A Duke-North Carolina battle is shaping up in the recruitment of 6-foot-8 small forward Brandon Ingram.
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Every year those that cover and follow high school basketball recruiting watch with envy as football's national signing day takes over the headlines on the first Wednesday in February.
Elaborate press conferences, last-minute flips and hat game hijinks are all part of the appeal on the biggest day in the football recruiting cycle.
Now that the dust has settled from #NSD2015, it's time to shift attention to the hardwood. In most years, the same circus just doesn't exist on the basketball side. But the Class of 2015 could prove to be an exception.
Nine of the players selected for April's McDonald's All-American are still undecided, including six of the Top 10 prospects according to 247Sports
. Arizona and Kentucky should be prominent players in the recruitment of several of them.
College basketball's spring signing period opens April 15 and runs through May 20. With some help from 247's famed Crystal Ball
, here's a look at where some of the top unsigned, uncommitted basketball prospects may land this spring.Jaylen BrownHgt:
SFSchool: Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 2247 Crystal Ball:
Kentucky (45 percent)Other contenders:
UCLA, Kansas, GeorgiaSenior season notes:
Likely on his way to Peach State player of the year honors, Brown led Wheeler to the title at the prestigious City of Palms Classic in December and a Top 10 national ranking.Malik NewmanHgt:
SGSchool: Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 3247 Crystal Ball:
Kentucky (59 percent)Other contenders:
Kansas, Mississippi StateSenior season notes:
Attempting to lead the Chargers to their fourth state title in a row, Newman is averaging 30.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Cheick Diallo, Our Savior New American
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PFSchool: Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 4247 Crystal Ball:
Kansas (45 percent)Other contenders:
Iowa State, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, St. John'sSenior season notes:
OSNA plays one of the nation's toughest schedules and Diallo hasn't disappointed on the big stage nearly every weekend. He will participate in the McDonald's All-American Game in April.Diamond StoneHgt:
CSchool: Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 6247 Crystal Ball:
Wisconsin (50 percent)Other contenders:
Connecticut, MarylandSenior season notes:
Averaging 23 points (while shooting 67 percent from the field) and 12 rebounds per game for the unbeaten Knights.Ivan RabbHgt:
PFSchool: Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 7247 Crystal Ball:
California (50 percent)Other contenders:
Arizona, Kansas, KentuckySenior season notes:
Against a schedule lined with national powers, Rabb has been a consistent double-double producer. He will lead O'Dowd in a rematch against Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – the nation's No. 1-ranked high school team – this weekend.Stephen ZimmermanHgt:
CSchool: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)247 Composite ranking:
No. 8247 Crystal Ball:
UNLV (36 percent)Other contenders:
Arizona, KentuckySenior season notes:
By Bishop Gorman standards, 2014-15 has been a bit of a bummer. The Gaels are 19-6 but have taken it on the chin in several national showcase opportunities. That has more to do with an inexperienced backcourt than anything Zimmerman is or isn't doing, however. Brandon IngramHgt:
SFSchool: Kinston (N.C.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 13247 Crystal Ball:
Duke (55 percent)Other contenders:
North Carolina, KansasSenior season notes:
Grabbed national media's attention at last month's Spalding Hoophall Classic, going for 22 points and seven rebounds in a win over Trenton Catholic of New Jersey. Could lead Kinston to its fourth state title in a row and sixth in the last eight years.Caleb SwaniganHgt:
PF/CSchool: Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.)247 Composite ranking:
No. 14247 Crystal Ball:
Michigan State (87 percent)Other contenders:
Kentucky, Louisville, ArizonaSenior season notes:
After re-classifying, Swanigan is making the most of his fast-tracked senior year. Homestead is 19-1 and ranked No. 1 in Indiana's Class 4A.