SB Nation | What is the blue-chip ratio? Read the Story
As recruiting rankings continue to grow more accurate, they're now to a point at which they can help tell us which teams are ready to compete for titles. Every recent national champion first met a recruiting standard. Based on talent ratios, who's got the best shot at future titles? Who's within striking distance? And which conferences need to step it up?
Jabari Parker was the first freshman to start at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, where he won for state titles. A 6' 8", 235-pound forward, he was a top recruit in the class of 2013, embarking on what seemed likely to be a one-year college career. Still, Parker's freshman season at Duke has been full of adjustments, all of which have served to deepen his connection to his coach.
The Oregonian | The next man up Read the Story
Versatility has helped the Beavers piece together an unblemished start despite ace Ben Wetzler's sudden absence. Oregon State, a team that prides itself on depth and accountability, is trying to focus on what it can control.