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May 8, 2007

Where Rivals150 talent is from and headed

Most of the country is represented in the Rivals150. Players from 35 states and one player from Canada round out the current set of rankings. As usual, California leads the charge. The Golden State boasts 16 prospects in the top 150. Georgia is home to 12 players, while Illinois is close behind with 11.

Texas claims nine spots on the list. New York checks in with eight natives. Alabama has seven players. Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio all have six prospects. New Jersey, Tennessee and Louisiana all boast five prospects in the Rivals150.

Within the five-star players (the nation's top 25 players), 15 states are represented. California leads the way with five. Ohio boasts four five-star players, while Georgia has three and Texas boasts a pair.

The Los Angeles area and the New York-New Jersey corridor are both home to 10 prospects per city in the Rivals150. That shouldn't come as a big surprise as the nation's most populated areas have plenty of talent amongst the millions of people that reside in those areas.

Atlanta is close behind with nine prospects from that metro area in the current set of rankings. Chicago, no stranger to talented hoopsters, checks in with eight nationally ranked prospect. The Washington D.C.-Baltimore area boasts five prospects.

Houston and Northern Ohio boast just as many prospects (four) than Montgomery, Ala.

Where the talent is going

Nearly one third of the class of 2008 is off the market - 48 players in the Rivals150 are already committed.

Top talent states
Here is a look at the state breakdown for prospects in the updated 2008 Rivals150:
California 16
Georgia 12
Illinois 11
Texas 9
New York 8
Alabama 7
Fla., N.C., Pa., Ohio 6 each
N.J., Tenn., La. 5 each

Ohio State leads the charge with five early commitments in 2008 class. Thad Matta and his staff scored a commitment from five-star center B.J. Mullens in 2004. Since then, the Buckeyes have landed Walter Offutt, William Buford, Anthony Crater and Luke Babbitt.

With a pledge from Drew Gordon on Monday, UCLA is now tied with Georgetown with three commitments from Rivals150 players. The Bruins have Gordon, Malcolm Lee and Jerime Anderson in the fold. The Hoyas are holding commitments from Chris Braswell, Henry Sims and Jason Clark.

Of the nation's top 25 players, only six are committed to colleges. Three are headed to the Big Ten (Mullens and Buford to Ohio State; Delvon Roe to Michigan State).

The Big East is bringing in the most talent to this point. Twelve Rivals150 prospects are headed to the conference. The Big Ten is close behind with 11 commitments from the nation's top prospects. The Pac-10 has nine pledges in the Rivals150.

The SEC has five committed players on the list so far, while the ACC has only three. Surprisingly, the Big 12 has only a pair of top 150 prospects and Oklahoma State has both (Troy Gillenwater and Keiton Page).

The mid-major conferences combined for six pledges. Two (twins Marcus and Markeiff Morris) are headed to Conference USA power Memphis. The Atlantic 10 has a pair of pledges. The Missouri Valley and the West Coast Conference check in with a single commitment in the latest Rivals150.

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