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.
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.