|A terrific late signing period gave Ben Howland and UCLA the nod over Arizona in the Pac-12 class rankings. (US Presswire)|
Because of the proximity between the schools, recruiting battles within a conference can be more heated and exciting than national ones.
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Territory is at stake, which means coaches are doing everything they can to keep players at home and not allow an outsider to poach a player. Of course, with realignment, territorial battles will begin to feature schools from multiple conferences, which might not be a bad thing from a national perspective. Which schools dominated their conference foes on the recruiting trail in the class of 2012? And which schools could be headed for a down year after a subpar performance on the recruiting circuit?
We've given you our top 25 overall classes, but here's a look at the conference-by-conference breakdown.
- 1. North Carolina State: During his first full recruiting season in Raleigh, Mark Gottfried locked up three in-state studs.
- 2. North Carolina: The Tar Heels nabbed a solid four-person class that will make an impact inside and out.
- 3. Duke: Thanks to the late signing period pledge of Amile Jefferson, the Blue Devils finished with two five-stars.
- 4. Maryland: With two four-star recruits and a quartet of solid performers, Mark Turgeon upped the talent ante.
- 5. Virginia: Tony Bennett did very well this season for the Cavaliers, reeling in three top-100 recruits.
- 6. Georgia Tech: The big move of this class was convincing five-star big man Robert Carter to stay home.
- 7. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have plenty of holes; this seven-man class will certainly help the effort.
- 8. Florida State: Leonard Hamilton nabbed two big-time wing scorers in Aaron Thomas and Montay Brandon.
- 9. Clemson: There are no top-100 players in the class, but it's a solid five-man class that will make an impact.
- 10. Miami (Fl.): Melvin Johnson had a very good senior season, and big man Tonye Jekiri has tons of potential.
- 11. Boston College: Neither Olivier Hanlan nor Joe Rahon will bring explosive scoring, but both can contribute.
- 12. Virginia Tech: With Montrezl Harrell moving on after the coaching change, Marshall Wood is the lone signee.
|Pitt signee Steven Adams could be the best freshman in the Big East next season. (US Presswire)|
- 1. Providence: With Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn, Ed Cooley has his explosive backcourt of the future.
- 2. Syracuse: Jim Boeheim did a great job keeping DaJuan Coleman home, while also nabbing Jerami Grant.
- 3. Pittsburgh: Top-10 prospect Steven Adams is the prize of the class, but James Robinson is a great fit.
- 4. St. John's: The Red Storm made a late run in the rankings, getting a trio of impact frontcourt players.
- 5. Villanova: Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu will form a very good inside-outside duo for Jay Wright.
- 6. Connecticut: Jim Calhoun got himself a great scorer in Omar Calhoun, while Phil Nolan has a high ceiling.
- 7. Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish got a couple of long, athletic players in Cameron Biedscheid and Zach Auguste.
- 8. Louisville: With addition of Montrezl Harrell, Cards have another top-100 player to go with Terry Rozier.
- 9. Georgetown: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a strong scorer, and Brandon Bolden will be a nice back line on D.
- 10. South Florida: If the Bulls' junior college signees pan out, Stan Heath will have an immediate impact class.
- 11. Marquette: Buzz Williams got himself a nice class, led by Chicago native Steve Taylor, a versatile scorer.
- 12. DePaul: 6-foot-7 Jodan Price is a tough matchup on the wing, and DeJuan Marrero is a hard-nosed forward.
- 13. Cincinnati: The lone Bearcats' signee is junior college transfer Titus Rubles, a talented forward.
- 14. Rutgers: Vince Garrett, a JC transfer from Lee College (Tex.), should provide an impact on the wing.
- 15. Seton Hall: The Pirates bring in just one player for 2012, point guard Tommy Maayan.
- 1. Indiana: The Hoosiers bring in a tremendous class that could push them to the preseason No. 1 ranking.
- 2. Michigan State: Tom Izzo will love the versatility of this four-man group, led by five-star guard Gary Harris.
- 3. Michigan: Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson Jr. should contribute immediately; Nik Stauskas is a sleeper.
- 4. Purdue: The Boilermakers have a ton of talent in this class, but the quartet needs to bring effort on a nightly basis.
- 5. Iowa: AAU teammates Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell are both top-100 players in the class.
- 6. Wisconsin: The Badgers have one of the best newcomers in the league, skilled forward Sam Dekker.
- 7. Northwestern: Kale Abrahamson, Alex Olah and Sanjay Lumpkin should provide depth next season.
- 8. Minnesota: The Golden Gophers picked up two solid newcomers in Charles Buggs and Wally Ellenson.
- 9. Penn State: A couple of forwards out of Pennsylvania, Donovan Jack and Brandon Taylor, will contribute.
- 10. Ohio State: Amedeo Della Valle is the Buckeyes' lone signee, but his versatility at the guard position is a plus.
- 11. Nebraska: Since coming over from Colorado State, Tim Miles has done most of his damage with transfers.
- 12. Illinois: The lone signee for the Fighting Illini, Michael Orris, decommitted after Bruce Weber was fired.
- 1. Baylor: Scott Drew picked up another loaded class, led by forwards Isaiah Austin and Ricardo Gathers.
- 2. Texas: Not surprisingly, Rick Barnes brought in a ton of talent. Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh are the prizes.
- 3. Kansas: Despite no five-star prospects in the class, Bill Self has a very solid class. Perry Ellis will make an impact.
- 4. Oklahoma State: Marcus Smart will be one of the best freshmen in the country next season.
- 5. Texas Tech: Nine players arrive on campus next season. Look out for Wannah Bail and Trency Jackson.
- 6. West Virginia: In their first year in the Big 12, Mountaineers need post production from Elijah Macon.
- 7. Iowa State: The Cyclones beat everyone to the punch on Georges Niang, and three other solid players join him.
- 8. Oklahoma: Buddy Hield had a strong past year, and former top-150 recruit Jarion Henry should make an impact.
- 9. Kansas State: Bruce Weber brought along former Illinois signee Michael Orris, a solid point guard.
- 10. TCU: Guard Clyde Smith comes all the way from Hotchkiss (Conn.); big man Aaron Durley is tough.
|Can Shabazz Muhammad and the Bruin freshmen return UCLA to the top of the Pac-12?. (US Presswire)|
- 1. UCLA: Ben Howland will look to return the Bruins to the top of the Pac-12 with three five-star prospects.
- 2. Arizona: The Wildcats bring in three of the best post players in the country, and a four-star guard.
- 3. Colorado: Underrated class. Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon are solid inside; Xavier Johnson is versatile.
- 4. Stanford: The Cardinal nabbed two top-100 prospects in Rosco Allen and Grant Verhoeven.
- 5. Oregon: Dominic Artis had an excellent senior season, while Ben Carter is an inside-outside forward.
- 6. California: The addition of point guard Tyrone Wallace is a huge boost; he should play immediately.
- 7. Washington State: Demarquise Johnson's eligibility is in question, but Richard Longrus is underrated.
- 8. USC: J.T. Terrell holds the key to this class. He's a big-time scorer who is not afraid to shoot from anywhere.
- 9. Oregon State: Craig Robinson brings in a solid class that includes three impact players on the wing.
- 10. Utah: One of the fastest-rising players last summer was forward Jordan Loveridge; the Utes need him.
- 11. Arizona State: Herb Sendek nabbed three in-state prospects, led by guard Calaen Robinson.
- 12. Washington: The lone signee for the Huskies was talented 6-foot-6 JC transfer Mark McLaughlin.
- 1. Kentucky: With the No. 1 class in the country, the Wildcats finished miles ahead of the SEC this season.
- 2. Texas A&M: J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso form a solid backcourt, and a couple JC transfers also join.
- 3. Florida: Braxton Ogbueze is a scoring point guard, while three shooting guards will help on the perimeter.
- 4. Alabama: Outside of Kentucky's crop, the lone five-star signee was Devonta Pollard. He'll start right away.
- 5. Mississippi State: Rick Ray will have some talent. Gavin Ware is big down low, and Fred Thomas can shoot.
- 6. Auburn: The Tigers will get a dose of athleticism and offense with Jordan Price and Shaquille Johnson.
- 7. Georgia: Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann are two very solid guards who will combine in the backcourt.
- 8. Mississippi: Anthony J.P. Cortesia was a fast-riser late, and JC transfer Marshall Henderson will contribute.
- 9. Missouri: This seven-man group will fill roster holes. Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan lead the way.
- 10. Arkansas: Coty Clarke is an impact JC transfer, while Michael Qualls is the best of the high school recruits.
- 11. South Carolina: Frank Martin will have the services of big men Tyrone Haughton and Laimonas Chatkevicius.
- 12. Vanderbilt: The Commodores got a late boost when Sheldeon Jeter committed. Kevin Bright could surprise.
- 13. LSU: JC forwards Shavon Coleman and Calvin Godfrey help, and guard Malik Morgan will get a chance.
- 14. Tennessee: In his first full offseason on the job, Cuonzo Martin picked up three prospects.
Best of the Rest
- 1. UNLV: Getting top-10 prospect Anthony Bennett was the icing on the cake; Katin Reinhardt brings shooting.
- 2. Xavier: Semaj Christon can make a case for being the top PG in the class, while Jalen Reynolds has energy.
- 3. Houston: James Dickey got it done, bringing in top-100 prospects Danuel House and Chicken Knowles.
- 4. Memphis: If Geron Johnson plays to his ability, this could be too low. Shaq Goodwin and Damien Wilson are impact guys.
- 5. San Diego State: Top-50 prospect Winston Shepard is the prize, but Matt Shrigley and Skylar Spencer are solid.
- 6. Wichita State: Shockers reload. Fred Van Vleet is a top-100 prospect and Cleanthony Early is impact JC transfer.
- 7. Fresno State: Keeping top-50 prospect Robert Upshaw close to home once he decommitted from Kansas State was huge.
- 8. UTEP: The prize of this class is Twymond Howard, a big-time guard capable of lighting up the scoreboard.
- 9. Harvard: Mike Hall and Siyani Chambers had high-major interest, and Agunwa Okolie is a sleeper.
- 10. Butler: Brad Stevens did another solid job. Four-star guard Kellen Dunham leads the way for the Bulldogs.
- 11. Marshall: Kareem Canty can get to the rim on anyone, and Ryan Taylor brings a nice offensive skillset.
- 12. Towson: Look for Frank Mason and Jerome Hairston to make an impact. Both are explosive guards.
- 13. Rhode Island: Danny Hurley did a good job in his first offseason, led by former top-100 player Jordan Hare.
- 14. VCU: Shaka Smart is hoping that Jordan Burgess can fill the shoes of his brother, Bradford Burgess.
- 15. SMU: Larry Brown is gunning for big-time prospects next year, but Blaise Mbargorba leads a solid class this season.
- Others: Dayton, Nevada, Temple, UCF, George Washington, Charlotte, Boston University, Eastern Michigan, Cleveland State