Mohamed Bamba, the top available prospect, has been fairly quiet when it comes to his recruiting process. That said, he has visited each of the schools that he's strongly considering. His most recent trip was an official visit to Texas the last weekend of October. The only other known official visit was to Michigan the first weekend of Michigan. He visited Kentucky unofficially for the Big Blue Madness festivities and also tripped to Harvard and UConn. It's unknown whether Bamba will make his college choice during the early signing period, but since he has seen the schools on his list, it's certainly a possibility.
Trevon Duval told Scout this past weekend that there was no chance of him making a college decision during the early signing period. Duval's recruitment remains a mystery. He said in early September that he was reopening his recruitment, but it's been tough to figure out who is exactly recruiting the nation's top point guard. He's a supreme talent, but trying to pinpoint a favorite or even a list is beyond difficult at this stage.
Five-star center Wendell Carter took his last scheduled official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend. Previously he took official visits to Duke and Harvard, which are the two schools he's thought to really be considering. Although Carter, a 6-foot-9 talented post scorer, hasn't said it, the belief is that Duke is the frontrunner heading into signing week. In terms of when he's going to make a decision, Carter, according to his mother, Kylia, is planning to announce later this month. He intends to sign during the period and will most likely send in the letter in late November. They haven't settled on a date.
Top 10 recruit Kevin Knox has been up front about his recruiting process. Back in August, Knox told Scout that he didn't plan to sign or commit during the early period and he's stuck with that plan. He's taken an official visit to Duke and has scheduled visits with his other finalists -- Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Based on Brandon McCoy's visit schedule it doesn't appear likely that he will make his college choice during the initial period. McCoy has already taken official visits to Arizona and UNLV. But Michigan State and Oregon are certainly in the mix with the five-star prospect as well.
Five-star guard Collin Sexton is expected to announce his college choice on November 10th, which is the second day of the initial signing period. Sexton has taken official visits to Alabama, Kansas, NC State and Oklahoma State. Although Sexton hasn't listed favorites, if we were guessing we'd say the decision comes to down to Alabama and Kansas.
Hamidou Diallo, the nation's top shooting guard, told Scout that he won't be make his college decision during the early signing period. In fact, Diallo will likely wait until late spring to make his choice. Diallo recently narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse. Diallo has yet to take an official visit, but has been to Connecticut and Syracuse unofficially. Diallo graduated from high school last spring and is in the midst of a post-graduate season. Diallo told Scout in September that he would consider the NBA option after this season.
Five-star guard Gary Trent has taken three scheduled official visits. Trent visited UCLA in September, then went to Duke the weekend of October 22nd and Michigan State the weekend of October 29th. Trent told Scout that he will announce his college decision on Thursday afternoon. Duke is believed to be the favorite.
Five-star forward P.J. Washington is another name that is expected to make his college choice during the early signing period, but he has to give the official word. His father -- Paul Washington Sr. -- did tell Scout that the plan was to likely make an announcement. Washington took his final scheduled official visit to UNLV this past weekend. He's also previously been to Kentucky and North Carolina.
Back in mid-October, Jarred Vanderbilt told Scout at the USA Basketball mini-camp that he would like to come up with a decision during the early signing period. But that doesn't appear to be the case. Although it's not out of the question, Vanderbilt doesn't appear to be ready. Vanderbilt took an official visit to North Carolina the weekend of October 15th and tripped to Kentucky the next weekend. Vanderbilt doesn't have any other visits scheduled.
Five-star forward Billy Preston is expected to make his college announcement during the early signing period. Preston, who transferred to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy for his final season, took official visits to Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse and USC. Preston is originally from the Southern California area.
Nick Richards, who is one of the best defensive post players in the class, will announce his college decision on November 2nd at 2:00 at his high school. Richards only took an official visit to Kentucky. The Wildcats are considered the heavy favorite heading into his decision. Richards has taken an unofficial visit to Syracuse.
Indianapolis native Kris Wilkes will officially announce his college choice on November 13th at 2:00 ET at his high school. Wilkes, who is regarded as Scout's No. 18 overall recruit, is expected to officially announce for UCLA, who he visited in late September.
Schools Involved: UCLA (Sept. 24)
Brian Bowen, a five-star perimeter scorer out of La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere,, is unlikely to make his college choice during the early signing period, according to his mother Carrie Bowen. He has already taken official visits to Arizona and NC State, plus they are scheduled to see Creighton and are planning to visit Texas. Michigan State is heavily involved in his recruitment as well.
Five-star point guard Trae Young was originally planning to get through the first signing period without making his college choice, but now that's up in the air. His father -- Ray Young -- told Scout that while they don't know for sure, they haven't ruled out making a choice during the period. Young has taken all of his allotted official visits.
Lonnie Walker, who ranks No. 23 overall in the 2017 class, told Scout in mid-October at the USA Basketball mini-camp that he planned to finish up his visits and make his choice in November. There hasn't been word out of Walker's camp about deciding since. That said, I'd be surprised if he didn't opt to make a commitment. He's already taken official visits to Arizona, Kentucky, Miami and Villanova. He's also been to Syracuse unofficially.
Not much is known about M.J. Walker's recruitment, as things have been pretty quiet since the summer. Walker, did however, take an official visit to Florida State the last weekend of October. Although it's possible, it doesn't look like he'll announce during the early signing period.
Five-star point guard Quade Green told Scout that he will announce his college choice on November 19th. Green has taken official visits to Kentucky, Syracuse and Villanova. He's also been to Temple unofficially. Syracuse and Kentucky are believed to be the favorites heading into the final two weeks of his recruitment.
Ike Obiagu, who is known for his ability to block shots, has been active with visits and has been to Baylor, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Long Beach State and Maryland. Obiagu told Scout: "Most likely not. Leaning towards late." when
2017 lead guard Matt Coleman told Scout isn't planning to make a college choice in the near future. "I think I'm signing late," he told Scout. Coleman has taken official visits to Duke, Texas and Stanford. Most believe it's a two horse race between the Blue Devils and Longhorns. From the outside looking in, it appears to be battle.
Schools Involved: Duke (Sept. 17), Texas (Oct. 29), and Stanford (Sept. 30)
Four-star wing John Petty is down to two schools -- Alabama and Kentucky. Petty will announce his college choice on November 10th at high school in Alabama. Petty took an official visit to Alabama in late August. Although he didn't take an official, Petty did take a pair of unofficial visits to Kentucky.
Four-star guard Daejon Davis is down to four schools -- Gonzaga, Washington, Stanford and Oregon. He took official visits to all four of those school, plus Arizona, but the Wildcats took Brandon Randolph and are no longer involved. Davis is planning to announce a commitment and sign during the early period.
Top 50 recruit Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recently backed off a commitment to Florida in mid-October. Since his recruitment took off. Gilgeous-Alexander took an official visit to Kentucky this past weekend. Texas is also heavily involved. Gilgeous-Alexander is expected to make an announcement during the first signing period. He hasn't set an exact date.
Four-star combo forward Rayshaun Hammonds has taken a handful of official visits. He's already been to Memphis, Miami and Alabama, as well as Georgia. He's expected to visit Texas this coming weekend. Although it wouldn't be a surprise to see him announce early, Hammonds hasn't come out with a plan of announcing during the early period.
Australian big man Jacob Epperson emerged during the summer, moved his way into Scout's top 100 and has no shortage of college options. Epperson hasn't taken any official visits, but has been by Illinois, Marquette and Purdue unofficially. Epperson is waiting to take his official visits when his parents move to the United States in January, so don't expect a decision from him during the early period.
Four-star guard L.J. Figueroa took an official visit to New Mexico State this past weekend. Figueroa has had a wide range of other college interest, but NMSU is assumed to be in good position with the talented scorer.
From the outside looking in, Jordan Tucker seems wide open as we approach the first signing period. Sure there's Indiana, Syracuse and a host of others recruiting him, but Tucker appears to be tracking as a late decision.
Heading into the first signing week, Chuck O'Bannon Jr. isn't planning to make his college decision, according to a source close to the situation. Now with that said, O'Bannon, who is regarded as one of the best shooters in the country, has taken official visits to UCLA, USC and NC State.
Four-star versatile forward Nojel Eastern is a toss up in terms of signing early or late. While the latest indications are that he may wait it out, he has already taken official visits to Seton Hall, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan State, so it's not out of the question that he would go ahead and decide.