College basketball knows no offseason. Although the season ended with Duke cutting down the nets, the recruiting trail is just warming up as coaches and assistants hit the roads and gear up for circuits and AAU tournaments and showcases.
Last week, we looked at how Maryland compared to the recruiting rankings of other Big Ten schools in the class of 2015. Maryland, thanks to the addition of Diamond Stone, sat firmly in sixth out of 14 teams. The Big Ten, according to 247Sports rankings, had three teams in the top 25, including the sixth best class from Ohio State. Michigan, after a disappointing 16-16 record last season, garnered the worst class in the Big Ten for this upcoming season, ranking 93rd in the country.
While there are a few recruits still pondering whether to spend their next four years from the class of 2015, we want to take a look at what B1G schools are thriving in the class of 2016.
Let's take a look:
|School||Class Rank||Offers||Commits||Committed elsewhere||Considered "warm" or "warmer" by 247||5 star offered||4 star offered|
Commits are a strong sign of that a team is getting off to a good start recruiting for the class of 2016 but let's take a look at the talent level of the players committed to play for Big Ten schools this early on in the process.
|School||Commits (ratings, stars)||Best "warm" or "warmer" target (rating, stars)|
|Illinois||N/A||PG Jamal Murray (96.7, 4)|
|Indiana||N/A||PF De'Ron Davis (98.7, 4)|
|Iowa||PF Cordell Pemsl (89.8, 3)||SF Seth Towns (96.1, 4)|
|Maryland||PG Anthony Cowan (95.6, 4)||SG Markelle Fultz (98.5, 4)|
|Michigan||C Jon Teske (94.2, 4), C Austin Davis (88.4, 3)||SG Tyus Battle (99.5, 5)|
|Michigan State||PF Nick Ward (97.4, 4)||CG Josh Langford (99.4, 5)|
|Minnesota||SF Michael Hurt (89.8, 3)||SG Amir Coffey (98.6, 4)|
|Nebraska||SF Isaiah Roby (88.4, 3), SF Keanu Pinder (N/A)||PG Kwe Parker (97.5, 4)|
|Northwestern||SF Rapolas Ivanauskas (92.8, 4)||PF Nick Rakocevic (94.8, 4)|
|Ohio State||C Derek Funderburk (98.1, 4), C Micah Potter (87.3, 3)||SG Tyus Battle (99.5, 5)|
|Penn State||SF Nazeer Bostick (91.6, 3)||N/A|
|Purdue||N/A||SG Jarron Cumberland (94.5, 4)|
|Rutgers||N/A||PG Kwe Parker (97.5, 4)|
|Wisconsin||N/A||SF Maverick Rowan (98.6, 4)|
All rankings and standings were pulled from recruiting site 247sports.com
Interestingly enough, all three teams with two commits in the class have two players in the same position. Ohio State and Michigan State both lured in two centers each while Nebraska focused on the small forward front, adding two talented players from the position. On a side note, let's all take a second to recognize how cool Wisconsin target Maverick Rowan's name is.
Ohio State has been a staple on the recruiting trail as of late, leading the Big Ten in most 5-star targets in the class of 2016 and receiving a lot interest from those blue-chip recruits. Indiana has been busy dishing out offers, registering an astounding 32 offers to date, but has yet to lock up one of those targets. Wisconsin is showing a more selective approach, only extending nine offers, while three of those offers have already been passed up.
Syracuse recruit Matthew Moyer was offered by six Big Ten teams while four teams offered Oklahoma commit Payton Pritchard and Virginia commit Kyle Guy. Six B1G schools, including Maryland, are in pursuit of small forward V.J. King and five schools are chasing after Canadian shooting guard Jamal Murray.