The fall signing period has ended, and Class of 2015 recruiting has entered a state of relevant dormancy. That said, who's one unsigned senior who's recruitment you'll track very closely during the season. This could be someone within your region or outside it.
Evan Daniels: A name that is picking up steam seems to Traci Carter of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy. It's interest, though, because he's been ranked in Scout's top 100 since early February.
But his recruitment has been somewhat underwhelming. While he did have a strong junior season, he was forced to sidelines in the spring and summer because of a torn meniscus. So I think that's what has slowed things down for him. Now that the season is gearing up to start, he is starting to see some new interest.
St. John's is his newest offer. California, Louisville and Memphis are now involved as well. Rick Pitino watched him work out last Tuesday. Life Center plays a pretty good schedule, so they will certainly be seen. Carter is a player we are tracking and the type of prospect that I could see having a big senior season.
Brian Snow: For me. it is clearly Caleb Swanigan (pictured above). Swanigan not only lives in the same state as I do, he is the one kid who in this class at the top who doesn't even really have a list of schools yet, let alone a favorite.
He has visited Duke, California, Arizona, Kentucky, and Michigan State at different points in the process, but coming up with a top eight, let alone a top five would seem to be nothing more than guess work right now. Swanigan is taking a close look at how teams play during the season and who he builds relationships with, so it will be very interesting to see how this recruitment plays out and who seriously has a shot at the five-star center.
Rob Harrington: I’ll be watching the Brandon Ingram recruitment very closely. Early on, nearly everyone made an assumption for UNC: From Kinston (historically UNC-friendly), playing for Jerry Stackhouse’s travel team, multiple visits to Chapel Hill, early offer and heavy attention, and so on.
But Ingram wasn’t going to fall in line and commit to any school simply based on expectation, and he has taken multiple trips to Duke and N.C. State as well. He also took visits to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA, giving himself elite out-of-state options in addition to the local programs.
At this juncture, no one seems to know when he might decide or in whose favor the decision may go. Of course, within North Carolina most expect he’ll choose one of the three in-state ACC programs, but by all accounts he enjoyed his trips outside state borders as well. He has continued to make unofficial visits to the Triangle programs, including watching games at all of the Wolfpack, Blue Devils and Tar Heels early this season.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington contributed to this report