If you put much stock in basketball recruiting rankings, the rich continue to get richer in the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences.
Kansas features two players in the top six ofRivals’ final top 150 rankings
for the class of 2014, which were released on Thursday morning. Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Chicago, was rated as the nation’s No. 4 overall recruit, while 6-foot-7 wing Kelly Oubre moved up to No. 6 in the final rankings.
Alexander and Oubre, both McDonald’s All-Americans, were the only players in the top 50 headed to Big 12 schools.
Kentucky, meanwhile, has four players in the top 30, led by center Karl-Anthony Towns, the fifth-ranked player in the class. Defending SEC champ Florida boasts three signees in the top 50, including five-star forward Devin Robinson (No. 20).
No other SEC school landed a top-50 recruit. But Missouri signee Jakeenan Gant, a 6-foot-8 forward, landed at No. 52 in the final rankings, while Los Angeles guard Namon Wright, another MU signee, was rated as the nation’s 73rd-best prospect. Both were signed by former Missouri coach Frank Haith.
K-State’s highest-rated prospect is Malek Harris, a 6-foot-7 forward from Orland Park, Illinois, rated at No. 80.
Kansas is still recruiting five-star center Myles Turner, who dropped to No. 9 in the final rankings, as well as point guard Devonte Graham of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Graham went from unranked to No. 36 overall in the final Rivals rankings. Turner will unveil his college choice during a televised ceremony on April 30.