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November 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

So how did the Pac-10 teams fare on Signing Day?

Most recruiting analysts have Arizona ranked in the top 10, while Oregon is slotted somewhere around 15 and Washington is in the early 20s.
Only Arizona State and Oregon State didn’t announce a signing Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Here’s how I ranked each school.

No. 1 Arizona (3)
G – Josiah Turner, 6-3, 185, Sacramento (Calif.) High
G – Nick Johnson, 6-2, 180, Findlay Prep (Nevada)
F – Sidiki Johnson, 6-8, 220, Oak Hill Academy (Virginia)
Comment: Turner is a five-star recruit who originally committed to Arizona State as a sophomore. Johnson and Johnson are four-star recruits and Nick has the potential to be just as good as Turner. UA coach Sean Miller said in a news release: “Josiah is a pure point guard who makes the game easier for his teammates because he is unselfish, has great vision and knows how to play the game. … Nick is a special player who will have an immediate impact on our program. … (Sidiki) is a rugged, physical player who has played against tough competition his entire life and that has made him a great competitor.”
No. 2 Oregon (4)
G – Bruce Barron, 6-2, 200, Brehm Prep (Ill.)
G – Jabari Brown, 6-3, 200, Oakland (Calif.) High
G – Brett Kingma, 6-1, 165, Jackson High
F – Austin Kuemper, 6-9, 215, Westview High (Ore.)
Comment: Oregon’s class improved vastly once they landed Brown in the 11th hour. He is the highest rated recruit going to the Pac-10. Brown and Kingma considered UW. Brown will be the face of the Ducks next season and he could make a quick jump to the NBA. Everyone else are three-star recruits, but new coach Dana Altman has quality pieces to rebuild the Ducks. Oregon could add another recruit in the spring. Kingma is a scorer, Kuemper is a rugged post player and Barron is the younger brother of former UW player Justin Dentmon.
No. 3 Washington (4)
G – Andrew Andrews, 6-2, 175, Benson High (Portland)
F – Jernard Jarreau, 6-10, 190, McDonogh 35 High (New Orleans)
G – Hikeem Stewart, 6-3, 180, Rainier Beach High
G – Tony Wroten Jr., 6-4, 205, Garfield High
Comment: It’s difficult accessing UW’s class without knowing if it will get one of the two coveted big man recruits (Angelo Chol and Kevin Davis) they they’re pursing. In a statement, coach Lorenzo Romar said: (Andrews) is able to run a team and set your offense up, yet he is still a scorer. … (Jarreau) has a tremendous upside and we feel to get a kid from Louisiana with his potential is a real coup for us. … (Stewart) has real good quickness, loves to play defense, is a great passer and more than capable shooter. … (Wroten) has great vision and is the best passer in the country. He is a serious competitor that is a great on-the-ball defender that possess great quickness.”
No. 4 Stanford (0)
G – Chasson Randle, 6-1, 170, Rock Island (Ill) High
Comment: Randle is perhaps the most important recruit for coach Johnny Dawkins who enters his third season at Stanford. Randle is a four-star point guard who considered Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Kansas. Stanford is young and Dawkins brought in a well-regarded class last year, however, Randle should make an immediate impact.
No. 5 Arizona State (0)
G – Jahii Carson, 5-11, 160, Mesa (Ariz.) High
Comment: Carson is expected to sign a LOI today. The Sun Devils missed on Turner and Brown, which a bit of a blow. Carson is an electric point guard unlike anyone else coach Herb Sendek has had at ASU. Carson has already talked about imploring Sendek to speed up the offense and it will be interesting to see if that happens.
No. 6 UCLA (1)
G – Norman Powell, 6-3, 200, Abraham Lincoln High (Calif.)
Comment: The Bruins were in the running for several top recruits who went elsewhere. Powell drew a four-star rating from most recruiting services, however, he wasn’t supposed to be the star of this class. In a statement released by the Bruins, coach Ben Howland said: “He’s one of the most athletic kids that we will have had in this program in a while and one of the most athletic kids since I’ve been here. He’s very explosive and has outstanding quickness and will be an excellent defensive player.
No. 7 USC (4)
C – James Blasczyk, 7-1, 260, Lee College (TX)
G – Alexis Moore, 6-2, 180, L.B. Poly Tech (Calif)
G/F – Byron Wesley, 6-5, 210, Etiwanda High (Calif)
Comment: Wesley is one of the top recruits in California and he’s the star of the class. The Trojans will also receive a boost next season from 7-foot center JC transfer Dewayne Dedmon who will enroll in January and redshirt this season. USC also added ex-Iowa forward Aaron Fuller, who enrolled in the fall and was a Big Ten honorable-mention selection last season. He’s eligible next season. Coach Kevin O’Neill said in a news release: “(Blasczk) shoots the ball extremely well for a big guy, runs the floor as well as anyone his size, and will be a great defender in and out because he moves his feet so well. … (Moore) is a great dribble-pass-shoot guy and is going to be an excellent defender. … (Wesley) is a multi-faceted wing player, who can play two or three spots and guard spots 1-4.
No. 8 California (1)
C – David Kravish, 6-9, 205, Lees Summit North High (Mo)
Comment: Cal currently has five freshman and the 2010 recruiting class was considered a top 20 class so invariably this year’s class was going to be small in numbers and receiving less accolades. Still, Kravish is a solid recruit who considered Iowa and Colorado before picking the Bears.
No. 9 Washington State (2)
G – DaVonte Lacy, 6-4, 200, Curtis High
F – Greg Sequele, 6-8, 225, Ribet Academy (Calif.)
Comment: In a release, coach Ken Bone said: “(Lacy is) s a great kid, we know him pretty well. We are excited to have him join our program, not just because he’s a good player, but he’s just an outstanding kid. … (Sequele is) big, strong and explosive, similar to the way DeAngelo (Casto) was in high school. He needs work on his skills, but he can also step out and play on the perimeter, especially on the defensive end.”
No. 10 Oregon State (0)
F – Daniel Gomis, 6-9, 220, Oak HIll Acadamy (Va)
Comment: Gomis gave a verbal commitment, but has not signed a LOI yet.

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