Recruiting Breakdown: Big 12
Baylor continues its rise to the national spotlight
With the early signing period in the rearview mirror, 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 12. How's your school's next team shaping up?
Baylor: Anytime you land a potential one-and-done candidate, you've done well. 7-footer Isaiah Austin just adds to the high-profile stars that have chosen the Bears - Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III are the others. One of the best passer in the nation, L.J. Rose also joins the fold. At 6-3, he has the ability to see over defenders and really has a passion to help his teammates fill it up. They have made a push to sign St. John's de-commit Jakarr Sampson. If they can nab him, watch out.
Oklahoma State: Floor general Phil Forte and lengthy big Kamari Murphy are solid pickups. What makes the class stand out is the signature of Five-Star rated Marcus Smart. Smart had serious offers from some of the nation's best including North Carolina and Texas. The fact they were able to nab the Flower Mound, Texas native out of Longhorn country deserves an applause. This also comes on the heels of getting LeBryan Nash last year.
Texas: The interior play for the Longhorns should be scary for the coming years. Coach Rick Barnes has the pledges from dominant Five-Star rated Cameron Ridley, athletic pivot Prince Ibeh and stretch 4-man Connor Lammert. Jevan Felix, a top 100 and steady point guard comes in to orchestrate the offense.
Oklahoma: It's been a long time since Blake Griffin was breaking rims in Sooner land. Adding scoring sensation Buddy Hield was a good move but there could have been more. For the second year in a row, they have let the other in-state program land a nearby big-name. Last year, LeBryan Nash and this year, Marcus Smart both signed onto play at Oklahoma State.
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Kansas: By all accounts, Bill Self and company put in overtime to get Kaleb Tarczewski. The Claremont, NH native obliged and went over to Arizona. They made a play on much less heralded Landen Lucas and landed him in response. Their strong pursuit and failure of getting Tarczewski led to them missing out on nearby and talented centers Shaquille Cleare and Cameron Ridley. As of right now, Five-Star rated Perry Ellis is the only recruit to brag about.
Andrew White: Five-Star has chronicled White's recruitment over the past several months. He is excellent in transition and can knock down the perimeter jumper. It's the reason why Texas and Kansas are still working for his signature. For Texas, they would finally get a wing in their big-man dominated class. For Kansas, it will give them a backcourt recruit the caliber of Perry Ellis, ease the hurt of potentially not landing Shabazz Muhammad and get them off the losers list.