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Wednesday marks the final day of the NCAA’s Late Signing Period and, with some players already reporting to their respective colleges this week, saying time is of the essence for the handful of unsigned elite high school basketball players would be quite the understatement.
With less than 72 hours to go, we take a closer look at the six players in the ESPN 100 who are presumably still mulling options.
Jarrett Allen, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal (Austin, Texas), C
ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 15
CONSIDERING: Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Houston.
THE 411: The word is and has always been that it would be quite the chore to lure the 6-foot-10 big man away from the Lone Star State and our most recent intel suggests that Texas is strong with Allen. As the top ranked center in the ESPN 100, Allen is a gifted rebounder, shot blocker and finisher who has consistently improved year-to-year. He’s maintained that the biggest factor that will go into his decision is how well the coaches develop their bigs. Indications are that Allen does not seem like he intends to commit Wednesday and will take more time. He can sign financial aid papers rather than a binding letter of intent as long as he is confident the school will have a spot for him on the roster.
Marques Bolden, DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas), C
ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 16
CONSIDERING: Duke, Kentucky.
THE 411: No, we’re not listing TCU because Allen isn’t going there. With that out of the way, this one is the hardest to call. A strong case could be made for why Bolden, the No. 2 overall center in the ESPN 100, would choose Duke (Coach K, No. 1 team in the country, most people’s favorite to win it all next April, in need of quality bigs, friends headed there in his class, probable instant playing time, etc.) or Kentucky (Calipari’s rep for sending players to the NBA, friends headed there in his class, probable instant playing time, etc.). Bolden has told USA TODAY Sports plenty of times about the stress of this decision, which keeps him up sometimes at night. Bolden will make his decision public Thursday afternoon
One thing is for sure, this heated recruiting battle will only intensify the Duke-Kentucky rivalry.
Charlie Moore, Morgan Park (Chicago), PG
ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 61
CONSIDERING: California, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, SMU.
THE 411: Moore decommitted from Memphis when Josh Pastner left to take over as head coach at Georgia Tech. In the last week, Moore has made visits to LSU, SMU and Georgia Tech. Whoever lands the 5-foot-11 speedster is getting a gem. Moore, opened his senior season with a 55-point game and never looked back after that.
Taurean Thompson, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.), F
ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 75
CONSIDERING: Syracuse, Seton Hall, Michigan State.
THE 411: The general consensus is that Syracuse has the edge here, but Michigan State is making a strong push for Thompson. Tom Izzo watched him post 27 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in route to claiming MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic regional game last month. Thompson’s camp has expressed interest in setting up a visit to East Lansing; obviously, that would have to happen soon. Asked when Thompson might have a decision, Brewster coach Jason Smith texted Syracuse.com, “Good luck with that.”
Romello White, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), F
ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 77
CONSIDERING: VCU, Auburn, Georgia, Iowa State, Arizona State.
THE 411: White recently got a release from his letter-of-intent to Georgia Tech. Last year he decommitted from Tennessee after Vols coach Donnie Tyndall got fired. As for his next landing spot White and Co. have kept things under wraps since leaving the Yellow Jackets, but most believe that Georgia and Iowa State will be strong in this one. White visited Arizona State last weekend and his next stop is Iowa State over Memorial Day weekend, according to 247Sports.
DeShawn Corprew, Quality Education Academy (Winston Salem, N.C.), F
ESPN 100 Overall Ranking: No. 91
CONSIDERING: Texas A&M, Kansas, LSU.
THE 411: Corprew is one of the nation’s best kept secrets. At 6-foot-6, he handles the ball like a guard and combines that skill with speed and quickness which allow him to get into that lane whenever he wants. Corprew was scheduled to visit Texas A&M this past weekend.
UPDATE: Corprew committed to Texas A&M
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