Who's Left?

Although majority of the top 100 is off the board, there are still some guys waiting until the second signing period to make their decisions. Here's a breakdown of the best available.

The first day of the early signing period saw a handful of guys fly off the board and it leaves us with just nine of Scout.com's Top 100 still available. Among the prospects waiting to sign in the second period are scoring machines Tyreke Evans and Willie Warren.

While the shooting guard spot clearly has the best prospects available, there are some quality big man prospects left, except a number of them have question marks. One prospect that recently popped up is Ater Mojak, of Australia, and college coaches will likely give him a look while he's in the states.

Here's a full breakdown of the top prospects still available:

Point Guards

The top 13 point guards are off the table and only one of the top 27 lead men on Scout.com's point guard list is still available. That one is sharp shooter Rotnei Clarke. The Claremore (Okla.) Verdigris standout recently narrowed his list to Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts.

Verdell Jones checked in at No. 28 on the latest point guard list and he's a guy that has recently taken visits to Minnesota and Kentucky. He's still mentioning Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas as well.


Jones Is The 30th Best PG
Just after Jones at No. 30 is Shaquille Johnson. There were rumblings that the 6-foot-2, 175-pound lead man was going to commit to Jacksonville, but he's held off for now and is still thinking about his decision. Despite having the ability to play both guard spots, Johnson is being recruited by most to play the point.

Oscar Bellfield had a solid summer and he's a guy that is still available if a point guard is what you need. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound standout at Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester is an athletic lead man that is capable of knocking jumpers from deep. His school situation seems to be wide open.

Despite having a handful of scholarship offers, Cardell McFarland, of North Bridgton (Maine) Bridgton Academy will wait out the process. He currently holds offers from Western Kentucky, MTSU, North Texas and Morehead State. Purdue and Iowa are also keeping tabs. McFarland told Scout.com he wanted to wait because he was "looking for something better."

Shooting Guards

Coaches in need of a shooting guard are in luck. There are a bunch of talented shooting guards still available and none more impressive than Tyreke Evans. The No. 4 ranked prospect by Scout.com is, however, down to a handful of schools and if you aren't Louisville, Memphis, Villanova, Texas, UConn or Seton Hall then you likely won't be in the mix with Evans, who is one of the best scorers in the entire class.


Warren Will Wait It Out
Willie Warren, who is ranked No. 6 on the shooting guard list, is also still available and it looks like he will wait until the spring to make his college decision. Warren is one of the premier scorers in the class, as he's a talented shooter and one of the best pure athletes in the class. Warren recently took a visit to Oklahoma and they are thought to be the leader. Kansas, Cincinnati and Connecticut are just a few of the other schools involved.

The thought with Devoe Joseph is that he's looking at four schools, with three sitting at the top of the list. Kansas, Minnesota and Vanderbilt seem to be his top three, with Virginia Tech in the mix as well. Joseph is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard that splashed on to the scene last spring at the Pitt Jam Fest.

Depending on how his grades hold up, Freddie Riley could end up one of the springs most pursued prospects. He has great size for the position, as he's 6-foot-5, and he shoots the ball from deep with ease. He put together a great performance at Tom Topping's Florida Workout in late September.

There are a handful more shooting guard prospects still available including Chris Turner, Chris Babb, Chris Fouch, Justin Watts, Dion Dixon, Scottie Haralson and Stacy Waters.

Small Forward's

At the small forward spot Terrell Pryor is our highest rated prospect, but he's also ranked as the top quarterback in the 2008 class. His most recent visit was to Ohio State, where he not only went to a football game, but checked out an OSU basketball practice. According Scout.com Football Recruiting Analyst, Bob Lichtenfels, Pryor is planning to play both sports in college. Other than OSU, Penn State, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia and Notre Dame are also in the mix.


Big Time Athlete Is Available
The Georgia Stars have produced a bunch of high major prospects this year and they'll like have two more make commitments after the fall signing period. Both Wesley Witherspoon and Travis Leslie seem intent on waiting until the spring period and both should have plenty of options. Witherspoon is a long, lanky 6-foot-7 wing that is versatile and has a tremendous upside. Leslie, on the other hand is a big time athlete that can contribute to a high major program on the wing.

Murphy Holloway looks intent on waiting until the second signing period as well, as he's working on getting his grades in order. The 6-foot-7 forward is an above average athlete that runs the floor and has a solid mid-range game. He's flirted with a number of schools including Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and Xavier.

Another wing to keep an eye on is Jeff Taylor. The Hobbs (N.M.) High standout is a 6-foot-6 forward that has drawn rave reviews from those in the west. He's listed as a three star prospect on Scout.com and could see his stock rise as wings continue to fly off the board.

Power Forward

The power forward spot has some talent, but a lot of question marks. Among the best available power forwards is Matt Simpkins, who has bounced around a number of high schools. The 6-foot-9 run and jump athlete could be an asset to a high-major program.

One prospect that not many people know much about is Ater Mojak, but the word is that he's talented and a high major guy. The 6-foot-9 forward is an Australian native that has drawn interest from the likes of Baylor and Maryland. Interested parties should check him out, as he'll be in the states for the next month.


Williams Is Still Available
Checking in at No. 34 on the power forward list is Latavious Williams. The word out of his camp is he's headed to JUCO land. The 6-foot-8, 200-pounder is a talented prospect that is capable of facing up defenders and running the floor for easy buckets.

Ranked just behind Williams on the list is L.A. Pomlee, of Davenport (Iowa) Central. Pomlee will wait it out until the spring and could become a hotly pursued power forward. He recently told Scout.com that he likes Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa State, West Virginia, Bradley and Indiana.

Corey Smith, who originally committed to Alabama State, is available, but academics remain a question mark. The Pleasant Grove (Al.) High product is 6-foot-8, 230-pound prospect that is strong in the paint and certainly has an upside that college coaches have to like.

Scout.com's 40th ranked power forward is Dwight Miller, of Houston (Tx.) St. Pius X, and he's still available. He recently started taking visits, with his most recent being to Pittsburgh. Rutgers, Temple, St. John's, DePaul and Kentucky are also involved.

Center

John Riek is the highest rated center available, and is one of the best NBA prospects in the class of 2008. The post grad prospect is getting hit hard by Connecticut, but it could be for nothing, as the NBA will likely get a strong look.

After Riek comes Rashanti Harris, who was fantastic at the LeBron James Skill Academy this past July. Despite his strong effort during the evaluation period, Harris, of Columbus (Miss.) New Hope, could be headed to Junior College. If not he'll have plenty of college options.


Garibay Has Options
According to Compton (Calif.) High coach Tony Thomas, Edgar Garibay is going to wait until the second period to sign. Garibay, who is a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center, has a scholarship offer from New Mexico State and is also getting interest from Memphis, Boston College and Georgetown.

It's not often that a 6-foot-10, 260-pound kid flies under the radar, but Steve Goins has managed to do so. The Chicago (Ill.) Curie Metropolitan standout is a true sleeper that has a good ceiling and could help out a high major program.

Maurice Sutton ranks as the No. 30 center by Scout.com and the 6-foot-10 big man is still on the board. A number of programs have been involved with the Upper Marlboro (Md.) Largo standout, including Marquette, Clemson, Boston College, Miami, Kentucky, Tulane, Duquesne and LaSalle.


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