|Florida coach Billy Donovan currently has the top 2013 recruiting class, led by Kasey Hill and Chris Walker. (US Presswire)|
When we first released team rankings for the class of 2013, things were a little light. Several teams only had one commitment, and there were very few teams with multiple top 100-caliber pledges. That was reflective of the class as a whole, considering so many high-level prospects had yet to make a college decision. With the uptick in commitments over the past couple of weeks, though, there was good competition for the latest update in the team rankings.
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|Kasey Hill is one of two top-10 commitments for Florida so far in the class of 2013. (Adidas)|
Florida is the clear-cut No. 1 team in the rankings. The Gators are the only team in the country with a top-10 commitment – and they have two. Kasey Hill got things going on New Year's Eve, and AAU teammate Chris Walker ended his recruitment in July. With those two in the fold, Billy Donovan's troops likely will be stationed at the top of the rankings for a while. They also received a commitment from Schuyler Rimmer, a versatile forward who had offers from multiple ACC and SEC schools. It might be tough to knock the Gators from their perch.
North Carolina was the previous No. 1, as Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt were both five-star prospects. However, as Britt's individual ranking plummeted, the Tar Heels followed suit, dropping to No. 3 behind Florida and Kansas, which stayed at No. 2 with its top-40 duo of Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene.
One team that saw a major rise was Michigan, which currently sits at No. 4 – and can make a legitimate case for being as high as No. 2. Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton both had stellar summers, while big man Mark Donnal also made his way into the top 100. As a result, the Wolverines are the only team with three top-100 pledges.
Three teams made moves into the top 10. Memphis is at No. 5, as the Tigers received pledges from in-state prospects Nick King and Markel Crawford. King, a five-star forward, was the big one. Louisville is right behind Memphis. The Cardinals had top-30 guard Anton Gill in the fold, but point guard Terry Rozier was ruled ineligible for the coming season. Rozier needs a prep year to complete his classwork. As a result, he moved to the class of 2013 and stayed in the top 100. BYU rounded out the rankings, as center Eric Mika's rise pushed the four-man class to a new level. The Cougars also have Nick Emery in the class.
Indiana, Iowa State and West Virginia all dropped out of the rankings, but it had nothing to do with their groups getting worse; they simply were passed over by some impressive classes. In fact, we like each of those three classes slightly more than we did when they were in the rankings -- but only 10 could make the cut. Others that just missed include USC and Notre Dame, while Arkansas and California could make a case with one more top-100 pledge.
The biggest question for the class of 2013 team rankings centers on Lexington. What will Kentucky do? The Wildcats have finished atop the recruiting rankings every year since John Calipari took over the program, including last year's late run to No. 1. Even when it looks like Kentucky is missing out on its main targets, Calipari finds a way to get top-tier prospects. This year should be no different.
The Wildcats are considered the favorites to land Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of the top-five prospects in the country. Moreover, No. 7-ranked prospect James Young has Kentucky as his leader. Julius Randle plans on taking a visit. Aaron Gordon considers Kentucky among his favorites. Jermaine Lawrence includes the Wildcats on his final list. Kentucky also is in the mix for Jabari Parker. All seven of the aforementioned players are ranked in the top 12 nationally. Even if they land three of them -- remember, shooting forward Derek Willis is in the fold -- that would likely make for another No. 1 class.
Don't forget about Andrew Wiggins, either. The nation's top player could reclassify to 2013 -- and Kentucky, along with Florida State, is one of two favorites to land him.
Don't fret, Big Blue Nation, Kentucky will collect yet another outstanding recruiting class. Will it be enough to knock Florida from the No. 1 spot? We'll have to see. As it stands, the rest of the top 10 is racing for No. 2.