Recruiting

Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: April 24th, 2013

Last year is in the books and 2013 recruiting is nearly finalized. Rivals, Scout and ESPN have all updated their recruiting rankings for the class of 2013, so we took the time to update our Class of 2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings.

Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg. Scout Avg. ESPN Avg. Rankings Avg. Class Ave. Score Class Cum. Score
1 Indiana 6 3.83 3.83 3.83 3.83 134.82 1580
2 Illinois 5 3.60 3.40 3.60 3.53 114.42 1275
3 Michigan 3 4.33 4.00 4.00 4.11 105.60 845
4 Purdue 3 4.00 3.67 3.33 3.67 92.64 785
5 Wisconsin 5 3.00 3.00 2.80 2.93 90.35 1105
6 Ohio State 2 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 81.52 540
7 Penn State 4 3.00 2.75 2.25 2.67 74.52 855
8 Nebraska 4 2.50 2.50 3.00 2.67 70.17 805
9 Michigan State 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 45.30 245
10 Iowa 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 42.53 230
10 Northwestern 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 42.53 230
12 Minnesota 1 3.00 3.00 2.00 2.67 37.48 215

After the jump we look team-by-team across the league as well as a breakdown of the top ten incoming recruits in the conference.

Top 10 Incoming Prospects

Noah Vonleh is the only consensus five star headed to the Big Ten but Michigan commitments round out two of the top three spots in the league. Hereโ€™s a breakdown including ranks at all three major scouting services and average rankings and composite score.

Name School Avg Score Rivals Scout ESPN Avg Rank
Noah Vonleh Indiana 100 8 7 8 8
Zak Irvin Michigan 96.7 24 49 24 32
Derrick Walton Michigan 95.0 37 42 35 38
Troy Williams Indiana 93.3 47 66 42 52
Kendrick Nunn Illinois 90.0 60 51 61 57
Marc Loving Ohio State 90.0 67 64 62 64
Kendall Stephens Purdue 90.0 61 68 66 65
Malcolm Hill Illinois 90.0 62 72 68 67
Stanford Robinson Indiana 90.0 56 59 98 71
Kameron Williams Ohio State 90.0 79 87 58 75

Indiana

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Devin Davis SF IN 3 3 3
Luke Fischer C WI 4 4 4
Collin Hartman SF IN 3 3 3
Stanford Robinson SG VA 4 4 4
Noah Vonleh PF MA 5 5 5
Troy Williams SF VA 4 4 4

Luke Fischer adds 4th star from Rivals and ESPN and moves into their Top 100s. Devin Davis and Collin Hartman earn their 3rd star from ESPN.

Illinois

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Austin Colbert PF NJ 4 3 4
Malcolm Hill SG IL 4 4 4
Maverick Morgan C OH 3 3 3
Kendrick Nunn SG IL 4 4 4
Jaylon Tate PG IL 3 3 3

Austin Colbert adds 4th star from ESPN. Jaylon Tate adds 3rd star from ESPN.

Michigan

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Mark Donnal PF OH 4 4 4
Zak Irvin SF IN 5 4 4
Derrick Walton PG MI 4 4 4

Zak Irvin gets his 5th star from Rivals.

Purdue

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Bryson Scott SG IN 4 4 3
Basil Smotherman SF IN 4 3 3
Kendall Stephens SG IL 4 4 4

Basil Smotherman gets a 4th star from Rivals.

Wisconsin

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Vitto Brown PF OH 3 3 2
Riley Dearring SF MN 3 3 3
Nigel Hayes PF OH 3 3 4
Jordan Hill SG CA NR NR 2
Bronson Koenig PG WI 4 4 3

Nigel Hayes moves into the ESPN 100. Bronson Koenig drops to 3-stars on ESPN.

Ohio State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Marc Loving PF OH 4 4 4
Kameron Williams SG MD 4 4 4

No changes for Ohio State.

Penn State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Payton Banks SF CA 3 3 2
Julian Moore PF PA 3 3 2
Geno Thorpe PG PA 3 3 3
Graham Woodward PG MN 3 NR 2

Julian Moore drops to 2-stars on ESPN.

Nebraska

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Nick Fuller SF WI 3 3 3
Nathan Hawkins SG TX 3 3 3
Leslee Smith PF KS NR NR NR
Tai Webster PG New Zealand NR NR 4

Nebraska adds JUCO Leslee Smith. Nebraska also picked up a preferred walk-on in Tim Wagner but we’ll only track the scholarship players.

Michigan State

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Gavin Schilling PF IL 3 3 3

MSU finally gets a 2013 commit from Gavin Schilling.

Iowa

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Peter Jok SF IA 3 3 3

No change for Iowa.

Northwestern

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Nate Taphorn SF IL 3 3 3

Jaren Sina decommits after the firing of Bill Carmody.

Minnesota

Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Daquein McNeil SG MD 3 3 2

Alvin Ellis and Alex Foster decommitted after the coaching change. Richard Pitino gets his first commit in McNeil.

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.

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