Time waits for no man. Not even college basketball coaching legends.

Two years ago it was Jim Calhoun. Last year, Mike Montgomery. Now Larry Brown (74 years old), Jim Boeheim (70), Steve Fisher (69), Mike Krzyzewski (67), Bo Ryan (66), and Roy Williams (64) might be within reach of their coaching mortality.

As a coach gets deeper into his 60s, he faces more questions about his longevity, especially as it relates to recruiting.

Weekly commitment update 

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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Nov. 14-20:

Pac 12 Conference
Arizona
T.J. Leaf PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 205
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 2
Stars: 5
ESPN 60: 15

Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma
Payton Pritchard PG
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: 10
Stars: 4
ESPN 60: 46

SEC
Mississippi State
D'Marcus Simonds SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2016
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Georgia
Derek Ogbeide C
HT: 6-8 WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East Conference
St. John's
Samir Doughty SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3


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Early signing period winners and losers 

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Over the past few years, college basketball's early signing period has clearly taken precedence over the spring period. Nearly every committed player signs his letter of intent during the fall period, while several available top-100 prospects usually make their decisions within the seven-day stretch.

This season is a bit different. While the wide majority of top-100 players are signed and sealed to their future school, 11 of the 18 five-star prospects are still on the board. As a result, we're going to have far more drama moving forward than we've had in recent years.

Of course, that doesn't mean the early signing period was without interesting storylines. Five ESPN 100 prospects made their decisions, and several schools had to go back to the drawing board to reassess their 2015 classes.

WINNERS

Kentucky


Well, this was easy. The Wildcats went into the early signing period with one commit and a borderline top-40 class and exited with two five-star pledges and the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. With Charles Matthews (No. 44 in the ESPN 100) already in tow, Kentucky went to work, landing Skal Labissiere (No. 11) and Isaiah Briscoe (No. 13) in a 45-minute span last Thursday. Labissiere has perhaps the most pro potential of any prospect in the country, while Briscoe is the best point guard in the 2015 class. As always, the lesson is to never underestimate John Calipari. A month ago, it wasn't a lock that Kentucky was going to get Labissiere or Briscoe -- let alone both of them, back-to-back, on the same day. Calipari closed with both prospects, though, and now the Wildcats are back in a familiar position atop the recruiting rankings.


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Florida State announces top ten class

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Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton announced the signing of four athletes Wednesday as the early signing period came to a close.

Hamilton has three ESPN 100 prospects headed to Tallahassee next season including shooting guard Malik Beasley (No. 31 overall), small forward Dwayne Bacon (No. 39) and shooting guard Terrance Mann (No. 82). Four-star center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje also signed with the Seminoles.

"I must give my staff tremendous credit for recognizing the needs of our program and working very hard to address all of those needs in outstanding fashion," Hamilton told the school's website. "I could not be happier with the group of players we have signed. Not only is this an extremely talented group but it is a group of young men all with tremendous character -- character that further allows us to continue to move our program forward."

Florida State's class currently ranks No. 6 on ESPN.com.
ESPN 60 junior T.J Leaf made his college decision today, announcing he will be an Arizona Wildcat. Leaf, ranked No. 15 overall in the 2016 class, made unofficial visits to Michigan, UCLA, Arizona, Florida and San Diego State. The other school on his list was Duke but he did not visit there.

Arizona has been the school of choice for the West Coast's elite prospects since Sean Miller's arrival and today Leaf gave the Wildcats a head start in the class of 2016. Here's what he will bring to Tucson:


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Scout's Take: 2016 PG Pritchard to OU 

November, 18, 2014
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Junior point gaurd Payton Pritchard (No. 46 in ESPN 60) chose Oklahoma after making unofficial visits to Villanova, Virginia, Wisconsin, UCLA, Oregon, Gonzaga, Butler and Indiana. Pritchard led his high school team in West Linn, Oregon to the 6A state championship as a sophomore, and he is the No. 1 player in the state of Oregon regardless of class.


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Payton Pritchard didn’t plan on following in his parents’ footsteps when he took a visit to Oklahoma earlier this month. He just wanted to put the school under consideration like a handful of other options.

In the end, being the next Pritchard in Norman was too difficult to pass up. The four-star junior committed to the Sooners on Tuesday.

“I just think it’s a great fit,” Pritchard told ESPN.com. “It kind of just felt home. I loved the community there. I just felt really comfortable. The players were great, the coaches were just awesome.

“The direction they’re going. They want to win, and they’re making it to March Madness every year now. Coach [Lon] Kruger gets his players ready. Their player development is really good.”

Both of Pritchard’s parents went to Oklahoma, with his father playing tight end on the football team. He still has family in the area too, which will make the move from his West Linn, Oregon, home easier.

ESPN’s No. 46 prospect in the junior class, Pritchard is looking to continue Oklahoma’s recent success. He was impressed by the Sooners’ up-tempo style; OU ranked seventh nationally in scoring last season (82.2 ppg). Sophomore Jordan Woodard will likely still be on campus when Pritchard arrives, and Pritchard is eager to learn from Woodard.

“His quickness, his court vision. He plays really good defense,” Pritchard said. “As a point guard, the way they play, I can really push it. Get up and down the floor. Play hard defense. Just be able to be a floor general. I can get everybody involved, I’m a winner, I just compete. Just whatever the coaches ask me to do, that’s what I’ll do.”

Pritchard, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is Oklahoma’s highest-ranked commit since Kruger took over the program in 2011. Pritchard chose the Sooners over finalists Wisconsin, Oregon, Gonzaga and Villanova, and he is the first pledge in the 2016 class for the Sooners.

It wasn’t always the plan to make a decision while he was still early in his junior year, but Pritchard was convinced after his recent campus visit.

“I was ready to get it over with,” he said. “I knew where I wanted to go, and I didn’t want to drag it out.”

Pritchard’s commitment caps off a great few days for the Oklahoma program. Late Saturday night, the Sooners received word that Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas was eligible to play immediately. And on Sunday, they blew out Southeastern Louisiana to open the season.

The Sooners (1-0) travel to Creighton (2-0) on Wednesday.

Louisville Cardinals sign top-10 class

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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced the signing of three ESPN 100 prospects on Monday night.

Suiting up for the Cardinals next season will be ESPN 100 small forward Deng Adel (No. 30 overall), ESPN 100 shooting guard Donovan Mitchell (No. 38) and ESPN 100 power forward Raymond Spalding (No. 52).

"I think this will prove out to be one of the best recruiting classes we have had since I've been here," Pitino told the school's website, "and we will probably add one more."

Pitino's class is currently ranked No. 8 on ESPN.com.
HOUSTON -- The sixth Annual RCS Sports "Season Opener" under the direction of Jim Hicks officially tips off the boys UIL (University Interscholastic League) regular season.

Here are five observations from the five-game event.

1. ESPN 25 combo forward Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 3) from Victory Prep continues to impress. He has noticeably added strength and his athleticism, ability to attack the rim and work the glass on both ends was on full display. The 6-foot-8 lefty also did a nice job rebounding and starting the break with a bust out dribble where he is a threat to go coast to coast and finish or find the open teammate as he attacks and draws multiple defenders with his ball handling and excellent open-court passing ability. Kentucky, Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, Baylor, Tulsa, Kansas State Arizona and others are pursuing Vanderbilt.

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Kentucky's No. 1 class officially signs

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced the signing of three ESPN 100 recruits on Friday, giving the Wildcats coach the No. 1 class on ESPN.com.

Heading to Lexington next season will be the top-ranked point guard Isaiah Briscoe (No. 13 overall), the No. 5 center Skal Labissiere (No. 11) and the No. 12 shooting guard Charles Matthews (No. 44).

"All three of these players had dreams to play at Kentucky," Calipari said on the school's website. "Those dreams are now a reality. We didn't have to beg any of them. They wanted to be here. They are all different, yet collectively they will complement each other nicely. It's a great start to what could be a super class again."

Calipari's recruiting classes have finished No. 1 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) or No. 2 (2012, 2014) every year since he took over in Lexington.

Weekly commitment update

November, 14, 2014
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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from Nov. 7-13:

SEC
Kentucky
Skal Labissiere C
HT: 6-10 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 5
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 11

Isaiah Briscoe PG
HT: 6-3 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 1
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 13

South Carolina
P.J. Dozier PG
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 2
Stars: 4

ACC
North Carolina
Luke Maye PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 230
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 25
Stars: 4

Atlantic 10
Virginia Commonwealth
Tevin Mack SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 200
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 11
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 58

Jordan Murphy SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

St. Bonaventure
LaDarien Griffin PF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Starts: Evaluation Pending

Conference USA
UNLV
Derrick Jones SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: 4
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 22

Charlotte
Ebuka Izundu PF
HT: 6-10 WT: 210
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mountain West Conference
Air Force
Sid Tomes SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ryan Swan SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Melvin Brooks PF
HT: 6-7
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

America East
Maine
Devine Eke SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 195
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Post Grad

Big Sky Conference
Idaho State
Ali Faruqbey SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Junior College

Horizon League
Cleveland State
Rob Edwards SG
HT: 6-2
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Southern Conference
UNC Greensboro
Jelani Mofford SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: Canada

Chattanooga
LaMarcus Lee SG
HT: 6-2 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SWAC
Grambling State
Javier Roper SF
HT: 6-6 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 3

Prairie View A&M
Malik Amos PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 145
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ivy League
Harvard
Corey Johnson SG
HT: 6-5 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

 

South Carolina inks two ESPN 100's

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Two ESPN 100 prospects have signed official letters of intent with South Carolina, head coach Frank Martin announced Thursday.

The class is headlined by the second-ranked point guard on ESPN.com, P.J. Dozier (No. 21 overall), who committed to USC on Wednesday.

"I couldn't be happier that P.J. Dozier has decided to stay home," Martin told the school's website. "A 6-7 guard, who is a point guard, who knows how to play off the ball."

He will be joined by ESPN 100 power forward Chris Silva (No. 96).

"Chris Silva is a 6-9 forward from New Jersey, who is an unbelievable athlete and fearless in how strong he plays," Martin added. "He can step out and shoot the basketball and block shots with the best of them.

"We are super excited for what those two guys will bring to the table. They complement our team in ways that we need and we are lucky to have both of them."

Dozier is the highest-rated recruit Martin has landed since taking over at USC in 2012.

Kentucky reclaims familiar No. 1 spot 

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Heading into Thursday afternoon, Kentucky had a borderline top-40 recruiting class nationally. There was just one player in the fold, four-star guard Charles Matthews.

Less than one hour later, Kentucky was back in a familiar spot -- with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

The Wildcats landed commitments from Skal Labissiere (No. 11 in the ESPN 100) and Isaiah Briscoe (No. 13). Labissiere might have the highest ceiling of any prospect in the class, and Briscoe’s strong summer cemented his status as the premier point guard in 2015.


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Arizona's No. 2-ranked class officially signs

November, 13, 2014
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Arizona head coach Sean Miller announced the signing of his 2015 recruiting class on Thursday.

The Wildcats' class features four ESPN 100 prospects, including three top-30 players. Joining Miller in Tucson next season will be ESPN 100 shooting guard Allonzo Trier (No. 17 overall), ESPN 100 small forward Ray Smith (No. 24), ESPN 100 point guard Justin Simon (No. 27) and ESPN 100 center Chance Comanche (No. 97).

"This is an important class for us, as we're bracing for and expect a number of underclassmen on this year's team to pursue professional careers," Miller told the school's website. "With the combination of seniors and underclassmen we will lose after this season, this class is significant in many ways. Two qualities we love about this class are that each member is a high-character individual and the fact that their qualities on the court complement each other very well."

Miller's Wildcats held the top spot in ESPN.com's Class Rankings until being unseated by Kentucky on Thursday.
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ESPN 100 small forward Derrick Jones (No. 22) committed to UNLV live on ESPNU RecruitingNation's Signing Day Special on Thursday night, choosing the Rebels over Connecticut and Auburn. The four-star prospect is coming off a big summer, leading his We-R1 squad to the championship of the Under Armour Association Finals in Atlanta.


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