- Reggie Rankin, College Basketball Recruiting
Here's a team-by-team breakdown of the Big Ten's 2012 recruiting classes.
Coach Tom Izzo has reloaded again with high-level talent from the Midwest. Five-star shooting guard Gary Harris (Indianapolis/Hamilton Southeastern) can score with strong, athletic slashes and defend all three perimeter positions. Harris is joined by two four-star forwards in Kenny Kaminski (Medina, Ohio/Medina), who is a very good shooter with size and will excel in the Spartans' ball-screen offense, and Matt Costello (Linwood, Mich./Bay City Western), who can get it done in the high-post area and with his back to the basket. However, the most versatile player in Izzo's four-man group is four-star small forward Denzel Valentine (Lansing, Mich./Sexton), who is a matchup nightmare with his size, skill and feel for the game.
Coach Tom Crean filled the Hoosiers needs with terrific young talent inside and out. Point guard Yogi Ferrell (Indianapolis/Park Tudor) leads the way and should run the team and set up his teammates from the moment he steps on campus. Small forward Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) is a matchup problem, thanks to his ability to score inside and out from the wing position, while power forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (LaPort, Ind./La Lumiere) is an elite athlete who finishes rebounds and blocks shots with authority. Center Peter Jurkin (Charlotte. N.C./United Faith Christian Academy) and shooting guard Ron Patterson (Indianapolis/Broad Ripple) round out the incoming group. This class, combined with who the Hoosiers have coming back, should have Indiana fans excited.
Three classes in the top 15 overall -- Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan -- lead the way in the Big Ten, writes Reggie Rankin.