Recruiting 2009: How we stack up?

As I’ve said, this year’s class is critical to the future of Nittany Lion basketball.  How has our lack of progress stacked up against the rest of the teams in our league?  Here’s a quick team-by-team breakdown (ratings from scout.com)…

Illinois – 4 scholarships available – 4 2009 commitments (3 4-stars, 1 3-star)

Indiana – 5 scholarships available – 4 2009 commitments (2 4-stars, 2 3-stars)

Iowa – 3 scholarships available – 1 2009 commitment (3-star)

Michigan – 4 scholarships available – 2 2009 commitments (1 3-star, 1 Europe recruit)

Michigan State – 4 scholarships available – 2 2009 commitments (1 4-star, 1 3-star)

Minnesota – 3 scholarships available – 1 2009 commitment (4-star)

Northwestern – 1 scholarship available – 1 2009 commitment (1-star)

Ohio State – Technically 1 scholarship available – but that will most likely be sanctioned because of Koufos dropping out of school.  They’re handcuffed with what they can do in 2009, but they have zero seniors on their 2008-2009 roster.

Purdue – 5 scholarships available – 4 2009 commitments (1 4-star, 2 3-stars, 1 2-star)

Wisconsin – 2 scholarships available – 2 2009 commitments (2 3-stars)

So to recap, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, and possibly Indiana and Purdue are basically focusing on their 2010 recruiting classes (and also already have some 2010 commitments).  Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State still have 2 ‘ships each to give out, but all of them have already landed at least one nationally ranked prospect.

Penn State? Not so much.  One commitment (that’s still not ‘official’) out of five scholarships and he’s not an impact player nor will he come close to any national ranking.  We still have 4 scholarships to hand out, by far the most for the 2009 class than anyone else in the Big Ten conference.  I can’t emphasize how important this summer is for DeChellis’ staff to land some talent with these ‘ships.  I will be very discouraged if we have to fill 2, 3, or 4 scholarships in the late signing period, because we couldn’t land any of the real talent before they all committed elsewhere.  Here’s to hoping I’ll have some reports of commitments over the summer.

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