Roundtable: Out of the blue?

Each week, we ask the hoops recruiting team to ruminate on a specific question.

Okay, we're just a few days from the onset of the fall signing period. Scout naturally will blanket coverage from signing week, but this week's question will tap into your thoughts prior to signing day.

To wit, without necessarily predicting a specific commitment, which unsigned prospect atop the senior class — and one who is expected to pick a winner by next week — is likely to make the most surprising choice?

Evan Daniels: At this point I'm starting to think only four more top 100 prospects will come up with a college decision just prior or during the early signing period. Those four players are Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe, Perry Dozier and Tevin Mack.

I don't know if any of the four is likely to make a "surprise" choice per se. The one I'm having trouble getting a grasp on is Mack's recruitment. Of these four recruits, Mack is probably the least talked about. He has taken visits to Clemson, Connecticut, Georgia, South Carolina and VCU. He hasn't set a decision date, but I'm sure he will soon and at this point there isn't a school I'd claim as the favorite.

Brian Snow: I think the easy answer here is Tevin Mack because no one seems to have a great handle on what he is going to decide. Early on it looked like Georgia, but now I'm not so sure.

Still the answer to me is Skal Labissiere because if there is one thing we have learned with this situation, it is that anything is possible. The smart money is on him picking Memphis, but I don't think anybody would feel real comfortable picking what Skal will do, and with good reason.

Josh Gershon: I think an out of nowhere commitment could come from Brandon Sampson (pictured above). Maybe not necessarily on Signing Day, but during the early signing period. The 2015 Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep shooting guard has always been considered a spring signee and hasn't been shy about proclaiming those intentions.

However, multiple sources close to the recruitment think that Sampson could end things in the fall and the programs recruiting him are currently operating under those assumptions. St. John's, LSU, California and USC are all possibilities, should Sampson make an early decision.

Rob Harrington: You know, I think the number of guys who wait until spring is going to crimp fall drama a bit. With logjams at several power programs, I think some of the recruits are waiting to assess who might leave for the NBA following this season.

That said, the Skal Labissiere situation is highly volatile. With the eligibility snafu and sudden new high school, the long-held assumptions being made about his recruitment — that he’s a Memphis lock — seem a little stale. I’m not discounting the Tigers’ chances at all, but I don’t think people have a great feel for what he’ll do next.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report

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