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Big 12 Class of 2013 Early Signing Period Recap

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Brannen Greene – 2013 (photo credit: adidas)

After landing a recruiting class that includes five stellar prospects, there is no doubt that the Kansas Jayhawks holds the top 2013 class during the men’s college basketball early signing period in the Big 12. With five players ranked among the Hoopniks.com Top 150 for 2013, the class brings unique talents to Lawrence, Kansas. In all, the Jayhawks have a group that includes long-term potential, current stars, shooting, scoring, passing and elite competitors.

The headliner in Kansas’ haul is solidly built wing Wayne Selden, a late reclassification from the 2014 class, and a native of Boston. He has the strength, savvy and mindset to not be intimidated by Big 12 opponents. He possesses a terrific mix of the attitude to perform and physical makeup to score in a variety of ways on the offensive end, including in traffic. He will be served up by in-state guard Conner Frankamp, who made his name starring for the USA Basketball Developmental National teams over the last two summers. Frankamp’s court vision, passing and shooting range are just tremendous.

Between Frankamp and gutsy lead guard Frank Mason, the Jayhawks are stocked at p0int guard. Mason has a street fighter’s mentality and blew up over the summer following signing with Towson in 2012. Joining Selden on the wing is a small forward with length and high-potential in Brannen Greene. That group is an outstanding quartet, but the icing on the cake is seven-footer Joel Embiid. The athletic big man has only been in the country for a couple of years, but continues to improve, almost exponentially. In terms of upside, he could be on a short list of big men to watch, among BCS-level signees.

The Baylor Bears have torn up the recruiting trail since hiring Scott Drew, and this effort continues that trend. The headliner is wing forward Ishmail Wainwright, a defender and scorer in a talented and well-rounded package. He committed to the Missouri Tigers early on in high school, prior to moving from the Kansas City-area to Montrose Christian (MD). Wainwright, along with current freshman Ricardo Gathers gives Baylor a toughness in the frontcourt. The beef alongside Wainwright is thick post Dominic Woodson, a top-100 prospect. He’s a mountain of a big man, but with upside due to his hands and feet. The third signee is lengthy power forward Johnathan Motley, who may be underrated nationally and is in the mold of recent fours for the Bears.

A dynamite backcourt package in Monte Morris and Matt Thomas is particularly notable for the Iowa State Cyclones. Thomas is simply among the best shooters in the country, while Morris can create offense and also distribute. It’s a pair of top-100 prospects in the future Cyclones backcourt and is part of a strong track record of smartly selected recruits in recent memory at Iowa State. They also have a pair of in-state JUCOs to balance the class.

A serious frontcourt talent infusion is on the way to the West Virginia Mountaineers. They have four players on the way to bolster the “3”, “4” and “5” positions going forward. Notably, former 2012 class signee Elijah Macon re-upped after heading to Brewster Academy (NH) for a prep school year, and he’s college ready in most ways to hit the front court. Defense, rebounding and a physical presence is also on the way in the form of Devin Williams. That pair should be ready to play, with local stretch forward Nathan Adrian and Georgia center Brandon Watkins ready to develop as well.

An anchor on the inside is the headliner for the TCU Horned Frogs. In-state center Karviar Shepherd and AAU teammate Brandon Parrish both will be hard to keep off the floor and are wins in the new coaching staff’s first effort in recruiting to TCU. Shepherd can develop as a leader and multi-year standout for the TCU as a true pivot.

A late signee headlines the four man class for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They added some size and length, but a late signee in top-100 shooting guard Detrick Mostella was a pleasant surprise for the Cowboys. He’s slender but athletic with a motor and burst. The Kansas State Wildcats snagged a pair of Texas prospects, wing forward Wesley Iwundu and shooting guard Marcus Foster. Both will make up for the fact that former pledge Alex Etherington re-opened his recruitment.

The Oklahoma Sooners signed a pair of JUCO forwards, to go with a dandy in-state guard in Jordan Woodard. If one or both of the big men develop, this ranking could be way too low.

After several large recruiting classes, the Texas Longhorns didn’t sign anyone. Likewise, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are in the midst of major transition, and did not add any recruits.

One late period signee seems destined to have an impact on these rankings, as superb scoring point guard Stephen Clark of Douglass (OK) is likely to decide between Baylor and Oklahoma State.  A top-100 prospect, Clark isn’t enough to push Baylor up over Kansas, but his pledge would advance Oklahoma State.


  • Best Player: Wayne Selden, Kansas
  • Best Potential: Joel Embiid, Kansas
  • Best Scorer: Wayne Selden, Kansas
  • Best Shooter: Matt Thomas, Iowa State
  • Best Rebounder: Devin Williams, West Virginia
  • Best Passer: Conner Frankamp, Kansas
  • Best Defender: Ishmail Wainwright, Baylor
  • Best Glue Guy: Frank Mason, Kansas

Class Rankings

 1. Kansas

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Conner Frankamp 6′-1″ PG Wichita North (KS) HS Signed
Brannen Greene 6′-7″ SF Mary Persons (GA) HS Signed
Joel Embiid 7′-0″ C The Rock School (FL) HS Signed
Wayne Selden 6′-5″ SG Tilton School (NH) HS Signed
Frank Mason 5′-11″ PG Massanutten Academy (VA) Prep Signed

 2. Baylor

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Ishmail Wainwright 6′-5″ SF Montrose Christian (MD) HS Signed
Johnathan Motley 6′-9″ PF North Shore (TX) HS Signed
Dominic Woodson 6′-9″ C Huntington Prep (WV) HS Signed

 3. Iowa State

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Matt Thomas 6′-4″ SG Onalaska (WI) HS Signed
Monte Morris 6′-1″ PG Flint Beecher (MI) HS Signed
Richard Amardi 6′-9″ PF Indian Hills CC JC Signed
Dustin Hogue 6′-6″ SF Indian Hills CC JC Signed

 4. West Virginia

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Elijah Macon 6′-8″ PF Brewster Academy (NH) Prep Signed
Nathan Adrian 6′-7″ SF Morgantown (WV) HS Signed
Brandon Watkins 6′-9″ C Grady (GA) HS Signed
Devin Williams 6′-8″ PF Montverde Academy (FL) HS Signed

 5. TCU

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Karviar Shepherd 6′-10″ C Prime Prep (TX) HS Signed
Brandon Parrish 6′-5″ SG Seguin (TX) HS Signed
Michael Williams 6′-2″ PG Reagan (TX) HS Signed

 6. Oklahoma State

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Leyton Hammonds 6′-7″ SF Richland (TX) HS Signed
Jeffrey Carroll 6′-5″ SG Rowlett (TX) HS Signed
Gary Gaskins 6′-10″ C Brevard CC JC Signed
Detrick Mostella 6′-3″ SG La Lumiere School (IN) HS Signed

 7. Kansas State

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Marcus Foster 6′-3″ SG Hirschi (TX) HS Signed
Wesley Iwundu 6′-6″ SF Westfield (TX) HS Signed

 8. Oklahoma

Name Height Position School (State) Type Status
Jordan Woodard 6′-1″ PG Edmond Memorial (OK) HS Signed
Dominique Elliott 6′-8″ PF Trinity Valley CC (TX) JC Signed
Keshaun Hamilton 6′-10″ C Labette CC (TX) JC Signed

 9. (Tie) Texas Tech

 9. (Tie) Texas

No reported signees.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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