Will The Top Guys Sign?

What will the biggest names in high school basketball with the upcoming signing period?

With the beginning of the signing day less than two weeks away, we're following one storyline closer than others: will big names sign?

Last year, due to coaching changes and overall player indecision, the spring signing period was the most active we've seen this decade. Could the spring of 2010 follow in its predecessor's footsteps?

Scout.com's No. 2 recruit, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pinecrest senior Brandon Knight may wait.

"As of this moment, and I won't see him for a couple of hours, my understanding is that he won't sign early," coach Dave Beckerman told Scout.com. "I think he's evaluating a number of schools.

"My understanding is that its UConn, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas and I think those are the frontrunners at this point. Miami may be there, they're a local situation."

Nothing is certain, but we're beginning to hedge our bets that Josh Selby (No. 10) may wait. Ditto for C.J. Leslie (12) and Jayvaughn Pinkston (35).

Amongst those most difficult to predict in terms of timetable is No. 15 Jelan Kendrick, No. 23 Ray McCallum and No. 34 Trey Zeigler. At No. 22, Cory Joseph hasn't tipped his hat about a timetable yet either.

On the other side of the coin, we feel extremely confident that No. 1 Harrison Barnes will sign during the first week of the period. A decision from No. 13 Josh Smith could come as early as this week and we think Roscoe Smith (32) and Terrence Jones (20) are leaning toward signing early. Doron Lamb (No. 26) smells like an early signing at this stage.

Ten days ago, Top 100 power forward Devon Collier indicated he would likely commit early and sign late. Plus, we're inclined to Tarik Black will wait it out until the spring period.

Typically at this time of the year, the indecision hinges around the choices of a prospect. With the Class of 2010, the indecision is centered more around when the actual decision will be made. In short, we expect another active spring and anticipate more than a handful of players waiting for the final period in the spring.


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