Rivals releases final 2013 rankings
Two months from now, they'll arrive at Illinois in time for summer classes.
Six months from now, they'll have their first practice.
And seven months from now, Austin Colbert, Malcolm Hill, Maverick Morgan, Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate should dress for their first Illinois men's basketball game.
On Monday, Rivals.com released its final rankings in regards to the Class of 2013.
Of the five signees John Groce signed in mid-November to make up his first class, three make the cut among the top 150 players in the class.
Leading the list is Nunn, who checks in at No. 60.
Two spots behind Nunn, a 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound combo guard from Chicago Simeon High School, is Belleville East High School product Hill.
Hill (6-7, 200) hits the rankings at No. 62.
Sandwiched in between Nunn and Hill is St. Charles East High School guard Kendall Stephens, who is bound for Purdue.
Colbert (6-9, 210) is the third Illinois signee to crack the list.
The forward from Gill St. Bernard's (N.J.) School is rated at No. 97.
Other prep players from Illinois who made the list are Duke commit Jabari Parker from Chicago Simeon (No. 4), DePaul signee Bill Garrett from Chicago Morgan Park (No. 99), Dayton signee Kyle Davis from Chicago Morgan Park (No. 114) and SMU signee Sterling Brown (No. 138).
Broken down by positions, Nunn is listed as the 18th-best shooting guard out of 40, Hill is slotted in as the 13th-best small forward out of 30 and Colbert was ranked the 16th-best center out of 20.
Uncommitted small forward Andrew Wiggins out of Huntington Prep (W. Va.) was ranked the top player in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.
Along with the three future Illini, plenty of future Big Ten players littered the list.
Indiana signee Noah Vonleh, a 6-9 forward from New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, is ranked eighth.
Zak Irvin of Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School, a 6-6 shooting guard who is headed to Michigan, comes in at No. 24.
Another future Wolverine, 6-0 point guard Derrick Walton from Chandler Park (Mich.) Academy, is listed at No. 37.
Troy Wilson, a 6-6 small forward from Oak Hill (Va.) Academy who is bound for Indiana, is slated in at No. 47.
Another future Hoosier, 6-4 shooting guard Stanford Robinson from Findlay Prep (Nev.), is at No. 56.
Indiana and coach Tom Crean have two more players in the top 150 — 6-10 center Luke Fischer from Germantown (Wis.) High School at No. 94 and 6-6 small forward Devin Davis from Warren Central (Ind.) High School at No. 127.
Michigan has a third player in the top 150 in Wayne (Ohio) 6-9 forward Mark Donnal, who is ranked at No. 111.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta has a pair of signees among the top 150 — 6-8 power forward Marc Loving from St. John's (Ohio) High School at No. 67 and 6-2 shooting guard Kameron Williams from Mount St. Joseph (Md.) High School at No. 79.
Aside from Stephens, Matt Painter will welcome two players in the top 150 to West Lafayette, Ind., next season.
Bryson Scott, a 6-1 point guard from Northrop (Ind.) High School, checking in at No. 75, and 6-6 small forward Basil Smotherman from Lawrence North (Ind.) High School, positioning himself at No. 112, will play with the Boilermakers.
Wisconsin and Michigan State both have one player in the rankings.
For Bo Ryan and his Badgers, it's 6-3 point guard Bronson Koenig from Aquinas (Wis.) High School at No. 73.
And for Tom Izzo's Spartans, it's power forward Gavin Schilling from Findlay Prep (Nev.), who started his high school career at Chicago De La Salle.
Schilling checks in at No. 125.