UCLA narrowly edges Kentucky for No. 1 

April, 23, 2012
The decision by Tony Parker (Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove) to attend UCLA put the Bruins over the top. When we tallied the class in its entirety and stacked it up neatly next to Kentucky's, UCLA narrowly got the edge based on the addition of a pair of top-five players in No. 2 Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and No. 5 Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony). Yes, we know, this is splitting hairs but that’s where we are when it comes to ranking these classes.
There isn’t a person on our staff who can definitely tell you who has the No. 1 class. There always tends to be debate regarding the classes, but this time around, the minuscule difference between No. 1 and No. 2, with No. 3 Arizona raising its hand, is difficult to calculate.

The fact of the matter is UCLA has a ton of good players coming in next season. Think about where this program has come in the past few months. It missed the postseason, got skewered by Sports Illustrated and then went out and collected this group of players, three of which were McDonald’s All-Americans.