Dominoes Set To Fall

A number of the nation's top recruits have put off their decisions. With the second signing period here, decisions will begin to come and recruiting classes will begin to take shape.

For months a number of the top prospects in the 2010 class have wavered. Decisions have been put off, visits rescheduled and hundreds of rumors have surfaced on the Internet.

Now it appears the questions that recruitniks and fans have wanted to know will be answered very soon.

Brandon Knight, Ray McCallum and Trey Zeigler will get things going when they announce their picks on national television Wednesday afternoon.

Knight's recruitment has been rather intriguing. The five-star standout took visits to Kentucky, Kansas, Miami, Florida and Connecticut. He then dropped Miami, Florida stopped recruiting him and Kansas seemed to focus their attention elsewhere.

Therefore we think his decision is ultimately down to Kentucky and Connecticut. Kentucky has long thought to be the leader and it would be considered a major surprise if Knight didn't choose to play for the Wildcats.

McCallum's recruitment has come down to four schools – Detroit, Florida, Arizona and UCLA. The 6-foot-1 floor general visited all four schools officially plus Oklahoma, where his dad used to coach.

For the longest time, McCallum has struggled with the decision of playing for his father at Detroit or taking his game to a traditional power and play in one of the big six conferences.

Zeigler has a similar decision. His father – Ernie Zeigler – is the head coach at Central Michigan and he's left with the same choice. Play for his dad or head off to a major conference school.

A 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard, Zeigler took an official visit to UCLA as well as visited his father's programs Central Michigan. UCLA was in the mix, but Zeigler is expected to announce he will play for his father.

If McCallum, Knight and Zeigler weren't enough,'s top rated junior prospect Michael Gilchrist will also announce his college decision Wednesday afternoon.

Rumors have circulated the last few weeks about a possible decision and he'll soon put those to rest. Gilchrist visited Kentucky on Senior Day and has also been by Villanova unofficially.

Many believe that Gilchrist's relationship with John Calipari will ultimately be the deciding factor. The talented wing has never been shy about his adoration for coach Cal. With that said, Villanova is close to home and has done a great job recruiting him.

After the announcements on Wednesday, it will leave us with just a few 2010 prospects left to make their decisions. Josh Selby, Doron Lamb, C.J. Leslie, Cory Joseph and Terrence Jones are the big names.

Unless something changes, both Selby and Lamb will make their decisions public during the Jordan All-American game on Saturday.

Selby, a standout at Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton, has his list down to Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Connecticut and Tennessee. He was once committed to Tennessee, but reopened his recruitment last July.

The five-star prospect hasn't taken a visit to Kentucky, so we'll presumably cross them off the list. Beyond that, he's been very complimentary of his trip to Kansas and many believe they are currently the clubhouse leader.

Lamb,'s No. 26 prospect, is a bit of a mystery. Despite a late push by West Virginia, Kentucky and Kansas are the top two schools for his services.

Much like Lamb, Leslie, Jones and Joseph are wild cards. Neither has shown their hand and are keeping their thoughts close to the vest.

When talking about Leslie three schools come immediately to mind: Kentucky, N.C. State and Oregon. Originally he was a N.C. State commit. But don't let the decommitment fool you. Sidney Lowe's squad is very much in the picture.

Kentucky has been a mainstay in Leslie's recruitment. He's been to their campus a few times and he's what they are looking for at the four spot. Oregon, despite not having a head coach, is also expected to be in the picture, which may be why the 6-foot-8 forward is pushing off his decision.

Jones, who nearly made his mind during the fall, still claims a list of five schools – Washington, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA.

The school of thought is that Washington and Kentucky are the leaders, with the other three schools trailing behind. Ultimately Jones, of Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, would like to wait and see whom Oregon hires, but that may not be possible.

So if UK and UW are the leaders, then it comes down to a decision of playing on the west coast or traveling cross-country. Is that an issue? Only Jones knows.

Joseph,'s No. 6 lead guard, has his list down to five schools -- Minnesota, Texas, Villanova, UNLV and Connecticut.

Although it's been tough to get a pulse on Joseph's recruitment, his best friend and high school teammate Tristan Thompson is committed to Texas and many believe they've been the leader for quite some time.

But the Henderson (Nev.) Findlay standout also has his brother at Minnesota playing for Tubby Smith, so there is some strong pull in the Gophers department as well.

With a handful of decisions coming on Wednesday, the wait is finally over. The dominoes in the class of 2010 are about to fall.

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