Top 25 Recruiting Classes - Fall Signing Period

UCLA edges Louisville, Florida, Kansas and Arizona for the nation's early top class

Nov. 14, 2007


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The Fall Signing Period is here. 


This is the ever-anticipated first look, but the ever-important final look will come once all the letters of intents are processed throughout the next week and up until Nov. 21.


We will update this list when the period ends, but for now, here's the commitments from college basketball's next wave that programs have tirelessly worked to get for this very day.


As we head to press, UCLA has a slight three-point overall lead in our point system, finishing just ahead of Louisville and Florida, with Kansas and Arizona rounding out the top five. 


We will have a number of Top 100-quality commitments make decisions this week, headed by No. 28 rated Chris Singleton, No. 48 rated J'Covan Brown, and No. 66 rated Kevin Jones, who could shake up the Top 25 rankings over the next two weeks.


Still, it may be the spring before we know whether the UCLA Bruins can hold onto the top spot, because three top 20 prospects have elected to wait and sign in April. 


No. 3 rated Tyreke Evans, No. 11 rated John Riek-Suas, and No. 12 rated Willie Warren are all considering different programs that are rated among our Top 10.  Their commitments could change the final national rankings next spring.


With that in mind, here is our first look at the Fall Signing Period's Top 25 Recruiting Classes:



Top 25 Recruiting Classes - Fall Signing Period


('s Hodge Basketball Report has your team's recruiting logs and commitment histories.)


1.  UCLA, Four Commitments:  No. 6 Jrue Holiday, 6-foot-3, CG, North Hollywood, Calif., Campbell Hall;  No. 23 Malcolm Lee, 6-foot-4, CG, Riverside, Calif., J.W. North; No. 31 Drew Gordon, 6-foot-9, PF, San Jose, Calif., Archbishop Mitty; No. 35 Jerime Anderson, 6-foot-1, PG Anaheim, Calif.., Canyon.


2.  Louisville, Five Commitments:  No. 4 Samardo Samuels, 6-foot-8, PF, Newark, N.J., St. Benedict; No. 19 Terrence Jennings, 6-foot-10, C, Fitchburg, Mass., Notre Dame; Melquan Bolding, 6-foot-3, SG, Fitchburg, Mass., Notre Dame; Jared Swopshire, 6-foot-8, WF, Bradenton, Fla.., IMG Academy; Kyle Kuric, 6-foot-5, SG, Evansville, Ind., Memorial.


3.  Florida, Five Commitments:  No. 17 Eloy Vargas, 6-foot-10, PF, Plantation, Fla., American Heritage; No. 26 Kenneth Kadji, 6-foot-10, C, Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy; No. 77 Ray Shipman, 6-foot-4, SG, Miami, Fla., Monsignor Pace; No. 86 Allan Chaney, 6-foot-9, PF, New London, Conn.; Erving Walker, 5-foot-8, PG, Middle Village, N.Y. Christ the King.


4.  Kansas, Five Commitments:  No. 33 Travis Releford, 6-foot-3, SG, Shawnee Mission, Mo., Bishop Miege;  No. 60 Marcus Morris, 6-foot-9, PF, Pennsauken, N.J., Apex Academy; No. 82 Markieff Morris, 6-foot-10, PF, Pennsauken, N.J., Apex Academy;  Top 20 JUCO talent Mario Little, 6-foot-5, WF, Chipola CC, Fla.;  Quintrell Thomas, 6-foot-8, PF, Elizabeth, N.J., St. Patrick.


5.  Arizona, Four Commitments:  No. 1 Brandon Jennings, 6-foot-1, PG, Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill;  No. 30 Emmanuel Negedu, 6-foot-7, PF, Wolfeboro, N.H., Brewster Academy;  No. 34 Jeff Withey, 7-foot, C, San Diego, Calif. Horizon;  Brenden Lavender, 6-foot-4, SG, Mesa, Ariz., Mountain View.


6.  Georgetown, Four Commitments:  No. 2 Greg Monroe, 6-foot-10, PF, Gretna, La., Helen Cox;  No. 57 Henry Sims, 6-foot-10, C, Baltimore, Ill. Mt. St. Joseph's;  No. 65 Chris Braswell, 6-foot-9, PF, Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military;  Jason Clark, 6-foot-2, SG, Arlington, Va., Bishop O'Connell.


7.  Ohio State, Four Commitments:  No. 9 B.J. Mullens, 6-foot-10, C, Canal Winchester, Ohio;  No. 15 William Buford, 6-foot-5, SG, Toledo, Ohio Libbey;  No. 88 Anthony Crater, 6-foot-1, PG, Wolfeboro, N.H., Brewster Academy;  Walter Offutt, 6-foot-3, SG, Indianapolis, Ind., Warren Central.


8.  Oregon, Five Commitments:  No. 25 Michael Dunigan, 6-foot-9, C, Chicago, Ill., Farragut ;  No. 72 Matt Humphrey, 6-foot-5, SG, Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan;  Josh Crittle, 6-foot-8, PF, Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan;  Teondre Williams, 6-foot-4, SG, Norcross, Ga. Meadowcreek;  Drew Wiley, 6-foot-6, WF, Vida, Ore. McKenzie River.


9.  North Carolina, Three Commitments:  No. 10 Ed Davis, 6-foot-9, PF, Richmond, Va., Benedictine;  No. 16 Tyler Zeller, 7-foot-1, C, Washington, Ind.;  No. 58 Larry Drew, 6-foot, PG, Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft.


10.  Wake Forest, Three Commitments:  No. 18 Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-foot-9, WF, Norcross, Ga.; No. 22 Ty Walker, 6-foot-10, C, Wilmington, N.C., New Hanover: No. 43 Tony Woods, 6-foot-10, C, Rome, Ga..


11.  USC, Four Commitments:  No. 5 Demar DeRozan, 6-foot-6, WF, Compton , Calif.;  Top 20 JUCO talent Donte Smith, 5-foot-11, PG, Mt. San Antonio CC, Calif.;  Malik Story, 6-foot-5, SG, Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill Academy; Percy Miller, 6-foot-0, PG, Beverly Hills, Calif..


12.  Washington, Four Commitments:  No. 61 Scott Suggs, 6-foot-5, SG, Washington H.S., Mo.;  No. 76 Tyrese Breshers, 6-foot-7, PF, Los Angeles Price Calif.;  No. 81 Elston Turner, 6-foot-4, SG, Roseville, Calif.;  No. 90 Isaiah Thomas 5-9 PG South Kent, Conn., School.


13.  Alabama, Three Commitments:  No. 20 JaMychael Green, 6-foot-8, PF, Montgomery, Ala., St. Jude; No. 40 Tony Mitchell, 6-foot-6, WF, Swainsboro, Ga.;  No. 82 Andrew Steele, 6-foot-3, SG, Birmingham, Ala., John Carroll.


14.  Michigan State, Three Commitments:  No. 5 Delvon Roe, 6-foot-8, PF, Lakewood, Ohio., St. Edward;  No. 69 Korie Lucious, 5-foot-11, PG, Milwaukee, Wisc., St. Pius X;  No. 99 Draymond Green, 6-foot-7, PF, Saginaw, Mich.


15.  Minnesota, Four Commitments:  No. 78 Ralph Sampson Jr, 6-foot-11, C, Duluth, Ga. Northview;  Top 10 JUCO talent Paul Carter, 6-foot-8, PF, Missouri State-West Plains (Mo.) CC;  Top 30 JUCO talent Devron Bostic, 6-foot-5, WF, Southwestern Illinois CC;  Colton Iverson, 6-foot-10, C, Yankton, S.D.


16.  Mississippi State, Three Commitments:  No. 13 Scotty Hopson, 6-foot-5, WF, Hopkinsville, KY University Heights;  No. 42 Romero Osby, 6-foot-8, WF, Meridian, MS Northeast Lauderdale; DeMarquis Bost, 6-foot-3, PG, Chatham, VA Hargrave Military.


17.  Auburn, Four Commitments:  Top 20 JUCO talent Tay Waller, 6-foot-2, SG, Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla.;  Top 40 JUCO talent Johnnie Lett, 6-foot-11, Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla.;  Frank Sullivan, 6-foot-1, PG, Uniontown, Ala. R.C. Hatch;  Kenny Gabriel, 6-foot-7, PF, Kings Mountain, N.C. Hope Christian.


18.  Missouri, Six Commitments:  Top 20 JUCO talent Keith Ramsey, 6-foot-9, PF, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC;  Miguel Paul, 6-foot, PG, Lakeland, Fla., Kathleen; Steve Moore, 6-foot-8, PF, Independence, Mo., Truman;  Marcus Denmon, 6-foot-3, SG, Kansas City, Mo., Hogan Prep;  Laurence Bowers, 6-foot-7, PF, Collierville, Tenn., St. George; Kim English, 6-foot-5, WF, Fitchburg, Mass., Notre Dame.


19.  Indiana, Four Commitments:  No. 14 Devin Ebanks, 6-foot-8, WF, Oakdale, Conn., St. Thomas More; Terrell Holloway, 6-foot-1, PG, Cincinnati, Ohio, Harmony Prep; Tom Pritchard, 6-foot-8, PF, Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edwards; Matt Roth, 6-foot-2, SG, Washington, Ind.


20.  Marquette, Four Commitments:  Tyshawn Taylor, 6-foot-3, PG, Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony's;  Nick Williams,  6-foot-4, SG, Mobile, Ala., Leflore;  Joseph Fulce, 6-foot-7, WF, Tyler CC, Texas;  Chris Otule, 6-foot-10, C, Houston, Texas Ft. Bend Bush.


21.  LSU, Three Commitments:  No. 39 J'Mison Morgan, 6-foot-11, C, Dallas, Texas, South Oak Cliff;  No. 92 Delwan Graham, 6-foot-6, PF, Dunwoody, Ga.; Dennis Harris, 6-foot-9, PF, Jonesboro, Ga. Mundy's Mill; Storm Warren, 6-foot-8, PF, Monroe, La., Richmond.


22.  Arkansas, Four Commitments:  No. 79 Courtney Fortson, 6-foot-1, PG, Lenoir, N.C., Patterson School;  Andre Clarke, 6-foot-9, PF, Mendenhall, Miss., Genesis One;  Terrance Joyner, 6-foot-1, PG, Mendenhall, Miss., Genesis One;  Brandon Moore, 6-foot-9, C, New Orleans, La., Holy Cross.


23.  Virginia, Three Commitments:  No. 37 Sylven Landesberg, 6-foot-5, SG, Flushing, N.Y., Holy Cross;  No. 80 John Brandenburg, 6-foot-10, C, St. Louis, Mo., DeSmet;  Assane Sene, 7-foot-0, C, South Kent, Conn., School.


24.  Syracuse, Three Commitments:  No. 45 Mookie Jones, 6-foot-6, WF, Peekskill, NY;  No. 54 Kris Joseph, 6-foot-7, WF, Washington, DC Archbishop Carroll; James Southerland, 6-foot-7, WF, Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame.


25-Tie.  Florida State, Four Commitments:  No. 44 Xavier Gibson, 6-foot-11, PF, Dothan Northview, Ala.;  No. 94 Deividas Dulkys, 6-foot-3, SG, Henderson Findlay Prep Nev.;  Luke Loucks, 6-foot-4, PG, Clearwater H.S. Fla.; Pierre Jordan, 6-foot-0, PG, Dunwoody, Ga.


25-Tie.  Duke, Two Commitments:  No. 18 Elliott Williams, 6-foot-5, SG, Collierville, Tenn., St. George; No. 56 Olek Czyz, 6-foot-8, PF, Reno, Nev.


25-Tie.  Connecticut, Two Commitments:  No. 29 Kemba Walker, 5-foot-11, PG, New York, N.Y., Rice; No. 41 Nate Miles, 6-foot-7, WF, Lenoir, N.C., Patterson School;



Near Misses


Kentucky, Two Commitments: No. 32 DeAndre Liggins, 6-foot-6, WF, Henderson, Nev. Findlay Prep; No. 46 Darius Miller, 6-foot-7, WF, Maysville, Ky., Mason County.


Rutgers, Three Commitments:  No. 49 Mike Rosario, 6-foot-2, SG, Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony;  Christian Morris, 6-foot-9, C, South Kent, Conn., School;  Patrick Jackson, 6-foot-6, WF, Brooklyn, N.Y., Boys & Girls.


Nevada, Three Commitments:  No. 25 Luke Babbitt, 6-foot-8, PF, Reno, Galena Nev.; No. 74 Mark McLaughlin, 6-foot-4, SG, Kenmore, Wash., Inglemoor;  London Giles, 6-foot-3, SG, Dallas, Texas, Kimball.


Wisconsin, 4 Commitments:  No. 85 Jarred Berggren, 6-foot-11, C, Princeton, Minn.;  Jordan Taylor, 6-foot-3, SG, St. Louis Park, Minn., Benilde St. Margaret's;  Robert Wilson, 6-foot-3, SG, Garfield Heights, Ohio;  Ian Markoff, 7-foot, C, San Antonio, Tex., Churchill.


Clemson, 4 Commitments:  No. 50 Catalin Baciu, 6-foot-11, C, Fletcher, N.C. Veritas Academy;  Andre Young, 5-foot-9, PG, Albany, Ga. Deerfield Windsor;  Mbai Oliver, 6-foot-7, WF, Hampton, Va. Bethel; Tanner Smith, 6-foot-5, WF, Norcross, Ga. Wesleyan.


New Mexico, 5 Commitments:  Phillip McDonald, 6-foot-5, SG, Cypress, Tex., Community Christian;  Will Brown, 6-foot-8, PF, Lenoir, N.C. Patterson School;  Isaiah Rusher, 6-foot-8, PF, Lenoir, N.C. Patterson School;  Curtis Dennis, 6-foot-4, SG, Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep;  Nathan Garth, 6-foot, PG, Memphis, Tenn., Hamilton.


Iowa, 4 Commitments:  No. 70 Matt Gatens, 6-foot-5, SG, Iowa City, Iowa, City High;  Anthony Tucker, 6-foot-4, SG, Minnetonka, Minn., Hopkins;  Andrew Brommer, 6-foot-9, PF, Rosemont, Minn.; Top 50 JUCO talent Jermain Davis, 6-foot-4, SG, Kirkwood CC Iowa.


Washington State, 5 Commitments:  Michael Harthun, 6-foot-3, SG, Medford, Oreg., South Medford;  Nick Witherill, 6-foot-3, SG, Phoenix, Ariz., Saguaro;  Marcus Capers, 6-foot-5, WF, Montverde, Fla. Academy; Klay Thompson, 6-foot-7, WF, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Santa Margarita;  James Watson, 6-foot-8, PF, Springtown, Okla.


Pittsburgh, 3 Commitments:  No. 73 Nasir Robinson, 6-foot-5, WF, Chester, Penn.;  Travon Woodall, 6-foot, PG, Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony's;  Ashton Gibbs, 6-foot-2, SG, West Orange, N.J., Seton Hall Prep.


Southern Illinois, 4 Commitments:  No. 84 Anthony Booker, 6-foot-8, PF, Florissant, MO McCluer North; Kevin Dillard, 6-foot, PG, Fla.ossmoor, Ill. Homewood-Flossmoor;  Torres Roundtree, 6-foot-2, SG, Florissant, MO McCluer North;  Chris Parrish, 6-foot-3, PG, Riverside, Ill. Brookfield.


Vanderbilt, 2 Commitments:  No. 64 Steve Tchiengang, 6-foot-9, PF, Montverde, Fla. Academy; No. 87 Lance Goulbourne, 6-foot-8, PF, Princeton, N.J., Hun.


Tennessee, 2 Commitments:  No. 75 Renaldo Woolridge, 6-foot-8, WF, North Hollywood, Calif. Harvard-Westlake;  No. 89 Phillip Jurick, 6-foot-11, C, Chattanooga, Tenn., East Ridge.



Best of the Rest


Stanford (3) Commitments

California (4)

Xavier (4)

Colorado (4)

St. Louis (4)

Maryland (2)

Cincinnati (2)

Dayton (4)

Iowa State (4)

Rhode Island (5)

Harvard (4)

Texas A&M (2)

George Mason (4)

Gonzaga (3)

Miami (2)

Georgia (2)

Hofstra (3)

Mississippi (4)

Duquesne (4)

Oklahoma (2)

Pennsylvania (4)

Binghamton (2)

Houston (3)

West Virginia (2)

DePaul (2)

Pepperdine (3)

Boston College (3)

SMU (3)

Texas Tech (3)

Arizona State (2)


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