Amid a cacophony of voices calling for guard Austin Rivers or forward Anthony Davis to replace Michael Gilchrist as the Class of 2011's top-ranked prospect, only one person seems to be completely unfazed by the chatter.
Yup, that would be Gilchrist himself.
The classy 6-foot-6 wing from New Jersey addressed the topic via Twitter on Thursday night, making it clear to everyone that he won't be that upset if the prestige of the No. 1 ranking goes to someone else.
"Shout out to Anthony Davis," Gilchrist wrote. "A lot of people think I would be mad that he's number 1 but I'm happy for him for real!"
Gilchrist's tweet should serve as a good reminder that the No. 1 ranking provides good fodder for discussion, but it isn't necessarily a harbinger of future stardom at the collegiate or NBA level.
Anyone remember now that Ohio State's B.J. Mullens was Rivals.com's No. 1 recruit in 2008 over the likes of Brandon Jennings (No. 4) or Tyreke Evans (No. 6)? Or that Josh McRoberts was No. 1 on Scout.com's chart in 2005 ahead of luminaries like Tyler Hansbrough (No. 7) or Andrew Bynum (No. 9)?
I won't pretend to have any insight into who the best prospect is among Rivers, Davis and Gilchrist, so I'll leave that up to those who are more informed about such matters.
FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman ranks Davis ahead of Rivers and Gilchrist, gushing that there's not much the versatile 6-foot-9 forward can't do. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News agrees with Goodman, while Scout.com's Dave Telep and Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer both appear ready to at least elevate Davis into the conversation for the top player in the class.
Gilchrist says he's Kentucky-bound. Rivers is thought to be a Duke lean but he's also considering Florida and North Carolina. And Davis had narrowed his list to Ohio State, Syracuse and Kentucky, but Roy Williams spent a lot of time watching him at the Peach Jam tournament this week in hopes of making a late push.
So regardless of which one ultimately earns the No. 1 ranking, one thing is absolutely clear: The rich keep getting richer.