Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Countdown to the Early Signing Period: 10 Top Committed and Uncommitted Prep Prospects
The NCAA early signing period for basketball runs from Nov. 13-20, and even with Tuesday’s commitment by Trey Lyles to Kentucky, there’s still a slew of elite prospects and future NBA lottery picks left on the board.
Here’s a look at the top 10 uncommitted and committed prospects in the Class of 2014, including perhaps the projected top three overall picks in the 2015 NBA draft.
STILL ON THE BOARD:1. Jahlil Okafor, C, Chicago Whitney Young
The 6-10 center and projected No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft plans to play college ball with his good friend and former USA Basketball U17 teammate Tyus Jones, No. 4 on this list. The smart money says the duo will land at either Duke or Kansas, although Baylor is still on the list for both. Okafor and Jones visited Duke for an official visit this past weekend, and now everyone waits to see what happens next. Chuck Okafor, Jahlil’s father who carries the Twitter handle @daddyofapro, recently tweeted, “What school will this child choose. ..great problem to have.” That was followed by pictures of Jahlil in Duke, Kansas and Baylor T-shirts. Okafor is expected to commit in the next couple of weeks and sign in the fall.
2. Myles Turner, C, Euless (TX) Trinity High
The 6-11 Turner burst onto the national scene this past spring and summer and is now projected as a top-two or top-three pick in the 2015 draft. His recruitment remains fluid and he is now listing Ohio State, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma State, with Louisville no longer recruiting him. He has taken only one official visit – to Ohio State – and is still deciding where to visit next. He plans to sign in the spring.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.