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Rivals and 247 Release Final 2019 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings

How does the Big Ten stack up?

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The pre-eminent college basketball recruiting sites, Rivals and 247Sports, gave their last updates for the 2019 class early this week.

Take a look at the Rivals150 here. The 247Sports Top247 can be found here.

Looking at the rankings, it wasn’t as big a year for the Big Ten as last season’s unprecedented haul. According to 247’s team rankings, the Big Ten had a collective score of 753.61 amongst 58 players in 2018. The score in 2019 amongst 34 players is 629.04. While it is a smaller set, the quality could be better. According to 247, 12 out of 14 schools in the Big Ten nabbed at least one four-star player.

The top overall player to commit to a Big Ten team is Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. Overall, the four-star forward is rated no. 27 on 247Sports and no. 35 on Rivals. The recent Indiana Mr. Basketball winner will suit up for the Indiana Hoosiers this fall.

Below take a look at how the Big Ten stacked up nationally and within the conference.

2019 Big Ten Team Recruiting Rankings

Team Conference (Rivals) National (Rivals) Conference (247) National (247)
Team Conference (Rivals) National (Rivals) Conference (247) National (247)
Ohio State 1 14 1 12
Maryland 2 18 3 26
Michigan State 3 24 2 23
Purdue 4 35 8 50
Michigan 5 40 7 48
Indiana 6 42 6 47
Northwestern 7 52 5 41
Iowa 8 58 10 61
Illinois 9 63 9 60
Nebraska 10 68 12 80
Penn State 10 68 11 65
Minnesota 12 78 4 35
Rutgers 13 100 13 114
Wisconsin 14 Not ranked 14 120

Takeaways are that Ohio State across the board looks to have the best class heading on campus this summer.

Some discrepancies between the sites were present.

The most dramatic one is Minnesota. 247Sports loves the Richard Pitino Jr.’s class, putting it at no. 35 in the country and fourth in the Big Ten. Rivals has the Golden Gophers all the way down at no. 78. It appears Rivals is probably in the error here. Their scoring system is not covering German four-star forward Isaiah Ihnen, who committed to Minnesota on April 23rd.

Another discrepancy can be seen with Purdue’s class. Rivals thought much more highly of Purdue’s class with it coming in at no. 35 overall in the country, while 247Sports put it at no. 50. With the recent run of success by Matt Painter and his staff, Rivals might be in the right here.

Take a look at the final rankings. Another good crop of Big Ten freshmen enter this summer.