Sunday, August 28, 2011

Updated! Class of 2012 Rankings

The Class of 2012 is probably one of the most talented, deepest classes Indiana has seen in a while. With a plethora of Division I prospects, including some of the top prospects in the nation, this class could rival that of any other state. When there is this much talent it makes ranking the players pretty difficult, and I ended up having to put legitimate Division I prospects in the 40's. That being said, here is the Indiana Recruiting Guide's updated look at the top 50 prospects for the Class of 2012.

Updated August 29, 2011

1. Gary Harris: 6'4'' Shooting Guard, Hamilton Southeastern H.S.
Offers From: Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, IUPUI, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon State, Alabama
Interest From:
Gary is a very strong and athletic perimeter player. He really likes to attack the rim and has a good mid-range game. Good defender. As he continues to improve his 3-point shooting he will become an even better prospect. His overall talent is amazing considering that he is still on 16 years old! He has begun to narrow down his college choices, but is still not letting much be known to the media. I think he will make an instant impact wherever he decides to play his college ball.
2. Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell: 5'11'' Point Guard, Park Tudor H.S.
Committed: Indiana University
He is one of the quickest guys in the state, especially when handling the basketball. Yogi looks to penetrate the defense and score, which he usually does at will. He will need to keep working on his outside shooting, but he has been improving in that area. After watching him at the Adidas Invitational I came away impressed with how he had improved his shooting. Should make an impact right away for Coach Crean and the Hoosiers.
3. Jeremy Hollowell: 6'7'' Small Forward, Lawrence Central H.S.
Committed: Indiana University
He had a huge month of July and has asserted himself as one of the elite prospects in the country. I watched him score at will throughout the Adidas Invitational, showcasing good range on his 3-point shot. Hollowell handles the ball well for his size, and uses his length and athleticism to be a match-up nightmare for defenses. Until this summer a knock on him had been his lack of aggressiveness, but from what I have seen of him that is no longer a problem.
4. Glenn Robinson III: 6'6'' Small Forward, Lake Central H.S.
Committed: University of Michigan
The son of former Purdue great, Glenn Robinson, Glenn III has a great body type and runs the floor very well. He can handle the ball and score off either the catch or the dribble. He has added probably 15-20 pounds of muscle since the winter and that has really helped him out on the court. He was arguably the best player at the Top 100 Showcase this summer and had a very good July. I expect him to become one of the top contributors at Michigan within a few years.
5. Hanner Perea: 6'8'' Power Forward, La Lumiere School
Committed: Indiana University
Hanner may have the most potential of any player in this class. However, his skill is still pretty raw and may be a couple years away from being a force in the Big 10. He is very strong and athletic which gives him the ability to guard many different positions. He is a great rebounder and uses his athleticism to block some shots. Also, Hanner gets up and down the floor well and can score in transition. It seems like every game I watched of his he threw down at least 1 or 2 ESPN worthy dunks, however that is about all he would do on the offensive end. Still a great talent and could give IU some good minutes off the bench right away.
6. Ron Patterson: 6'3'' Shooting Guard, Broad Ripple H.S.
Committed: Indiana University
Ron has a little more of an "old-school" offensive game. He isn't the best athlete in this class, but he finds many different ways to score. He has good strength which allows him to finish through contact when attacking the basket. He is a good, not great shooter and will need to continue to develop in that area. Ron has been sliding down the national rankings, so I expect he may come out and have a huge season this winter by playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He shows some flashes of bad attitude which will need to be worked out before stepping foot in Bloomington.
7. Ronnie Johnson: 5'10'' Point Guard, North Central H.S.
Committed: Purdue University
Yes, he is small. However, Ronnie does not let his height stop him from picking apart a defense. He shoots the ball well from the outside with great range and is a great passer. Even though defenders are often taller than him by 3-4 inches, he is quick enough to create space and get open shots. He has been as impressive this summer as anybody else in this class. Ronnie is a winner who will take over the game when his teams needs it most.
8. Kellen Dunham: 6'5'' Shooting Guard, Pendleton Heights H.S.
Committed: Butler University
He is the best shooter in Indiana's Class of 2012. Dunham moves very well off the ball, and is always ready to shoot. Has a very good offensive mind-set and overall basketball IQ. He isn't the greatest athlete, but works hard to get open and is smart enough to find a way to score. Also has a very quick first step when going to the basket. Very good pick-up for Coach Brad Stevens.
9. Raphael Davis: 6'5'' Shooting Guard, La Lumiere
Committed: Purdue University
Very good shooter, can really fill it up in a variety of ways. Davis is a great competitor and works hard on the defensive end of the floor. He is a good rebounder from the guard spot. Has a tendency to force the action at times, but overall, Raphael is good in-state recruit for Coach Painter and the Boilermakers. Davis has decided to transfer to La Lumiere for his final season.
10. Jay Simpson: 6'9'' Power Forward, La Lumiere
Committed: Purdue University
Great upside, his size and strength give him the ability to attack the rim and finish inside. Jay likes to catch the ball in the mid-range area and make short drives to the basket, he is very good at finishing through contact. Also, he has been shooting the ball out to around 15 feet. His main focus will need to be on staying in good shape and improving his overall conditioning. When in good shape, Simpson is an elite prospect.
11. Nick Osborne: 6'8'' Power Forward, Muncie Central H.S.
Committed: Loyola University
Great rebounder on both ends of the court. Also, Nick has the skills to face up to the basket and score with his mid-range game, or use post moves with his back to the basket. I really like his body-type and all-around skills. Probably the one of the 2 or 3 strongest players in this class, but it causes him to get into foul trouble sometimes. He will be a very good player right away at Loyola.
12. Austin Burgett: 6'8'' Small Forward, Avon H.S.
Committed: University of Notre Dame
Austin can play either the 3 or the 4 spot at the next level. He is a good 3-point shooter and runs the floor very well for his size. I like his versatility and that he can score in a variety of ways. Will need to get in the weight room and get a little stronger, but he still does a very good job on the boards at both ends of the court. Showed that he is a very good shot blocker at the Adidas Invitational.
13. DeJaun Marrero: 6'6'' Small Forward, Bowman Academy
Committed: Depaul University
Marrero runs the floor very well and is a great rebounder at both ends of the court. He needs to work on developing his shooting range, but already has a very good inside game for his size. A lot of his offers and interest came pretty early, and his recruiting has slowed down recently but he is still an elite prospect.
14. Eron Harris: 6'3'' Shooting Guard, Lawrence North H.S.
Committed: West Virginia University
Eron has totally blown up. He went from having just low to mid-major offers to being only of the most hotly sought after recruits in the state. He is very athletic and can shoot the ball very well. Very impressed with his play at the Adidas Invitational, and obviously many college coaches were as well. Has announced that he will be choosing between Wisconsin and Dayton. New: Wisconsin has pulled their scholarship offer, set to visit Dayton on Sept. 9th.
15. Patrick Ingram: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, North Central H.S.
Committed: University of Iowa
Ingram is quick and athletic, likes to attack the rim. He has not been a go to player to this point in high school, but he will have to shoulder a bigger load this year as D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is gone. He has had a huge month of July and I was very impressed with his play at the Adidas Invitational.
16. R.J. Hunter: 6'5'' Small Forward, Pike H.S.
Committed: Georgia State University
With his father, Ron Hunter, accepting the job at Georgia State, there was speculation as to if R.J. would remain at Pike for his senior season. R.J. is a long, lean wing player who can score in many different ways. He is a good outside shooter and can also put the ball on the floor and create his own shot. Has had some injury problems, but when he is healthy he is one of the top talents in the class.
17. Obij Aget: 7'1'' Center, La Lumiere School
Committed: University of New Mexico
Aget is a huge project, no pun intended. I really like his athleticism for such a long body, but he just doesn't have a lot of basketball skill right now. I am probably not as high on him as some people because I just don't see him developing into much more than a guy who can average 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game at the next level. His size alone demands collegiate interes
t, but I do not expect him to have a tone of success at the DI level.
18. D.J. Balentine: 6'1'' Point Guard, Kokomo H.S.
Committed: University of Evansville
Balentine is a very good shooter which allows him to stretch the defense and open up other teammates, or lets him penetrate and get to the basket. He is a big, strong body that can absorb quite a bit of contact when going to the basket. Showcased a very good pull up jumper in transition at the Adidas Invitational.
19. Bo Calhoun: 6'6'' Power Forward, South Bend Washington H.S.
Committed: Ball State University
Bo runs the floor well and scores on the block with many good post moves. Pretty good athlete who can attack the basket off the dribble when he faces up, or can knock down a mid-range jumper. He needs to add some strength to play the 4 spot at the next level and work on his perimeter shooting. Could possibly slide in and play the 3 some.
20. Michael Ramey: 6'4'' Shooting Guard, Southport H.S.
Committed: Ball State University
Great outside shooter, one of the best strokes in the state which helped him shoot over 50% from beyond the arc as a junior. Ramey will need to develop more of a game off the dribble, but his shooting alone makes him a solid mid-major prospect.
21. Jared Drew: 6'5'' Small Forward, Cathedral H.S.
Committed: St. Louis University
Good in the open court and when running the floor. He has good length which makes him a solid defender, and he can guard multiple possessions. Jared has a good mid-range game, very good around the basket too. I was really impressed with his play this summer and expect him to be a nice player at St. Louis.
22. Kellon Thomas: 5'11'' Point Guard, Southport H.S.
Committed: Kent State University
Kellon is a scoring point guard who is always looking to attack the basket. He is very strong for his size and finishes well inside. Can be effective from the perimeter as well. He has a tendency to get a little sloppy with the ball when closely guarded, but overall he tends to make things happen on the offensive end.
23. Antonio Drummond: 5'10'' Point Guard, La Lumiere
Committed: Southern Illinois University
Excellent ball handler with a quick first step. Runs the fast break well. Also a good defender. Offensively, Antonio must improve his outside shooting. Overall, I like his point guard skills and the way he commands the floor.
24. Alex Olah: 6'11'' Center, Traders Point Christian Academy
Committed: Northwestern University
Mobile post player who has a solid basketball IQ. Good passer and rebounder. Alex is still a work in progress and his offensive game is developing, but he can shoot out 15-18 feet. I think he will continue to develop into a nice low block player at Northwestern.
25. Chier Ajou: 7'1'' Center, Culver Military Academy
Committed: University of New Mexico
Was originally in the Class of 2011, but reclassified and is doing a post-graduate program at Culver. He will not play for their high school this coming winter.
26. Jacobby Bledsoe: 5'10'' Point Guard, Hamilton Southeastern H.S.
Offers From: Georgia State, Drake, Oregon State, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Creighton, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Navy, Tennessee Tech
Interest From: Dayton, Michigan State, Tennessee, Southern Illinois, Ball State
Very quick and a great ball handler. He creates well for himself as well as his teammates. Good defender. I was impressed with the progress he had made on his outside shooting ability when I saw him play at the Adidas Invitational. Can force the action a little bit sometimes, but for the most part he makes things happen on the offensive end. One of the better point guards in the class.
27. Edward Seay: 6'9'' Power Forward, Merrillville H.S.
Offers From:
Interest From: Northern Illinois, Dayton, Loyola, Jacksonville, Western Michigan, San Francisco, Illinois State
Seay had one of the best days out of anyone at the Top 100 Showcase. His length and athleticism for a big guy grabs the attention of any college coach in attendance. He is a very good shot blocker and rebounder. I like his offensive potential, he should develop into a very good post presence who can face-up and get around slower defenders. Interest around Seay should continue to pick up, I have heard through a source that Michigan has been following him.
28. J.T. Yoho: 6'5'' Shooting Guard, Eastern Greene H.S.
Committed: Wright State University
Very crafty on the offensive end, he has a very good mid-range pull up jumper and is also a very good 3-point shooter. His size allows him to play the 2 or the 3 and he handles the ball well enough to even play the point if he has too. I was very impressed with his play at the Best of the Midwest. He will go in and score right away for a mid-major school.
29. Jermaine Myers: 6'0'' Point Guard, Culver Military Academy
Offers From: Ball State, Drake, Indiana State, Ohio, Valparaiso
Interest From: UNLV, IUPUI
Good floor general who lead Culver Academy to the state title game this year. Very heady point guard who can also score it. He will be a very good mid-major point guard from the day he steps on campus.
30. Jeff Laidig: 6'4'' Shooting Guard, Penn H.S.
Committed: Belmont University
Elite shooter who is always read to get a shot off. Jeff moves very well off the ball and does not force shots like some shooters. His main draw back is not being a great athlete and he does not create for himself off the dribble. Similar player Spencer Turner of Bloomington South who will be a Freshman at Belmont this year.
31. Jalen Pendleton: 6'3'' Shooting Guard, Evansville Bosse H.S.
Offers From: Indiana State
Interest From: Western Kentucky, Iowa, Murray State, Middle Tennessee State, Evansville, IPFW, Ball State, Georgia State
Pendleton is a strong guard who uses his body well to get inside and score. He is a very good rebounder from the guard spot. I saw him play at Best of the Midwest and he is a very good on-ball defender. He likes to penetrate and finish in the paint. Will need to develop more of a perimeter game.
32. Rhett Smith: 6'7'' Small Forward, Sullivan H.S.
Committed: Indiana State University
Very nice combo-forward who can play either the 3 or the 4 spot. Good athlete who handles the ball well for a big guy.
33. Joe Reed: 6'8'' Power Forward, Center Grove H.S.
Committed: IPFW
He has really been picking up interest this month. I was very impressed with him at the Adidas Invitational. Joe runs the floor well and is a good athlete for a post player. He has a good face up game and good footwork in the post. As he continues to develop he should pick up a few more offers.
34. Elijah Ray: 6'6'' Power Forward, Bowman Academy
Offers From: Valparaiso, Indiana State, IUPUI
Interest From: Iowa, Harvard, Iowa State, Tennessee, Boston College, Marquette, Illinois, UC-Irvine
Very strong body, he has a great game down low for being a little undersized. Elijah's combination of strength and athleticism gives him an advantage on the boards against bigger opponents. I was very impressed with him at the Top 100. He will be a very good mid-major player.
35. Ryan Weber: 6'6'' Small Forward, Roncalli H.S.
Committed: Youngstown State University
Ryan is very versatile, he could play either the 3 or the 4, but will probably be on the wing in college. He has good post skills offensively, and also a very good mid-range game. He has been working hard on his ball handling which will really give him an all-around offensive game.
36. Matt O'Leary: 6'7'' Power Forward, Terre Haute North H.S.
Committed: Loyola University
37. Steve Hawkins: 6'9'' Power Forward, Bowman Academy
Committed: Robert Morris University
38. Logan Irwin: 6'0'' Point Guard, Whitko H.S.
Committed: Stetson University
39. Harry Willis: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, Ben Davis H.S.
Offers From: Mississippi Valley State, Indianapolis (DII)
Interest From: Valparaiso
40. Todd Johnson: 5'9'' Point Guard, Elkhart Memorial H.S.
Committed: Northern Kentucky University (DII)
41. Tyler Alderman: 6'9'' Power Forward, Fishers H.S.
Offers From: SIU-Edwardsville
Interest From: Wright State, IUPUI, Indiana State, Ball State, Evansville
42. Dylan Langkabel: 6'3'' Shooting Guard, Morristown H.S.
Committed: Northwood University (DII)
43. Brent Calhoun: 6'8'' Center, Warren Central H.S.
Committed: University of Detroit
44. Adam Botts: 5'11'' Point Guard, Muncie Central H.S.
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45. Kendall Waters: 5'9'' Point Guard, Muncie Central H.S.
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Interest From: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Eastern Kentucky
46. Brad Hartman: 6'7'' Power Forward, Union County H.S.
Offers From: Jacksonville
Interest From: Navy, Eastern Kentucky
47. Tyler Corey: 5'11'' Point Guard, Lawrence Central H.S.
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48. Rashad Richardson: 6'4'' Small Forward, Lafayette Jefferson H.S.
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49. Riley Rapp: 6'1'' Shooting Guard, Guerin Catholic H.S.
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Interest From: Yale
50. Michael Lenz: 6'0'' Point Guard, Brebuef Jesuit H.S.
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