RecruitingNation is wrapping up the 2012 basketball signing period. The hoops' experts rank the top 25 classes and grade the conferences.
With Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Javan Felix amongst others, Texas brought in the No. 4 ranked class.
A Texas recruiting class without a Canadian? Could this be? Coach Rick Barnes went two straight years with elite Canadian prospects, only to see the streak end this year. However, Barnes continues to bring strong talent to Austin. The big catch is the program's enormous commitment from No. 8 overall Cameron Ridley (Fort Worth Texas/Bush). He was the first pledge and is a key element in UT's frontcourt plans. Ridley has battled the best at his position and come out looking strong. Joining Ridley in the frontourt will be ESPNU 100 C Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest), who will have an immediate impact thanks to his shot-blocking prowess. Point guard Javan Felix (New Orleans/St. Augustine) continues UT's pipeline of New Orleans point guards; D.J. Augustin worked out well a few years ago.
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John Stovall handed out his grades for the Big 12 recruiting class. No surprise, the Longhorns got the best grade.
Size matters in the Big 12, and the Longhorns added some quality and quantity. At 6-foot-10, five-star center Cameron Ridley (Fort Bend, Texas/Bush) should be an immediate contributor and impact player who will provide scoring and rebounding. Fellow 6-10 center, Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest) is solid now but has a rare combination of size and athleticism. Point guard Javan Felix (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) will help immediately, at least as a solid backup, and power forward Connor Lammert (San Antonio/Winston Churchill) is a bit of a project but he can stretch a defense. Small forward Ioannis Papapetrou (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Air Academy) is another shooter who can stretch defenses, and DeMarcus Holland (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest) is a combo-guard who can provide quality depth.
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