Hoops: Where are the Top Recruits Going?

The initial basketball signing period begins in less than two weeks and there are currently 22 players in Scout.com's 2015 top 100 still uncommitted. Who are those 22 players considering and who will sign early? Scout.com breaks it down player by player.

1 | Jaylen Brown | SF | 6-7/215 | Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler

Jaylen Brown

The Situation: At one time, Brown was expected to make a college decision early. But once his recruitment ramped up, Brown backed off that idea. He’s now taken official visits to Kansas and Kentucky and he’s scheduled to visit UCLA this coming weekend. Georgia and Georgia Tech are firmly in the mix and will get unofficials -- likely more than one – during the season. North Carolina has dabbled in his recruitment lately and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they get an official visit. Michigan also recently sent an assistant by his school.

Will he sign early? At this point, it’s evident that Brown, Scout.com’s No. 1 player in the 2015 class, will hold off on making his college choice until the spring.

3 | Skal Labissiere | C | 6-11/205 | Memphis (Tenn.) Reach Your Dream

Skal Labissiere

The Situation: Labissiere recently announced he will finish his high school basketball career off by playing with Reach Your Dream Prep. His next announcement will likely be his college destination. The schools involved are Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Tennessee. Over the past two months he’s taken visits to all six. So the biggest question is where is he headed? In my opinion, it’s more of a two-horse race than all six actually having a chance. The two schools being Memphis and Kentucky. Memphis is the hometown school and Josh Pastner keyed in on him early. The Tigers are the favorite.

Will he sign early? Labissiere has admitted that he intends to announce and sign during the early signing period. He hasn’t announced a date yet, but a decision is expected.

4 | Diamond Stone | C | 6-10/255 | Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican

Diamond Stone

The Situation: Over the past few weeks, Stone has been on a visit spree. Last weekend Stone saw Wisconsin, the two previous weekends he took in Maryland and Oklahoma State. Next up is Connecticut this coming weekend. The school of thought is this race is more between UConn and the local school – Wisconsin. To go with his official to Wisconsin, Stone has been there a handful of times unofficially. His trip to Connecticut will be his second. He took an unofficial to UConn in early June.

Will he sign early? Stone has gone back and forth. Originally the plan was to make a decision during the early period, but a family circumstance slowed things. That said, by the end of this coming weekend he will have officially visited his contenders, so a decision certainly could happen soon.

5 | Ivan Rabb | PF | 6-10/220 | Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd

Ivan Rabb

The Situation: It took a while for Rabb to narrow his list of schools. But he did that last week and now has a list he can work with. The contenders are Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. His first official visit was October 26th and 27th to Kentucky. Next up is Kansas this coming weekend. He’s already been to California unofficially, but I’d expect him to visit there again officially, plus the other two schools involved. Heading into the visits, I would say California was the leader. Cuonzo Martin and staff prioritized him as soon as they got to Berkley. That said, this deal won't end for a while.

Will he sign early? No. This one appears pretty cut and dry. Rabb has always said he would commit when it felt right, but I don’t think it’ll get to that point untilt he spring.

7 | Cheick Diallo | PF | 6-9/215 | Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American

Cheick Diallo

The Situation: Diallo – who is known as one of the hardest playing prospects in the 2015 class – is down to Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and St. John’s. Diallo has taken official visits to all five schools involved. His last trip was to St. John’s the weekend of October 18th. Picking a favorite or a leader for Diallo has been tough. He hasn’t shown his cards and I don’t expect him to anytime soon.

Will he sign early? Although he’s taken visits to the schools involved, I don’t anticipate Diallo, Scout.com’s No. 7 ranked prospect, committing during or just prior to the early signing period.

8 | Caleb Swanigan | C | 6-9/265 | Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Homestead

Caleb Swanigan

The Situation: Just recently Swanigan has started to jump into the recruiting process. He visited Kentucky the weekend of October 11th and then followed that with a trip to Arizona the very next weekend. Swanigan has said he wants to visit California in the near future as well. Other schools involved include Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Alabama and New Mexico.

Will he sign early? It’s evident that Swanigan isn’t in a hurry. Swanigan recently told my colleague Brian Snow that he has no intentions of signing early and is far from making his college choice.

10 | Malik Newman| C | 6-3/180 | Jackson (Miss.) Callaway

Malik Newman

The Situation: Newman has yet to come out with a “list” per se, but the schools that seem to be targeting him include Mississippi, Mississippi State, Connecticut and Kentucky. He’s taken recent unofficial visits to Mississippi and Mississippi State for football games and also visited Kentucky for the Big Blue Madness event. Newman’s father – Horatio Webster – played at Mississippi State.

Will he sign early? Newman has told reporters, including recently my colleague Gene Swindoll, that he intends to make his college decision in the spring.

11 | Carlton Bragg | PF | 6-9/210 | Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela-St. Joseph

Carlton Bragg

The Situation: Carlton Bragg has had his list of schools down to four -- Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. The five-star prospect took in Kansas and Kentucky in back-to-back weekends in October. Bragg had scheduled a visit to UCLA for October 31st, but he postponed the trip. He has visited the Bruins unofficially in the past. He doesn't have a visit date set for Illinois either, but has said he intends to take an official there.

Will he sign early? Bragg recently admitted that he doesn’t want to make his college decision early, but also said he wouldn’t wait all the way until the spring. With his visits nearly complete, he has the information he needs to make his choice.

14 | Stephen Zimmerman | C | 6-11/225 | Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Stephen Zimmerman

The Situation: Much like Bragg, Zimmerman has been on a visit spree. He visited Kansas for Late Night. Then was at Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. Following those trips, Zimmerman saw UCLA. After taking Halloween weekend off, the 7-footer will take an official to Arizona. North Carolina is also in the picture, but a date hasn’t been finalized. While Zimmerman, nor his mother – Lori Stevens – will name a favorite, my gut says Kansas and UCLA sit at the top of this recruitment. With that said, there’s a long ways to go.

Will he sign early? As I said above, there is a long ways to go in this one. Although Zimmerman will have taken all but one of his visits by mid-November, the plan has always been to wait it out and that hasn’t changed. Stevens also told Scout.com that Zimmerman won’t sign a Letter of Intent. I wouldn’t expect a college choice from the big man until after his senior season.

15 | Isaiah Briscoe | SG | 6-2/180 | Roselle (N.J.) Catholic

Isaiah Briscoe

The Situation: The five-star combination guard is down to three schools – Connecticut, Kentucky and St. John’s. Briscoe has visited all three schools, including St. John’s two weeks ago. All that’s left for Briscoe is to announce his choice. The word is Steve Lavin and St. John’s have moved to the very top of this list. So heading into decision time, the Red Storm are the favorite.

Will he sign early? All signs point to Briscoe going ahead and getting this thing done. At times, he had planned to wait it out, but with his list narrowed and visits complete, Briscoe appears primed to get this done in the fall.

22 | Antonio Blakeney | SG | 6-4/175 | Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge

Antonio Blakeney

The Situation: A one-time Louisville commit, Blakeney backed off that pledge and is back in the full swing of things. He’s already taken a visit to Missouri and has scheduled trips to Kentucky (Nov. 1st) and LSU (Nov. 8th). Blakeney recently told Scout.com that North Carolina and N.C. State will both get visits, but one will have to be an unofficial since he would have reached his limit of five visits. Who’s the favorite? At this point, it’s a close call. LSU has been there the longest, but there’s a ways to go with at the very least two more visits – likely four – in play.

Will he sign early? This could go either way. Missouri, LSU and Kentucky are the schools that he’s talked about the most, so there’s a chance after he takes the scheduled visits he could settle on a choice. When I spoke to him on October 21st he said he was leaning towards a late decision, but it was up in the air.

26 | Brandon Ingram | SG | 6-8/190 | Kinston (N.C.) High

Brandon Ingram

The Situation: Much like many of these other top tier uncommitted guys, Ingram has been on a whirlwind of college visits. He was at Kansas for Late Night, Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and then saw UCLA the weekend of October 25th. Prior to that he took official visits to Duke and North Carolina, plus an unofficial to North Carolina State. While the national powers have done a great job with Ingram, I find it hard to believe he gets out of the state. The question then becomes which school in the state does he goes with?

Will he sign early? Signs point to Ingram making an early college choice. With that said, he’s been very quiet lately and hasn’t been doing interviews. The college coaches recruiting him expect him to make an early decision.

31 | Thomas Bryant | C | 6-10/220 | Huntington (W.V.) Prep

Thomas Bryant

The Situation: This is certainly one of the more trickier recruitments left. There is a strong influence in Bryant’s camp pushing for Syracuse, but it’s certainly not a done deal for the Orangemen from the best I can tell. Indiana and Missouri are certainly factors in this recruitment. I don’t see this one ending any time soon.

Will he sign early? All indications are that Thomas, a four-star big man, will sign during the second signing period.

33 | P.J. Dozier | PG | 6-6/185 | Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley

P.J. Dozier

The Situation: Dozier will finish the visit portion of his recruitment on Saturday. He’s currently visiting Louisville. Prior to seeing the Cardinals, Dozier has taken official visits to Georgetown, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. One of the primary factors in his recruitment is he wants to play in college with the ball in his hands and not all the schools are recruiting him as a point guard. This one could go a few different directions and Dozier has been pretty methodical with his recruitment, but Louisville is getting a lot of talk among Scout.com's sources.

Will he sign early? This appears to be a recruitment that ends early. Dozier will have all his visits completed by November 1st. He’ll then have two weeks to come up with a decision and sign early.

34| Ted Kapita| C | 6-9/220 | Huntington (W.V.) Prep

Ted Kapita

The Situation: Kapita’s recruitment has been the least publicized of the players discussed in this report. He has taken visits to Arkansas and Memphis. Missouri, Oregon and SMU are also involved in this one. At this point, I couldn’t point to a favorite.

Will he sign early? This one has the uncertainty and appearance that it will go until the spring, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Kapita opted to make an early decision. This one we’ll be tracking closely over the next two weeks.

39 | Tyler Dorsey | SG | 6-4/175 | Pasadena (Calif.) Marantha

Tyler Dorsey

The Situation: Dorsey, a talented scorer out of California, has now taken all five his official visits. He visited Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona State and California in that order. According to his AAU coach Dinos Trigonis, the trips didn’t separate the schools: “He liked all five visits and all five are still in play.”

Will he sign early? With his visits complete, you would think Dorsey is closing in on his choice. Trigonis told Scout.com that it’s leaning that way: “I would say it’s 80-20 that signs early. There’s a chance he could wait.”

59 | Brandon Sampson | SG | 6-4/170 | Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Preparatory Academy

Brandon Sampson

The Situation: One of the better perimeter scorers still on the board has now taken recent college visits to USC (this past weekend), St. John’s, LSU and California. St. John’s seems to have a lot of momentum in this recruitment, but keep in mind his former high school teammate – Jarrell Martin – is a standout at LSU.

Will he sign early? This one could go either way and his high school coach – Jeff Jones – admitted that to Scout.com’s Brian Snow recently. With his visits completed one would think he’s close to a decision, but this one is too close to call.

66 | Derrick Jones | SF | 6-6/190 | Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll

Derrick Jones

The Situation: This has been a tough recruitment to figure out, partly because Jones isn’t the most accessible. With that said, he’s currently listing five schools – Auburn, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and UNLV. He visited UNLV for their Red/Grey festivities and they are firmly in the mix.

Will he sign early? My guess would be no, but in this recruitment anything is possible. That said, I'm not anticipating a decision from him during the initial signing period.

69 | Tevin Mack | SF | 6-6/190 | Columbia (S.C.) Dreher

Tevin Mack

The Situation: It appears that Tevin Mack, a 6-foot-5 scorer out of South Carolina, is inching towards making his college decision. He took his last visit to local school South Carolina the weekend of October 18th. Prior to that visit he visited Clemson, Connecticut, Georgia and VCU.

Will he sign early? I would be surprised if Mack didn’t come up with his college decision and sign during the early period. He’s taken his visits and has done his homework. I expect a decision soon.

88 | Marcus LoVett | PG | 5-11/155 | Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park

Marcus LoVett

The Situation: LoVett left the west and is finishing up his high school career at Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park. The move has spurred mid-west schools to see him and it has led to recent scholarship offers from DePaul, Illinois, Kansas and Tennessee. Outside of those schools, LoVett’s list is unclear and it’s entirely too early in the process to pick a favorite or probably landing spot.

Will he sign early? All signs point to LoVett making his college decision in the spring.

92 | Traci Carter | PG | 6-0/160 | Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy

Traci Carter

The Situation: After suffering a knee injury that forced him to the sidelines for the entire spring and summer, Carter is just starting to get healthy. According to his mentor Donnie Carr, Providence, SMU, Tennessee, La Salle, DePaul and Auburn are the schools recruiting Carter. He hasn’t taken any recent visits and doesn’t have any planned. “He is just getting ready for the season,” Carr told Scout.com.

Will he sign early? Not a chance. The injury set Carter’s recruitment back, but I expect him to be a hot name during the high school basketball season because he has high major talent at a position that is lacking depth. He doesn’t have a high major offer to date, but that will change.

95 | K.J. Walton | SG | 6-3/185 | Brownsburg (Ind.) High

K.J. Walton

The Situation: There isn’t a lot to report regarding Walton, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Browsburg. Walton’s focus is currently on academics and his upcoming high school season, not the recruiting process. As far as we can tell, Walton doesn't have a narrowed down list.

Will he sign early? There doesn’t appear to be any chance that Walton signs during the first signing period.

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