ESPN Ranks 2012 Basketball Recruiting Class 11th


The Boiling Point: ESPN ranks men;s basketball recruiting class 11th in country.

ESPN came out with their 2012 recruiting class rankings today. Purdue came in at 11th best in the country. Purdue’s current class consists of Rapheal Davis, Jay Simpson, and Ronnie Johnson. Here is what ESPN had to say about it:

"We don’t have the same expectations for this group as we did for the foundation class that included E’Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel, but this three-man contingent is rock solid. Two of the players found their way into the ESPNU 100. It’s hard to say who is the most important player in the class. The natural scorer is Rapheal Davis (LaPorte, Ind./La Lumiere), who could rise if he drops the hammer and strings together more aggressive games. Ronnie Johnson (Indianapolis/North Central) is the guy Matt Painter will one day turn the reins over to and ask to play point guard in the Big Ten. Cinder-block power forward Jay Simpson (LaPorte, Ind./LaLumiere) is a Big Ten body with a nasty streak in the lane."

Purdue’s class could end up even higher when all is said and done; potentially number 1 in the country. This Friday Purdue will be hosting an unofficial visit(recruit pays for everything) from highly ranked center AJ Hammons. Purdue is also considered one of the leaders, by some accounts THE leader with Michigan St, for Gary Harris as well.

The Big Ten had 6 of the top 25 classes. The other schools in the top 25 class rankings are Indiana(1st), Michigan St(5th), Michigan(14th), Iowa(21st), and Wisconsin(23rd).