Analyzing the top uncommitted seniors and the likelihood they'll sign early

Analyzing the top uncommitted seniors and the likelihood they'll sign early

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Analyzing the top uncommitted seniors and the likelihood they'll sign early

Josh Jackson isn't likely to sign during the early period. (Photo: The CJ Louisville)

Josh Jackson isn’t likely to sign during the early period. (Photo: The CJ Louisville)

Jayson Tatum knows it’s really cliché for committed recruits to say that once they made their college pick it felt like “a weight lifted off” of their shoulders.

“But it’s so true,” said Tatum, a forward at Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis) who committed to Duke in July. “It really is a big relief to get that decision out of the way. People don’t know the stress that we’re under with these decisions so to finally get it over with it’s hard to describe how great that feels.”

Wednesday kicks off the NCAA’s Early Signing period, which runs through Nov. 18.

We decided to take a look at the uncommitted players in the top 25 of the ESPN 100, recapped which schools they’re considering and gauged the likelihood of them, not only sharing Tatum’s feeling of relief, but also predicted the chances of them signing early.

  • Josh Jackson, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), SF

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 3

CONSIDERING: Villanova, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan State, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, UNLV, UCLA.

SIGNING EARLY? Not likely.

  • Malik Monk, Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.), SG

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 5

CONSIDERING: Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Florida State, Arkansas, Alabama.

SIGNING EARLY? Not likely.

  • Edrice Adebayo, High Point Christian (High Point, N.C.), PF

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 6

CONSIDERING: Kansas, Kentucky, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Missouri, Auburn.

SIGNING EARLY? Not likely.

  • De’Aaron Fox, Cypress Lake (Katy, Texas), PG

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 7

CONSIDERING: Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, LSU.

SIGNING EARLY? Scheduled for Thursday

  • T.J. Leaf, Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.), PF

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 13

CONSIDERING: San Diego State, UCLA, Oregon.

SIGNING EARLY? Scheduled for Thursday

  • Rawle Alkins, Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), G

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 15

CONSIDERING:  Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, St. John’s, UNLV, UNC, N.C. State

SIGNING EARLY? Definitely not.

  • Kobi Jordan-Simmons, St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.), PG

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 18

CONSIDERING: Kentucky, UNLV, Ohio State.

SIGNING EARLY? Definitely not.

  • Jarrett Allen, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal (Austin, Texas), C

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 19

CONSIDERING: Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Texas.

SIGNING EARLY? Not likely.

  • Marques Bolden, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), C

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 20

CONSIDERING: Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Alabama, Oklahoma, TCU, Wake Forest.

SIGNING EARLY? Not likely.

  • Dewan Huell, Norland (Miami), PF

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 21

CONSIDERING: Florida State, South Florida, Miami, South Carolina.

SIGNING EARLY? Likely.

  • Udoka Azubuike, Potter’s House (Jacksonville, Fla.), C

ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 22

CONSIDERING: Florida State, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State, Maryland, Texas, Wake Forest, among many others.

SIGNING EARLY? Not likely.

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