10 best recruitment classes in the past decade in college hoops.
With the NBA Draft now under way, we’ll be revisiting the best recruiting class in college football.
2010 Alabama Crimson Tide: 2,918 points scored by offense, 962 by defense.
The Crimson Tide were the most prolific offense in the nation, averaging a ridiculous 7,929 points per game.
The team was a top five scoring offense in every major category, including offense, defense, rebounding, assists and steals.
They were also among the top five defense in all of college basketball, averaging just 2.9 steals per game, and averaging just 3.2 blocks per game as a team.
This year’s team was even better.
In a loaded class headlined by a trio of top-15 recruiting classes, the Tide got some elite talent from their first three recruiting classes.
The only thing keeping the Tide from becoming a top 10 offense is a very good defensive front, but if you look at this class, you’ll see that they’re far from the best defense in the country.
The defense, however, still has a lot of talent and talent will be needed for them to succeed in this offense.
2010 Florida Gators: 3,039 points scored, 1,639 by offense.
The Gators were an incredible team in 2010, finishing 10th in the SEC in scoring, and finishing fifth in the conference in scoring defense.
But they were also the most offensively prolific offense on the schedule, scoring a staggering 7,053 points per season.
With a roster that was loaded with talent, they should have been able to get it done.
But their defense was not.
Florida’s defense finished the year 12th in scoring (just ahead of Alabama and Florida State), and just 15th in points allowed per game (second-to-last in the league).
Their defense was far from great, ranking 20th in efficiency, allowing a staggering 24.8 points per 100 possessions.
Their offensive success was also hindered by the fact that they finished 10th (in points allowed) in the ACC, so there’s no way they could have won 10 games if they had to rely solely on defense.
However, if you want to have a team that can take care of the ball, then you want a great offense.
2011 Kentucky Wildcats: 4,719 points scored (second to Alabama), 2,824 points scored (-12).
The Wildcats had a great 2010 season, leading the league in scoring and averaging 5.4 assists per game in their final eight games.
But the season ended abruptly after they lost to Duke.
The Wildcats struggled to finish games, allowing just 10.6 points per contest in the last nine games of the season, and only scoring 15.4 points per night.
The loss was a huge blow, as it hurt their chances of being ranked among the Top 25 teams in the AP poll, but it also showed just how much their offense had to improve to compete for a national championship.
Their defense, which was ranked 17th, allowed a whopping 23.7 points per hundred possessions, and was still ranked 19th in overall defense.
Their offense, which ranked 25th, also struggled to get going, finishing the season 19th overall in points scored per game and 28th in turnovers per game against Duke.
Kentucky has some great talent on offense, but their defense has to be better if they want to compete in the Big East.
2013 Villanova Wildcats: 5,817 points scored.
This class was a major disappointment, finishing 13th in field goal percentage and 29th in assist percentage, which means they had one of the worst FG% and assist percentage records in the history of college hoops, at about 30 percent.
But this wasn’t just about the FG% or assist percentage.
They had a bad defense, allowing 4.3 points a game, which is good but not great.
They also struggled defensively, allowing 1.5 steals per 100.
They needed to improve their defense, but they didn’t.
2013 Oklahoma Sooners: 5.939 points (third to LSU), 2.993 points (second) by offense (third).
Oklahoma was an excellent team in 2011.
The Sooners led the nation in scoring for a third straight year, and they had the second-best defense in college baseball, as well.
The offense was the real strength of the team, which scored a staggering 9,895 points per year.
Oklahoma finished 13th nationally in scoring offense, and 14th in offense defense.
Oklahoma also had a really good defense.
This was a great year for Oklahoma.
The frontcourt was a combination of three top-20 recruits and two top-30 prospects.
The defensive front had a ton of talent.
Oklahoma’s offense finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring in 2010 and had a number of other great players in the lineup.
Oklahoma was also able to draft two