SEC has most ESPNU 100 prospects
October, 27, 2010
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
For all the talk that the SEC is a football conference it has also flexed its basketball muscle within the recruiting ranks. A quick breakdown to this point shows that the SEC is leading the pack of elite level conferences in landing the top talent and the competition will be hard pressed to match their overall numbers of depth and quality. Of the 82 committed players in the ESPNU 100, the SEC has received pledges from 19 of them. Even more impressive is the SEC's success with the elite prospects in the class, receiving commitments from seven -- Michael Gilchrist (Somerdale, N.J./St. Patrick), Anthony Davis (Chicago, Ill./Perspectives Charter), Bradley Beal (St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade), Marquis Teague (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), Kentavious Caldwell (Greenville, Ga./Greenville), Kyle Wiltjer (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) and Johnny O'Bryant (Cleveland, Miss./East Side) -- of the top 13 players in the country with Kentucky leading the way with four of them. The Big East is second with 16. The conference has gotten its fair share of the top talent, especially Syracuse (Michael Carter-Williams (Hamilton, Mass./St. Andrew's), Rakeem Christmas (Philadelphia, Pa./Academy of New Church) and Trevor Cooney (Wilmington, Del./Sanford)), St. John's (Jakarr Sampson (Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy), D'Angelo Harrison (Missouri City, Texas/John Foster Dulles), Dom Pointer (Roseville, Mich./Quality Education) and Maurice Harkless (Queens, N.Y./South Kent)), Louisville (Chane Behanan (Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green), Wayne Blackshear (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) and Zach Price (Louisville, Ky./Jeffersontown)) and Villanova (Tyrone Johnson (Plainfield, N.J./Montrose Christian) and Achraf Yacoubou (Brookville, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran), dominating within the conference attracting 12 ESPNU 100 players thus far.