Evan Daniels: When you look back and survey Malik Monk’s situation, it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that he opted to go ahead and end his recruitment. But it probably was the biggest surprise of the early period. Monk had taken four official visits and seemed to be leaning towards the Wildcats, but his camp said he was waiting until the spring. But rather than wait out the process, the five-star guard opted to get things over with and pick the school he would have ended up picking in a few months anyways. You could toss Edrice Adebayo in this category as well. For over a year the school of thought was that "Bam" would end up at N.C. State. On Monday word started trickling out and by Tuesday he was a Wildcat. That one escalated quickly.
Josh Gershon: Markelle Fultz turned down offers from everyone to choose Washington. Top 10 guys don't always make decisions for the best fit; they'll usually just take the safe route and go to an established elite program. Fultz gets the chance to go to a Washington program that has talent and he'll be the guy who can help put the Huskies over the top at the point guard position. He also is playing for a great person and father figure in Lorenzo Romar, which is something Fultz found important in the process and it was a mature and refreshing decision.
Brian Snow: The biggest surprise for me was Edrice Adebayo. Coming in to the signing period most everybody expected Adebayo to head to NC State. In fact most, myself included, figured it was basically the biggest foregone conclusion of the period. However Kentucky was always lying in the weeds, and landed his commitment pulling off a major shocker.