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The best of the rest of the recruiting classes
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May 07, 2012

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The best of the rest of the recruiting classes


John Calipari may have missed on Shabazz Muhammad, but he reeled in the 6'10" Nerlens Noel, a shot-blocking post player who most believe is a more developed prospect than was Anthony Davis, the national player of the year as a freshman and the presumptive No. 1 pick in this summer's NBA draft. Add Noel to a mix of recruits that includes slashing small forward Alex Poythress, speedy shooting guard Archie Goodwin and lanky big man Willie Cauley, and the Wildcats have yet another elite class in place.


Center Kaleb Tarczewski, a mobile and athletic 7-footer, is the jewel of a highly touted class that should put the Wildcats back atop the Pac-12. Arizona has plenty of returning perimeter talent, and incoming forwards Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett will make for a formidable frontcourt.


The Wolfpack surprised everyone in coach Mark Gottfried's first year by reaching the Sweet 16. The addition of a trio of home-grown recruits—shooting guard Rodney Purvis, small forward T.J. Warren and point guard Tyler Lewis—and power forward C.J. Leslie's decision to return for his junior year make the Wolfpack a top five team.