High school and junior college basketball prospects from coast to coast ironed their shirts, shined their shoes, picked out a good-looking tie and found a hat that proudly displays the logo of the college that they will attend.
Wednesday was the first day of the early signing period. Many of the nation's top players made their commitments official when they signed their names on National Letters of Intent, binding them to a college or university.
Rivals.com ranks the top-25 classes, and North Carolina sits atop the list. UNC signed five players ranked in the top 70, including 6-foot-9 twins David and Travis Wear. It marks the second time since 2006 the Tar Heels have the top overall class in recruiting.
The Big 12 conference was the big winner on the first day of the signing period. Seven Big 12 teams have top-25 classes.
Rivals.com will adjust the rankings next week to reflect any changes during the early signing period. The early period closes at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 19.