Yes, yes, I know it's football season. I know basketball season isn't for a couple of months. But we do need to perform a little roundball coverage, and that's what we're doing today.
The question for today is, who is getting the job done recruiting wise in the SEC for 2008 so far? Yes, we have a long way to go before we assign ratings to teams for recruiting, but let's take a look at the top three performers so far in both the East and the West.
- Florida -- Billy Donovan is once again taking it to conference rivals. 5-star stud C/PF Kenny Kadji from IMG Academy leads the way. 4-star PF Allan Chaney from New London, CT has also pledged to the Gators. 3-star small forward Ray Shipman and point Erving Walker round out the class.
- Kentucky -- Billy Gillispie has only has one player committed so far, but it is 5-star point forward DeAndre Liggins from Chicago.
- Tennessee -- Like Kentucky, Bruce Pearl has only inked one commit at this point, 4-star center Philip Jurick of Chattanooga.
- Alabama -- For a guy who's coaching skills may best be described as mediocre, Mark Gottfried continues to prove that he can tap the talent in his home state, and it is considerable. Jamychal Green, a 5-star stud power forward leads the class, followed closely by 4-stars Tony Mitchell (small forward) and Alabama SG (and brother of current Tide player Ronald) Andrew Steele.
- Mississippi State -- Rick Stansbury is working on what is unquestionably his best recruiting class ever, pillaging Kentucky for 5-star shooting guard Scotty Hopson, and gaining the favor of in-state 4-star Romero Osby. 3-star Virgina point guard Demarquis Bost rounds out the class.
- Arkansas -- John Pelphrey has obtained commitments from 3-star point guard Terrance Joyner from Mendenhall, Mississippi, and unrated small forward Chris Gragg.