February 7, 2013

Nine who remain uncommitted

The spring signing period is a little more than two months away and begins on April 17. As it stands, those schools in search of well-known talent have limited options, as only nine members of the current 2013 Rivals150 remain open.

Of the group, there are four five-star prospects, led by the nation's top two players, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle. Here's a look where each of the nine stands in their recruitment (overall rank in parentheses).

SF Andrew Wiggins, Huntington (W.V.) Prep (No. 1)
The nation's top player continues to be in a holding pattern and has only taken an official visit to Florida State, where both his father and mother were star athletes. Wiggins maintains that he will visit Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina after his senior season ends, but has yet to set up any trips. There has been a growing sentiment that Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles have a leg up, and until Wiggins sets up and takes other visits, it is hard not to consider Florida State as the team to beat.

PF Julius Randle, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian (No. 2)
A broken foot cost Randle the vast majority of his senior season, but it certainly hasn't hurt his recruitment. Randle recently completed a trip to N.C. State and he's got official visits coming to Texas and Kansas the next two weekends. Having already visited Florida and Kentucky in the fall, Randle is likely the closest to making a decision of any of the four remaining five-star prospects. Randle has been consistent in telling Rivals.com that he would like to end his recruitment about the time his high school finishes its season. He's played his recruitment close to the vest, but the Longhorns have consistently been considered at or near the top behind the scenes. More recently, the Kentucky buzz has started to turn up again and Randle himself called his visit to Raleigh his best.

PF/SF Aaron Gordon, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty (No. 6)
Just when it looked like Arizona and Washington might be starting to separate themselves a little from the third finalist Kentucky, Gordon threw a monkey wrench into things. On Friday, the five-star combo forward confirmed that he has added Oregon back to his list. Given that the Ducks were initially cut a few months ago after he took a visit there, the fact that they have been added back to the list cannot be taken lightly. Time will tell, but the Ducks have to be considered a major player.

SG Keith Frazier, Dallas (Texas) Kimball (No. 22)
For the longest time, things were quiet on the Frazier front. After getting off to a slow start during his senior year, Frazier's play -- and his recruitment -- have kicked into high gear. Over the past few weeks he's taken official visits to Texas and SMU and he has two more coming. Next week the five-star shooter will head out to West Texas to check out Texas Tech and then he'll head down to College Station to visit Texas A&M. For the past few months there has been a heavy SMU buzz, and if there is a leader for his services then Larry Brown's Mustangs are likely most deserving of that designation.

PG Rysheed Jordan, Philadelphia (Pa.) Vaux (No. 29)
The top remaining point guard in the country, Jordan has been down to St. John's, UCLA and Temple for a while and doesn't seem to be in a hurry to decide. For a while, St. John's was considered to be the heavy favorite, but more recently, trusted sources in Philly have said that Jordan is leaning toward heading out to Westwood (UCLA). Meanwhile, Jordan has been spending a lot of time at Temple games. Bottom line, this one appears to be a tossup.

PG/SG Kendall Yancy-Harris, Richardson (Texas) Berkner (No. 109)
Every year, a few high-profile guys come back open because of a coaching change and the decision to fire Kevin O'Neill has made Yancy-Harris a spring option. Technically, the rangy combo guard is still signed with USC, but Trojans AD Pat Haden has given him permission to explore other options so long as those other schools reach out to the Trojans. Among those that have made contact are Connecticut, Texas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Miami, Providence, Xavier, Baylor, Texas Tech, Arizona State and Auburn.

PF Demetrius Henry, Brandon (Fla.) Faith Baptist- (No. 113)
An athletic interior player with some face-up skill, Henry has been adding some bulk during his prep school year. Henry is down to just three programs: Miami, South Carolina and South Florida, in no order. Look for Henry to take his visits during the month of March and then have a decision in early April.

PG Travis Jorgenson, New Hampton (N.H.) Prep (No. 138)
A native of Columbia, Mo., Jorgenson ended an early commitment to hometown Missouri in the fall. As one of the top available floor generals in the country, he's gotten visits from several schools and has himself been to Creighton (unofficially), Boston College (official) and Georgia Tech (official) in the past month and a half or so. Jorgenson is still open and the most recent school in to see him was Florida.

PF Junior Etou, Arlington (Va.) Archbishop O'Connell (No. 142)
The recruitment and eligibility of Etou stands at a crossroads after Deadspin.com published an article in January citing documents that showed Etou is actually 20 years old. Officials at Archbishop O'Connell have denied that the Congo native is too old to play, but the dustup has complicated his recruitment. Until things get settled, Etou's recruitment is a question mark.


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