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Fastbreak Friday

Only 21 players remain uncommitted on the top 150 list and only six players in the top 50 remain open. The elite players are gone and ready to ink their names on the National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9. What's the latest with the nation's top players? Find out in this week's version of Fastbreak Friday.
Here's a look at the top players still left on the board:
Five-star prospects are shrinking
Davon Jefferson - Will most likely test the NBA waters. He's 19 and a year removed from high school after a season at The Patterson (N.C.) School.
Darrell Arthur - The Texas big man is down to Baylor, Kansas and Indiana but his long recruitment may be even longer. The whispers out of Dallas are saying he'll sign late.
Jason Bennett - The 7-foot-2 center says he's still open but lists Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Miami, Clemson and Auburn as his potential destinations. Watch where Bob Huggins lands first.
Lance Thomas - Thomas is still looking at Arizona, Duke, Florida, Rutgers, Wake Forest. No changes here. He could be a signing day surprise but don't count on it.
Ramar Smith - Since he and Connecticut went their separate ways, Smith could be the most coveted player in the late signing period.
Four-star prospects are few and far between
Bryan Davis - The Grand Prairie (Texas) High product has visited Texas and Texas A&M and could sign early. Still quiet on his end.
Jeremy Mayfield - Says Oklahoma is his slight leader at the moment with Texas A&M, South Florida and Miami in close chase.
D.J. Augustin - It's still Texas and LSU. He'll likely sign early.
Hamady N'diaye - Now at Stoneridge Prep in California, N'diaye could be the most sought after big man in the late period.
Tyler Smith - He's visiting Pitt this weekend while Nebraska, Virginia, Miami (FL), Memphis and Arkansas are all hoping he waits until the spring.
Greivis Vasquez - Looks like a signing day decision for Maryland.
Doneal Mack - Another final hour kid, Mack told Rivals.com that he's down to Florida and Virginia Tech.
Jujuan Jones - Grade issues mixed with a lack of focus both on and off the court have slowed his recruitment.
Kiwan Smith - Still up in the air on him. A likely late signee and a great national sleeper.
Mike Davis - The former Pitt commit says Pitt is still in the picture.
Clarence Halloway - The former Louisville commit is in Florida at IMG.
Carlos Morias - The Kansas State commitment has signed with a professional team in Angola, thus ending his college career.
Remaining top 150 players still in limbo
Ekpe Udoh - Would like to wait but has offers from Michigan and Pitt.
Kodi Augustus - AAU coach says Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M are all in the picture but likely to reclassify to 2007.
Brandon Webster - A sleeper from Bryan (Texas) High School has Wyoming, Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M on his short list.
Leon Freeman - Has been a strong lean to Michigan State for some time but grades may be the hold up. Mom says her son will likely wait to sign.
Demetrius Jemison - Could take a prep year but has offers at the level that best suits his game (UAB, Florida Atlantic, Tennessee Tech, Auburn and Arkansas-Little Rock).
Let the games begin
Rivals.com will officially hit the road next week for prep hoops. The National Elite Athletic Association (NEAA) tournament kicks off the season in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 9. The tournament is the brainchild of Linzy Davis, head coach of Community Christian School in McDonough, Ga.
The inaugural field is strong. The host school, Community Christian, is home to Virginia-bound guard Solomon Tat and a host of talented young players. Canadians Olu Ashalou and Junior Cadougan will square off against their fellow countrymen from Toronto Prep in pool play.
Also on the docket is Stoneridge Prep (Calif.), featuring a number of international players including top 65 prospect Hamady N'diaye. Making it in from Mendenhall, Miss., is Genesis One, featuring Alabama commit Verice Cloyd, soon to be Oklahoma State prospect Gary Flowers and Arkansas pledge Michael Washington.
Former Chicago (Ill.) Julian head coach Loren Jackson will bring his Boys to Men squad to Atlanta. The team features Thijin Moses, Mac Koshwal and Craig Brackins.
Florida Prep has a trio of top committed players. Memphis bound Peirre Niles is joined by 2005 prospects Ryan Reid, a FSU signee, and Derwin Kitchen, a Florida recruit.
Other schools attending include: Patterson Prep (N.C.), Sound Doctrine (Ga.), Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy (Ga.) and Covenant Christian (Ga.).
Random thoughts
College basketball won't be the same without Bob Huggins on the sidelines this season. Don't be surprised to see him pop up at a couple of the marquee games this season on the prep level like the North College Hill (O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker) versus Oak Hill Academy game on Feb. 18 in Cincy. Just because Huggins isn't coaching, don't expect him to be sitting at home watching other coaches strengthen their relationships with the country's best 1-2 punch.
A pair of players from the class of 2007 will be off the board sometime next week. One Big Ten school and an Atlantic 10 school will add players to their family.