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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Updated: November 12, 2:12 PM ET
Top 20 recruiting classes of 2010

By Joe Montes
Special to HoopGurlz

Wednesday marks the start of the early signing period for college basketball, and it has been a tradition at ESPN HoopGurlz to statistically rank the outstanding recruiting classes for Division I schools. These interim recruiting class rankings are based on a system of associating recruiting value points to player rankings according to ESPN HoopGurlz for the top 100 players in the 2010 class. The values are added after being multiplied by a factor that emphasizes the first three ranked recruits in a given class. The complete breakdown of player values and scores is listed at the end.

In the case of ties, preference is given to the school with the higher ranked top recruit.

Joe Montes' Top 20 Recruiting Classes of 2010

(as of Nov. 11, 2009)

1. Duke (45.25): No. 4 Chelsea Gray, 5-foot-11 PG; No. 6 Richa Jackson, 6-1 W; No. 19 Haley Peters, 6-3 F; No. 33 Tricia Liston, 6-0 W; No. 62 Chloe Wells, 5-7 PG.

2. Maryland (37.25): No. 7 Alyssa Thomas, 6-0 W; No. 13 Whitney Bays, 6-2 F; No. 23 Laurin Mincy, 5-10 G; No. 57 Alicia DeVaughn, 6-4 P; No. 96 Natasha Cloud, 6-0 G.

3. Connecticut (36.0): No. 10 Samarie Walker, 6-1 W; No. 14 Bria Hartley, 5-7 PG; No. 39 Stefanie Dolson, 6-5 P; No. 46 Michala Johnson, 6-3 F; No. 95 Lauren Engeln, 5-11 G.

4. Stanford (30.0): No. 1 Chiney Ogwumike, 6-3 F; No. 18 Sara James, 5-10 G; No. 60 Toni Kokenis, 5-11 G.

5. Louisville (24.75): No. 17 Charmaine Tay, 5-10 PG; No. 45 Antonita Slaughter, 6-1 F; No. 51 Sheronne Vails, 6-4 P; No. 56 Shawnta' Dyer, 6-2 F.

6. Florida State (22.0): No. 2 Natasha Howard, 6-3 W; No. 68 Olivia Breshnahan, 5-11 G; No. 76 Tay'ler Mingo, 5-7 PG.

7. Alabama (19.0): No. 5 Kaneisha Horn, 6-1 W; No. 65 Jasmine Robinson, 5-7 SG.

8. Southern Cal (19.0): No. 11 Cassie Harberts, 6-2 F; No. 35 Desiree Bradley, 6-1 W; No. 99 Thaddesia Southall, 6-4 F.

9. Cal (19.0): No. 15 Afure Jemerigbe, 5-11 G; No. 29 Lindsay Sherbert, 6-0 W.

10. Kentucky (19.0): No. 30 Jennifer O'Neill, 5-6 PG; No. 64 LaQuinta Jefferson, 6-0 G; No. 67 Kastine Evans, 5-8 G; No. 74 Samantha Drake, 6-2 P.

11. Tennessee (17.0): No. 24 Meighan Simmons, 5-8 G; No. 28 Lauren Avant, 5-9 PG.

12. LSU (17.0): No. 31 Jeanne Kenney, 5-9 PG; No. 40 Theresa Plaisance, 6-4 P; No. 79 Shaunice McKinney, 6-4 P.

13. Texas A&M (16.0): No. 9 Karla Gilbert, 6-4 P; No. 72 Kristen Grant, 5-9 G.

14. Boston College (16.0): No. 12 Kristen Doherty, 5-10 G; No. 63 Katie Zenevitch, 6-3 F; No. 92 Tiffany Ruffin, 5-8 G.

15. Georgia (16.0): No. 21 Ronika Ransford, 5-6 PG; No. 36 Khaalidah Miller, 5-9 G.

16. Baylor (15.0): No. 3 Odyssey Sims, 5-8 PG.

17. Oklahoma (15.0): No. 41 Jacqueline Jeffcoat, 6-3 P; No. 49 Aaryn Ellenberg, 5-7 PG; No. 80 Nicole Griffen, 6-6 P.

18. Auburn (13.0): No. 52 Camille Glymph, 5-9 G; No. 59 Jassany Williams, 6-2 P; No. 75 Tyrese Tanner, 6-2 W.

19. Xavier (11.0): No. 25 Lakeisha Crouch, 6-0 F; No. 83 Lynette Holmes, 6-2 W.

20. Penn (11.0): No. 34 Maggie Lucas, 5-8 G; No. 66 Ariel Edwards, 6-2 F.

Only one Top 100 prospects remains uncommitted, No. 8 Shoni Schimmel (13 value points), who will sign in the spring. Ogwumike's commitment Thursday elevated Stanford's class to No. 4 from its previous spot of No. 16.

How player values and class scores are determined.

The player values are:

No. 1 to No. 5 : 15 value points
No. 6 to No. 10 : 13 value points
No. 11 to No. 15 : 11 value points
No. 16 to No. 20 : 10 value points
No. 21 to No. 25 : 9 value points
No. 26 to No. 30 : 8 value points
No. 31 to No. 40 : 7 value points
No. 41 to No. 50 : 6 value points
No. 51 to No. 60 : 5 value points
No. 61 to No. 70 : 4 value points
No. 71 to No. 80 : 3 value points
No. 81 to No. 90 : 2 value points
No. 91 to No. 100: 1 value points

Each school's Total Recruiting Class Score is then determined by the following formula:

Total Value Points = (1.0 x Value Points for No. 1 Recruit) + (1.0 x Value Points for No. 2 Recruit) +(1.0 x Value Points for No. 3 Recruit) + (0.75 x Value Points for No. 4 Recruit) +(0.5 x Value Points for No. 5 Recruit)

In the case of ties, preference is given to the school with the higher ranked top recruit.

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Joe Montes is a software consultant who divides his time between the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. He has been a women's college basketball fan since his college days, during the championship years of Stanford in the early 1990s. Joe likes to dabble in numbers, influenced by two sisters, both of whom have doctorates in statistics.