It’s that time of year.
Recruiting rankings are seeing their last changes before signing day (Feb. 6), and the dust is starting to settle on who schools are making a big final push for down the stretch.
Among the four major sites, Clemson has some ground to make up, after the recent notable decommitments, to at least match its rankings success recently, almost 10 spots back on average in the team rankings (23) from last year.
Part of the gap is the number of commits (15), which only Southern Cal has less (14) in the top-15 of Scout and Rivals’ rankings.
The Tigers, in star average, are in Scout’s top-10 (3.54), with seven four-stars and one top-100 commit (South Fort Myers’ Jayron Kearse). Overall, the service has Clemson 26th, behind Georgia (7), Florida State (16), UNC (21), USC (22) and Pittsburgh (23).
Rivals and 247Sports have the Tigers 26th and 27th respectively, with Virginia also above Clemson in 247’s list.
ESPN ranks Clemson 12th, with four of their top-150 and six of the top-300 players, behind FSU (9) and Georgia (10), but ahead of Virginia Tech in the top-20.
ACC/2013-14 Competition in ’13 rankings…
Georgia: Avg. team ranking – 8.75. Four-star or higher commits – 14. Commits total – 29.
Florida State Avg. ranking – 9. Four-star or higher commits – 8. Commits total – 18.
Virginia Tech: Avg. ranking – 17.75. Four-star or higher commits – 5. Commits total – 20.
South Carolina: Avg. ranking – 18. Four-star or higher commits – 5. Commits total – 20.
UNC: Avg. ranking – 21. Four-star or higher commits – 3. Commits total – 20.
Clemson: Avg. ranking – 22.75. Four-star or higher commits – 7. Commits total – 15.
Early ACC Leaders (Conference Games)
K.J. McDaniels and Devin Booker, through four games, are among the ACC’s leaders in rebounds and blocks.
Points: VT guard Erick Green (26.7), BC guard Lonnie Jackson (18), Wake Forest guard C.J. Harris (18), BC forward Ryan Anderson (17.8), Duke guard Seth Curry (17.3).
Assists: NC State guard Lorenzo Brown (8.8), Duke guard Quinn Cook (8.7), Miami guard Shane Larkin (4.5), Virginia guard Jontel Evans (4), VT guard Erick Green (4).
Rebounds: NC State forward Richard Howell (13.5), Duke center Mason Plumlee (12), Clemson forward Devin Booker (10.8), Virginia forward Akil Mitchell (10), BC forward Ryan Anderson (9.5).
Steals: Miami guard Shane Larkin (2.5), BC guard Oliver Hanlan (2.3), Miami guard Durand Scott (2.3), Wake Forest forward Travis McKie (2.3). FSU forward Okaro White (2)
Blocks: Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels (3), FSU forward Okaro White (2.7), Miami forward Julian Gamble (2.5), GT center Daniel Miller (2.3), Miami forward Kenny Kadji (2).
Representatives by team: Boston College (2), Clemson (2), Duke (3), FSU (2), GT (1), UNC (0), NC State (2), Miami (2), GT (1), UNC (0), NC State (2), Miami (4), Maryland (0), Virginia Tech (1), Virginia (2), Wake Forest (2).
Miami the ACC’s lone unbeaten
Miami is off to a 4-0 start in ACC play, and it’s with zero top-10 ACC scorers.
They do, however, have four starters averaging double-figures, but one of them has been on the bench all conference season.
Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson has been sidelined since December and won’t be back until at least late into ACC play with a broken thumb, after averaging 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
BC took Miami to the wire Wednesday night in Chestnut Hill, Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan fouled on a 3-pointer down three points with a second left, but after making the first two – Hanlan missed the third attempt, ‘Canes coming out on top, 60-59. Miami guard Durand Scott scored 15, his 11th game in double-figures this season (out of 13).
Point guard Shane Larkin runs the show (12.2 PPG/3.9 APG), and senior forward Kenny Kadji has taken over in the paint in Johnson’s absence (12.6 PPG/7.3 RPG).
Up next, they host No. 3 Duke next Wednesday. Clemson doesn’t play Miami until Feb. 17 at home and then the season finale in Coral Gables on March 9.