Who's Left In 2007?

With fax machines burning up around the nation, it's time to let the smoke clear and see who is still out there!

The recent trend is for guys to sign early and this year is no different. However, there is still some high-level talent expected to be on the board when the first day – and even the last day – of the early signing period comes and goes.

Here's a look at some of the top players and their situations:

1. O.J. Mayo, 6-4, 190, SG, Huntington (West Va.) – The top-ranked player in the nation appears to be leaning towards USC, but there are no guarantees with this kid.

2. Patrick Patterson, 6-8, 235, PF, Huntington (West Va.) – The big man out of West Virginia (Scout.com, No. 11) has narrowed his list to a half-dozen: Kentucky, Florida, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia.

3. Herb Pope, 6-8, 225, PF, Aliquippa (Pa.) – He's taken recent visits to New Mexico State, Maryland and Oklahoma and is headed to Texas this weekend. Pope checks in at No. 17 in the land.

4. James Anderson, 6-6, 190, SF, Junction City (Ark.) – The smooth wing out of Arkansas (Scout.com, No. 24) is basically down to a pair: Oklahoma State and Kansas. He will make his pick at a 1 p.m. news conference. UPDATE: SIGNS WITH OKLAHOMA STATE.


Anthony McClain (Hawkins)
5. Anthony McClain, 7-0, 220, C, National Christian (Md.) – The long big man (Scout.com, No. 41) appears to be leaning towards UConn, but there are other schools taking a look – Tennessee, Mississippi State and Florida. He will likely wait until the spring.

6. Tracy Smith, 6-8, 235, PF, Mount Zion (N.C.) – His body is totally different and so is his recruitment. N.C. State, Oklahoma State, LSU and USC are four in the mix for the No. 45 player in the Class of 2007. N.C. State appears to be the front-runner.

7. Jai Lucas, 5-10, 150, PG, Bellaire (Texas) – John Lucas' son, ranked at No. 46, has visited Maryland, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

8. Rico Pickett, 6-3, 180, PG, Decatur (Ala.) – The one-time Alabama commit (Scout.com, No. 59) is still considering the Crimson Tide. However, he's also looking at Florida State, Illinois and N.C. State. UPDATE - SIGNS WITH ALABAMA

9. Marcus and Markieff Morris, 6-8 ½, 215, F, Prep Charter (Pa.) – The twins from Philly will almost certainly head to prep school next year. Marcus is ranked at No. 63 and the pair is being pursued by Memphis, Kentucky, La Salle, Indiana and others.

10. Tyrel Reed, 6-2, 175, PG, Burlington (Kan.) – The No. 67 player in the senior class has taken a trip to Stanford. Kansas and North Carolina remain in contact, but haven't stepped up in their interest level.

11. Jason Henry, 6-6, 190, SG, Light of World (Ga.) – The extremely talented wing (Scout.com, No. 69) is still trying to get his academics in order. Schools who have expressed interest include Louisville, Tennessee and Washington.

12. Eric Wallace, 6-6, 220, SF, Hargrave (Va.) – Once considered an elite player, Wallace (Scout.com, No. 95) de-committed from Virginia recently and is now looking at Ohio State, among a few others.

13. Mustapha Farrakhan, 6-3, 170, G, Thornton Township (Ill.) – Has visited Illinois, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

14. Jordan Crawford, 6-5, 190, G, Hargrave (Va.) – Xavier and Indiana are in good shape with Tennessee and N.C. State also in the picture.

15. Leon Freeman, 6-4, 220, SG, Boys to Men (Ill.) – He's talented enough to move up much higher on this list, but academics are one of the questions. Now that he's in Illinois, look for DePaul to make a strong push. Cincinnati and Tennessee are also reportedly in the mix. He may have no other option than to go to junior college or declare for the NBA Draft.

16. Cliff Tucker, 6-4, 185, G, El Paso Chapin (Texas) – The Maryland native is taking an official visit to the Terps this week. He also mentioned Clemson, UTEP, San Diego and Virginia.

17. Jeff Brooks, 6-8, 190, F, Doss (Ky.) – He's taken visits to Arkansas and Penn State – and is also considering New Mexico State.

18. Mamadou Diarra, 6-10, 235, F, Stoneridge (Calif.) – USC appears to be the leader. Other schools trying to get involved include Fresno State, Baylor, UCLA, Auburn and Oklahoma State. Is likely a spring signee.

19. Boubacar Sylla, 7-1, 260, C, Stoneridge (Calif.) – USC is also in good shape with Sylla, who is also being looked at by St. John's, Auburn, Fresno State, San Diego State and LSU.


Boubacar Sylla (Hawkins)

20. Joseph Katuka, 6-10, PF, Montverde (Fla.) School – An injury derailed his summer and kept him out of action. So far his recruitment has been quiet with St. Joe's and SMU showing a lot of interest. The longer it goes the more programs could get involved with size being the premium it is.

21. Teeng Akol, 6-10, 200, F, Our Savior (N.Y.) – The skilled big man from Sudan is getting looks from DePaul and Pittsburgh, but he'll probably wait until the spring.

22. Darnell Gant, 6-8, 210, F, Crenshaw (Calif.) – Gant played through a shoulder injury in July and is appears as though it's a two-horse race between Washington and Nevada.

23. Darrington Hobson, 6-7, 190, SG, Decatur Christian (Ill.) – The ex-Wyoming commit is well-traveled and still trying to qualify. Until he does, your guess on where he lands is as good as ours.

24. Alvin Mitchell, 6-4, 200, SF, Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) – The wing out of Florida is looking at Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Memphis and Pittsburgh. Potential high-major talent is year goes well.

25. Tomasz Kwaitkowski, 7-1, 250, C, Lee Academy (Maine) – The big man from Poland is a legitimate 7-footer and he's set to visit Virginia this weekend. Baylor and Rhode Island are also in the mix.


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