The dust has barely settled on the NCAA basketball tournament, but it’s time for coaches across the country to put the final touches on their 2013 recruiting classes.
The vast majority of the nation’s top high school players can now focus on what to wear to prom because they have chosen a school, but there are still a handful of big fish remaining. That may be surprising because Kentucky has signed approximately 754 5-star prospects, but even the country's top recruit is still on the board.
Read on to see the latest buzz regarding the top unsigned players left for 2013.
Per Scout.com, Rysheed Jordan has narrowed his college selection to three choices that he has taken official visits to—Temple, St. John’s and UCLA.
Whichever school is fortunate enough to land Jordan will get a physical guard who can attack the rim. He is not the best three-point shooter, but that is something that can be developed to an extent at the college level.
If he does become a member of the Red Storm, it is feasible that Jordan would see early playing time next season.
He may play basketball, but the list of schools that Demetrius Henry has shown interest in throughout the recruiting period reads like a who’s who of football destinations—Alabama, Clemson, Miami, South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
However, all signs are indicating that Henry will become a Gamecock, Hurricane or South Florida Bull. He is a talented rebounder and shooter for his size, and his strength will help him bang around in the post.
Per Henry’s Twitter account, he will make his college decision known on April 24. He has late visits set up at Miami and South Florida and is coming off a recent trip to Columbia, South Carolina.
Henry would be a critical piece in the rebuilding efforts of the Gamecocks and Bulls, but he would also help the Hurricanes continue their momentum from a historically great season.
There was a time when Jaren Sina was Northwestern bound as part of a class that hoped to finally bring the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament.
But when coach Bill Carmody was fired after a lengthy tenure, Sina reopened his recruitment process, and Seton Hall, Alabama and even Indiana came knocking. Sina was once a verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide as well, so this vacillation is nothing new.
Northwestern's new head man Chris Collins has already made headway with Sina by bonding over the fact that both are sons of coaches. Whether that will play a role in his decision, which is set to be made before April 17, remains to be seen.
Whichever school lands the dangerous three-point shooter and solid passer will pick up a nice piece to add to any backcourt.
Typically during the recruiting process a strong and versatile power forward that can rebound, pass and shoot the basketball would draw headlines because of his play on the court.
That’s not exactly the case with Junior Etou. Deadspin reported earlier this year that Etou will actually turn 21 years old soon, which was in stark contrast to his listed age of 18 on FIBA’s database.
Regardless of that controversy, the Republic of Congo native will likely choose between Miami, Xavier or Washington. Per reports, Miami has not made much contact with Etou recently, possibly because of the age and documentation issue and academics.
Whichever school lands the services of Etou will get a defensive presence that relies on his athleticism to rebound and block shots.
Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 prospect in America for the 2013 class, is the golden ticket of unsigned high school players.
He is a freak athlete that uses his 6’8” frame and even longer wingspan to attack the rim, shoot over smaller defenders and even bang around down low (although he has room to grow in the strength department which is scary).
Rumors and speculation have run rampant for much of Wiggins’ recruiting process, but he completed official visits to Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. If the Seminoles seem a bit out of place on that list of bluebloods, consider the fact that both of Wiggins’ parents attended Florida State.
For what it is worth, Wiggins’ brother (who played for Wichita State this season) recently said that he thinks his parents want Wiggins to attend Florida State.
This may come down to a family legacy in Tallahassee versus the pedigree, championship opportunity and historical tradition in Lexington. Whatever Wiggins' choice is, it will certainly dominate college basketball headlines in the early offseason.