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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
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Topic: Basketball

The early signing period begins tomorrow for girls across the country. Around 85% of the top 100 seniors will sign between November 11-18. Below are the top unsigned seniors who will likely wait until spring to ink. Players listed alphabetically.

  • Felicia Aiyeotan 6-9 Blairstown Twp. Blair Academy, NJ
  • Jensen Caretti 6-1 Hannibal River, OH
  • I'Liyah Green 6-2 Louisville Male, KY
  • Tyasha Harris 5-8 Indianapolis Heritage Christian, IN
  • Sabrina Jones 6-0 Orlinda Miramonte, CA
  • Tori McCoy 6-4 Champaign St. Thomas More, IL
  • Stephanie Paul 6-0 Naples Community, FL
  • Jasmine Walker 6-2 Montgomery Jefferson Davis, AL
  • Aaliyah Wilson 5-11 Muskogee, OK
  • Jocelyn Willoughby 5-11 Livingston Newark Academy, NJ
  • Kornelia Wright 5-7 Orlando Jones, FL

Early commitments will be final from November 11-18 when players can officially sign with their respective colleges. Look for around 85 of the country's top 100 seniors to sign, leaving 15% stilll available in the spring. Below are the top 10 unsigned seniors as of yesterday. Players listed alphabetically.

  • Bam Adebayo 6-9 High Point Christian, NC
  • Rawle Alkins 6-4 Raleigh Word of God Academy, NC
  • Udoka Azubuike 6-11 Jacksonville Potter House, FL
  • Marques Bolden 6-10 DeSoto, TX
  • De'Aaron Fox 6-3 Katy Cypress Lakes, TX
  • Dewan Huell 6-9 Miami Norland, FL
  • Josh Jackson 6-7 Napa Prolific Prep, CA
  • Mario Kegler 6-7 Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy, VA
  • T.J. Leaf 6-10 El Cajon Foothills Christian, CA
  • Malik Monk 6-4 Bentonville, AR

More and more high school players, both seniors and underclassmen, are leaving their schools to attend prep schools. At least 15% of the class of 2016 have left their high school schools this school year, 2015-16, for prep schools. The reason? Players are being convinced by outside sources that the prep school route in the long run will help thier game by the time they enter the college ranks. Below are the top 10 seniors who left their high schools for prep schools prior to the start of this school year. Parentheses indicate the home state of the player's high school. Players listed alphabetically.

  • Rawle Alkins (NY) 6-4 Raleigh Word of God Academy, NC
  • Derek Funderburk (OH) 6-9 Chatham Hargrave Military Academy, VA
  • Harry Giles (NV) 6-10 Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy, VA
  • Rapolas Ivanauskas (IL) 6-8 Wolfeboro Brewster Academy, NH
  • Mario Kegler (FL) 6-7 Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Prep Academy, VA
  • Braxton Key (TN) 6-7 Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy, VA
  • Matthew Moyer (OH) 6-7 South Kent Prep, CT
  • Micah Potter (OH) 6-9 Montverde Academy, VA
  • Micah Thomas (TN) 6-7 Huntington Prep, WV
  • Eli Wright (KY) 6-5 Greeneville 22 Ft Academy, SC

Below is a list of additional senior commitments since my last report on Tennessee back in August. Players are listed alphabetically.

  • Taylor Barnes 5-8/G Cordova St. Benedict (Memphis)
  • Chelsea Burt 5-6/PG Nashville CPA (Faulkner State)
  • Chanler Geer 5-10/F Knoxville Bearden (Carson-Newman)
  • Kelci Marosites 5-10/SM Elizabethton (East Tennessee State)
  • Jaida Roper 5-7/PG Germantown Houston (Louisiana Tech)

One transfer of note is 5-5 senior Akia Harris who transferred to Chattanooga Hamilton Heights Christian from Chattanooga Girls Prep.

Below are senior commitments of note since my last report on Tennessee back in late August. Players are listed alphabetically.

  • Jordan Bone 6-1/CG Nashville Ensworth (Tennessee)
  • Darnell Brown 5-11/CG Germantown (Tulsa)
  • Kenny Bunton 6-6/CF Cleveland Walker Valley (Lipscomb)
  • Jalen Fisher 6-1/PG Arlington Bolton (UNLV)
  • Clayton Hughes 6-5/WF Jackson University School (Central Florida)
  • Dillon Mitchell 6-2/PG Memphis White Station (Oregon-football)

Transfers of note were two players who left Nashville CPA for prep schools:

  • Tiger Campbell 5-11/Fr (now at LaPorte LaLumiere, IN)
  • Braxton Key 6-7 Sr (formerly Blackwell) now at Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy, VA). Key has committed to Alabama.

Below are additional top senior signees and transfers for the Buckeye State since my last report on Ohio in late August. Players are listed alphabetically.

  • Yavari Hall 6-4/2G Warrenville Heights (Kent State)
  • Frank Hughes 6-4/2G Garfield Heights (Louisville)
  • Willie Jackson 6-6/WF Garfield Heights (Missouri)
  • Xavier Simpson 5-10/PG Lima Senior (Michigan)

Ohio had three high profile seniors depart for prep schools.

  • Dennis Funderburk 6-8/C-F Chatham Hargrave Military (VA) from Lakewood St. Edward
  • Matt Moyer 6-8/WF South Kent (CT) from Gahanna Lincoln
  • Micah Potter 6-9/C Montverde Academty (FL) from Mentor

6-9 senior Nick Ward of Gahanna Lincoln and 5-10 senior Xavier Simpson of Lima Senior are now the front runners for Mr. Basketball with the above three players transferring.

Below are seniors from Illinois who have committed since my last Illinois report back in late August. Players are listed alphabetically.

  • Tarkus Ferguson 6-3/CG Belleville Althoff (Illinois-Chicago)
  • Zion Morgan 6-4/2G Chicago Kenwood (Valpo)
  • Zach Norvell 6-4/2G Chicago Simeon (Gonzaga)
  • Justin Pierce 6-6/CF Glen Ellyn Glenbard West (William & Mary)
  • Jarrin Randall 5-11/PG Chicago Morgan Park (Western Michigan)
  • Nick Robinson 6-6/CF Chicago Kenwood (Indiana State)

Transfers of note include (listed alphabetically):

  • Nick Finke 6-6/Sr Champaign Central from Champaign Centennial
  • Tim Finke 6-5/So Champaign Central from Champaign Centennial
  • Terrel Phipps 6-7/Sr Chicago Simeon from Chicago Raby
  • Alonzo Verge 6-2/Jr Hillside Proviso West from Villa Park Willowbrook
  • Antonio Williams 6-1/Sr Chicago Bogan from Maywood Proviso East

Below are additional commitments of note for Indiana's top girls since my last report back in late August. Players are listed alphabetically.

  • Kaylan Coffman 6-1/Sr Oxford Benton Central (Evansville)
  • Nicole Konieczny 5-7/Jr South Bend St. Joseph (SMU)
  • Lauren McBryar 5-8/Sr Mooresville (switches to St. Francis from Franklin)
  • Karissa McLaughlin 5-8/Jr Ft. Wayne Homestead (Florida)
  • Katelyn O'Reilly 5-9/Sr Noblesville (Florida Atlantic)
  • Tyana Robinson 5-10/Sr Indianapolis Pike (Florida Atlantic)
  • Anne Secrest 6-0/Jr Akron Tippecanoe Valley (Youngstown State)
  • Sydney Shelton 5-8/Sr Fortville Mt. Vernon (switches to Butler from Kentucky)
  • Emily Sullivan 6-3/Sr Evansville Memorial (UNC)
  • Kayana Traylor 5-9/So Martinsville (Purdue)

Top transfers of note include (players are listed alphabetically):

  • De'Shawna Harper 5-4/Jr  (TBA) from Indianapolis North Central
  • Ashlyn Huffman 5-6/Jr Columbus North from Indianapolis Franklin Central
  • Nicole Konieczny 5-7/Jr South Bend St. Joseph from LaPorte
  • Kyleigh Kubik 5-7/Sr Hamlet Oregon-Davis from LaPorte
  • Destiny Perkins 5-6/Jr Indianapolis Lawrence North from Richmond
  • Payton Thomson 5-6/Sr Wabash Northfield from Osgood Jac-Cen-Del

Since my last report on Indiana back in late August, the following Hoosier seniors have since committed (players listed alphabetically):

  • Nai Carlisle 6-1/CG West Lafayette (San Jose State)
  • Parker Chitty 6-1/CG Columbus East (Eastern Kentucky)
  • Tate Hall 6-5/2G Greenfield Central (Indianapolis)
  • Brachen Hazen 6-7/CF Columbia City (Central Florida)
  • Djimon Henson 6-2/2G Indianapolis Warren Central (Morehead State)
  • Dida Ilkongshul 6-6/PF Madison Shawe Memorial (Western Michigan)
  • Damien Jefferson 6-5/WF East Chicago Central (New Mexico)
  • Max Kurkowski 6-6/2G Plainfield (Nova Southeastern)
  • Kyle Mallers 6-7/WF Ft. Wayne Carroll (Ball State)
  • Christian Reed 6-6/C Sellersburg Silver Creek (Lawrence Tech)
  • Cameron Smith 6-2/CG Franklin (Purdue-Calumet)
  • Dru Smith 6-2/CG Evansville Reitz (Evansville)
  • Peyton Staples 6-5/CF Mishawaka (Ferris State)
  • Reggie Tharp 6-0/PG Ft. Wayne Concordia (Chicago State)
  • Brandon VanSant 6-6/C-F Bloomfield (Illinois-Springfield)
  • Cameron Wolter 6-7/C-F Fishers (Massachusetts-Lowell)
Cameron Smith listed above transferred to Franklin from Trafalgar Indian Creek

Posted by REH at 5:25 PM EST
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