Recruiting Breakdown: Big East
Coleman, Ledo pace top tier Big East recruits
Wih the early signing period coming to a close, we have a clearer picture on how many of your favorite college team's recruiting classes are shaping up. Over the course of the week, we will take a look at each power conference and break down some of the early winners and losers on the 2012 recruiting trail. Today, we take a look at the Big East. How's your school's next team shaping up?
Providence: When you are able to lock in a top tier point guard and shooting guard in one class, you know you are on to something. Newly appointed head coach Ed Cooley made a splash locking in Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn. The 6-5 Ledo is one of the most talented scorers in the nation and Dunn's length and athleticism at the point spot give him a chance to be special. The duo should have an impact from the minute they get on campus. Josh Fortune, a sharpshooter out of Virginia, also fills out the class. Watch the video below to hear from Ledo.
Syracuse: The Orange almost lost a recruiting battle with Kentucky and Ohio State over Five-Star rated Dajuan Coleman. In the end, the skilled big chose his hometown school and should fit nicely at the 4-spot at Syracuse. A rotation of Fab Melo, Rakeem Christmas and Coleman should keep the backend of Jim Boheim's 2-3 zone good for years to come. Athletic swingman Jerami Grant should also be an impact player for the Orange with his impressive length at the 3 position.
Notre Dame: Mike Brey does a great job at identifying guys that would fit in at his program and he did so again with his recruiting class. Cameron Biedscheid brings a shooting stroke but is also an impressive athlete, something generally not associated with Fighting Irish hoops. New Hampton's Zach August should make an impact on the interior and Austin Burgett should excel hitting the perimeter jumper standing at 6-8.
Seton Hall: A lot of effort went into the recruitment of Kyle Anderson, who eventually signed onto to play for the UCLA Bruins. Anderson was the local star and brought the prospects of changing around the program's perception. With the impeding graduation of Jordan Theodore, the Pirates are scrambling for a floor general. Junior college transfer Raymon Austin should help alleviate the depature of Herb Pope.
St. John's: The program is clearly on the rise - just not as fast as originally thought. As of right now, only uber-athletic Darrick Wood has pledged for the Red Storm. Jakarr Sampson, Norvel Pelle and Ricardo Gathers have all de-committed. That's a lot of talent to be missing out on. It will be important for Lavin and Co. to get them back on board.
WORK LEFT TO DO
Villanova: The Wildcats have two top-100 players slotted at the point guard and center position. Ryan Arcidiacono reminds many of former guard Mike Nardi and Daniel Ochefu should be able to step in at the 4/5 slot depending on if Mouphtaou Yarou gets drafted early or not. However, there are two other local commits that Jay Wright has his eyes on. Combo forward Amile Jefferson could elevate their recruiting class to a top-5 level and Savon Goodman with his slashing and defensive prowess fits the program's profile well.
Christopher Obekpa: Obekpa can elevate the standing of many Big East recruiting classes. His ability to block shots has drawn comparisions to 2013 star Nerlens Noel. With the possible graduation of Andre Drummond and Alex Oriahki, UConn is going hard after the big man. Providence's recruiting class already features guards of the future, adding Obekpa would send chills throughout the conference. St. John's with its frantic defensive style and recent rash of de-commits, would welcome him too. Check him out below.