At the top, commits still slow

Pretty soon here, we think, you're going to start seeing a lot of seniors announce their college decisions. Signing day is about 10 weeks away, and in the meantime the season for official campus and in-home visits will kick into high gear.'s new No. 1 prospect, Jaylen Brown, has yet to select a college. That's hardly news in and of itself, but Brown is just one of eight players among the top 10 who's still undecided, a group that also includes Skal Labissiere, Diamond Stone (pictured above), Ivan Rabb, Henry Ellenson, Cheick Diallo, Caleb Swanigan and Malik Newman.

That opens the possibility for a wild, dramatic fall, given the stakes for so many major college programs. Some of the top prospects undoubtedly will push their recruitments into spring, but by and large the action will be most intense and concentrated during the next two-plus months.

Expanding our inquiry beyond the top 10, eight of the top 25 are off the board for a total of 17 ongoing recruitments among those in approximate prep All-American range.

The real question here is how these numbers compare to years past. A year ago at this time, for example, everyone wondered whether the Jahlil Okafor/Tyus Jones package deal would stand up to the pressures surrounding each player (it did, obviously).

But others, such as Karl Towns, Justin Jackson, Chris McCullough and Theo Pinson, already had removed themselves from the board.

None of this will much matter by the time the 2015-16 college hoops season rolls around, because by then everyone will have landed at their chosen destination and it's time to play. It's also worth noting that a full 41 of the top 100 have pledged, so in the back half of the list there's already been far more movement.

Still, it's worth noting because the slow commitment pace at the top trickles down to other players within the Class of 2015. There remain quite a few players outside the top 25 who are waiting while their blue-chip peers continue to mull options, as obviously their own playing time prospects are at stake.

And the slow overall commitment pace within the high-major ranks has seeped into the middle classes. As one mid-major assistant told me last month, "The major programs aren't happy with the class and are recruiting some guys at our level but not really offering in a lot of cases. It's slowing everything down while the kids wait it out."

Of course, from a recruiting writer's perspective, it sets up a fun few weeks. There's so much intrigue from recruitment to recruitment, and one decision could touch off a series of explosions that reverberate throughout the country. We'll cover and catalogue each and every one of them, of course, then assess the fallout following the November signing period. In the meantime, let's usher in the visit season. …

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