In the Recruiting Handbook's final 1995-96 national recruiting rankings, Purdue was 26th. Also known as Prep Stars (PS), they rate the classes based on the players' individual rankings. Prep Stars had Barnes listed at #189 and McQuay listed at #274, which brought the Purdue total score down.
The Sporting News has rated the incoming Purdue recruiting class as the 5th best class in the nation. Unlike many other rankings, TSN doesn't assign a rating solely based on the rankings of the individual players. The TSN ranking considers how the incoming class fits with the needs of the program and if the players in the class will be able to make the team better. Players that will likely not qualify, or those that are expected to jump to the NBA in a year after a brief pit stop in the NCAA's are not highly valued by TSN. TSN says of Purdue,"Typically a program that takes what it can get and makes the best of the situation, Purdue brought in three elite players in point guard Mosi Barnes of Indianapolis, shooting guard Jaraan Cornell of South Bend Indiana, and Mike Robinson of Peoria Illinois." The following are TSN's Top 5 recruiting classes of 96-97... 1. UNLV, 2. Arizona, 3. Tennessee, 4. Cincinnati, 5. Purdue.
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