A look at the other Big Ten recruiting classes

You know the potential of Indiana’s recruiting class. With four of five recruits in Rivals.com’s top 30 for 2012, “The Movement” — as it’s been dubbed — should be one of the top classes in the nation in 2012. But what about the rest of the Big Ten?

Michigan: Mitch McGary (3), Glenn Robinson III (34), Nick Stauskas (79)

The Wolverines have brought in a pretty competitive class, and are ranked ahead of Indiana, according to some recruiting rankings. The gem here is McGary, who’s widely recognized as the best big man in the entire 2012 class. Glenn Robinson III is no slouch as well, and Stauskas is ranked by Scout.com’s Brian Snow as the best shooter in any Big Ten recruiting class. Coach John Beilein has quite the nucleus to build for future classes.

Michigan State: Denzel Valentine (80), Matt Costello (82), Kenny Kaminski (84)

This class would get significantly better if much-sought-after guard Gary Harris were to commit to play for coach Tom Izzo, but as it stands, it’s a pretty good class for the Spartans. Heavy on forwards, Izzo would love to have Harris to round out this class. But it’s also never smart to count out Izzo’s eye for talent.

Purdue: Ronnie Johnson (91), Jay Simpson (101), Rapheal Davis (106), A.J. Hammons (123)

Spread out across almost every position, similar to Indiana, coach Matt Painter would love to see Harris put on a Boilermaker hat when he decides this week. It’s possible, and it would give Purdue a player at each position. As it stands, Johnson looks to be the best player in this class, as he should eventually be this team’s floor general. It’s another Big Ten class without a superstar.

Iowa: Adam Woodbury (42), Mike Gesell (96), Anthony Clemons, Patrick Ingram, Kyle Meyer

With two highly rated commits, the Hawkeyes are definitely building toward something, and coach Fran McCaffrey is starting to get his pieces in place. Woodbury, a seven-foot center, should be the key cog in this class, as Iowa tries to dominate inside.

Wisconsin: Sam Dekker (18)

The Badgers didn’t have room for much, but they did well with the room they did have. Dekker should be one of the better scorers in the Big Ten a few years from now. He averaged almost 29 points and 10 rebounds last season, and he’ll give Wisconsin a threat to score from the forward position that they lost with Jon Leuer this season.

Nebraska: Keith Coleman, Benny Parker, Shavon Shields, Jerran Young, Fahro Alihodzic

A trio of the three-star recruits in Coleman, Parker, and Shields rounds out Nebraska’s first class as a member of the Big Ten. Some rumblings say Shields will be a steal, but it’s a wait-and-see sort of thing with the Cornhuskers at this point.

Northwestern: Kale Abrahamson, Sanjay Lumpkin, Alex Oiah

Abramson is close to the top 25 at his position in his class, but Lumpkin and Oiah are more under-the-radar guys. Northwestern doesn’t often pull in highly ranked classes, so I’m sure coach Bill Carmody isn’t too worried.

Minnesota: Charles Buggs, Wally Ellenson

Buggs and Ellenson are consummate three-star guys, and coach Tubby Smith has done well with three-star guys in the past. Not too much to see hear.

Penn State: Brandon Taylor, Akosa Maduegbunam

Try to say Akosa Maduegbunam’s three times fast, I dare you. Taylor is a three-star while Maduegbunam isn’t rated. Coach Tom Chambers will have a better grasp on recruiting when he’s got a full season under his belt.

Illinois: Mike LaTulip, Michael Orris

Both guys are unranked by Rivals, soooo yeah. Not sure what coach Bruce Weber will get out of this pair, assuming they sign.

Ohio State: None

No spots=no recruits, plain and simple.
**Note: Not all of these recruits have officially signed letters of intent, so the list is subject to some change. Plus, that Harris fellow may shake things up a bit.


  1. While Big Ten football continues to self destruct, the top tier of Big Ten basketball looks to be strong for years to come.

  2. It’s official. Harris will NOT be part of the movement. I wish him well but we’re going to beat his butt!

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  4. Thanks for the info, Ryan. Signing and recruiting are still going on so its possible that IU’s 2012 class might fall out of the top ten and we might be 3rd or 4th in the BigTen. But something the ranking services don’t consider when they make the rankings is chemistry between the players. Usually the players are from different areas and if they know each other or have played each other, it’s more in passing. So chemistry is a moot point. In IU’s case, though, it might be huge. Our five guys have know each other and played together and against each other for years. They’ve also played with and against Cody and Austin for years. It’d be nice if the class was ranked high for bragging rights I guess but I think this class will stack up against any of the ones ranked higher when it counts.

  5. The coach of Penn St. is Pat Chambers, not Tom Chambers, the former Phoenix Sun who jumped over Mark Jackson back in the day.

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