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August 25, 2009

No. 1 class in 2010 gets even stronger

MORE: Class of 2010 Rivals150 | 2009 Team Rankings | Class of 2011 Rivals150

The rich only get richer.

Ohio State remained on top of the Rivals.com 2010 national team recruiting rankings and further entrenched itself into the No. 1 spot by recently adding Rivals150 prospects Aaron Craft and J.D. Weatherspoon.

Anchoring the Buckeyes' six-man class is Jared Sullinger, the country's premier big man and the No. 3 prospect overall.

Ohio State is joined by three other Big Ten schools - Illinois (No. 4), Michigan State (No. 9) and Purdue (No. 10) - in the national rankings.

The ACC, however, has the most teams in the ranking with six.

North Carolina leads the way at No. 3 with the guard tandem of Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall. North Carolina State isn't far behind at No. 5 with its impressive guard tandem of Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown, who is now in the 2010 class. Wake Forest and Maryland follow at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. Virginia (No. 11) and Florida State (No. 15) also represent the ACC.

Typical ACC stalwart Duke is missing from the national rankings after five-star guard Andre Dawkins left the 2010 class and entered the 2009 class. Also dropping out of the national rankings is Tennessee, which suffered decommitments from elite guard Josh Selby and Craft.

The Atlantic 10 is represented by Dayton at No. 12, and Conference USA has Memphis at No. 14. The Pac-10 and the SEC, however, are without a school in the rankings.

2010 Team Rankings
1. Ohio State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Jared Sullinger (3)
PF Deshaun Thomas (18)
SG Jordan Sibert (37)
PG Aaron Craft (104)
SG Lenzelle Smith Jr. (124)
PF J.D. Weatherspoon (137)
With far and away the best recruiting class in 2010, Ohio State is in familiar territory at the top of the recruiting rankings. Thad Matta has plucked some of the top prospects in his region, creating a formidable six-man class. Sullinger is the premier post player in 2010, while Thomas - a fellow five-star player - is one of the top scoring forwards in the country. Sibert and Craft have a strong chemistry as backcourt teammates on the All Ohio Red travel squad. Smith is a unique player with a feel for passing the ball, and Weatherspoon is a tremendous athlete with a lot of potential.
2. Syracuse
2010 commits (National rank)
C Fabricio de Melo (16)
SG Dion Waiters (29)
PF C.J. Fair (111)
C Baye Moussa Kieta (145)
There is a distinct international flavor to Syracuse's strong four-man class. The jewel of the class is de Melo, a highly skilled 7-footer from Brazil. Not far behind him talent wise is Waiters, a physical combo guard. Fair is a versatile forward. Rounding out the class is Moussa Kieta, who is a shot-blocking specialist from Sudan.
3. North Carolina
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Reggie Bullock (10)
PG Kendall Marshall (32)
Following up on his top-ranked 2009 class, coach Roy Williams is off to a great start with his 2010 class. A North Carolina native, Bullock is a five-star shooting guard with size, a pure shooting stroke and a load of upside. Marshall is a polished point guard who has a natural feel for the position and has been playing like a college-ready player for the past couple of years.
4. Illinois
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Jereme Richmond (36)
C Meyers Leonard (39)
SG Crandall Head (81)
Bruce Weber mined his home state for three highly regarded four-star prospects. Big things are expected from Richmond, who has been committed to the program since his freshman year. At nearly 7 feet tall, Leonard is athletic and is progressively improving his skill game. Illinois hopes he develops into a dominant big man before the end of his career. Head, an athletic shooting guard who is the younger brother of former Illini star Luther Head, rounds out the class.
5. North Carolina State
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Ryan Harrow (24)
PG Lorenzo Brown (No. 37 in 2009)
The 2009 recruiting class' loss is the 2010 recruiting class' gain for North Carolina State. Brown, a highly ranked four-star combo guard, didn't make the cut academically and now joins the 2010 class. He is paired up with Harrow, who is a five-star point guard and one of the most dynamic scorers in the class despite his small frame.
6. Wake Forest
2010 commits (National rank)
SF Travis McKie (50)
SG J.T. Terrell (78)
PF Melvin Tabb (85)
PG Tony Chenault
Wake Forest continues its high-level recruiting on a national scale with a strong four-man class that includes a trio of four-star prospects. McKie and Tabb are versatile combo forwards. Terrell is a smooth-shooting wing who is capable of scoring buckets in bunches. Chenault is a tough Philly guard who loves to attack the rim.
7. Maryland
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Terrence Ross (43)
SF Mychal Parker (53)
PG Terrell Stoglin (122)
Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple of regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked west to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.
8. Texas
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Tristan Thompson (17)
SG Daniel Bejarano (57)
The Longhorns are at it again. After landing two five-star prospects in 2009, coach Rick Barnes and his staff have started strongly in 2010 with another double dose of top talent. Thompson, a 6-8 forward from national powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., continues the line of long and talented forwards to pick the Longhorns. Bejarano, a 6-5 guard from Arizona, is a top perimeter scorer with a dose of athleticism as well.
9. Michigan State
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Keith Appling (34)
SF Russell Byrd (108)
PF Alex Gauna (149)
One of the top scoring guards in the country, Appling headlines Michigan State's top-10 class. Whereas Appling loves to attack off the dribble, Byrd is a standout catch-and-shoot wing with size. Rounding out the three-man class is Gauna, a big man with upside.
10. Purdue
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Terone Johnson (46)
SG Anthony Johnson (100)
C Travis Carroll
PF Donnie Hale
A couple of four-star combo guards by the name of Johnson lead Purdue's 2010 class. Terone Johnson is powerfully built and is a big-time scorer who can also distribute the ball. Anthony Johnson, who has battled injury, specializes in knocking down tough shots. On the front line, Purdue adds two blue-collar big men in Carroll and Hale.
11. Virginia
2010 commits (National rank)
SG K.T. Harrell (35)
SG Joe Harris (114)
PF Will Regan (143)
First-year coach Tony Bennett is off to a strong recruiting start at Virginia. Harrell, his first and most-prized recruit, is the total package at shooting guard. He also has a competitive streak. Harris is a versatile swingman who can stroke it from outside. Regan is a big man who can grind it out down low and step out and knock down a jumper.
12. Dayton
2010 commits (National rank)
PG Juwan Staten (44)
SG Brandon Spearman (116)
SG Jesse Berry
SF Ralph Hill
Dayton represents the Atlantic 10 in the 2010 team rankings with an impressive four-man class. Staten is a top-50 prospect who is a proven winner at point guard. Spearman, who is ranked in the Rivals150, is a lockdown defender and a versatile offensive player. Berry is known for his scoring prowess. Hill, a developing big man, rounds out the class.
13. Baylor
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Perry Jones (6)
SG Bakari Turner
Baylor enters the top 15 in the 2010 team rankings behind the enormously talented Jones. An exceptional athlete at 6-10, Jones has the talent to lift a program his freshman year. Turner is an athletic wing scorer.
14. Memphis
2010 commits (National rank)
SG Will Barton (11)
PG Antonio Barton
First-year coach Josh Pastner secured a significant commitment when elite shooting guard Will Barton turned down a number of other programs to play for the Tigers. Joining Barton in Memphis will be his brother Antonio, a solid three-star point guard prospect.
15. Florida State
2010 commits (National rank)
PF Okaro White (59)
PG Ian Miller (70)
PF Bernard James
Leonard Hamilton has two solid four-star prospects committed to his program. Miller is an excellent floor general who hit the winning 3-pointer to down John Wall's team in the state championship game. White is an intriguing combo forward with length and a developing skill game. James, a 6-9 forward from Tallahassee Community College, rounds out the current class.

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