A look at early basketball signing classes

The early basketball signing period started last Wednesday, Nov. 13, and ends today. The Big Ten had a decent haul.

According to Scout.com, Ohio State (No. 6) and Indiana (No. 21) are the lone league schools to rank among the Top 25 classes in the nation. But there still will be a spring signing period, so these classes can change.

There were just two five-star signees, and both inked with Ohio State: 6-4 off-guard D’Angelo Russell and 6-7 small forward Keita Bates-Diop. There were seven four-star signees.

Russell is the highest-rated Big Ten prospect, coming in at No. 16 in the nation by Scout.com. Diop is No. 19. Other Top 50 players are Michigan small forward Kameron Chatman, at No. 23, Indiana off-guard James Blackmon, at No. 33 and Illinois power forward Leron Black, at No. 47.

Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue lead the way with four-man classes.

Maryland, which joins the Big Ten next season, has the No. 8 class in the nation with a four-man class of all four-star players.

Here’s a look at how the Big Ten schools stack up, with star ratings based on Scout.com.


6-7 PF Leron Black (4 star) Memphis, Tenn.

6-7 PF Michael Finke (3 star) Champaign, Ill.


6-3 SG James Blackmon (4 star) Marion, Ind.

6-7 PF Max Hoetzel (3 star) Wilbraham, Mass.

6-3 SG Robert Johnson (4 star) Richmond, Va.


6-8 SF Dominique Uhl (3 star) Point Pleasant, N.J.

6-4 SG Brady Ellingson (3 star) Sussex, Wis.


6-8 SF D.J. Wilson (3 star) Sacramento, Calif.

6-7 SF Kameron Chatman (4 star) Portland, Ore.

6-7 C Ricky Doyle (3 star) Fort Myers, Fla.


6-4 SF Javon Bess (3 star) Gahanna, Ohio

5-10 PG Lourawis Nairn (3 star) Bel Aire, Kan.


6-6 SG Carlos Morris (NF) Marianna, Fla.

6-1 PG Nate Mason (3 star) Jacksonville, Fla.

6-7 PF Josh Martin (3 star) Bothell, Wash.


6-8 PF Keanu Pinder (NR) Bel Aire, Kan.

6-8 PF Jacob Hammond (3 star) Comanche, Okla.


6-6 SG Scott Lindsey (NR) Oak Park, Ill.

6-4 SG Bryant McIntosh (3 star) Greensburg, Ind.

6-9 PF Gavin Skelly (3 star) Westlake, Ohio

6-7 SF Vic Law (4 star) Chicago, Ill.


6-4SG D’Angelo Russell (5 star) Montverde, Fla.

6-9 C Dave Bell (3 star) Garfield Heights, Ohio

6-5 SF Jae’sean Tate (4 star) Pickerington, Ohio

6-7 SF Keita Bates-Diop (5 star) Bloomington, Ill.


6-2 SG Shep Garner (3 star) Philadelphia, Pa.

6-2 SG Isaiah Washington (3 star) Williamsport, Pa.


7-1 C Isaac Haas (4 star) Hokes Bluff, Ala.

6-9 PF Jacquil Taylor (NR) Chestnut Hill, Mass.

6-6 PF Vince Edwards (3 star) Middletown, Ohio

6-4 SG Dakota Mathias (3 star) Elida, Ohio


6-7 SF Ethan Happ (3 star) Taylor Ridge, Ill.

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John Murphy on 11/20/2013 @ 11:57am EDT Said:

As a Hoosier, I’m pretty happy with this class. Especially given how young IU already is. We’ll 0 seniors next year.

shookwriter27 on 11/20/2013 @ 12:59pm EDT Said:

People pay too much attention to the rankings. These players are just starting their senior year of high school.

Jonathan on 11/20/2013 @ 2:20pm EDT Said:

I realize it’s a FOX-affiliate, and rankings don’t mean everything, but Scout.com’s rankings are not that great in comparison to others. But all of them have flaws really.

TheB1GTerp on 11/20/2013 @ 4:03pm EDT Said:

Glad to be a part of the B1G

Go Terps, please cover us more, we hate it in the All Carolina Conference.

Many of us don’t care about the money, we wanted out because we have grievances for years.