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A look at recruit rankings

ESPN named Anthony Davis, Zeller, MKG, Pangos, Drummond, B.J. Young, Trey Burke, Rodney Hood, Jordan Tolbert and Austin Rivers as the Top 10 frosh thus far (http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7450063/top-25-freshmen-kentucky-sec-youngbloods-dominate-rankings-ncb)

What gets me interested is how they were rated in high school. Voila, Pangos was a 3-star on Rivals (4-star on ESPN with a 92 rating), Trey Burke also a 3-star on Rivals (4-star on ESPN with a 93 rating and overall 84th) and Jordan Tolbert was even a 2-star according to Scout (3-star on ESPN with a 89 rating). So three of the top 10 frosh now are ranked 80 or beyond (and even a 2-star!).

Then compare that to the ESPN 2011 recruit ranking (http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/class/2011/order/true) and only the top 4 players out of high school are still the 10 as a frosh. Only 4!

My million dollar question is, how can we identify the Pangos/Burkes/Tolberts? We know Purdue is not gonna get the Davis/Rivers/Drummond, but what separates the PBT from the rest? It isn't about size (Pangos is a PG and Tolbert is a PF), and it isn't just big conf (Burke in B1G) or mid-major (Pangos at Gonzaga). So what is?

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