Commentary

Knight, Selby waiting to sign

Originally Published: November 17, 2009
By Scouts Inc.

The big prize of the 2010 class -- SF Harrison Barnes (Ames, Iowa) -- is finally off the board. The top-rated prospect chose North Carolina over Duke, Kansas, UCLA, Oklahoma and Iowa State, which means PG Brandon Knight (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) is the best player yet to decide on his school of the future. Along with the floor general from Florida, top recruits Josh Selby (Baltimore/Lake Clifton) and C.J. Leslie (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) are the best available. Top-10 PF Tobias Harris isn't on this list; he is expected to announce his college decision Thursday on ESPNU (6 p.m. ET). With the early signing period nearing the end, here's a look at the top uncommitted players in the 2010 class:

Knight

Brandon Knight, PG, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest
Player rank (position rank): 4 (1)
Considering:

UConn Gators KU Cats Canes
Biancardi's take: This kid goes coast-to-coast with speed, vision to make the pass, and skill to score in transition. What's unique about him is that he can have a bad night, but when the game is on the line, he steps it up the most. Knight takes over games regardless of how he has played all night before that. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Knight has made official visits to UConn, Kansas, Florida and Kentucky. Knight played AAU basketball with Florida freshman Kenny Boynton and now is on the same club team as 2011 Florida commit Austin Rivers, so those connections could be working in the Gators' favor.


Selby

Josh Selby, PG, Baltimore/Lake Clifton
Player rank (position rank): 8 (2)
Considering:

KU Cats IUCanes Cuse
Biancardi's take: Selby is one of the most aggressive attacking point guards in the country. A fierce competitor with great confidence in himself, Selby can score exceptionally well off the dribble or behind the line, which makes him dangerous. He has the vision and the understanding to find his open teammates. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: A former Tennessee commit, Selby's recruiting generated some major buzz because of the purported involvement of William Wesley. Since removing the Vols from contention, Selby has taken unofficial visits to Kansas and Indiana. His mother has said Selby hopes to visit each school he is considering and likely will do so during the spring.


Leslie

C.J. Leslie, PF, Raleigh, N.C./Word of God
Player rank (position rank): 9 (4)
Considering:

ASU Gators UK UNC 'State
Scouts Inc. says: Leslie is a versatile power forward who might be able to play the wing in time. He's a big-time finisher who is tough to stop in the paint because of his face-up play. Leslie is a highlight waiting to happen each time he touches the ball. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: Formerly an NC State commit, Leslie now sounds wide-open. He recently visited Kentucky, which is the college home of his former high school teammate John Wall. Several programs, including Maryland, have come to Raleigh to check in on him.


Jones

Terrence Jones, SF, Portland, Ore./Jefferson
Player rank (position rank): 15 (3)
Considering:

CatsOU Ducks UCLAWashington
Scouts Inc. says: Jones is a versatile forward with strong ballhandling skills and a stroke behind the 3-point line. He can punish smaller defenders with his back to the basket, and he has an NBA-type body. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Jones eliminated Kansas and Arizona from consideration a few weeks ago. He now has visited all his favorites. Of all the programs involved in Jones' recruitment, landing him would likely be the most significant for the Ducks. As good as Ernie Kent has been on the recruiting trail, he has missed out on some elite talent in-state -- most recently Kevin Love and Kyle Singler.


Smith

Roscoe Smith, SF, Baltimore/Oak Hill Academy
Player rank (position rank): 16 (4)
Considering:

UConnDuke Hoyas
Biancardi's take: Smith is the best shooter left on the board. At 6-8, he easily sees over defenders and comfortably knocks down 3-point shots. He's learning to do more playing for Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: Smith has taken official visits to Georgetown, Duke and UConn. He has been fairly cryptic about when he'll make his decision. With Harrison Barnes opting to go to North Carolina, look for the Blue Devils to ramp up their recruiting efforts with Smith.


Zeigler

Trey Zeigler, SG, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Player rank (position rank): 26 (5)
Considering:

Cats Devils UM MSU UCLA
Biancardi's take: Zeigler is a shooting guard who can play some at the point. He does a little bit of everything really well and adapts to many styles and situations. He is a coach's son with a strong hoops IQ.

Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: A recent report in the LA Times indicated that Zeigler's favorites are UCLA, Oklahoma and Michigan. His father, Ernie, is the coach at Central Michigan, so the Chippewas could contend for his services. He has taken official visits to Oklahoma and UCLA, where his father was an assistant coach.


Joseph

Cory Joseph, PG, Toronto, Ontario/Findlay Prep
Player rank (position rank): 30 (6)
Considering:

UConn Gophers UNLVUT Nova
Biancardi's take: This point guard leads the most dynamic prep squad in the country. He's a scoring lead guard who plays the game calm, cool and collected. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Joseph is the floor leader for the powerful Findlay Prep program, which also features Texas commit Tristan Thompson. He has officially visited Villanova, Minnesota, Texas and UConn. Joseph is scheduled to take his final official visit to UNLV on Dec. 11. Joseph's brother, Devoe, plays at Minnesota, so that could be a factor in his recruiting process.


Lamb

Doron Lamb, SG, Laurelton, N.Y./Oak Hill
Player rank (position rank): 33 (8)
Considering:

Cats UConn KU UK OU
Biancardi's take Lamb is a high-level scoring guard who has one of the best middle games in the country. With time and space, he can knock down 3s. Lamb has a knack for putting the ball in the basket and great body control in the lane. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: Lamb has made official visits to Kansas, Oklahoma, UConn and Kentucky. He has the two Big 12 programs and Kentucky at the top of his list. It's anybody's guess as to when Lamb will make his choice.


McCallum

Ray McCallum, PG, Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Player rank (position rank): 30 (6)
Considering:

Arizona Detroit GatorsOU UCLA
Biancardi's take: McCallum is an all-around point with advanced maturity and savvy. He can score himself or set up his teammates at a moment's notice. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: McCallum's father, Ray Sr., is the coach at Detroit, which explains the Titans' involvement. He has officially visited Oklahoma, UCLA, Florida and Arizona.