Class of 2015 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: July 15th, 2014

Michigan hasn’t landed a commitment in the class of 2015, but 20 prospects have already committed to Big Ten schools. With the final July evaluation period in full swing for rising senior prospects, we compiled our first Class of 2015 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings.

Rank 247 Comp. School # Rivals Scout ESPN 247 Avg. Ave. Score Cum. Score
1 1 (2) Ohio State 4 3.75 4.00 4.00 4.00 3.94 116.37 1465
2 2 (5) Illinois 2 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 82.66 730
3 3 (7) Michigan State 2 4.00 4.00 4.00 3.50 3.88 81.35 730
4 4 (8) Penn State 3 3.00 3.33 3.33 3.00 3.17 76.50 930
5 5 (25) Northwestern 2 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 56.38 575
6 7 (32) Wisconsin 1 4.00 4.00 3.00 4.00 3.75 52.71 340
7 8 (35) Minnesota 1 4.00 4.00 3.00 3.00 3.50 52.43 350
8 6 (28) Iowa 2 3.00 3.00 2.50 3.00 2.88 52.32 545
9 9 (46) Purdue 1 3.00 3.00 2.00 3.00 2.75 35.18 265
10 T-10 (T-55) Nebraska 1 3.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.25 26.42 220
11 T-10 (T-55) Rutgers 1 2.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 1.75 22.77 215
T-12 N/A Indiana N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
T-12 N/A Maryland N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
T-12 N/A Michigan N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ohio State leads the way with four commitments with an average of 4-stars, while Illinois and Michigan State have also started building solid recruiting classes. The Buckeyes are putting together one of the top classes in the Big Ten for the second consecutive season. Maryland, Michigan and Indiana have all yet to land a class of 2015 commitment after finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th in the class of 2015 rankings.

After the jump find a team-by-team run-down of Big Ten commitments to this point.

Big Ten Commitments

  • Jun 12, 2013 – Penn State adds commitment from Mike Watkins
  • Aug 12, 2013 – Ohio State adds commitment from A.J. Harris
  • Aug 22, 2013 – Ohio State adds commitment from Mickey Mitchell
  • Oct 2, 2013 – Rutgers adds commitment from Austin Burnette
  • Oct 20, 2013 – Nebraska adds commitment from Keanu Pinder
  • Nov 5, 2013 – Illinois adds commitment from D.J. Williams
  • Dec 11, 2013 – Michigan State adds commitment from Deyonta Davis
  • Jan 4, 2014 – Illinois adds commitment from Aaron Jordan
  • Mar 9, 2014 – Iowa adds commitment from Brandon Hutton
  • Mar 19, 2014 – Northwestern adds commitment from Jordan Ash
  • May 4, 2014 – Ohio State adds commitment from Austin Grandstaff
  • May 12, 2014 – Iowa adds commitment from Andrew Fleming
  • May 12, 2014 – Penn State adds commitment from Deividas Zemgulis
  • May 22, 2014 – Wisconsin adds commitment from Brevin Pritzl
  • Jun 2, 2014 – Purdue adds commitment from Ryan Cline
  • Jun 6, 2014 – Michigan State adds commitment from Kyle Ahrens
  • Jun 7, 2014 – Northwestern adds commitment from Derek Pardon
  • Jul 1, 2014 – Penn State adds commitment from Josh Reaves
  • Jul 4, 2014 – Ohio State adds commitment from Daniel Giddens
  • Jul 12, 2014 – Minnesota adds commitment from Kevin Dorsey

1. Ohio State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Austin Grandstaff SG TX 4 4 4 4
Daniel Giddens C GA 4 4 4 5
A.J. Harris PG OH 3 4 4 3
Mickey Mitchell SF TX 4 4 4 4

OSU is off to a hot start with the 2015 class just like they were with the 2014 class. All commits are 4-stars in 247’s Composite Rankings.

2. Illinois

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Aaron Jordan SG IL 4 4 4 4
D.J. Williams SF IL 4 4 4 4

John Groce continues to dip into local talent pools as he nabs commitment from Illinois products Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams.

3. Michigan State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Kyle Ahrens SG/SF OH 3 4 3 3
Deyonta Davis PF MI 5 4 5 4

With Davis in the fold, MSU looks to add their first 5-star prospect since Gary Harris.

4. Penn State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Josh Reaves SG VA 3 4 4 3
Mike Watkins C PA 3 3 4 3
Deividas Zemgulis SF MD 3 3 NR 3

Mike Watkins owns the distinction of being the first prospect in the 2015 class to commit to a Big Ten school. Will Chambers finally be able to hold a 4-star commitment in both he and Reaves?

5. Northwestern

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Jordan Ash PG/SG IL 3 3 3 3
Derek Pardon PF OH 3 3 3 3

Chris Collins maintains some good recruiting momentum in his second year with 2 early commits from the Midwest.

6. Wisconsin

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Brevin Pritzl SG WI 4 4 3 4

After blowing up on the AAU circuit this spring, Pritzl ended his recruitment shortly after when committing to Wisconsin.

7. Minnesota

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Kevin Dorsey PG VA 4 4 3 3

With Deandre Mathieu graduating in the spring, Minnesota lands their PG of the future in Dorsey. Dorsey is also the highest ranked recruit for Richard Pitino during his Minnesota tenure.

8. Iowa

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Andrew Fleming SG TN 3 3 3 3
Brandon Hutton SF IL 3 3 NR 3

Iowa off to a decent start with a couple of 3-star recruit in the fold. Will their recruiting profile start to climb with last year’s Tourney appearance?

9. Purdue

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Ryan Cline SG IN 3 3 NR 3

Local product Cline is an early commit to Purdue.

10. Nebraska

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Keanu Pinder SF KS 3 NR NR NR

Miles goes into neighboring Kansas to gain a commitment from Pinder.

11. Rutgers

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 247
Austin Burnette SF NC NR NR 1 NR

Rutgers has an early commit from under the radar prospect Austin Burnette.

T-12. Indiana

No commitments.

T-12. Maryland

No commitments.

T-12. Michigan

No commitments.

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.

  • AADave

    After Michigan’s stellar on court results and exceptional player development in the past 3-4 years, I continue to be surprised that we are lagging in 2015 recruiting. But we’ve only offered 3 elite players who are taking their sweet time and there’s plenty of time left. I will be mystified if none of the 3 guards we’ve offered end up at Michigan.

    • zeroskie

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. We’ve got a really big incoming class this year, and therefore we have less need for a big number of 2015 recruits. I think the coaches are focusing on getting a really nice, high quality piece to fill in at 2 and can afford to be a little picky.

      As evidence that next year will be different, we’ve already got a bunch of outstanding offers for 2016.

  • gtfomycourt

    I make peace by employing the inverse of the groucho marx syndrome: If they don’t want to be part of the club then there must be something wrong with them.

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