November 13, 2012

Previewing the fall signing period

Wednesday marks the beginning of the NCAA fall signing period for several sports, including men's basketball.

The one week period runs from November 14th through the 21st, and is the time in which the majority of the 2013 Rivals150 prospects will sign their National Letter of Intent to make their college choice official.

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are expecting to receive faxes with letters of intent from five prospects on Wednesday - Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee, James Young, and Derek Willis.

With four five-star commitments, including top five prospects in the Harrison twins, Kentucky is set up nicely to secure their fifth straight nationally top ranked recruiting class with the class of 2013.

The five-man fall class includes one pure point guard, Andrew Harrison, two scoring wings, Aaron Harrison and James Young, and two versatile power forwards, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

The five should gel together nicely once they get to Lexington, with forwards Lee and Willis really complementing each other nicely.

Willis is more in the mold of a Kyle Wiltjer type of player, while Lee is the more typical, athletic type of post that Kentucky coach John Calipari loves.

The big question on the mind of all of Big Blue Nation has been this, is there a chance that Kentucky secures a 6th signature in the fall of 2012?

The likely answer to that is no.

Of the four remaining Kentucky targets in 2013, three have been adamant that they will sign in the spring period - Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, and top ranked prospect Andrew Wiggins.

The fourth and final UK target, forward Aaron Gordon, left the window open to potentially sign in the fall after some quotes that his father gave Cats Illustrated on Monday, but in all likelihood will wait until the spring to make a decision, and sign.

These final four targets for the 2013 class are all five-star prospects, and landing any of them (or multiple) would almost guarantee that Kentucky would stay atop the recruiting class rankings.

The rest of the SEC should also be busy this coming week, as in addition to Kentucky there are five other five-star prospects and twelve other Rivals150 prospects who are expected to sign letters of intent to member institutions.

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