Mohamed Bamba, the top available recruit, will be an instant jolt to which school he chooses. Bamba took an official visit to Michigan the first weekend of September and Texas the last weekend of October. He's also visited Kentucky and Harvard unofficially. Bamba has been fairly quiet throughout the recruiting process and I don't expect that to change. If I were to power rank the top three schools involved I'd order them: Texas, Kentucky and Michigan. But that truth is that's just a guess at this stage.
The top available point guard prospect -- Trevon Duval -- has his list of schools at five -- Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Seton Hall. The only one of the bunch that he's visited recently was Kansas, which he saw for their Late Night at the Phog festivities. Duke recently ramped up their efforts with Duval, offering him a scholarship and evaluating I'm at the Holiday Hoopsgiving two weeks ago. Duval doesn't have a timetable on his college decision, but did tell Scout that he plans to set some official visits in the near future.
Top 10 recruit Kevin Knox has been up front about his recruiting process. Back in August, Knox told Scout that he didn't plan to sign or commit during the early period and he's stuck with that plan. He's taken an official visit to Duke and has scheduled visits with his other finalists -- Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina. Knox also took an unofficial visit to Florida State the weekend of November 26th.
Five-star center Brandon McCoy has taken official visits to Arizona, Oregon, Michigan State and UNLV. Although they are unconfirmed, there are rumors that UCLA is back involved as well. Truth be told, it's a tough recruitment to figure out. McCoy has been close to the vest and hasn't talked a ton publicly in recent months.
Hamidou Diallo, the nation's top shooting guard, wasn't expected to make a college choice during the early signing period. The school involved with his recruitment are Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland and Syracuse. He's yet to take an official visit, but did swing by Maryland for an unofficial visit this past weekend. Diallo is also potentially eligible for the NBA Draft because he graduated high school last year and is in the midst of a post-graduate season.
Back in mid-October, Jarred Vanderbilt told Scout at the USA Basketball mini-camp that he would like to come up with a decision during the early signing period. But Vanderbilt changed his mind and is still trying to work towards a college choice. Vanderbilt took an official visit to North Carolina the weekend of October 15th and tripped to Kentucky the next weekend. Vanderbilt doesn't have any other visits scheduled, nor a timetable for his college choice.
Brian Bowen, a five-star perimeter scorer out of La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, is likely inching closer and closer to a college choice. He's now visited Arizona, Creighton, Texas and NC State officially. He's been to Michigan State a number of times unofficially, so it's not expected, at least at this point, that he visits Michigan State before he decides. His mother -- Carrie Bowen -- told Scout recently that a decision could come in December.
Five-star point guard Trae Young has taken official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. The school of thought was that Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma were the top three for Young. But during the first signing period, Kentucky took a pair of point guard prospects, so that basically eliminates the Wildcats, making this a battle between the Jayhawks and Sooners. Young hasn't set a timetable for making his college choice.
Not much is known about M.J. Walker's recruitment, as things have been pretty quiet since the summer. Walker, did however, take an official visit to Florida State the last weekend of October. Walker obviously didn't decide during the first signing period and will likely enter the spring as one of the most pursued wing prospects in the 2017 class.
2017 lead guard Matt Coleman is looking closely at a trio of schools -- Duke, Texas and Stanford. He's taken official visits to all three. With that said, this looks more like a Duke/Texas battle. Coleman recently told a group of reporters and it was confirmed by separate sources that he would either decide in mid-December or mid-January. I'd guess it ends up being mid-January.
Australian big man Jacob Epperson emerged during the summer, moved his way into Scout's top 100 and has no shortage of college options. Epperson hasn't taken any official visits, but has been by Illinois, Marquette and Purdue unofficially. Epperson is waiting to take his official visits when his parents move to the United States in January, so don't expect a decision from him during the early period.
Four-star forward Jordan Tucker took an official visit to Indiana on November 30th and took in the Hoosiers win over North Carolina. Tucker is also expected to visit Villanova on December 13th for their game against Temple. Tucker told Adam Zagoria, of ZagsBlog, that he's focused on Indiana and Villanova. Arizona and Oregon are also involved to a small degree. Tucker hasn't announced a timetable for making his college choice.
Despite taking official visits to the three schools heavily involved in his recruitment, Chuck O'Bannon Jr. opted against making his college decision during the early period. O'Bannon, who is regarded as one of the best shooters in the country, has taken official visits to UCLA, USC and NC State.