Commentary

Pitt, Providence on top of Big East

Originally Published: November 17, 2011
By Dave Telep | ESPN Recruiting Nation
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of the Big East's 2012 recruiting classes after the early signing period.

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Pittsburgh Panthers

On the surface, James Robinson (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) looks like the best recruit Jamie Dixon has coming in and if that were the case, it would still be good news. However, the reality is Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep), the biggest unknown in the country, gives this class its juice. Adams hasn't played AAU ball or even prep school ball yet, but he has faced U.S. kids. At adidas Nations last summer, Adams put a hurting on some of our best post players. Though we don't have a live evaluation on him, we know he's got pro potential and could conceivably best the top incoming freshmen in the league next year. Therefore, we're pumping Pittsburgh until further notice.

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Providence Friars

Well, it sure does look like Ed Cooley was a strong hire. The new coach needed a talent infusion in a big way and it's coming next fall. Take your pick regarding which player you prefer but as a package, Ricardo Ledo (Providence, R.I./South Kent) and Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London) are a dynamite backcourt tandem. The challenge for the Friars now is to navigate the season undermanned but continue to keep the positive momentum churning. The personality and charisma of Cooley have been a big help thus far.