Signing Week: Hot Board

As the initial signing period begins, there are 22 top 100 prospects still available. Who will sign early? Who has leaders? Scout.com takes a look at the 2015 Hot Board.

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

Jaylen Brown

The Situation: Early in the summer Jaylen Brown intended to make an early choice. But once his recruitment ramped up, Brown backed off that idea. He’s now taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky andUCLA. Georgia and Georgia Tech are firmly in the mix and will get unofficials -- likely more than one – during the season. Brown told Scout.com that Roy Williams conducted an in-home visit on Sunday. He also mentioned that North Carolina would get an official visit. Michigan also recently sent an assistant by his school.

Will he sign early? Scout.com’s top rated recruit will wait until the spring to make his college choice.

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

Diamond Stone

The Situation: Stone recently cut his list of schools to Connecticut, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin and he took official visits to all four. With the visits complete the thought was Stone would go ahead and offer up a pledge during the early period. Stone even tweeted that he would announce on November 21st, which is actually two days after the signing period. Now it appears up in the air and sources involved in the recruitment say they don’t know if he will decide early or late. His father has indicated that they don’t have a timetable for a decision.

Will he sign early? If I were a betting man, I’d say Stone makes it out of the early period as an uncommitted prospect.

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 and now has a list he can work with. The contenders are Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. Rabb took an official visit to Kentucky on October 26th and 27th. He’s expected to visit Kansas in the near future as well. 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 and there is plenty of time for things to change.

Will he sign early? No. This one appears pretty cut and dry. Rabb isn’t close to making his college decision.

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 looking at 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: The latest development in Caleb Swanigan’s recruitment has been the emergence of Duke. Duke had him on campus this past weekend for their exhibition game. The day before his trip to Duke, Swanigan went to Michigan State. He also visited Kentucky and Arizona in mid-October. To go with hose four schools, Swanigan is also looking at California, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Alabama and New Mexico.

Will he sign early? It’s evident that Swanigan isn’t in a hurry. Swanigan has no intentions of signing early and is a long way from making his college choice.

10 | Malik Newman| SG | 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 is looking at four schools -- 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 took an official visit to Arizona. On Tuesday, Zimmerman announced that he will take his fifth and final official visit to UNLV on Friday.

Will he sign early? 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 wouldn’t sign a Letter of Intent. I wouldn’t expect a college choice from the big man until after his senior season.

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

Antonio Blakeney

The Situation: Antonio Blakeney has recently taken official visits to Missouri, Kentucky and LSU. Counting the Louisville visit he took previously, he has one official visit left. Blakeney told Scout.com that he would use that trip on North Carolina or North Carolina State. He then would visit the other school unofficially on the same trip. At this point it’s too close to call a favorite.

Will he sign early? Although a switch in plans wouldn’t be a major surprise, all signs point to Blakeney holding off on making a college choice. He told Scout.com he intends to wait.

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? Ingram has been tough to track down lately, thus information has been tough to come by. Originally he was going to sign early, but now it looks like things will go a little longer.

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? Thomas, a four-star big man, will sign during the second signing period.

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. There’s a strong connection in this one to Missouri. Former Huntington Prep coach Rob Fuflord is now an assistant for the Tigers. Fulford and his boss Kim Anderson saw Kapita in action recently.

Will he sign early? Ted Kapita will make his college choice in the spring.

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. There isn’t a favorite to land Dorsey at this point.

Will he sign early? Despite taking all of his visits, Tyler Dorsey will carry his decision into the spring, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

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

Brandon Sampson

The Situation: There have been some rumblings about the possibility of Sampson making a decision next week. Sampson, nor his camp, have said anything publicly to support that. St. John’s, LSU, California and USC have all had him on campus and are the contenders.

Will he sign early? This one could go either way. There’s talk behind the scenes that he could possibly make a decision. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this one continue a little longer.

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 recently 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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