IU holds onto No. 1 spot in ESPN 2012 class rankings

  • 08/24/2011 3:40 pm in

ESPN.com: Class of 2012 Team Basketball Recruiting Rankings

As you delve into the ESPN class rankings, it’s important to keep in mind that the landscape of the Class of 2012 is dynamic. Indiana built a tremendous recruiting class and did so by virtue of a bevy of early commitments. The challenge for the Hoosiers is to hold off the blue bloods of college basketball as the elite take official visits and make decisions.

Like the Hoosiers, Jay Wright used early commitments to lay the foundation for Villanova’s exceptional class. In a perfect world, the Wildcats score another commitment and further bolster their case for the nation’s top class. In their rear view mirror are the three-time recruiting champions, Kentucky. At some point, the Wildcats, UNC, Duke and Arizona may force a shake up at the top but nothing is certain. It’s recruiting and it’s constantly changing.

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  • Anonymous

    Whether we are declared the #1 class in the end of not, we have an awesome class coming in. Gary Harris would probably solidify us at the #1 and would be a great addition, but the Hoosiers have a lot to look forward to with the current class.

  • Anonymous

    Whether we are declared the #1 class in the end of not, we have an awesome class coming in. Gary Harris would probably solidify us at the #1 and would be a great addition, but the Hoosiers have a lot to look forward to with the current class.

  • Anonymous

    Whether we are declared the #1 class in the end of not, we have an awesome class coming in. Gary Harris would probably solidify us at the #1 and would be a great addition, but the Hoosiers have a lot to look forward to with the current class.

  • Anonymous

    Whether we are declared the #1 class in the end of not, we have an awesome class coming in. Gary Harris would probably solidify us at the #1 and would be a great addition, but the Hoosiers have a lot to look forward to with the current class.

  • IU_Fan_99

    my Michigan State friend did not believe me when I said we are #1… now I have an article to send to him to prove it!

  • INUnivHoosier

    Glad to see a number of B1G teams in the top 25. Thrilled to have us at the top.

    1. Indiana
    5. MSU
    11. PUke
    14. Michigan
    21. Iowa
    23. Wisconsin

    Where are you at Nebraska?

  • INUnivHoosier

    Glad to see a number of B1G teams in the top 25. Thrilled to have us at the top.

    1. Indiana
    5. MSU
    11. PUke
    14. Michigan
    21. Iowa
    23. Wisconsin

    Where are you at Nebraska?

  • INUnivHoosier

    Glad to see a number of B1G teams in the top 25. Thrilled to have us at the top.

    1. Indiana
    5. MSU
    11. PUke
    14. Michigan
    21. Iowa
    23. Wisconsin

    Where are you at Nebraska?

  • INUnivHoosier

    Glad to see a number of B1G teams in the top 25. Thrilled to have us at the top.

    1. Indiana
    5. MSU
    11. PUke
    14. Michigan
    21. Iowa
    23. Wisconsin

    Where are you at Nebraska?

  • eph521

    Gary Harris would put an unbreakable chokehold on the #1 ranking. If we land him, everyone else will simply be fighting for 2nd best, maybe even without GH.

  • eph521

    This is great!  Wait a minute, I hate rankings. They don’t know squat. Unless they pick my team #1. So in this case, ESPN is brilliant.

  • HoosierDadE

    Hmmmm…thanks for filling me in ESPN.  I thought IU was still a blue blood of college basketball, silly me.  The Hoosier’s are just holding off the blue bloods.

    Administrator at Hamilton Southeastern: “Hello, HSE how can I help you?”
    HoosierDadE: “Yes, Gary Harris please”
    Admin at HSE: “Sure, I’ll connect you”

    Waiting Music….

    Gary Harris: “Yes, this is Gary”
    HoosierDadE: “Hey, it’s me and ITS TIME”
    Gary Harris: “Okay”

    Next Day…

    Gary Harris: “I’m taking my talents to Bloomington”

    –This story brought to you by HoosierDadE and being very bored at work–

  • IUeconAlum

    All the rankings are subjective. What’s the difference between the #1 class and the #6 class. Probably nothing. I’d take the top Indiana kids over the top kids from the other 49 states any day. No matter where the 2012 class ends up, adding that group to our current team is going to create a force nobody is going to want to deal with.

  • kentuckyHOOSIER

    What is going on with Patterson ? not only do they not have him in the top 100 but they took away his star rating as well . I have hardly heard anything about him since early summer . Also I thought HP, JH , and yogi played well enough to move themselves up in the rankings , but they moved back or stayed where they were . Personally I really dont get worked up on these rankings …..but its nice to have some defense when you live in louisville . Can we get some feedback on the Buss ?

  • kentuckyHOOSIER

    What is going on with Patterson ? not only do they not have him in the top 100 but they took away his star rating as well . I have hardly heard anything about him since early summer . Also I thought HP, JH , and yogi played well enough to move themselves up in the rankings , but they moved back or stayed where they were . Personally I really dont get worked up on these rankings …..but its nice to have some defense when you live in louisville . Can we get some feedback on the Buss ?

  • kentuckyHOOSIER

    I see Jurkin as a redhirt …..McGary would have been more exciting . ( nothing against Peter , but he cant stay health and is raw as it gets )

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if anyone saw this, but here’s Dave Telep’s take on where Gary Harris will go (It’s from a chat)

    henry (BLoomington) Where do you think Gary Harris ends up?

    Dave Telep   (4:31 PM)

    Henry, the last pulse reading I got was Purdue and Michigan State were in
    there pretty good but that’s probably 10 day old information and in this
    business 10 days is a long time. He would make Indiana’s class and
    Louisville and Notre Dame are repping the Big East hard. You asked, and
    the last semi-solid info I got said Spartans and Boilers.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if anyone saw this, but here’s Dave Telep’s take on where Gary Harris will go (It’s from a chat)

    henry (BLoomington) Where do you think Gary Harris ends up?

    Dave Telep   (4:31 PM)

    Henry, the last pulse reading I got was Purdue and Michigan State were in
    there pretty good but that’s probably 10 day old information and in this
    business 10 days is a long time. He would make Indiana’s class and
    Louisville and Notre Dame are repping the Big East hard. You asked, and
    the last semi-solid info I got said Spartans and Boilers.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if anyone saw this, but here’s Dave Telep’s take on where Gary Harris will go (It’s from a chat)

    henry (BLoomington) Where do you think Gary Harris ends up?

    Dave Telep   (4:31 PM)

    Henry, the last pulse reading I got was Purdue and Michigan State were in
    there pretty good but that’s probably 10 day old information and in this
    business 10 days is a long time. He would make Indiana’s class and
    Louisville and Notre Dame are repping the Big East hard. You asked, and
    the last semi-solid info I got said Spartans and Boilers.

  • data.72

    Although rankings are subjective and speculative, it’s still neat to see the Hoosiers at the top. But what truly matters is how well a recruit fits into a program and how they develop and perform at the next level. I’m confident our recruits will represent themselves and IU very well — on and off the court.

  • data.72

    Although rankings are subjective and speculative, it’s still neat to see the Hoosiers at the top. But what truly matters is how well a recruit fits into a program and how they develop and perform at the next level. I’m confident our recruits will represent themselves and IU very well — on and off the court.

  • data.72

    Although rankings are subjective and speculative, it’s still neat to see the Hoosiers at the top. But what truly matters is how well a recruit fits into a program and how they develop and perform at the next level. I’m confident our recruits will represent themselves and IU very well — on and off the court.

  • Anonymous

    I am certainly happy that ESPN has recognized Indiana as 2012’s top recruiting class, however, I am not too big on rankings.  All that matters is how well these guys can play together and win games.  I know that some Indiana commits have dropped in the rankings, but they are still the same player.  Anyways, it is good to see CTC and his assistants are getting credit for their work.

  • Anonymous

    I am certainly happy that ESPN has recognized Indiana as 2012’s top recruiting class, however, I am not too big on rankings.  All that matters is how well these guys can play together and win games.  I know that some Indiana commits have dropped in the rankings, but they are still the same player.  Anyways, it is good to see CTC and his assistants are getting credit for their work.

  • Anonymous

    I am certainly happy that ESPN has recognized Indiana as 2012’s top recruiting class, however, I am not too big on rankings.  All that matters is how well these guys can play together and win games.  I know that some Indiana commits have dropped in the rankings, but they are still the same player.  Anyways, it is good to see CTC and his assistants are getting credit for their work.

  • Anonymous

    I am certainly happy that ESPN has recognized Indiana as 2012’s top recruiting class, however, I am not too big on rankings.  All that matters is how well these guys can play together and win games.  I know that some Indiana commits have dropped in the rankings, but they are still the same player.  Anyways, it is good to see CTC and his assistants are getting credit for their work.

  • jaywiz

    dislike.

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  • Plane1972

    You may end up being right, but a stress fracture is usually an overuse injury. I would not classify that as “can’t stay healthy”. He just needs time to let it heal completely. Sounds like he rushed back to the court too early.

    He may also be raw by shear virtue of having to move up into a league that values strong bigs, but he isn’t meant to be a back-to-the-basket big man. He runs the floor and defends. What I saw of him, he did both of those things well. I don’t classify him as a project of the magnitude of Tijan and Bawa. If nothing else, he gets the benefit of running alongside a legit front line.

  • Plane1972

    You may end up being right, but a stress fracture is usually an overuse injury. I would not classify that as “can’t stay healthy”. He just needs time to let it heal completely. Sounds like he rushed back to the court too early.

    He may also be raw by shear virtue of having to move up into a league that values strong bigs, but he isn’t meant to be a back-to-the-basket big man. He runs the floor and defends. What I saw of him, he did both of those things well. I don’t classify him as a project of the magnitude of Tijan and Bawa. If nothing else, he gets the benefit of running alongside a legit front line.

  • Plane1972

    You may end up being right, but a stress fracture is usually an overuse injury. I would not classify that as “can’t stay healthy”. He just needs time to let it heal completely. Sounds like he rushed back to the court too early.

    He may also be raw by shear virtue of having to move up into a league that values strong bigs, but he isn’t meant to be a back-to-the-basket big man. He runs the floor and defends. What I saw of him, he did both of those things well. I don’t classify him as a project of the magnitude of Tijan and Bawa. If nothing else, he gets the benefit of running alongside a legit front line.

  • Plane1972

    I also think the move to the other Elite team was a public acknowledgement highlighting Patterson’s need to polish the offensive game. Not a knock. Just a fact. It will turn out to be a very smart move for him and IU, but probably is a mark against him in the foolish world of rankings.

  • Plane1972

    I also think the move to the other Elite team was a public acknowledgement highlighting Patterson’s need to polish the offensive game. Not a knock. Just a fact. It will turn out to be a very smart move for him and IU, but probably is a mark against him in the foolish world of rankings.

  • Plane1972

    I also think the move to the other Elite team was a public acknowledgement highlighting Patterson’s need to polish the offensive game. Not a knock. Just a fact. It will turn out to be a very smart move for him and IU, but probably is a mark against him in the foolish world of rankings.

  • Plane1972

    I also think the move to the other Elite team was a public acknowledgement highlighting Patterson’s need to polish the offensive game. Not a knock. Just a fact. It will turn out to be a very smart move for him and IU, but probably is a mark against him in the foolish world of rankings.

  • Plane1972

    Should we start calling you World Wide Wes?

  • Plane1972

    Should we start calling you World Wide Wes?

  • Rynefulton

    I can’t second this enough….ESPN is an absolute joke on how they base their rankings.  If anyone would be paying any attention to Buss, then he would be so much higher instead of somehow dropping.  Not only that, his profile says the largest area for improvement would be defense.  Anyone else see an issue with this picture.  Then, they drop JH down to 59???  Just b/c they aren’t on the table for other schools anymore, or b/c they committed to IU. 

    I understand these rankings don’t really mean squat when it comes to molding a group of guys and so many other faucets with NCAAB.  However, it’s so hard not to feel a lil biased after the h*** that we have been through.  Now after the hrs and hrs of hard work our staff has put in and the future recruits, it really feels like we should get a lil more credit.  I could understand if one guy drops a few, stays the same, etc…But i will never believe that ALL of our guys dropped their performance in the July Evaluation period to reflect the joke that is ESPN’s 2012 rankings…

    I would do ANYTHING to see Ron “Buss” Patterson come in as a frosh and just burn the lights out in AH.  I love the kids swagger, physique, and mentality.  Forget all the B*** S*** hype, media, and rankings man….Bring the same game, heart, and attitude to LEARN/ADJUST your game to Bloomington. Then I’m telling ya man all Hoosiers from accross the land are gonna love ya (not that they already don’t) .  Not only that, you’ll have a very bright future ahead of ya young man! 

  • Judekomyatte

    See above.

  • Judekomyatte

    See above.