Rivals.com’s new 2011 rankings

Sorry for the delay in posting this, but I was swamped yesterday with work related to high school football. If you’re so inclined, take a gander at a story on spread offenses I produced for today’s paper. Indiana and Bill Lynch is mentioned.

When I talked to Rivals.com analyst Jerry Meyer at the beginning of July, after the site had first released its expanded 2011 rankings, he was not very high on Matt Carlino. And he was certainly not high on Cody Zeller. Or Austin Etherington. Or Jeremiah Davis.

Well, that’s changed.

Zeller is now the No. 35 player in the country, after not being ranked at the beginning of the July evaluation period.

Davis is now No. 40, up from No. 76.

Etherington and Carlino, the two Indiana verbal commits in the class of 2011, did not make the cut a month ago. Etherington is No. 86, while Carlino is No. 122.

Among other top prospects and Indiana targets, Michael Gilchrist continues his stranglehold on No. 1, Marquis Teague is at No. 2 and Rakeem Christmas is No. 5. Marshall Plumlee is No. 41, six spots up from July, and Deng Leek is No. 139.

6 comments

  1. While I’d like to think that IU’s interest in these players is the sole cause of their ascent in the rankings, that’s probably not the case. So I guess they just played their way up the board. Getting any of them beyond our two commits bodes well for the IU program.

  2. If I’m not mistaken, I think Deng Leek is from the same area of Sudan as the Duany brothers? The same ethnic group perhaps?

  3. Although #1 and 2 sound good, I’m happy with Carlino and Etherington in the backcourt and I’ll take 2 of the 4 big men on that list and be very happy! But, if Gilchrist wants to follow Irving here, I say bring him on!!!

  4. Gilchrist can play SF while Carlino is a PG and Etherington a SG, so I’ll take him at the 3 spot, and Christmas and/or Zeller as a big man.

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