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Scout Unveils New 2011 Top 100, Maryland Commitment Sterling Gibbs Sees Big Boost in Rankings

High riser.
High riser.

The guys at Scout never sleep, do they? Late tonight they pushed out a new set of recruiting rankings for the 2011 class, right after we sort of had our own, inter-Maryland rankings. This is a pretty big deal; Scout is (by most estimations) the best of the three mainstream recruiting services, and there's definitely no better singular scout than Dave Telep.

Before we list all the Maryland targets, a few quick things that caught my eye:

  • Sterling Gibbs is officially a four-star, the #18 PG in the country, and #78 overall. Schwing!
  • Adjehi Baru is officially on the radar, a four-star that's the #7 C in the nation.
  • Jabari Brown, our #1, is #1 by their measure, too. He's #15 overall, a five-star, and the #5 SG.
  • Rod Days actually fell and Greg Lewis and Devin Langford basically remained off the radar. No bueno.
  • LaQuinton Ross isn't quite a five-star anymore, but he's still good; #28 overall.
  • Lastly but definitely not least, Mikael Hopkins is the #2 C in the country. That's shocking, and yes, it's above Desmond Hubert (by a long shot). It's also above previous super-stud Angelo Chol and behind only Rakeem Christmas. That goes against almost everything I've heard over the summer, but wow; that's amazing.

Overall and positional rankings of important targets are below:

#15 - Jabari Brown; #5 SG; 
#20 - Quinn Cook; #3 PG; 
#21 - Kyle Wiltjer; #5 PF; 
#24 - Dorian Finney-Smith; #6 SF; 
#25 - Mikael Hopkins, #2 C; 
#28 - LaQuinton Ross; #7 SF; 
#41 - Norvel Pelle; #8 PF; 
#71 - Adjehi Baru; #7 C; 
#74 - Desmond Hubert; #8 C; 
#78 - Sterling Gibbs; #18 PG; 
#91 - Nick Faust; #25 SG; 
#97 - Deuce Bello; #18 SG; 

And some notable names, including every commitment from the ACC and some former Maryland targets.

#5 - James McAdoo (UNC)
#16 - Michael Gbinije (Duke - former MD target)
#27 - PJ Hairston (UNC)
#38 - Hunter Mickelson (Arkansas - former MD target)
#57 - CJ Barksdale (Virginia Tech - former MD target)
#64 - Marquis Rankin (Virginia Tech)
#69 - Trevor Cooney (Syracuse - former MD target)
#80 - Tyler Adams (Duke)
#86 - Jordan Goodman (Georgetown - former MD target)

VT is building a great class, Duke and UNC are Duke and UNC, but other than that Maryland is holding steady. This is good.