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Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2012 3:07PM ; Updated: Wednesday April 25, 2012 11:58AM

Rivals' Top 25: 2012 Class Rankings

Story Highlights

After adding star center Nerlens Noel, Kentucky secured the No. 1 recruiting class

Arizona has three touted bigs: Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett

UCLA boasts the best two-prospect tandem in Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson

The spring signing period is underway, and the respective additions of Shabazz Muhammad to UCLA and Nerlens Noel to Kentucky have put the Bruins and Wildcats in prime position in the updated 2012 team recruiting rankings. By adding the nation's No. 2 prospect in Noel, John Calipari and Co. find themselves in a very familiar position atop the rankings. Meanwhile, the Bruins one-two punch of Muhammad and Kyle Anderson catapult Ben Howland's class into a coveted top-three slot.

Of the remaining Rivals100 players yet to commit, Anthony Bennett, Devonta Pollard and Amile Jefferson could cause the most shake-up. Without further adieu, here are the rankings.

Rivals' Top 25: 2012 Class Rankings
1
2012 Commits: C Nerlens Noel, PF Alex Poythress, SG Archie Goodwin, C Willie Cauley

With the addition of Noel to their 2012 haul, John Calipari and the Wildcats claim to the nation's top recruiting class for the fourth year in a row. Noel, Poythress, Goodwin and Cauley form a group that is likely the most athletic in the country.
 
2
2012 Commits: SF Shabazz Muhammad, PG Kyle Anderson, C Tony Parker, SF Jordan Adams

With Muhammad and Anderson headed to Westwood, UCLA has the best two-man tandem of any class in the nation. Muhammad is an unparalleled scorer, while Anderson is versatile enough to play multiple positions. In Adams, Ben Howland adds a shooter with confidence from three-point range. Parkers caps the class as an imposing interior presence.
 
3
2012 Commits: C Kaleb Tarczewksi, PF Grant Jerrett, PF Brandon Ashley, SG Gabe York, C Matt Korchek

Sean Miller and the Wildcats have a trio of five-star big men in Tarczewski, Jerrett and Ashley. York is a promising wing option who can put up points in a hurry, while Korchek is a JUCO transfer who adds depth to the front line.
 
4
2012 Commits: SG Rodney Purvis, SF T.J. Warren, PG Tyler Lewis

The Wolfpack scored two major commitments when five-star prospects Purvis and Warren decided to stay close to home. Purvis is a physical, attacking combo guard who can score seemingly at wall, and Warren is an imposing forward with a soft shooting touch. Lewis is crafty off the dribble and could become a fan favorite with his flashy passing.
 
5
2012 Commits: PG Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, SF Jeremy Hollowell, PF Hanner Perea, SG Ron Patterson, C Peter Jurkin

Indiana seems primed to build off its success in the 2011-12 season, and this five-man class is a major reason why. Tom Crean stocked at every position, with the five-star Ferrell and the four-star Hollowell leading the way.
 
6
2012 Commits: C Isaiah Austin, PF Ricardo Gathers, PG L.J. Rose, C Chad Rykhoek

The star of Baylor's recruiting class is Austin, a versatile 7-footer who can simply take over a game. Gathers should complement him nicely in the paint, and Rykhoek could add frontcourt depth. Rose is a solid point guard who should help steady the Bears' attack.
 
7
2012 Commits: SF Glenn Robinson III, C Mitch McGary, SG Nick

In Robinson, John Beilein has a potential Big Ten star who could provide instant help on the wing. McGary is a physical post player with skill around the rim, and Stauskas is a potent three-point option. Albrecht offers insurance at the point.
 
8
2012 Commits: SG Ricardo Ledo, PG Kris dunn, SG Joshua Fortune, PG Ian Baker

Coach Ed Cooley is making quite the recruiting splash in Providence. He has arguably the nation's top incoming backcourt, led McDonald's All-Americans Dunn and Ledo, and a premier shooter in Fortune. Baker adds depth and could play key minutes in years to come.
 
9
2012 Commits: PG Marcus Paige, SF J.P. Tokoto, PF Brice Johnson, C Joel James

It isn't Roy Williams' flashiest class, but UNC landed a solid foundation in its 2012 haul. Paige should help immediately with the departure of Kendall Marshall to the NBA, and Tokoto is a freak athlete whose skills are finally catching his physical tools. Johnson and James are polar opposites in the paint: Johnson is slender and smooth, while James is bruising and bullish.
 
10
2012 Commits: PF Perry Ellis, SG Andrew White, SG Anrio Adams, PF Zach Peters, C Landen Lucas

With Ellis, a four-time state champion and reigning Kansas player of the year, leading the charge, Bill Self has assembled another solid five-man class. White is an excellent shooter and Adam is a slashing combo guard. Peters and Lucas, a pair of physical big men, round out the Jayhawks' crop.
 
11
2012 Commits: C Cameron Ridley, C Prince Ibeh, PG Javan Felix, PF Connor Lammert, SF Ioannis Papapetrou, SG DeMarcus Holland

At 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds, Ridley has the size to anchor the Longhorns on both ends of the floor. Ibeh is highly athletic, and Lammert adds depth to a maturing frontline. Felix is a heady point guard who can keep defenses honest with his shot, and should -- in the future -- be able to dish to Papapetrou and Holland on the perimeter.
 
12
2012 Commits: C Steven Adams, PG James Robinson, SF Chris Jones

New Zealand native Steven Adams is the headliner of the group, boasting the pure talent to potentially emerge as a one-and-done. But Robinson and Jones shouldn't be overlooked. Robinson is one of the toughest point guards in the class and Jones could develop as a dangerous wing options. Both could challenge for minutes from day one.
 
13
2012 Commits: SG Gary Harris, SG Denzel Valentine, PF Matt Costello, PF Kenny Kaminski

Tom Izzo got his man in Harris, a five-star shooting guard named Indiana's Mr. Basketball. He'll be flanked by Costello and Kaminski -- forwards with capable outside shots -- and Valentine, a slasher with a versatile game.
 
14
2012 Commits: C Shaquille Cleare, PF Jake Layman, PF Charles Mitchell, SG Sam Cassell Jr., SG Seth Allen, C Damonte Dodd

Cleare and Mitchell, both four-star post players, provide a formidable inside duo in College Park. Layman has upside as a 6-foot-8 outside threat, and Dodd could prove to be a talented inside presence. Cassell Jr. is an established scorer, while Allen, a local shooting guard, rounds out the class.
 
15
2012 Commits: SF Danuel House, PF Chicken Knowles, C Valentine Izundu, PG Brandon Morris, PG Tione Womack

Not known as a traditional basketball power, Houston landed a major coup when it convinced two Texas-area stars to stay local. House is a long, athletic wing with deep range and huge upside, and Knowles is a slender big with quickness and face-up skills. Izundu is a work in progress, but shows promise as a shot-blocker. The Cougars also landed a pair of JUCO guards in Morris and Womack.
 
16
2012 Commits: PF Robert Carter, SF Marcus Hunt, SG Chris Bolden, PG Corey Heyward

Carter is certainly the big catch, an impressive low post scorer who can take over a game in stints, but the rest of the class is talented. Hunt and Bolden are wings who can fill it up from the outside, while Heyward is a raw but unmistakably quick point guard.
 
17
2012 Commits: SF Justin Anderson, C Mike Tobey, SF Evan Nolte, PG Teven Jones

The Cavaliers secured a diverse trio of coveted recruits: Anderson is a big-time wing scorer, Tobey is a finesse post player and Nolte is a deadly outside option. Those three, coupled with a developing floor general in Jones, could make for a dangerous ACC contender in the not-so-distant future.
 
18
2012 Commits: C Dajuan Coleman, PF Jerami Grant

Syracuse landed just two players, but they were two big ones. Coleman brings tremendous size (6-8, 280) to the interior of the Orange's trademark zone defense, while Grant is a rangy athlete who can play both forward positions. Both should fit well into Jim Boeheim's offensive scheme.
 
19
2012 Commits: PG Semaj Christon, SG Myles Davis, PF Jalen Reynolds, PF James Farr

During his year at prep school, Christon established himself as one of the nation's most polished point guards. Factor in Davis, an outstanding perimeter shooter, and Farr, a four-man with maturing face-up skills, and the Musketeers have the making of another commendable class. Another prep school talent, Reynolds could garner early playing time in the frontcourt.
 
20
2012 Commits: C A.J. Hammons, PG Ronnie Johnson, SG Raphael Davis, PF Jay Simpson

Matt Painter's class may be light on stars, but it's full of tough, physical players who cover several areas of need. Johnson is a vocal leader who can push the tempo at the point, and Hammons is a shot-blocking force who can control space on the interior. Davis is a slashing scorer, and Simpson is a big body who could thrive under Painter's tutelage.
 
21
2012 Commits: SF Cameron Biedscheid, PF Zach Auguste, PF Austin Burgett

In Biedscheid and Auguste , Mike Brey has a pair of promising four-star recruits. Biedscheid is a versatile perimeter player with length and a high skill level, and Auguste is a mobile big man finally hitting his stride. A lengthy shooter, Burgett rounds out the class.
 
22
2012 Commits: C Daniel Ochefu, PG Ryan Arcidiacono

Jay Wright and his staff continue to recruit at a high level. Ochefu, a four-star big man, is an absolute force down low. Arcidiacono, a backcourt scoring threat, could continue the tradition of standout point guards at Villanova.
 
23
2012 Commits: PF Shaquille Goodwin, C Skylar Spencer, SF Matt Shrigley

Memphis recruited to its needs in 2012: It landed several players with the ability to run. Goodwin is physical and built for an up-tempo system, and Wilson is a lefty wing who thrives in transition. Johnson, a JUCO transfer, is a talented scorer with huge under-the-radar potential.
 
24
2012 Commits: SF Winston Shepard, C Skylar Spencer, SF Matt Shrigley

The Aztecs have an instant impact player in the highly versatile Shepard, a playmaker who can defend almost every position on the floor. And he'll be backed by two budding frontcourt talents: Spencer is a shot-blocking specialist and Shrigley is a consistent slasher and scorer.
 
25
2012 Commits: SG Braxton Ogbueze, SG Michael Frazier, SF DeVon Walker, SG Dillon Graham

Billy Donovan has a class with plenty of talent around the perimeter. Ogbueze is an offensive-minded guard who can play the one or two, and Frazier is a physical wing with range from deep. Walker is an athletic defender, while Graham adds another potent three-point threat.

For more recruiting coverage, visit Rivals.com basketball recruiting hub.

 
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