Here’s a neat stat for the top basketball recruiting classes of 2012.
According to ESPNU’s team rankings for the Class of ’12, the top four basketball recruiting classes all have a distinct Pitt flavor.
They are coached by, in order, a former Pitt player (and assistant), a former Pitt assistant, a former Pitt head coach and the current Pitt head coach.
Can you guess them? The former assistant coach is a tough one (it’s not the one who quickly comes to mind).
Here are the former/present Panthers who are leading the recruiting trail for next season.
Arizona, coached by Sean Miller, is No. 1.
Indiana, led by former Panther assistant Tom Crean, has the second-ranked class.
Ben Howland-coached UCLA is No. 3.
Pitt, with 7-foot New Zealander Steven Adams and DeMatha point guard James Robinson, is the No. 4-ranked class.
Crean coached at Pitt in 1994-95 under Ralph Willard before leaving to join Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State. The other former Pitt assistant who usually has a top class, Kentucky’s John Calipari, isn’t ranked in the top 25 for ’12.
Rounding out the top 10 are Providence, Baylor, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan State and Villanova.