Josh Jackson, Scout’s highest rated available prospect in the 2016 class, isn’t expected to make his college choice during the initial signing period. Jackson is strongly considering Arizona, Kansas and Michigan State. Thus far, Jackson, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep, has taken unofficial visits to Arizona and Michigan State, but has yet to take any official visits.
The nation’s top rated point guard – De'Aaron Fox – will announce his college choice on Thursday. Fox, of Houston (Tex.) Cypress Lakes, took fall official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, LSU and Louisville. Kentucky is considered to be the strong frontrunner.
Thon Maker, Scout’s No. 5 recruit in the 2016 class, won’t be making a college choice during the early signing period, his guardian Ed Smith told Scout. Smith also told Scout late Sunday evening that Arizona State, Indiana and Notre Dame were the schools pursuing Maker the hardest. He mentioned that Kentucky and Oregon were on the “periphery”.
Five-star guard Malik Monk has taken official visits to Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Oregon. Although he’s taken four of the allowed five official visits, Monk won’t be making his college choice during the early period, a source close to the situation told Scout. Monk’s older brother – Marcus – is a former star football player at Arkansas. To go with his official visits to Arkansas and Kentucky, Monk has taken multiple unofficial trips to each school.
Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center, has taken official visits to Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma. Alabama has had him on campus for an unofficial visit and TCU is also involved. Bolden recently told Scout that he doesn’t intend to make a college choice during the early signing period, but having already taken four visits, it wouldn’t be a major surprise if Bolden changed his mind or opted to make a commitment shortly after the signing period.
Although five-star center Edrice Adebayo hasn’t come out and said he plans to make his college choice during the early signing period, that’s been the school of thought. Adebayo, who goes by Bam, took an official visit to North Carolina State the weekend of October 31st and Mark Gottfried’s program is considering the leader. N.C. State also has a pledge from Adebayo’s friend and Team Loaded teammate Dennis Smith. With that said, Adebayo has also taken an official visit to Kentucky and you can’t ever count out the Wildcats.
Jarrett Allen, a five-star prospect, has been on quite the visit spree over the past month. Allen started things off with a trip to Notre Dame this weekend of October 10th. Allen then took visits to Kansas (Oct. 24th), Houston (Oct. 31st) and Kentucky (Nov. 7th). Although he hasn’t taken an official visit to Texas, they are also involved in his recruitment. Allen has told Scout that he would decide when it felt right. His mother – Cheryl – recently told Scout that her son “truly doesn’t know” when he will make his college choice. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Allen opted to announce this next week or wait things out.
It was a surprise to most when five-star prospect Kobi Simmons opted to push back a decision and wait until the spring to make a pledge and sign. Simmons, a 6-foot-4 combination guard, has taken official visits to Kentucky, Ohio State and UNLV. Ohio State is considered the strong leader, but Simmons’ father – Demond Stephens – told Scout that his son is “wide open.”
There may not be a player on this list more open than 6-foot-4 tough and aggressive wing Rawle Alkins. Alkins has made it clear he doesn’t have intentions of making an early decision. Alkins does, however, list eight schools -- Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, North Carolina, UNLV and St. John's. Alkins hasn’t take any official visits, but has unofficially visited Indiana, N.C. State, UNC and St. John’s. A native of New York, Alkins is finishing out his high school career at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God.
With is list down to three schools, five-star power forward T.J. Leaf will make his college decision on Thursday evening. Leaf is down to Oregon, San Diego State and UCLA. He’s taken official visits to all three of his finalists. Since backing off a pledge to Arizona in early August, the UCLA Bruins have been considered the team to beat for Leaf.
Things have been quiet out of the Dewan Huell camp. With that said, the 6-foot-9 power forward is expected to choose between Florida State, Miami and South Carolina during the early signing period. Huell took an official to Miami the weekend of October 3rd. He then saw Florida State the weekend of the 10th and closed things out at South Carolina the very next weekend.
Andrew Jones, a 6-foot-4 athletic and quick combination guard, won’t be making his college choice during the early signing period, he told Scout. The Irving (Tex.) MacArthur has taken official and unofficial visits to Arizona and Louisville. He’s also unofficially visited Baylor, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M. Kansas is the latest to get involved with Jones, as they offered him a scholarship last week.
Seventh Woods, one of the best athletes in the 2016 class, will make his college choice on Signing Day at his high school – Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School – according to his high school coach. The press conference is set for 9:45 a.m. The finalists for Woods are Georgetown, North Carolina and South Carolina. Woods took official visits to all three schools. He then followed his officials up with a trip to UNC’s Late Night with Roy festivities on October 23rd. Woods, who lives 10 minutes from South Carolina’s campus, also swung by and saw the Gamecocks this past weekend.
It’s unclear whether Udoka Azubuike, a big, bruising post player out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Potters House Christian, will make his college choice during the early signing period. A source close to the situation says, “We still don’t know yet.” Azubuike has taken four of the allowed five official visits. He’s visited Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
Much like a number of the best available players, Bruce Brown, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Saxtons River (Vt.) Vermont Academy, hasn’t decided if he’s going to make his college choice during the early period. Brown has taken official visits to Indiana, Miami and Xavier. After retaking the SAT this past weekend, Brown is scheduled to visit Purdue this coming weekend. So if Brown does pull the trigger, it’ll likely be towards the end of the period, which ends on November 18th.
On Sunday, Mario Kegler announced that he would be making his college decision on Signing Day. The four-star versatile forward is down to Arizona State, Baylor, Indiana, Maryland and Mississippi State. Kegler took official visits to all five of his finalists. Kegler is finishing up his high school career at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, but is a native of Starkville (Miss.). His close friend and MBA Hoops teammate Tyson Carter, who he has talked about playing with in college, committed to the Bulldogs last week.
Four-star post player De'Ron Davis is down to two schools – Indiana and Mississippi State. Mississippi State got the last crack at Davis, as he visited the Bulldogs this past weekend. Davis’ official visit to Indiana was the weekend of September 26th. Tom Crean also went out to see Davis at Aurora (Colo.) Overland last week. Although The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder will announce his college decision on Thursday at 5:00 ET at his high school.
One of the best available point guards -- Charlie Moore -- is working towards his college choice and is expected to come to a decision during the early signing period, Chicago (Ill.) Morgan coach Nick Irvin told Scout. Moore has taken official visits to California, VCU and Memphis. Iowa State has also been actively recruiting the 5-foot-11 lead guard. Moore, who runs with the Mac Irvin Fire, was one of the biggest risers coming out of the July evaluation period.
Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy standout Taurean Thompson has taken official visits to Syracuse and Xavier thus far. Although it’s not definitive, Thompson, who ran with the NJ Playaz over the summer, isn’t expected to make his college choice during the early period. Also involved in Thompson’s recruitment are Rutgers, Seton Hall, Temple and others.
Bruno Fernando, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound post player, won’t be making his college choice during the early signing period, he told Scout. But that doesn’t mean he has a shortage of options. Fernando said he’s being heavily recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Indiana, South Carolina, SMU, Tennessee and West Virginia. Fernando has yet to take a standardized test, so he hasn’t taken any official visits. He has, however, taken an unofficial visit to UCF. Look for Fernando to be one of the most heavily pursued post players in the spring.