Signing period rewind

It was an interesing signing week where a lot of questions went unanswered involving top prospects.

The last two weeks in college basketball recruiting have been interesting. Players committed, de-committed, and one kid has apparently signed a letter of intent but has yet to send it in. Overall everything you could be looking for has happened.

When it comes to de-commitments, two big ones took place, and both involved St. John's. Class of 2012 power forward Ricardo Gathers and former class of 2011 center Norvel Pelle both de-committed from the Red Storm.

Gathers made his decision right before the start of the signing period while Pelle did it right at the end. Losing both players was a huge blow to St. John's, a team that needs some size down low to go with their impressive haul of wings in the 2011 class.

One of the more interesting scenarios still left to sort out involves Andrew White. According to sources White has either signed one letter of intent or multiple letters of intent with the intention of sending one in next week.

Publicly White maintains that he is open and no specific timeframe exists, but things could end soon, potentially next week, with him sending in a signed letter of intent dated before the end of the signing period. Right now Kansas seems to be the school most consistently mentioned, but Richmond, Cincinnati, Georgetown, and Texas also seem to be getting talk from people who know White.

Along with White, Jarnell Stokes decided not to commit during the early period. Stokes, who has Kentucky, Memphis, Arkansas, and Florida in hot pursuit, seems set on waiting until his eligibility is ruled upon in the state of Tennessee.

Stokes made a mid-week trip to Memphis, but the win over Belmont wasn't enough for him to put pen to paper. Right now Stokes maintains that he is open, and no timetable exists, so it will be interesting to see if he stays home, or heads to the SEC.

Another player who thought about signing but didn't was Amile Jefferson. The five-star combo forward took a final official visit to Stanford followed by an unofficial to Villanova, but at the end of the day nothing made him sign on the dotted line.

Along with the Cardinal and the Wildcats, Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut, and North Carolina State remain in the mix. Had he signed early many felt it would be NC State would be the choice, but no one received the final word of a commitment.

As expected prospects like Shabazz Muhammad, Devonta Pollard, Tony Parker, and Anthony Bennett didn't decide. All maintained for a while they would wait until the spring, so nothing shocking happened there.

Currently 13 of the Scout.com top 100 for 2012 remain unsigned, and that means some major recruiting battles will spill into the spring and could greatly alter the landscape of things going forward.


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