The final Rivals.com 2010 basketball recruit rankings were released this week, and three of Vanderbilt's four incoming freshmen were featured as Top150 players. Rod Odom, Kyle Fuller, and James Siakam all made this year's list, with Odom leading the pack ranked 92nd amongst all recruits and 18th amongst small forwards. The team's fourth recruit, Josh Henderson, landed just outside the rankings as a three-star player.
|Player||Pos.||Overall Rank||Position Rank||Stars|
|Rod Odom||SF||92 (-4)||18||****|
|Kyle Fuller||PG||133 (+17)||32||***|
|James Siakam||PF||150 (n/a)||30||***|
These high marks are reflected in ESPN.com's recruit ranking as well, although James Siakam isn't given as much respect - possibly due to his recent shift in graduating year.
|ESPN Ranks||Pos.||Grade||Position Rank|
Odom, Fuller, and Siakam join a long list of Vanderbilt recruits to have been listed in the Rivals150, including Davis Nwankwo (#81), Shan Foster (#82), Alex Gordon (#135), DeMarre Carroll (#148), George Drake (#94), Jermaine Beal (#87), JeJuan Brown (#121), A.J. Ogilvy (#41), Festus Ezeli (#145), Jeffery Taylor (#52), Lance Goulbourne (#72), Brad Tinsley (#94), and John Jenkins (#15). The 2010 players seem to fit the bill of standard Vanderbilt recruits, and judging by the preceding list, there's a pretty good chance that they'll make an impact for the black and gold. With the departures of Beal and Ogilvy, they'll have opportunities to see the court alongside a young Commodore team, and Henderson and Fuller especially will be counted on to provide key minutes off the bench in 2010-2011.
The question remains, however, about whether Elston Turner Jr. will be joining these four recruits on the practice court in the fall. While we can still only speculate, the Commodores still do have a big hole at shooting guard behind John Jenkins. Though Turner hasn't made any indications recently about his destination, adding a big time scoring like him would give this recruiting class - and Vanderbilt - a major boost for the 2011-2012 season.