Signing period is set to begin

Despite the nation's top prospect, Shabazz Muhammad, not signing this time around, Scout.com's expects more action during the November signing period than in years past.

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In recent years, the college basketball signing periods have been relatively quiet.

But this year the early signing period, which begins on Wednesday, should provide us with quite a bit of action.

There are 20 top 100 prospects still available and we estimate that at least six and as many as 10 could possibly opt to sign during the early period, which runs until Nov. 16.

Three highly regarded prospects we expect to sign this week are Scout.com's No. 12 overall prospect Gary Harris, No. 16 Alex Poythress and No. 18 prospect Robert Carter.

Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern High School, took his final visit this past weekend to Michigan State. He is also considering Purdue, Kentucky and Indiana.

Poythress announced on Monday that he will make his decision public on Thursday after school. The 6-8 combo forward is down to Memphis, Vanderbilt, Florida and Kentucky. His last official visit was to Memphis.

The 6-foot-9 Carter, who is known as one of the top post scorers in the 2012 class, took an official visit to Florida this past weekend. Georgia Tech is heavily interested in the Lithonia (Ga.) Shiloh standout, as is Georgia. He will announce his decision Thursday.

There is also a good chance Amile Jefferson, Zena Edosomwan, and Robert Upshaw make decisions and sign during the early period.

Nation's top prospect will wait it out

There won't be any movement from Scout.com's No. 1 prospect Shabazz Muhammad during the November signing period.

Although Muhammad has taken a number of college visits, the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman player has made it clear he plans to wait out the process.

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"We haven't taken enough visits," Muhammad's father Ron Holmes told Scout.com. "He wants to look at the teams' play.

"Like with UNLV we don't really know anything about them. The relationship is there, but we haven't seen how they are going to play."

Muhammad is considering Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and UNLV. His father stressed that they wanted to watch the schools involved during the season.

"We really want to look at the incoming freshman and seeing how they are doing," Holmes explained. "We know what the coaches are saying, but we want to see it."

So far, Muhammad has taken official visits to Texas A&M and Kentucky. He also has taken unofficial visits to Arizona, UCLA, USC, UNLV, Duke and Kansas.

Holmes told Scout.com that his son will visit Duke officially for its game against North Carolina. He also mentioned they will take an official visit to Kansas. That would leave one official visit left.

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