What to watch for during signing period 

April, 10, 2012
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We’re about to write the final chapter on the Class of 2012. After Wednesday, the biggest recruiting names in the senior class will have announced their decisions. Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton) and Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) have some input into what the landscape of college basketball will look like next fall, but what else can we learn during the spring signing period?

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During Final Four weekend, John Thompson (sans over-the-shoulder towel) watched his son’s top recruiting goal, Noel, play at the All-American Championship. Can the tradition-rich, center-wise Hoyas clip the hopes and dreams of Syracuse and Kentucky? Can JT3 pull off the recruiting coup of the year and snatch the best defensive player since Greg Oden from the clutches of the national champion and the Carrier Domers? We’ll find out Wednesday night on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 pm ET on “Recruiting Nation.”