Winners and Losers of College Basketball's 2013 Early Signing Period

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Winners and Losers of College Basketball's 2013 Early Signing Period
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

When college basketball's national signing period begins, it brings excitement and trepidation in equal measure for prospects and programs alike.

Finally, the nation's top high school players officially make themselves part of a university's basketball culture. For their part, coaches receive final assurance that those hours, miles and dollars spent to recruit those players were worth the investment.

Unfortunately, for every coach who hangs up the phone and pumps his fist, there's another who wants to use said fist to pound his desk, his wall or his TV set, depending on the proximity of quality first aid.

Just like every game, every recruiting decision produces a winner. Unlike games, a single high school senior's choice makes multiple schools losers. Let's look at the programs that experienced the greatest elation and deepest dejection when the letters of intent started flowing into basketball offices nationwide.

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