Basketball: Recruiting class gets little respect

The recruiting Web site rivals.com rated the class Cal signed last week as only the No. 8 group in the Pac-10 Conference. The Bears signed post players Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Bak Bak, but also have a commitment from point guard Brandon Smith of De La Salle High, who is expected to attend without a scholarship his freshman year.

Here’s how rivals ranked the Pac-10 recruiting classes (with national rankings in parenthesis): 1. UCLA (8); 2. Washington (20); 3. Arizona State; 4. USC; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington State; 7, Oregon; 8. Cal; 9. Stanford; 10. Arizona

Arizona, of course, signed no one after coach Lute Olson announced he was retiring.

The big winner nationally, according to rivals, was the Big 12, which signed seven of the top 25 class. Texas (2), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (11) and Oklahoma State (12) led the way.

Jeff Faraudo