 19, 2014 – Michigan adds commitment from Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman
  • Apr 23, 2014 – Minnesota adds commitment from Bakary Konate
  • Apr 24, 2014 – Indiana adds commitment from Tim Priller
  • Apr 28, 2014 – Michigan adds commitment from Aubrey Dawkins
  • Apr 28, 2014 – Rutgers adds commitment from Ryan Johnson

Cream of the Crop

We ranked the top ten incoming prospects in the conference by their average ranking.

Name Position School Rivals Scout ESPN 247 Avg. Rank
D’Angelo Russell SG Ohio St. 18 13 13 30 18.5
James Blackmon Jr. SG Indiana 22 33 20 12 21.75
Kameron Chatman SF Michigan 25 23 38 28 28.5
Keita Bates-Diop SF Ohio St. 26 24 22 49 30.25
Romelo Trimble SG Maryland 39 30 29 34 33
Leron Black PF Illinois 38 50 44 42 43.5
Robert Johnson SG Indiana 48 47 47 54 49
Dion Wiley SG Maryland 55 45 52 59 52.75
Jae’Sean Tate SF Ohio St. 79 55 28 66 57
Michal Cekovsky C Maryland C NR C NR C #14 36 N/A

1. Maryland

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Michal Cekovsky C EUR 4 4 4 4
Jared Nickens SF NJ 3 4 3 4
Trayvon Reed C GA 4 4 4 4
Romelo Trimble SG VA 4 4 5 4
Dion Wiley SG MD 4 4 4 4

Maryland adds consensus 4-star Slovakian center Michal Cekovsky.  Jared Nickens loses a 4th star on Rivals and ESPN.  Romelo Trimble adds a 5th star from ESPN add is now classified as a SG with 3 of the 4 services ranking him at that position.

2. Ohio State

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

Bates-Diop loses his 5th star from Rivals.  Dave Bell loses his 4th star on 247sports.  Jae’Sean Tate earns a 5th star from ESPN.

3. Michigan

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman SG PA 3 3 2 3
Kameron Chatman SF OR 4 5 4 4
Aubrey Dawkins SG CA 3 NR 3 3
Ricky Doyle PF/C FL 3 3 3 3
Austin Hatch SG/SF IN 3 3 1 NR
DJ Wilson SF CA 4 4 3 3

Michigan continues their habit of adding kids with NBA bloodlines with the commitment of Dawkins and also add combo guard prospect Abdur-Rahkman.  Chatman adds a 5th star from Scout.  Doyle loses a 4th star from ESPN.  Wilson adds a 4th star from both Rivals and Scout.

4. Indiana

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Jeremiah April C AZ 3 NR 2 3
James Blackmon Jr. SG IN 5 4 5 5
Max Hoetzel SF/PF CA 3 3 3 3
Robert Johnson SG VA 4 4 4 4
Tim Priller C TX NR NR NR 3

Indiana adds some much needed size in the commitments of Priller and April.  James Blackmon adds a 5th star from 247.

5. 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 3 3 3
P.J. Thompson PG IN 3 3 2 3

With Ronnie Johnson transferring out, Purdue adds PG prospect P.J. Thompson.  Jacquil Taylor gets a 3-star rating from Scout.

6. 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 3 3
Gavin Skelly PF OH 3 3 3 3
Johnnie Vassar PG CA 3 3 3 3

California native Johnnie Vassar commits to the Wildcats.  Bryant McIntosh loses a 4th star from ESPN.

7. Michigan State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Javon Bess SF OH 3 4 4 3
Marvin Clark SF/PF MO 3 3 3 3
Lourawls Nairn PG KS 4 3 4 4

Javon Bess adds a 4th star from Scout and ESPN.

8. Minnesota

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Gaston Diedhiou PF EUR NR NR NR 3
Bakary Konate C KS 3 3 NR 3
Josh Martin PF WA 3 3 3 3
Nate Mason Jr. PG FL 3 3 3 3
Carlos Morris SG FL 3 NR NR 3

Minnesota nabs a couple of center prospects in Senegal native Gaston Diedhiou (who played in Spain) and Bakary Konate.  Josh Martin adds a 3rd star from ESPN.

9. Rutgers

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Bishop Daniels SG NC 3 NR NR NR
Ibrahima Diallo C NC 3 3 3 NR
D.J. Foreman PF NY 3 3 3 3
Ryan Johnson SF NC NR NR NR 3
Mike Williams SG NY 3 NR 3 3

Large class sizes continue in the B1G as Rutgers adds commitment from Ibrahima Diallo and Ryan Johnson.  D.J. Foreman loses a 4th star from 247sports.

10. Illinois

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

11. Iowa

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Trey Dickerson PG NY 3 NR NR 4
Brady Ellingson SG WI 3 3 2 3
Dominique Uhl PF NJ 3 3 3 3

There will be a new PG named Trey in the B1G next year as Iowa nabs a commitment from JUCO product Trey Dickerson.

12. Nebraska

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Jacob Hammond PF/C OK 3 3 3 3
Tarin Smith PG NJ 3 3 2 3

Nebraska adds another PG to the mix in Tarin Smith.

13. Penn State

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

Penn State adds another guard to their roster in JUCO Devin Foster.

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

  • countourzealous

    Wisco with only one recruit in this class? Strange.

  • BlueRev

    Just thot I would post since its so quiet and this is one of my favorite type articles–tho so much numbers and analysis. It seems to me we missed out so many guys we wanted yet we have a very good (not great class on paper).

    Throw in RS Donnal and maybe this class arguably moves to top of the B1G? (do ohio and mary have redshirts/available transfers?) I’d call Donnal another top 50 guy if he was re-classified to 2014.

    This class is similar to me to other JB classes signed–good, not great on paper–and my expectations are that whoever JB gets will be developed above who he does not get.
    *wouldn’t be surprised to see Chatman score double digits in year one and all conference year two.
    *wouldn’t be surprised to see Wilson as a guy that shocks the world and competes year one, pushes in year two, and all conference year three.
    *Doyle a key four year guy that is all conference by Sr. season, but can give us decent minutes as a freshman off the bench.
    *Donnal strong role player year one–near ten scoring, half dozen boards.
    *The other guys for depth that will compete off bench as upperclassmen as better younger players come in.

    Thanks for the article–Go blue!