Recruiting Comparison

I don't want to dampen the enthusiasm that some have for Kale, Sanjay and Alex, but we should look at what our conference rivals have done. Rankings can be inexact. However, I don't think NU 2012 has helped us keep pace or close the gap with the upper-echelon of the conference. Other squads have more top-end guys and even if all of them don't pan out, then you still have a greater chance to have a more impactful class. The only thing in our favor is the other teams might have recruits who are too good and leave school early before maximizing their college potential (the Greg Oden/Mike Conley syndrome).

Northwestern -- the good news is Rivals ranked us 7th in conference with Kale getting 'best sleeper', but the majority of the conference got noticeably better

Here is our competition:

Indiana -- PG Yogi Ferrell is McDonald's AA (3 players in ESPN 100, Rivals 2nd best class nationally)

Michigan -- Glenn Robinson Jr and Mitch McGary (3 players in ESPN 100, Rivals 5th best class nationally)

Michigan State-- SG Gary Harris is McDonald's AA and highest ranked SG in country (4 players in ESPN 100, Rivals 11th best class nationally)

Purdue -- 7'0 prospect AJ Hammons from Oak Hill (3 players in ESPN 100, Rivals 23rd best class nationally)

Iowa -- in-state center Adam Woodbury who said 'no' to UNC, Ohio State and Stanford (2 players in ESPN 100)

Wisconsin -- Sam Dekker rated 'most impactful player' by Rivals --- 25th overall in ESPN, 18th overall in Rivals (1 player in ESPN 100)

Ohio State-- no commits, but has top two prospects still considering the school; will be a player in 2013 class

Minnesota -- maxed out on scholarships and no major prospects in-state. Might get Mbawke back in lineup for 6th year

Illinois -- new coach and could be in position for a big 2013 class

Nebraska -- new coach, 3 JC prospects

Penn State -- zero hype for this two-player class

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