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October 25, 2012
UK stays on top, Mizzou makes move
While the commitments continue to fly fast and furious, it's been a relatively quiet week when it comes to members of the Rivals150.
Because of that, there's not been a lot of movement since Kentucky reclaimed its usual spot atop the rankings a week ago.
Frank Haith's Tigers make the biggest entrance checking in at No. 14. Mizzou already had a pair of Rivals150 point guards committed in Wesley Clark and Travis Jorgenson but they added on a pair of Rivals150 big men late last week.
Four-star Johnathan Williams III is a versatile power forward with length who is a ball-handling and slashing four capable of making plays via the dribble. While Williams handles, Arizona native Torren Jones is a physical grinder who plays with high effort and does much of the dirty work around the rim.
Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears make their debut in the top 30 at No. 29. Late last week, the Bears scored with Kansas City native Ishmail Wainright, a top-50 wing who is finishing his high school career in the D.C. area. Wainright defends multiple positions, is able to play much bigger than his 6-foot-5 size thanks to a 7-foot-3 wingspan and brings a dose of physicality to the Bears.
He joins developing four-star Johnathan Motley. The Bears standing could be changing very soon, though. Top-50 big man Dominic Woodson should have a decision within the next week and he's down to Baylor and N.C. State (currently No. 13). Whichever program scores the power scorer will make a jump.
In addition to Woodson, only 29 other members of the 2013 Rivals150 remain undecided and it's likely that each of their decisions has an impact on the final team rankings.
From a conference standpoint, the SEC is looking dominant and now has command of seven of the top 30 spots thanks to Mizzou's entrance. The ACC and Big Ten each have five schools in the top 30, while the Big East and Big 12 each have four and the Pac-12 has three. The Mountain West and West Coast Conference are each represented by one program.