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May 21, 2009

Five new teams in 2010 team rankings

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With the recent updating of the 2010 rankings and new commitments in the 2010 class, Rivals.com has updated the 2010 team recruiting rankings.

There is no change in the top three spots with Ohio State remaining at No. 1 and Texas and Illinois right behind. Louisville, which formerly held the No. 4 spot, falls out of the rankings after Jeremy Tyler's defection to Europe.

With a four-way tie for the 10th spot, five new schools enter the rankings. Florida State, Georgetown and Villanova occupy the 10th spot along with Purdue. Newcomer Wake Forest jumps into the seventh spot, and Michigan State enters for the first time at No. 9.

2010 Team Rankings
1. Ohio State
2009 commits (National rank)
PF Jared Sullinger (3)
PF Deshaun Thomas (14)
SG Jordan Sibert (30)
SG Lenzelle Smith Jr. (89)
Ohio State is in familiar territory in 2010. The Buckeyes continue to prove themselves as one of the best programs for finding talent early and locking up prospects before their junior year. This four-man class, which hails entirely from Big Ten country, has a little bit of everything. Sullinger continues the trend of franchise big men to commit to coach Thad Matta, while Thomas and Sibert, who are also five-star prospects Sullinger, are stars in waiting. Smith is one of the most unique players in the nation and a tremendous passer.
2. Texas
2009 commits (National rank)
PF Tristan Thompson (2)
SG Daniel Bejarano (19)
The Longhorns are at it again. After landing two five-star prospects in 2009, coach Rick Barnes and his staff have started very strong in 2010 with another double dose of top talent. Thompson, a 6-foot-8 forward from national powerhouse St. Benedict's in New Jersey, continues the line of long and versatile big men to pick the Longhorns. Bejarano, a 6-5 scorer from Arizona, is one of the best in the junior class at putting the ball in the hole from deep.
3. Illinois
2009 commits (National rank)
SF Jereme Richmond (13)
SG Crandall Head (38)
C Meyers Leonard (48)
The in-state recruiting plan continues for Illinois. Richmond and Head, both five-star prospects, are two of the Chicago area's best young prospects. Richmond has been committed to the program since his freshman year and has consistently been one of the best at his position nationally. Head, the younger brother of former Illini star Luther Head, is a big-time athlete. Leonard, a 6-9 forward, fits the mold of big men that Illinois has recruited in the Bruce Weber era.
4. Tennessee
2009 commits (National rank)
PG Josh Selby (15)
SG Jordan McRae (37)
PG Aaron Craft (70)
Success is breading recruiting success for Tennessee as coach Bruce Pearl builds up his backcourt with his 2010 recruiting class. Selby, a top 10 prospect, is an electric scorer as a combo guard. McRae, a highly ranked four-star, is a lethal scorer from the wing. Craft, who runs with the explosive All Ohio Red travel team, is known for his hard-nosed play and defensive abilities.
5. Duke
2009 commits (National rank)
PF Joshua Hairston (20)
SG Andre Dawkins (31)
PG Tyler Thornton (125)
Hairston and Thornton shined together with the D.C. Assault AAU program over the past three summers and have collected numerous trophies along the way. The duo works very well together. Hairston is a skilled big man and similar to other players Duke has signed at the position. Thornton is a winner, pure and simple, and he embodies the mentality of Duke guards. Dawkins is a smooth-shooting guard from Virginia and will be the perimeter threat of the future.
6. North Carolina
2009 commits (National rank)
SG Reggie Bullock (12)
PG Kendall Marshall (49)
Coach Roy Williams is off to a great start with his 2010 class following up on his top-ranked 2009 class. A North Carolina native, Bullock is a five-star shooting guard with size and a load of upside. Marshall is a polished point guard who has a natural feel for the position and has been playing like a college-ready player for the past couple of years.
7. Wake Forest
2009 commits (National rank)
PF Melvin Tabb (58)
SF Travis McKie (62)
SG J.T. Terrell (109)
PG Tony Chenault
The good news for Wake Forest is that it has the No. 7-ranked recruiting class nationally. The not so great news is that perennial ACC powers Duke and North Carolina are still ahead of them in the recruiting rankings. Nonetheless, the Demon Deacons have a four-man class headlined by two four-star combo forwards in Tabb and McKie. Terrell is a smooth shooter from the shooting guard position. And Chenault is a tough Philly guard who loves to attack the rim.
8. Syracuse
2009 commits (National rank)
SG Dion Waiters (28)
PF C.J. Fair (53)
C Baye Moussa Kieta
A physical five-star shooting guard, Waiters highlights this balanced recruiting class set to play for coach Jim Boeheim. Fair, a four-star combo forward, has a multidimensional game that is effective in the paint as well as facing the basket. Kieta, a Sudanese center, is a defensive force who can protect the rim.
9. Michigan State
2009 commits (National rank)
PG Keith Appling (41)
SF Russell Byrd (78)
PF Alex Gauna (142)
Appling, a scoring point guard, had a tremendous high school season and is off to a great start on the travel team circuit. The prize of the Michigan State recruiting class, Appling has momentum moving up the rankings. He is joined by a four-star wing scoring threat in Byrd, who is considered one of the better shooters in the 2010 class. Rounding out the three-man class is Gauna, who is a skilled big man with upside.
10t. Florida State
2009 commits (National rank)
PG Ian Miller (51)
PF Okaro White (63)
Leonard Hamilton has two solid four-star prospects committed to his program. Miller is an excellent floor general who hit the game-winning, long-range three-pointer to down John Wall's team in the state championship game. White is an intriguing combo forward with length and a developing skill game.
10t. Georgetown
2009 commits (National rank)
PG Markel Starks (54)
PF Nate Lubick (60)
Georgetown is excited about the guard/post combo headed to Washington D.C. Starks is a four-star point guard with a well-rounded game for the position. A four-star prospect as well, Lubick is a skilled big man with a high basketball IQ.
10t. Purdue
2009 commits (National rank)
SG Anthony Johnson (64)
PG Terone Johnson (83)
C Travis Carroll (121)
Johnson, the top prospect in Purdue's three-man class, is a skilled combo guard with a penchant for making tough shots. Johnson and Carroll are also capable scorers. Johnson is a dangerous scoring threat from the perimeter, and Carroll is a skilled scorer down low.
10t. Villanova
2009 commits (National rank)
SG James Bell (33)
C Markus Kennedy (93)
Jay Wright continues to recruit well after landing the No. 2-ranked 2009 class. Bell is an athletic wing prospect who shot up the rankings after his impressive junior campaign. Kennedy is a rugged and skilled post player who will provide a physical presence on the inside for the Wildcats.




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