College basketball’s early signing period is often a time wherein the nation’s finest, highest-paid coaches sweat it out as 17- and 18-year-olds make selections that would have an effect on their groups for years to return.
And that may nonetheless occur this week, as the early signing period begins Nov. 11 and ends Nov. 18.
But it received’t be as a lot as typical.
Many of the highest remaining prospects within the 2021 class haven’t introduced plans to make their selections throughout the early signing period. That doesn’t imply some received’t make selections this week. But, with COVID-19 suspending official visits by means of the tip of 2020, many stars are taking their time with commitments.
Still, there’s actually some intriguing races to observe this week. Here are six down-to-wire recruiting battles that may (or may) be resolved throughout the early signing period:
Patrick Baldwin Jr., SF, Hamilton (Sussex, Wisconsin)
The 247Sports Composite Rankings’ No. 1 prospect in 2021, the 6-foot-9 Baldwin has presents from nearly all over the place you’ll be able to think about, however chatter says his recruitment will come all the way down to Duke and …
Yep. Baldwin’s father is Milwaukee head coach Patrick Baldwin, and it’s thought the youthful Baldwin isn’t simply contemplating his dad to be good. It’s an actual risk the five-star, future-lottery-pick performs his one 12 months of faculty basketball within the Horizon League. Someone together with his expertise will probably be a excessive NBA draft decide irrespective of the place he performs in school. Heck, he’d most likely be a excessive draft decide proper now.
Of course, it’s additionally onerous to cross up enjoying for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, with the prospect of successful a nationwide title at all times an actual risk.
It isn’t precisely clear when Baldwin plans to announce his resolution, however he isn’t anticipated to attend for much longer.
TyTy Washington, PG, Compass Prep (Chandler, Arizona)
Washington, a 6-3, four-star level guard who the 247Sports Composite ranks No. 67 in 2021, holds presents from Arizona State, Creighton, Illinois, San Diego State, Ole Miss, LSU and Auburn, amongst others, however this race is considered all the way down to Illinois and Creighton.
Washington and his household have taken two unofficial visits on their very own to Illinois and Creighton. He plans to announce Nov. 15.
When he isn’t out touring campuses, Washington has spent hours on Zoom calls with the teaching staffs in heavy pursuit.
“He’s on the Zoom calls literally every day, him and his family,” Compass Prep head coach Peter Kaffey instructed USA TODAY Sports. “Every time I talk to him, he’s literally always on a Zoom call.”
Bryce McGowens, SG, Legacy Charter (Greenville, South Carolina)
The 247Sports Composite’s No. 25 general prospect, the five-star, 6-6 McGowens decommitted from Florida State in early October and has been one of many nation’s most sought-after recruits since.
He has narrowed his decisions all the way down to Nebraska and Georgia.
The Huskers might have the sting as a result of McGowens’ older brother, Trey McGowens, is on the roster. But Georgia has the benefit of proximity, and Bryce visited Athens a number of instances all through his recruitment.
McGowens hasn’t said publicly when he’ll make his resolution, nevertheless it’s thought that announcement may come throughout the early signing period. He can be a monumental get for Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg.
Trey Alexander, SG, Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Alexander, a 6-4, four-star taking pictures guard ranked No. 61 within the 2021 class by the 247Sports Composite, is all the way down to a closing three of Kansas, Auburn and Arkansas, and he’ll announce his resolution Thursday.
Although he has reportedly solely visited Oklahoma and Arkansas, Auburn is the trade favourite to land Alexander proper now. But that’s actually not from an absence of effort on Arkansas’ half; Alexander even instructed 247Sports in October that Eric Musselman’s Razorbacks employees was recruiting him the toughest of any faculty. We’ll see if they’ll pull off the upset.
Trevor Keels, SG, Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, Virginia)
The 6-5 Keels is the 247Sports Composite’s No. 16 prospect in 2021. A five-star expertise, Keels has been all the way down to a closing three of Duke, Villanova and Virginia since Sept. 9, so it’s thought a call can’t be too far sooner or later.
According to the trade buzz, there is no such thing as a clear favourite right here, though it does appear to be all the way down to Duke and Villanova.
One factor going for Duke? Keels’ highschool teammate at Paul VI Catholic, Jeremy Roach, is an incoming freshman on Krzyzewski’s roster.
Roosevelt Wheeler, C, John Marshall (Richmond, Virginia)
According to the 247Sports Composite, the four-star Wheeler is the highest-rated (No. 60) prospect with recognized plans to signal early. The 6-10 middle launched a prime 5 of North Carolina State, LSU, VCU, Louisville and Hampton on Halloween.
Most trade buzz has Wheeler headed towards Louisville, which has not too long ago taken over North Carolina State as the favourite. But Wheeler does attend highschool a couple of miles from VCU’s campus, and if he needs to comply with in Makur Maker’s footsteps and go the HBCU route, Hampton is simply an hour away.