Who's left? Breaking down the top uncommitted players
Early signing day is finally here -- but the fun will not end this week. 14 top-100 ranked players are still on the board, and we break down each of the recruitments.
|No. 1-ranked prospect Andrew Wiggins will wait until the spring signing period to decide on a college. (Nike)|
If you had asked me in August about the top uncommitted players, I could have rattled off dozens of top-100 players still on the board. After an extended flurry of commitment over the past couple of months, though, we sit here on the first day of the early signing period with just 15 players in the top 100 without a pledge. Moreover, a couple of those guys are expected to make decisions in the next week or two. As a result, we could have fewer than 10 top-100 players dragging their recruitments out until the end of the high school season. With that said, much like Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad last season, several elite prospects could choose to wait until the spring.
Where do the 15 uncommitted players in our top 100 stand? Here’s a look at their recruitments – as well as where we think they will end up.
1. Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 overall)
- Considering: Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kansas, Ohio State
- Since reclassifying from 2014, Wiggins has only expanded his recruitment. With that said, Kentucky and Florida State have the edge.
- Prediction: Kentucky
|Michigan State and Duke continue to hold the lead for Jabari Parker. (US Presswire)|
2. Jabari Parker (No. 2)
- Considering: Michigan State, Duke, Florida, BYU, Stanford
- Parker does not plan on making a decision in the next few weeks, as he still plans to visit BYU and Stanford. Could Florida make a run?
- Prediction: Michigan State
3. Aaron Gordon (No. 4)
- Considering: Arizona, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Kansas
- Arizona and Washington have seemingly had the edge for much of his recruitment, but Kentucky is hoping to make up ground.
- Prediction: Washington
4. Julius Randle (No. 6)
- Considering: Florida, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Kansas, Oklahoma
- Kentucky has faded somewhat in Randle’s recruitment, with Texas and Florida in the lead. Visits to NC State and Kansas are on the docket.
- Prediction: Texas
5. Dakari Johnson (No. 8)
- Considering: Florida, Syracuse, Kentucky, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State
- The elite big man only reclassified recently, so his recruitment hasn’t revved up too much. Florida, Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown are heard the most.
- Prediction: Syracuse
6. Jermaine Lawrence (No. 15)
- Considering: St. John’s, Cincinnati, UNLV, Syracuse
- Lawrence trimmed his list to four last week, and he doesn’t plan to make a decision early. He hasn’t taken any official visits yet.
- Prediction: Cincinnati
7. Keith Frazier (No. 16)
- Considering: Texas A&M, Arizona, SMU, LSU, Texas
- Frazier plans to wait until the spring, and there hasn’t been much talked about with him. Texas A&M, SMU and Arizona have done well.
- Prediction: Texas A&M
|Can UCLA continue its late run and close the deal with Isaac Hamilton? (Nike)|
8. Isaac Hamilton (No. 17)
- Considering: San Diego State, UNLV, UCLA, Baylor, Washington, UTEP
- Hamilton originally trimmed his list to five schools – and then UCLA joined the fun and could be considered the leader. Tough to call.
- Prediction: UCLA
9. Kennedy Meeks (No. 26)
- Considering: North Carolina, Georgetown
- Meeks is likely to decide in the coming days, and he’s down to two. He’s from North Carolina, and the Tar Heels have the edge at this point.
- Prediction: North Carolina
10. Tyler Roberson (No. 37)
- Considering: Syracuse, Kansas, Villanova
- Another player who plans to make a decision this week, Roberson has played close to the vest. ‘Cuse was the leader, but they Orange might have faded.
- Prediction: Villanova
11. BeeJay Anya (No. 44)
- Considering: North Carolina State
- There’s no one left on Anya’s list besides North Carolina State, so it looks like the Wolfpack are the winners. Decision to come this week.
- Prediction: North Carolina State
12. Brandon Austin (No. 49)
- Considering: Providence, Connecticut, Texas
- Austin is not likely to wait much longer to decide. The former Penn State commit has canceled some visits, and should end up in the Big East.
- Prediction: Connecticut
13. Rysheed Jordan (No. 56)
- Considering: Syracuse, St. John’s, Rutgers, Temple
- After canceling a trip to UCLA, Jordan has four fairly local schools in the mix. St. John’s and Syracuse had the edge, but ‘Cuse has guards in tow.
- Prediction: St. John’s
14. Mamadou Ndiaye (No. 85)
- Considering: Pepperdine, Georgetown, UC-Irvine
- Things have been quiet for Ndiaye – well, as quiet as things can be for someone 7-foot-5. Georgetown has tried hard to make headway.
- Prediction: Pepperdine
- Considering: Missouri, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Florida State, UCLA
- Several times, it's seemed like Clark was ready to make a college decision. Now, it's unclear. Missouri and Oklahoma State are in there strong.
- Prediction: Oklahoma State
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