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Perennial powers hauling in top classes

In what has become an annual tradition at the start of the early signing period for women's college basketball, a statistical formulation developed by contributor Joe Montes has been applied to produce an initial ranking of the top recruiting classes for 2011, based on the ESPN HoopGurlz 100.

Based on these initial findings, we see the usual suspects in Tennessee, Connecticut, Duke and Stanford leading the pack, with rising programs such as UCLA and Texas A&M beginning to narrow the gap.

However, with a handful of high-profile prospects -- including No. 6 Briyona Canty, No. 9 Morgan Jones, No. 11 Betnijah Laney and No. 22 Reshanda Gray -- still undecided, these initial rankings most likely will change.

Formula Used:
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) + (0.5 x Value Points for No. 6 Recruit) based on the following scoring structure.

Tabulation of Value Points corresponding to player rankings:
No. 01 to No. 05 : 15 value points

No. 06 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 : 09 value points
No. 26 to No. 30 : 08 value points
No. 31 to No. 40 : 07 value points
No. 41 to No. 50 : 06 value points
No. 51 to No. 60 : 05 value points
No. 61 to No. 70 : 04 value points
No. 71 to No. 80 : 03 value points
No. 81 to No. 90 : 02 value points
No. 91 to No. 100: 01 value points

ESPNU HoopGurlz Statistical Class Rankings

(as of Nov 9):

1. Tennessee (38 pts)
No. 3 Cierra Burdick (15 pts)
No. 4 Ariel Massengale (15 pts)
No. 29 Isabelle Harrison (8 pts)

2T. Connecticut (30 pts)
No. 1 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (15 pts)
No. 24 Brianna Banks (9 pts)
No. 42 Kiah Stokes (6 pts)

2T. UCLA (30 pts)
No. 7 Justine Hartman (13 pts)
No. 25 Kacy Swain (9 pts)
No. 27 Sheila Boykin (8 pts)

4T. Duke (29.5 pts)
No. 2 Elizabeth Williams (15 pts)
No. 20 Amber Henson (10 pts)
No. 73 Whitney Knight (3 pts)
No. 82 Ka'lia Johnson (1.5 pts)
Note: Duke is still in contention for No. 11 Betnijah Laney (11 pts)

4T. Stanford (29.5 pts)
No. 15 Amber Orrange (11 pts)
No. 31 Taylor Greenfield (7 pts)
No. 49 Alex Green (6 pts)
No. 61 Bonnie Samuelson (3 pts)
No. 78 Erica Payne (1.5 pts)
No. 83 Jasmine Camp (1 pt)

6.Texas A&M (23 pts)
No. 23 Tori Scott (9 pts)
No. 30 Alexia Standish (8 pts)
No. 41 Rachel Mitchell (6 pts)

7. USC (21 pts)
No. 14 Alexyz Vaioletama (11 pts)
No. 16 Ariya Crook-Williams (10 pts)
Note: USC is still in contention for No. 22 Reshanda Gray (9 pts)

8T. Virginia (18 pts)
No. 8 Bria Smith (13 pts)
No. 56 Sarah Imovbioh (5 pts)
Note: Virginia is still in contention for No. 6 Briyona Canty (13 pts) and No. 11 Betnijah Laney (11 pts)

8T. Texas (18 pts)
No. 32 Nneka Enemkpali (7 pts)
No. 36 Cassie Peoples (7 pts)
No. 69 Ronisha Major (4 pts)
Note: Texas is still in contention for No. 44 Khadijah Ellison (6 pts)

10T. Iowa (17 pts)
No. 10 Samantha Logic (13 pts)
No. 62 Virginia Johnson (4 pts)

10T. Kentucky (17 pts)
No. 17 Bria Goss (10 pts)
No. 34 Azia Bishop (7 pts)
Note: Kentucky is still in contention for No. 6 Briyona Canty (13 pts) and No. 11 Benijah Laney (11 pts)

12T. Cal (16 pts)
No. 21 Erika Johnson (9 pts)
No. 38 Brittany Boyd (7 pts)
Note: Cal is still in contention for No. 9 Morgan Jones (13 pts) and No. 22 Reshanda Gray (9 pts)

12T. Arizona State (16 pts)
No. 26 Karina Alofaituli (8 pts)
No. 28 Eliza Normen (8 pts)

14T. LSU (15 pts)
No. 5 Krystal Forthan (15 pts)

14T. Rutgers (15 pts)
No. 18 Shakena Richardson (10 pts)
No. 51 Syessence Davis (5 pts)
Note: Rutgers is still in contention for No. 6 Briyona Canty (13 pts)

16. Oklahoma (14 pts)
No. 33 Dashawn Harden (7 pts)
No. 59 Kaylon Williams (5 pts)
No. 90 Sharane Campbell (2 pts)

17T. Minnesota (13 pt)
No. 19 Rachel Banham (10 pts)
No. 74 Kayla Hirt (3 pt)

17T. North Carolina (13 pts)
No. 53 Brittany Roundtree (5 pts)
No. 54 Megan Buckland (5 pts)
No. 79 Danielle Butts (3 pts)
Note: UNC is still in contention for No. 44 Khadijah Ellison (6 pts)

19. Pittsburgh (12 pts)
No. 50 Loliya Brigg (6 pts)
No. 58 Brianna Kiesel (5 pts)
No. 97 Chyna Golden (1 pts)

20T. Louisville (11 pts)
No. 12 Sarah Hammond (11 pts)

20T. Harvard (11 pts)
No. 13 Temi Fagbenle (11 pts)

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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.