retained the No. 1 ranking. Here are some of the below-the-surface storylines surrounding the new Top 100;
* There's been some buzz that the elite in the 2012 class are coming off the board slowly. That's only partly true. As of Thursday, 42 members of our Top 100 had rendered verbal commitments. At the same time last year, 43 Class of 2011 Top 100 selections had offered a pledge.
But there is a huge discrepancy at the top of the list, where only two of the top 19 2012 seniors have made up their mind. A year ago, 10 of the top 16 were already committed.
* Following a series of late-summer tournament victories by teams from Texas, perhaps it's fitting that the Lone Star State leads the way in Top 100 selections with 12.
Make no mistake, Texas is a basketball power state. While the 2013 crop in the state doesn't possess the same kind of depth, there are four sure-fire, five-star prospects with Julius Randle
of Prestonwood Christian (Plano)
, twins Aaron
and Andrew Harrison
of Fort Bend Travis (Richmond)
and Matt Jones
* Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
is loaded every year, but Steve Smith's 2011-12 roster could be one of the most impressive he has ever assembled. The Warriors will feature six Top 100 seniors next season led by No. 16 Jarnell Stokes
and No. 39 D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
. A seventh, Jordan Tebbutt
, received strong consideration and is considered a four-star prospect.Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
isn't in too bad of shape, either. The Pilots will feature four Top 100 seniors, including No. 7 Brandon Ashley
, No. 21 Anthony Bennett
and No. 34 Winston Shepard
If you've noticed that previous schools are still showing for many of the above prospects, as well as others who have transferred over the summer, fear not. Transfers will be updated en masse next week. Over 60 prospects we are tracking in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 have already made their intentions to transfer public.
We released our updated Class of 2012 Top 100 late last night. No surprise at the top as