How we determine our class rankings

Updated: February 15, 2013, 11:20 AM ET
By RecruitingNation | ESPN.com

When it comes to ranking the best basketball recruiting classes, it boils down to a simple equation: The more highly ranked players a school lands, the higher the class ranks.

As a staff, we put a great deal of time and effort into ranking the players as accurately as possible. We feel the class rankings should reflect this, so more weight is given to the programs that land topflight talent.

The formula we came up with awards points to each player ranked in the ESPN 100. Players ranked 1-5 receive 40 points, players 6-10 get 35 points, players 11-25 are worth 30 points, and so on. Schools that land multiple ranked prospects receive bonus points. We award 25 points for three top-25 players, 20 points for two top-15 players, 15 points for two top-25 players, 35 points for four top-25 players (recently known as the Kentucky rule), and so on down the line. This allows us to separate the great from the good classes. In the event two schools end up with the same number of points, the class with the higher ranked player gets the nod.

Players not ranked in the ESPN 100 are also awarded points based on their evaluation grades. Players who are four-star prospects with 80-82 grades get 15 points, upper three-star prospects with 75-79 grades get 10 points, and so on. All these numbers add up to a total points package, and the classes are ranked.

Our staff reserves the right to subjectively look at schools that are tied or are very close in points. In those instances, criteria such as filling needs and landing players who fit the program's system better are used to determine which class moves ahead.

We feel strongly that tying our class rankings to our player rankings is the most accurate way to come up with a list of the best schools.