LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Kentucky Derby winner has departed for New York. The college football magazines are still about a month from taking over the newsstands. The weekly WDRB.com webcast, Sports Page Live, is booked for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Until then, it's back to college basketball, where the fussing never stops.

And, what topic is better to debate than the recruiting rankings? They're diverse, they're puzzling, they're interesting – and they can certainly be irrelevant. I don't need to remind you of where the gurus ranked Louisville's Russ Smith and Indiana's Victor Oladipo in the class of 2010, do I?

Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana are all bringing in large classes next fall. So I went through the four major recruiting services – ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247 – and collected the rankings for the players that John Calipari, Rick Pitino and Tom Crean have signed for next season.

Here are the numbers for all three schools, with some notes after each class.



                                 ESPN      SCOUT    RIVALS      247        CONSENSUS


Julius Randle                       3                 5               2                2                   3


Andrew Harrison                 5                 3               5                3                   4


Aaron Harrison                   9                 4               7                5                   6.3


James Young                      8                10             10              10                  9.5


Dakari Johnson                   7                18               9                8                 10.5


Marcus Lee                         25               21              19             14                19.8


Derek Willis                       NR              NR             115            59                ------


Dominique Hawkins           NR              NR              NR           155               ------


NOTES: There is no debate about this: Calipari has the best class in the universe -- and likely the most acclaimed class of all-time.

Randle, a power forward who reminds many of Zach Randolph, edged Andrew Harrison for the top spot among the eight UK recruits. Andrew Wiggins is the consensus pick at Number One, and he's still considering UK along with Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas. Duke recruit Jabari Parker ranks second, although his consensus total of 14 is only two points lower than Andrew Harrison.

The Wildcats are the only team with four consensus Top 10 recruits, five in the Top 15 and six in the Top 20.

Scouts aren't sure what to make of Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Derek Willis. 247 ranks him 59th nationally but two services don't include him in the Top 100 players.




                                           ESPN           SCOUT       RIVALS      247        CONSENSUS


Anton Gill                              48                46                 50             56                50


Akoy Agau                            75                NR                 87             96               -----


Terry Rozier                         NA                15                 NA             17               -----


Chris Jones                          NA                NA                 NA              NA             -----


NOTES: Gill is the only U of L recruit to show up in all four services, but there's a reason for that. Rozier is a fifth-year player who scored high in the two rankings that include fifth-year guys. But two services don't include fifth-year guys.

Point guard Chris Jones was named the National Junior College Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Rozier's standing with Scout and 247 suggests he is also a top-tier prospect. Both figure as Top 25 prospects. Agau appears to fit the profile of a player that Rick Pitino can develop into a solid frontline player by his sophomore season while coaching him for four seasons.




                                            ESPN          SCOUT       RIVALS        247         CONSENSUS


Noah Vonleh                          13                   7                 8               15               10.8


Troy Williams                        54                 66                47               36               50.8


Stanford Robinson                 99                 59                56               70                71


Luke Fischer                          34                NR                94              141              -----


Devin Davis                          NR                NR                127            185              -----


Collin Hartman                     NR                NR                 NR             223             ------


NOTES: There isn't much doubt that Vonleh is considered the best prospect that Tom Crean is bringing to IU, especially with the playing time available on the IU frontline now that Christian Watford has graduated.

Scouts are considerably more divided on Williams, Robinson and Fischer. There is a 30-spot gap in the rankings for Williams and 43-place difference between two services for Robinson.

But the most interesting evaluation is for Fischer, the 6-foot-11 center expected to get Cody Zeller's minutes. He is unranked by Scout and failed to make the Top 90 in Rivals and 247, but Dave Telep of ESPN moved Fischer from 67 to 34. Telep sees something the others have yet to see consistently from Fischer, Mr. Basketball in the state of Wisconsin.

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