To Sign Or Not To Sign?

Of the top 100 prospects there are still 19 uncommitted. Who is signing during the early period? Who are they looking at? When will they decide? Here's a signing day preview.

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Signing Day is nearly here.

With just two days until November 11th there are still a number of high-level prospects that have yet to decide if they'll sign early or late. While there are others who plan on signing early, but have yet to determine which school they'll attend.

The nation's top prospect – Harrison Barnes – will announce his decision on Friday, and will pick between Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa State. According to a source, his camp is shutting things down until Thursday.

"Monday through Wednesday he won't have any contact with schools," a source told Scout.com. "Then Thursday the schools can call to make their last pitch."

Barnes, a 6-foot-8 small forward, is holding a press conference on Friday at Ames (Iowa) High and will sign during the ceremony. His announcement will be at 3:00 CST.

Scout.com's 2nd rated prospect -- Brandon Knight -- has yet to announce anything definite as far as a decision goes. His high school coach, however, has been quoted as saying he thinks Knight will hold off until the second signing period.

After talking to a handful of coaches involved in his recruitment, the consensus was that he would likely wait for the second signing period, but wouldn't necessarily be surprised if he did opt to sign early.


Knight Will Likley Wait

The 6-foot-3 lead guard has already taken official visits to Connecticut, Kentucky and Kansas. He's expected to take his fourth official this weekend to Florida. Miami is in the mix and likely will get a visit before he makes a decision.

Tobias Harris, who entered Scout.com's top 10 following a huge spring and summer, is among the prospects that plans to sign during the early period.

He's taken recent official visits to Syracuse, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky. He's now set to see Maryland this weekend and Georgia Tech early next week.

He plans to sign on the last day of the period and make his college announcement on November 19th.

Right behind Harris in Scout.com's ranking is dynamic guard Josh Selby, of Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton.

With Selby, the third rated lead guard in the 2010, there shouldn't be any signing day surprises. Since reopening his recruitment, Selby and his mother – Maeshon Weatherspoon – have made it clear that they aren't in any rush to make a decision.

Selby took an unofficial visit to Kansas for their midnight madness festivities, and is set to visit Indiana for the weekend of November 14th. The Hoosiers have made recent headway with Selby appear to be one of his favorites. Miami, Syracuse and Kentucky are all in the mix as well.

When asked Sunday evening if there was any chance Selby would sign during the early period Weatherspoon responded, "Not really."

C.J. Leslie, of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, has certainly been a mystery for many.

Not one to want to talk with the media, Leslie, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has kept things close to the vest. He took an official visit to Kentucky a few weeks back, and was set to head to Florida this past weekend, but he canceled the trip.

Leslie, a top 15 prospect with terrific athleticism and play making ability, was once committed to North Carolina State, but backed off his commitment following his junior season.

N.C. State joins Kentucky and Florida as the schools that appear to be at the top of his list. Leslie is expected to wait to sign during the second period.

All signs point to massive big man Josh Smith, who was once ranked in Scout.com's top 10, making his college announcement in the very near future.

Smith, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound center out of Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, is down to a pair of schools – UCLA and Washington – and has taken official visits to both of the PAC-10 squads.


Smith Will Pick UCLA or UW
Smith's AAU coach Darryl Hennings told Scout.com last week that he expected Smith announce his decision and sign during the early period.

Jelan Kendrick, Scout.com's 15th ranked player, will take his recruitment into the spring.

Although he's made some recent visits to Georgetown, Indiana and Alabama, Kendrick told Dave Telep last week that there was a "slim to zero" chance of him signing during the early period.

Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Oregon, Miami and Memphis are all also involved in his recruitment. From the looks of it, Kendrick is a long ways away from making his college pick.

One of the more mysterious recruitments to date has been Terrence Jones' situation.

None of the coaches involved seem to have a great feel for what the 6-foot-9 hybrid forward is going to do, and at this point neither does the talented big man. On Monday he'll make an important decision.

"I'm going to making the decision whether I'm signing early or late [Mondy] night," Jones told Scout.com late Sunday night.

Jones is down to five schools – Oklahoma, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and UCLA – and has taken visits to all five.

Cory Joseph and Ray McCallum appear to be in similar situations as Jones.

Much like Jones, the two have taken a number of visits, but haven't made up their minds regarding signing early or late.

Joseph, a 6-foot-3 floor general, has officially visited Connecticut, Texas, Villanova and Minnesota, while also entertaining Florida, Mississippi State and UNLV. As of late last week Joseph hadn't made up his mind about taking his fifth official visit.

If Joseph, a five-star prospect, were to decide he doesn't need to take his last official visit, he may sign early.

McCallum has completed all five of his official visits. But Arizona, UCLA, Florida, Oklahoma and UCLA aren't the only schools in the mix. McCallum is still taking a close look at his fathers program – Detroit.

As of Sunday evening McCallum hadn't made up his mind regarding the early signing period.

"I don't know yet," McCallum said. "I still need to talk to my family then I'll have a better understanding."

The last person of the 11 top 25 prospects still available – Justin Coleman – doesn't have a lot of information floating around about his recruitment.

The school of thought with Coleman, who blew up this summer at the NBA Camp in Charlottesville (Va.), is he won't be making a move anytime soon. Coleman may end up a JUCO target, as the word is he has a ways to go academically.


Lamb Appears To Be Late Signee
Doron Lamb is still weighing his options, but is looking more and more like a late signee.

"Everything is even right now," Doron's father, Calvin, said. "He has two more visits. As far as the schools he's visited he liked them – Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky. As far as who he is leaning towards I can't really say right now."

The Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill standout is done with official visits to Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky, and has one set up for Connecticut this coming weekend. Arizona is still expected to get a visit.

Lamb's father thinks that his sons recruitment will likely head to the spring.

"If I had to guess I would think [he'll sign in the spring]," the elder Lamb said. "I don't think that's going to happen. He hasn't even committed yet, I don't think he'll commit and sign. I just don't see it happening."

Lamb's teammate at Oak Hill – Roscoe Smith – as well as Jayvaughn Pinkston, Trey Zeigler, Tony Mitchell and Tarik Black appear to be guys that will hold off on their decisions until the spring.

Smith is considering Connecticut, Duke and Georgetown, while Pinkston has St. John's, Villanova and Tennessee strong on his list.

Zeigler has taken official visits to Oklahoma, UCLA and Michigan. Arizona, Michigan State and Providence are also jockeying for position in the Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High standouts recruitment.

The two schools we hear the most for Mitchell, a standout at Dallas (Tex.) L.G. Pinkston are Georgetown and Missouri, but Cincinnati, Florida International, Marquette and North Texas are also involved.

With Black, Marquette is beginning to make a strong move. But Memphis, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama are still on his list. Recently Tarik's mother – Judith – told Scout.com the plan was for him to sign late.

The last two uncommitted prospects in Scout.com's top 100 – J.J. Moore and Jason Morris -- are expected to announce their picks this week.

Moore, a 6-foot-5 wing out of South Kent (Conn.) School, told Scout.com last week he was down to Pittsburgh, Louisville and St. John's.

Morris is down to Georgia Tech and Clemson. He took his official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend.

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