|Will Tyler Roberson decide this week between Kansas, Villanova and Syracuse? Signs point to yes. (Nike)|
After hundreds of commitments over the past couple of years, college announcements will finally mean something. Yes, the early signing period is finally here.
Prospects will put pen to paper and make their oral pledge official. Once that signature goes on the dotted line, it's a done deal. No decommitments, no wavering.
Letters-of-intent will be pouring in over the next few days, and CBSSports.com will have everything covered. Check in throughout the day for updates on official signees, commitment news -- and which key players are still waiting to make a final decision.
5 p.m.: Overall, it's been a quiet day. There were a couple of noteworthy commitments in Brandon Randolph and Mamadou Ndiaye, but that's about it. No one made news by deciding to pass up on signing a letter-of-intent ... yet. If a couple of marquee recruits go the entire period without signing, we will certainly keep you updated on the situation.
With Ndiaye off the board, there are 14 top-100 prospects left to announce. It looks like Tyler Roberson, Brandon Austin, Kennedy Meeks and BeeJay Anya could make decisions in the coming days. Of course, continue to check in with the Eye On College Basketball Recruiting blog for the latest in news and updates across the recruiting landscape. And special thanks to everyone who asked a question!
Here is the rest of our signing day and recruiting coverage:
2014: Top 50
Marquette did a great job with the 2013 class. Buzz Williams nabbed three top-75 players in Deonte Burton, Duane Wilson and JaJuan Johnson, but the sleeper of the group is junior college transfer Jameel McKay. He's one of the best players in the junior college ranks and should be ready to make an immediate impact. As for Wisconsin, it's not that far from being near the top 25. Bronson Koenig is a solid top-100 prospect, and the addition of Nigel Hayes over the weekend was a nice move.
4:51 p.m.: Memphis received signatures from Markel Crawford, Kuran Iverson and Rashawn Powell. Austin Nichols and Nick King are expected to make it official on Friday.
4:49 p.m.: From @BMoline11: Your thoughts on John Groce's first class at Illinois?
I'm actually higher on the Fighting Illini's 2013 recruiting class than most people. I have them slotted in at No. 16 in the country, and they could have moved a bit higher, too. Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill and Austin Colbert are all in my top 100, while Jaylon Tate and Maverick Morgan are both very solid prospects. Nunn is the headliner of the group, especially because he's from Chicago, but going to the East Coast and getting Colbert was also impressive. Groce is off to a great start in Champaign.
4:15 p.m.: Wow. Big news. Like, seriously. The guy is big. Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7-foot-5 center ranked No. 85 in the class of 2013, has signed to play for UC-Irvine. Dave Telep of ESPN.com was first with the news. Ndiaye chose the Anteaters over Pepperdine and Georgetown. Here's some video of his performances during the summer:
4:10 p.m.: Time to send out some links to the other early signing period coverage ...
4:04 p.m.: Members of Notre Dame's top-15 class have all signed. "We felt that we needed to strengthen our perimeter game with this year's class and I really think that we accomplished that," coach Mike Brey said.
4 p.m.: Louisville's quartet of Anton Gill, Chris Jones, Akoy Agau and Terry Rozier is good to go. "This entire class shoots the ball," head coach Rick Pitino said. "That was a priority with us. Every one of them shoots it well and that is a much-needed attribute for our team."
|Talented guard JaQuan Lyle will be a highly-recruited player in the class of 2014. (Nike)|
3:57 p.m.: Another one from @TheReal_Butters: Do you see any IU commits rising in the rankings? And are there any 2014 players IU has a lead on?
Noah Vonleh can't really get much higher than he is, while Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson are steady in the 40-60 range. I really liked Luke Fischer the last time I watched him play, and he moved into the top-15 centers ranking. Could he crack the latter end of the top 100? Maybe, but I don't see it. In 2014, Indiana is involved with JaQuan Lyle, D'Angelo Russell, Dwayne Morgan, Trevon Bluiett and others.
3:51 p.m.: From @lvillefan11: Do you see 2014 JaQuan Lyle as a Louisville lean?
Lyle is going along pretty slowly in his recruitment, and rightfully so. He has plenty of time before he has to make a decision. Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana are all heavily involved with him, but I think he's going to want to go somewhere he will get immediate playing time. It will be interesting to see how the decisions of Lyle and D'Angelo Russell affect one another.
3:48 p.m.: From @ericmorley09: You know of any big men looking at UNLV if Bennett is 1 and done?
Well, the Runnin' Rebels have pick-and-pop top-50 recruit Christian Wood in the fold already, and there is also plenty of depth on the current roster. Moreover, Connecticut transfer Roscoe Smith and redshirt Demetris Morant are sitting out this season. Even if Bennett, Moser and Birch all go pro, the inside rotation will still have players. If any of them stick around, Dave Rice will be loaded once again. UNLV also has talented JC transfer Jelan Kendrick in the class.
3:29 p.m.: From @brosephs950: How does Temple's class look?
It's a small class, but Josh Brown is a nice pickup. He committed last year, then decommitted -- then recommitted to the Owls. He's a borderline top-100 prospect who doesn't jump out at you at first glance, but is impressive on repeated viewings. He's long and can play both guard positions. Brown defends effectively, and is very good in transition. He's joined by Kyle Green in the 2012 class.
3:27 p.m.: Butler's blowout loss to Xavier on Tuesday doesn't mean the Bulldogs are down. In fact, they have a good class. @zahonen wonders: Can Butler's 2013 class make up for the misses in the 2010 and 2011 classes?
Right now, the Bulldogs have an underrated group. Nolan Berry is a versatile offensive forward whose stock has dropped a bit over the past couple years, but he is still certainly a talented prospect. Brad Stevens also dipped into New England for two players, nabbing Rene Castro and Andrew Chrabascz. Castro is a highly-productive guard who can get into the lane and is not afraid of contact. He is a solid ball-handler and initiates offense. Chrabascz is a very tough, very physical inside player. He's not going to be explosive down low, but he is a very good rebounder and can finish.
3:03 p.m.: Former Pepperdine commit -- and top-100 recruit -- Brandon Randolph is back off the board. He committed to Xavier on Wednesday afternoon, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. Randolph is a strong guard who needs to improve his outside shot. His toughness should fit well with the Musketeers.
2:35 p.m.: Colorado announced all three of its letters-of-intent have arrived. In an interesting twist, small forward Tre'Shaun Lexing has changed his last name to Fletcher. "Quality players, quality people and students," coach Tad Boyle said. "They all bring the whole package."
2:11 p.m.: As expected, it doesn't look like Andrew Wiggins will be making a decision during the early period. "He hasn't given any indication that it would be now," said Rob Fulford, the head coach at Huntington Prep (W.Va.). He also said the five schools on Wiggins' list have all been showing similar interest: Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina,
2:04 p.m.: LSU announced three letters-of-intent are in, from Jarell Martin, Tim Quarterman and Jordan Mickey. The Tigers have a top-10 class. Georgia Tech's papers from Solomon Poole and Quinton Stephens are in.
|Top-10 prospect Noah Vonleh should make an immediate impact at Indiana. (Adidas)|
1:42 p.m.: From @TheReal_Butters: How is IU going to look in upcoming seasons with all the long athletes they having coming in?
Pretty damn awesome. Let's assume Cody Zeller leaves for the NBA, and Derek Elston, Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls are all seniors. So Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Hanner Perea, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Remy Abell, etc. are all still there -- and are joined by another top-five recruiting class. Noah Vonleh will be a beast right away, and Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams are solid. Luke Fischer can play inside. Tom Crean will have a ton of talent on his hands.
1:41 p.m.: I've been told both Kasey Hill and Chris Walker have officially signed with Florida. Walker, though, is supposed to have a ceremony at 3 p.m.
1:39 p.m.: From @TweetMonster87: Any chance of Nova landing the big guy from Las Vegas (I think his name is Gavin Schilling)?
His name is indeed Gavin Schilling. Originally from Illinois, he now plays at Findlay Prep out in the desert. The big man still has a long list to wade through, as UCLA, USC, Minnesota, Villanova, Arizona,
1:14 p.m.: From @jaysoon: What would landing Meeks do for the Tar Heels' class?
Right now, it's been North Carolina and Georgetown for Kennedy Meeks, one of the best available big men in the class. If he chooses the Tar Heels -- as we predict -- their class would shoot up the rankings. Already in the fold are No. 20-ranked prospect Isaiah Hicks and No. 64-ranked prospect Nate Britt. With Meeks at No. 26, North Carolina would have a trio that could compare favorably with most teams outside the top five. The Tar Heels would push for the top five, but likely land just outside.
1:10 p.m.: Great question from @onlinerailbird: Which "mid-major" programs recruit at a high major level?
You have to start with Josh Pastner and Memphis. He's been getting elite-level talent since Calipari left for Kentucky, and he has a top-five recruiting class this year. In the Big East, don't expect much to change. Xavier consistently gets a good crop of players, including top-30 point guard Semaj Christon last season. Gonzaga always seems to find a highly-touted prospect. Lately, though, teams like UNLV and San Diego State have been making inroads. UNLV, especially, is making big moves with elite-level players. Look out for Rhode Island going forward.
1:08 p.m.: From @gq2scoops: With every thing going on with Bazz & UCLA, why do you still think the Hamilton brothers will go there & not UNLV?
Not sure the Shabazz Muhammad situation affects Isaac Hamilton and his brother all that much. Muhammad would likely not even be there with Hamilton arrives, whether the NCAA intervened or not. I think it's a tough call with Hamilton, but UCLA had a lot of momentum recently. UTEP, San Diego State, Baylor all still in the mix, along with UNLV and Washington.
1:04 p.m.: @bake_14: Zona getting anything done?
Right now, Arizona has a top-25 recruiting class, with five-star forward Rondae Jefferson and West coast scorer Elliott Pitts. Jefferson is a big-time talent who can play multiple positions and make plays for teammates. Arizona is also in the mix for Aaron Gordon, and could be right there with Washington. In the end, expect those two to battle it out for Gordon.
12:39 p.m.: Zak Irvin rose up the rankings in the summer -- and it resulted in Michigan's class moving up as a whole. He signed his letter-of-intent today.
12:25 p.m.: Another one from @YungFlanagan: If Dakari does commit, how high would they rise in your ranks?
Right now, we've got the Orange at No. 23 -- a little lower than some of the other recruiting outlets out there. Tyler Ennis is an absolute stud, and B.J. Johnson is developing. Ron Patterson is solid and Chinoso Obokoh has potential. Adding a legitimate elite big man like Dakari Johnson would make it as high as No. 5 in the country. Ennis and Johnson would be a great inside-outside duo.
12:15 p.m.: Purdue has all three of its signatures in -- Bryson Scott, Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman comprise a top-25 class. "With the class before this one having three bigs, we needed to add some depth in our backcourt," head coach Matt Painter said. "I think we've been able to land three very good players."
|John Calipari has reeled in yet another No. 1 recruiting class for Kentucky. (US Presswire)|
11:55 a.m.: We've already mentioned that Kentucky has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, but who is chasing the Wildcats -- or at least competing for the No. 2 spot? We take a look at the Top 25 Recruiting Classes in the country.
11:43 a.m.: Really good question. From @cpevans31: Do you think this goes down as one of best classes of all time? How many one and dones do you think their is in this class?
The class of 2013 was great at the top heading into the summer, and it only got better when guys like Wayne Selden, Noah Vonleh, Dakari Johnson and Andrew Wiggins reclassified from 2014. It is the best class since 2007, when guys like Derrick Rose and Kevin Love dominated the circuit. Wiggins is one-and-done, while the Harrison twins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon could join him. Players like Chris Walker could do the same. There are a lot of one-and-done possibilities with this group.
11:35 a.m.: Maryland has Roddy Peters wrapped up, but @Topher_UMDTerps wants to know what sort of impact Peters will make in College Park.
Peters was something of a backup plan for Mark Turgeon, with the focus mostly on the Harrison twins -- but don't let that fool you. Peters has been getting better and better over the past year, and is threatening to crack the top 50. He's got great size for the position, and makes smart plays. He also defends well. Peters could push Pe'Shon Howard for the starting point guard spot immediately.
11:32 a.m.: From @UKsportsBigMarv: Which of the three is UK most likely to land in your opinion, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Dakari Johnson?
Interesting question. I think Florida and Texas have the lead for Randle, with schools like North Carolina State attempting to make up ground. Aaron Gordon has Washington and Arizona ahead of the pack. That leaves Dakari Johnson, who is still making headway in his recruitment. Florida and Syracuse have the early lead, but there's a long way to go. Can Calipari make a move?
11:30 a.m: From @fredmeds: How is Duke commitment Matt Jones rated?
We have Jones ranked No. 34, right ahead of future teammate Semi Ojeleye. Jones is a big-time shooter with range who continues to improve his ability to go off the bounce. When his shot is falling, he's very difficult to guard. With Rasheed Sulaimon in front of him in Durham, he won't start right away, but he'll find ways to get points.
11:19 a.m.: It's not signing day for class of 2015 prospects, but @gadyca has a question about Karl Towns: Rumor has it that Karl Towns will commit on Dec. 4th. Where do you think he's leaning, and why so early?
We're hearing the same thing regarding Towns, and yes, it's very early. Towns, though, has been recruited at a high level for a couple of years now, and he could be tiring of the process. With that said, would we be surprised if he postponed his decision? Not at all. Kentucky is the leader right now, as Towns has a great relationship with John Calipari from the Dominican Republic national team. Florida and Duke are chasing.
11:18 a.m.: Missouri also received a letter-of-intent from its second top-100 commitment, point guard Wes Clark.
11:15 a.m.: Alabama has its prized big man. Jimmie Taylor has officially signed, according to his Twitter.
It's official. Roll Tide Baby !!!!!!!— Jimmie Taylor (@J_Taylor10) November 14, 2012
10:59 a.m.: @Devans100: Will Kansas get one of the other big names in the spring?
The Jayhawks are involved with several of the top uncommitted guys remaining. They are in the final three for Tyler Roberson, who is expected to choose this week between Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova. As for guys who will wait until the spring, Kansas is on the lists of Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson. With that said, Bill Self has ground to make up with each of those four.
10:56 a.m.: @MVender is curious about the Rysheed Jordan situation.
Jordan is one of the top uncommitted players in the country, and it doesn't look like he plans on making a decision soon. He's a long and athletic guard, with good ball-handling ability. He also knows how to create his own shot and get into the lane. In terms of recruiting, Syracuse and St. John's had the edge a couple weeks ago, with Rutgers and Temple chasing. The Orange have two guards already in the 2013 class, in five-star PG Tyler Ennis and former Indiana signee Ron Patterson. Syracuse loves playing with two ball-handlers on the court, so Jordan would fit in fine. St. John's, though, can offer Jordan 32 minutes per game right off the bat.
Just imagine this lineup -- Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Wiggins, Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein, with James Young and Marcus Lee coming off the bench. And that is assuming Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel leave. If any of them stay, the team gets even better. Just with the Harrisons and Wiggins, Kentucky has the pieces to win a national title.
10:52 a.m.: From @Cards4Real: What do you think of Louisville's 2013 class?
I like the Cardinals' four-man group, ranking them in the top 10 nationally. (My complete rankings will be released today.) Anton Gill can score, Terry Rozier continues to improve, and Akoy Agau is a solid big man with potential. The gem of the group, though, is junior college transfer Chris Jones. He's arguably the best junior college player in the country, and will immediately step in and replace Peyton Siva next season. It's a really good class.
10:46 a.m.: Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith tweeted that top-100 big man Kyle Washington has signed on the dotted line for North Carolina State. Anthony "Cat" Barber is left for the Wolfpack.
10:45 a.m.: Johnathan Williams III took much longer to announce his commitment than to actually sign his papers. He's official to Missouri.
10:41 a.m.: Rick Pitino has his replacement for Peyton Siva. Chris Jones, the top-ranked junior college player in the country, has signed.
Its done i'm officially a Louisville Cardinal Letssss Goooo twitter.com/iAM_UNGUARDABL…— Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) November 14, 2012
10:33 a.m.: Kentucky's first signature is in. Marcus Lee, ranked No. 43 in the country, tweeted that he has officially signed.
10:26 a.m.: Charleston received signatures from Terrance O'Donohue and Joseph Chealey, a couple of quality prospects. "We were fortunate we only needed to sign two players, which is much more manageable in your first year," head coach Doug Wojcik said.
10:20 a.m.: From @MSpellacy: do you really think UConn has a leg up for Brandon Austin?
As you mentioned, it's between Providence and Connecticut for Austin. Georgetown and some other schools have fallen out of consideration, while Texas has too much ground to make up on the Big East schools. The former Penn State commit is likely to decide in the coming weeks, and I think the Huskies might edge out the Friars. Austin likes Kevin Ollie, and Connecticut has plenty of momentum with its impressive start to the college season. Could that momentum carry over with Austin?
10:17 a.m.: @barroner wants to know about Vincent Hunter, one of the best uncommitted prospects not included in our feature. He fell just outside the top 100, but is ranked among the top 25 small forwards in the country.
Hunter's recruitment has been quiet lately, and he has an interesting trio of schools on his list: DePaul, UTEP and Long Beach State. Three very different schools in three very different locations. It looks like he will sign in the early period, but he still has visits left to take. He already tripped to DePaul, and might visit again.
10:15 a.m.: From @onlinerailbird: Michigan State likely to get involved with any of those 15? Believe they have 2 ships open.
Well, they're heavily involved with Jabari Parker, as I'm sure you know. In fact, I predict the Spartans will land Parker. I doubt they would get involved at this stage with any of the other remaining prospects, as they are all pretty much set with their school lists. In 2014, expect them to make a huge run at Cliff Alexander -- they could be the favorites to land him.
10:13 a.m.: From @zacmenshouse: A lot of talk about Wiggins to FSU. You predict UK. Can you ellaborate more on his recruitment?
Not too much to elaborate on. Florida State and Kentucky are the definite favorites at this point, and the Seminoles could indeed be the leader right now. But the longer it goes on -- and it doesn't look like Wiggins plans on making a decision anytime soon -- it's tough to count out John Calpari and the Wildcats. They make up ground faster than anyone.
9:54 a.m.: @JohnJayMJr asks "If Hamilton doesn't go to UCLA, is Baylor 2nd most likely landing spot?", while @AztecHoops wants to know if Hamilton will sign early.
The plan was for him to sign late, but there has been plenty of talk about him making a decision soon. With so many schools still involved, it could be tough for him to decide, though. UCLA might be the leader, but UTEP is also right there. San Diego State had done the best job with him up until recent weeks.
9:47 a.m.: First question of the day comes from @YungFlanagan: Do you think Cuse gets Roberson, Lawrence or Jordan if Dakari chooses somewhere else?
Well, Tyler Roberson is expected to decide very soon -- so he won't be affected by Dakari Johnson's decision. The thing about Johnson is that he just reclassified from 2014, so I wouldn't expect a decision for awhile. Jermaine Lawrence and Rysheed Jordan are likely to sign late. St. John's is involved heavily with both players.
9:30 a.m.: There are only 15 players left in our top 100 that have yet to make a decision. Where are they going? We break each recruitment down, and make a prediction. Who's Left? Top Uncommitted Players