4 - Teams ranked in the top 30 nationally 18 - Rivals150 prospects coming to the Big Ten 2 - Five-star prospects coming to the Big Ten 10 - Four-star prospects coming to the Big Ten 6 - Three-star ranked prospects coming to the Big Ten 9 - States represented by Rivals150 Big Ten recruits 4 - Rivals150 recruits from Ill. and Mich. coming to the Big Ten, most of any state
In East Lansing, Tom Izzo has landed a five-star prospect in Branden Dawson and has his team in the national rankings. Indiana is the other nationally ranked team from the Big Ten and has the highest ranked prospect entering the conference with in-state native Cody Zeller.
Michigan landed a four-star prospect, and Minnesota signed two ranked three-star prospect.
Best recruiting battle
The race for Branden Dawson was easily the most hard-fought recruiting battle within the conference. For the longest time it looked as if Purdue would emerge as the victor thanks to proximity and an early start in recruiting him. Marquette came in from the Big East to muddy things up a bit before Tom Izzo and Michigan State sold Dawson on their tradition.
While it wasn't an inter-conference recruiting battle, the single most important recruiting victory was scored by Indiana when they secured Cody Zeller over a stiff challenge from North Carolina and Butler.
Where's the beef?
Outside of Zeller, who should arrive at Indiana as a polished low-post scorer, there doesn't appear to be many college-ready big men headed to the Big Ten. Illinois signee Mike Shaw is probably the next closest to being ready but he fancies himself more of a perimeter guy than a low post scorer. Ohio State's Amir Williams and Illinois' Nnanna Egwu are both shot-blockers who can run the floor, but they each need to add muscle and are still raw on the offensive side