Recruiting focus shifts to Class of '09

With the conclusion of the fall signing period and the exceptionally large number of senior signees, college recruiters are already in hot pursuit of the top prospects in the Class of 2009. It is very apparent that there is an ever increasing rush to judgment in college basketball, since nine members of our pre-season ESPN Top 50, and more than 40 overall, in the Class of 2009 have now made early commitments. Not to mention that several highly-regarded 2010 prospects have announced their future colleges.

Certainly, some programs that were unable to fill their recruiting wants and needs during the fall will work diligently to entice most-wanted prospects from the junior class. However, based upon the early commitments to date, the top programs, including those with highly-rated November classes, are continuing to be successful in the recruitment of prime prospects in the Class of 2009.

For example Arizona, which had the No. 2 fall class, already has gained a commitment from top-12 2009 player, 6-3 PG Abdul Gaddy (Tacoma, Wash./Bellarmine Prep). Also, Georgetown, which had the No. 3 class, recently received a commitment from one of the top-rated juniors on the West Coast, 6-6 WF Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles/Loyola).