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7:00: Thanks for joining us for the first day of the signing period. Hope you enjoyed our Signing Day coverage! (ED & BS)

6:23: St. John's and Minnesota announced majority of their signees.

Dom Pointer, who plans to sign tomorrow, is the only St. John's commit that hasn't signed. They have signatures from Maurice Harkless, D'Angelo Harrison, Jakarr Sampson and Junior College prospect Nurideen Lindsey.

Tubby Smith and Minnesota picked up a pair of signees today. Joe Coleman and Andre Hollins are both on board. (ED)

6:18: Donovan Ross signed with Southeastern Louisiana. William & Mary signed Thomas Schalk and Marcus Thornton. Josh Oglesby made it official for Iowa. Dominique Dunning has signed with New Mexico.

<6:14: Bob Huggins announced his 2011 recruiting class. He received LOI's from Aaron Brown, Pat Forsythe, Jabarie Hinds, Tommie McCune and Keaton Miles.

"We are certainly excited about this class," says Huggins. " We believe that we answered a lot of our needs in different areas with the departure of five seniors next year."

West Virginia's class ranks No. 5 in the Big East conferences. (ED)

6:06: Over the past hour we've received a number of press releases.

James White signed with Arkansas Little Rock. North Iowa received LOI's from Matt Bohannon, JeVon Lyle, Deon Mitchell, Marvin Singleton and Seth Tuttle. Wake Forest signed Chase Fischer and Daniels Green.

Arizona received their final LOI from Sidiki Johnson. Also officially signed is Ethan Tyler (UMKC), Chris Kading (NDSU), Joel Lindberg (NDSU), Johnny Hill (Illinois State), Nic Moore (Illinois State) and Nick Zeisloft (Illinois State). (ED)

5:53: Miami-Ohio has a signed LOI in from point guard Brian Sullivan out of Upper Arlington High School just outside of Columbus (Oh). (BS)

5:45: Xavier's long day is complete as Chris Mack completes his three man class with the fax coming in from three-star point guard Dee Davis. (BS)

5:37: Angel Rodriguez has committed to Kansas State. His AAU coach Art Alvarez confirmed the news. "Angel has verballed to K-State, but won't sign until late signing period in Apirl." (ED)

5:31: Michael Chandler has been one of the bigger storylines of the day. Here's Snow's view on the recent news

5:28: Buckeye fans can breathe easy. Just got off the phone with Omhar Carter, of MBA Hoops. The AAU coach of LaQuinton Ross said his star player is still committed to Ohio State.

"He is still committed," Carter. "Coach Matta has been on the phone with the mom. He's supposed to be there this weekend on campus."

Ross is one of three four-star prospects set to head to Columbus (Ohio). (ED)

5:09: Big news for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They have LOI in hand for July blowup Pat Connaughton. For all things ND related go to IrishEyes.com(BS)

5:21: According to Scott Phillips, of the Chicago Sun-Times, David Sobelowski and Mike Turner have signed. For more on Illinois basketball recruiting check out the Sun-Times Live Blog. (ED)

4:43: News is in from the Philippines. Just exchanged messages with Bobby Parks, a member of Scout.com's top 100. When asked if he would sign early, Parks responded, "I'm making my decision this week on that."

Parks, a 6-foot-5 guard that has duel citizenship, was born in the Philippines, but spent time in high school in Memphis. He said Louisville, New Mexico and Georgia Tech are the schools in the mix.

Per the guard, he took a visit to Georgia Tech last week, and is set to visit New Mexico this coming weekend. When asked if he would visit Louisville he said, "Planning to." (ED)

4:37: Here are a rundown of letters of intent that have come in. Big one for Richmond as Alonzo Nelson-Ododa sent in his paperwork meaning all four are in. Also for Creighton they recieved letters from Austin Chatman, Avery Dingman, Geoffrey, Groselle, and Nevin Johnson.

Southern Miss also has their class complete as the faxes have through for Keith DeWitt, Anthony Nieves, and Christian Robbins. Brett Comer, teammate of Austin Rivers at Winter Park (Fla.) High, signed with Florida Atlantic today. (BS)

4:35: Letter of Intents from Mychal Ammons and Jordan Roach are in for South Alabama. Appalachain State also has their paperwork from Mike Neal and Tabarius Hamilton. Furman recieved LOI's from Jordan Loyd, Keith Belfield and Dominic Early. (ED)

4:31: The top class in the Big Ten -- Illinois -- is complete. Bruce Weber and company stayed in state and snagged four prospects -- Mike Shaw, Nnanna Egwu, Tracy Abrams and Mychael Henry -- within the states borders. (ED)

4:27: Marquette's two-man recruiting class of Juan Anderson and Derrick Wilson is offical. Buzz Williams with two solid prospects. (ED)

4:19: Losing Chandler (No. 67) hurts Xavier's class. Still a good one though with Wells, Reynolds and Davis. Now ranks No. 25 in our Top 25 Rankings. (ED)

4:10: Sources indicate to Scout.com that UConn is definitely the most likely landing spot for Michael Chandler. (BS)

4:03: The LOI's continue to flow in. Jalen Reynolds just faxed his to Xavier, DePaul received one from Braeden Anderson to complete their class officially, and Richmond got faxes from local product Trey Davis and skilled big man Luke Piotrowski. (BS)

4:01 Saying Billy Donovan is pumped about picking up Brad Beal would be an understatement.

"Clearly, I feel like we signed one of the best guards in the country," said Donovan. "We're extremely excited about adding Brad, we believe he's a special player and a winner, and excited that he's going to be a part of our program."

Beal, a top 10 rated recruit, is the Gators only signee in the 2011 class. For more visit Fightin'Gators.com

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Adonis Thomas Inks With Memphis
3:55: It would be safe to call Michael Chandler a de-commitment. This one could get very interesting in the coming days as there is a lot of ongoing debate in his camp. This is Chandler's second de-commitment. (BS)

3:50: Marquis Teague puts UK on the board with an LOI. This is just the first piece of what should be a great day in Lexington. (BS)

3:50: Part of Rutgers top 15 ranked class is in. They have the paperwork from Myles Mack, Greg Lewis and Michael Taylor.

"We are very excited to welcome Greg, Myles and Mike into the program," said Rice. "Not only are they talented basketball players, they are quality young men who will help us build a foundation for the future. We look forward to a recruiting class that Rutgers and its fans will be proud of." (ED)

3:45: An unidentified staff can't make up their mind. "undefined NLI in." One minute later: "Stop that. Not in. Only half came through." FALSE ALARM, coach. (ED)

3:37: Everything is complete in Providence. Their two man class of Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider is official. Also Western Michigan has LOI's in from Austin Ritchie who is a big time scorer, and Hayden Hoerdemann. (BS)

3:32: Trent Johnson and LSU now has their second LOI in hand. Johnny O'Bryant, one of the nation's top power forwards, is done for the Tigers. For more on LSU visit Tigers Sports Digest. (ED)

3:28: Tod Kowalczyk's first class at Toledo is signed and complete. Chicago guard Julius "Juice" Brown is the headliner, and is joined by A.J. Mathew, Ryan Majerle, and Justin Moss. (BS)

3:24: Georgetown officially has their three man class signed. Former Duke pledge Tyler Adams faxed in his LOI as did Jabril Trawick and Mikael Hopkins. (BS)

3:15: Word is under-the-radar guard Bruce Barron is done to Oregon. Also Iowa State has their National Letters of Intent from Tyrus McGee, Tavon Sledge, Anthony Odunsi and Elgin Cook. (ED)

3:10: Spiece AAU honcho Jared Quarles informs us that Nic Moore has officially signed with Illinois State. (BS)

2:52: Ohio State's day is done, now they need to focus on getting LaQuinton Ross squared away this weekend. Trey McDonald sent in his paperwork to Columbus. (BS)

2:48: The Richmond Spiders hope they have received the paperwork from someone capable of replacing senior Kevin Anderson. Kendall Anthony, a Tennessee native, is officially a part of the program.

2:43: It's been well documented that we think Steve Lavin has done a terrific job. One recruit that has been overshadowed at times is Junior College standout Nurideen Lindsey. Two sources even said that he is likely Lavin's best pick up. (ED)

2:39: The Dayton Flyers two man class of Percy Gibson and LaDontae Henton is official. Also the national runner's up, the Butler Bulldogs have received the LOI's of their four man class consisting of Roosevelt Jones, Andrew Smeathers, and Jackson Aldridge. (BS)

2:37: Big news out of Louisville. Wayne Blackshear and Zach Price have joined Chane Behanan as signees.

"I'm super, super excited about them as players and as people," Pitino said during an afternoon press conference.

They are still awaiting Angel Nunez's LOI. Louisville ranks No. 6 in Scout.com's top 25 rankings. For more check out InsideTheVille. (ED)

2:33: Rumors are still swirling about Michael Chandler. A Xavier commit, the 6-foot-10 big man could possibly make a switch to Connecticut. At this point I don't expect a decision to be finalized today. (ED)

2:28: One of the top shooters in the country -- Jabari Brown -- sent out a tweet with his big news. "It's official, part of the duck family." (ED)

2:19: Mark Turgeon and Texas A&M have received their paperwork from Jamal Branch and Jordan Green. Solid class for the Aggies. (ED)

2:11: Arkansas scored their fourth LOI. Four-star big man Hunter Mickelson is official. (ED)

2:06 Frank Haith and Miami didn't have many scholarships to work with in the 2011 class. They targeted high-level athlete Bishop Daniels and were able to snag him. Here's what Haith had to do say about him:

"I think Bishop is one of the premiere athletes in this class," said seventh-year Miami head coach Frank Haith. "He has all the tools to be a terrific college player and dynamic combo guard. Bishop is someone we're going to work with to further develop certain aspects of his game, but I believe he is an athlete that will have a great college career. "

For more on the Hurricanes visit Canes Times. (ED)

2:03: Alabama, who has the No. 3 class in the SEC and No. 17 overall, has received all four of the LOI's. That means Levi Randolph, Nick Jacobs, Rodney Cooper and Moussa Gueye are done for the Crimson Tide. (ED)

2:00: Just received Purdue's press release about their two signees. Painter likes what they have added to their frontline.

"With this recruiting class, we've been able to help our athleticism and speed, as well as our ability to rebound and block shots on the front line," Painter said. "Donnie Hale and Jacob Lawson are both high-energy players who can help us in a lot of areas. (ED)

1:55: Hayden Hoerdemann has inked with Western Michigan per AAU Coach Gavin Sullivan. Also Jermaine Sanders is official to the University of Cincinnati. (BS)


Myck Kabongo Is A Longhorn
1:40: After decommitting from Texas two weeks ago and opting to go back with the Longhorns, Myck Kabongo is finally official. Texas breathes a sigh of relief. Huge pick up for Rick Barnes. For more Texas visit Longhorn Digest (ED)

1:36: Have a couple of signees to update. Anthony Gill (South Carolina), Charles Lee (Cleveland State), Jacob Lawson (Purdue), Donnie Hale (Purdue), Byron Wesley (USC), Alexis Moore (USC) and James Blasczyk (USC) have all signer their Letters of Intent. (ED)

1:32: Nick Johnson signed his papers with the University of Arizona per his twitter. (BS)

1:22: Shane Larkin put pen to paper earlier, and DePaul has the faxes in hand from Derell Robertson and Jamie Crockett. Macari Brooks is signing around 4:00 eastern. Read about DePaul's commitments at WeAreDePaul.com (BS)

1:20: Virginia Tech's full class is now signed. That means Marquis Rankin, Robert Brown, C.J. Barksdale and Dorian Finney-Smith are all accounted for. (ED)

1:15: LSU has John Isaac's paperwork, per a source. Top 20 prospect Johnny O'Bryant isn't expected to sign until later this evening. (ED)

1:01: The developing story of the day is Michael Chandler might not be signing with Xavier. UConn is trying to get involved, or he might not sign at all. This one will be interesting to track. (BS)

12:40: Dezmine Wells has made it official and faxed his LOI in to Xavier. (BS)

12:35: AOL Fanhouse has as story on a 14-year old 7-footer stationed at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. Interesting Signing Day read. (ED)

12:29: The 2009 and 2010 classes brought the drama late, the 2011 class brought it all year! Storylines Were Abundant With 2011 Class (ED)

12:23: Well it is past noon the day before the announcement, and still Cody Zeller isn't giving out any hints. One thing is for sure, the kid keeps one heck of a secret. (BS)

12:08: Trey Burke's father, Benji, informs that his son will make everything official with Michigan tomorrow. They have decided to sign the actual papers during a ceremony at his high school at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Get the latest on Burke at GoBlueWolverine.com. (BS)

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James McAdoo Inks For UNC
12:03: Check out the story Brendan Prunty, The Star-Ledger, put together on the class Mike Rice was able to assemble. For more on Rutgers athletics check out the Scarlet Report. (ED)

11:53: The nation's No. 3 class is more than half way signed. Aaron Ross, B.J. Young and DeVonta Abron have sent their paperwork in. Hunter Mickelson is expected to sign at 1:00, while Rashad "Ky" Madden will sign on Friday. For More on Arkansas visit HawgsIllustrated.com (ED)

11:50: Maurice Harkless has signed with St. John's, per his Twitter account. Percy Gibson is done for Dayton, as is Brandon Kearney for Michigan State and No. 24 prospect Josiah Turner for Arizona. (ED)

11:45: Sam Thompson has sent his LOI to Ohio State, meaning at this point they are only waiting on Trey McDonald for today since it is known that LaQuninton Ross is waiting until after his visit. (BS)

11:25: Anthony Fields from Quality Education Academy informs Scout.com that he will wait until the spring to sign. He has an offer from Wright State, and expects Seton Hall and Boston College to come by the school soon.(BS)

11:19: One of the highlights of our Signing Day coverage last year was our live blog with Harrison Barnes leading up to his press conference. For a refresher check it out Barnes Blog: Live at Ames HS

11:13: Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton High School Head Coach David Boyd just checked in. Shannon Scott (Ohio State), Dai-Jon Parker (Vanderbilt), Julian Royal (Georgia Tech), and Jordan Loyd (Furman) have all faxed in their signatures today. (BS)

11:13: James McAdoo made his commitment to North Carolina, Scout.com's No. 7 recruiting class, official at a press conference at his school. Matt Morgan of InsideCarolina.com has a Q&A with the top 5 prospect.

11:10 Shane Larkin has officially inked his letter of intent with DePaul. (BS)


Aaron Thomas Signs With FSU
11:07: Aaron Thomas is currently holding a press conference at his school to sign his letter with Florida State. (BS)

10:58: Three-star Angel Rodriguez is one of the top remaining point guards in the class of 2011. We caught up with his AAU coach -- Art Alvarez -- and he said a decision would be made tonight or tomorrow.

"A decision has not been made yet," Alvarez told Scout.com. "We don't know. That's what we are discussing right now."

Rodriguez, a standout at Miami (Fla.) Krop, is currently looking at three schools.

"It will definitely be one of those three schools," he said. "Those are the only three schools in the mix ... Louisville, N.C. State and Kansas State, those are the three schools if we were to sign early." (ED)

10:52: Cincinnati now has South Kent standout Ge-Lawn Guyn's Letter of Intent. Also UNC-Wilmington has received LOI's from Adam Smith's and Dylan Sherwood's. Bradley picked up their second of the day, as Donivine Stewart has signed. (ED)

10:52: Per Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith, Jakarr Sampson (St. John's), Markus Kennedy (Villanova) and Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh) are signed, sealed and delivered. (ED)

10:48: Louisville's first Letter of Intent is in. Chane Behanan has signed, according to Jody Demling's blog. Demling also has news that Blackshear will make his deal official at a press conference on Thursday. (ED)

10:45: Stevie Taylor just faxed in his letter of intent to Ohio University per his father Rob Taylor. (BS)

10:41: Here is a look at six players signing today that should have a big impact as freshmen Impact Freshmen (BS)

10:35: Per a source, Karron Johnson, Oklahoma State's highly regarded Junior College recruit, will not sign early. The source said he's still committed to Oklahoma State. (ED)

10:28: Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello will sign tomorrow, per Miller's latest tweet. "I'm signing tomorrow! I'm proud to be a Baylor Bear!" (ED)

10:24: Remy Abell, of Louisville (Ky.) Eastern is a big pick up for Bradley. His LOI is in. As is Marcus Bunton's at Wagner. (ED)

10:21: "Thunder" Dan Majerle's nephew Ryan Majerle of Rockford (MI) High School has sent in his LOI to Toledo already. (BS)

10:19: Tommie McCune might or might not sign today, but he is signing early, and is signing with WVU per his AAU Coach Christian Vaughn-Dawkins. (BS)

10:17: Quincy Miller just tweeted: "No I'm not signing today." Miller, Scout.com's No. 2 prospect, and his teammates Deuce Bello, who ranks among the top 35 players, are both committed to Baylor.

10:10: According to Hale McGranahan at CUTigers.com , Bernard Sullivan and T.J. Sapp have officially signed with Clemson. (ED)

10:06: Just received a text message from Austin Rivers. He will put his name on the dotted line at 1:30. For more on Duke's class, which ranks No. 2 overall check out TheDevilsDen (ED)

10:04: Jamal Jones has officially sent in his LOI to Ole Miss. (BS)

9:53: Naadir Tharpe is officially a Jayhawk. "I just signed," he said. The Top 100 lead guard will have a press conference with his Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster teammates later in the day.

"I am more blessed than excited right now and this isn't it," Tharpe told Scout.com. "There are more exciting times to come at Kansas." (ED)

9:45: Per a source, Chris Jones and Kevin Ware will both be signing with Tennessee around 3:00 ET. The Vols have a nice set of guards headed their way. (ED)

9:35: According to Hoover High School Head Man Ollie Goulston, Angelo Chol will decide on February 17. He will pick between Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, and Washington.

Chol has visited Alabama and Kansas already. The remaining visits are...

January 2: North Carolina
January 29: Arizona
February 11: Washington (BS)

9:32: Central Florida and Donnie Jones have their Letter of Intent from Rod Days. The Golden Knights have a terrific class that also includes Kasey Wilson and Wayne Martin. (ED)

9:28: Huber Heights (OH) Wayne High School Head Coach Travis Trice Sr. checks in to let Scout.com know that Travis Trice Jr. (Michigan State) and Markus Crider (Providence) have both faxed in their letters. (BS)

9:23: The USA Today has a nice story on John Calipari and Steve Lavin. Jim Halley with the breakdown. (ED)

9:20: New Mexico pledge Abel Nader will not sign today. He is now a member of the 2012 class. Also Quinton Chievous will wait until the spring to make a decision per AAU Coach Sid White. (BS)

9:12: One last note from Oak Hill. Arizona commit Sidiki Johnson broke a bone in his foot. He's going to be out for some time. "That's hurt us a lot because he plays so hard," Smith said. (ED)

9:07: I want to make it clear that the earlier odds on Cody Zeller were solely the opinion of Evan Daniels. Butler is in this one much, much better than most think. (BS)

9:03: Point Guard Patrick Lucas-Perry will not sign in the early signing period according to his mother. He is getting significant Ivy League interest, and will wait a few months before making a decision. (BS)

9:01: Austin Etherington has officially signed with Indiana. For more check out HoosierNation.com(BS)

8:59: Ben McLemore's situation is still unclear. "I don't know what he's going to do," Steve Smith told Scout.com. The four-star recruit is down to Missouri and Kansas. According to Smith a decision today is unlikely. "No I don't think so," Smith said when asked if there was a chance McLemore would sign today. (ED)

8:56: Just had a productive phone call with Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill coach Steve Smith. Quinn Cook, Sidiki Johnson, Keith Hornsby and Daniel Gomis will all sign today.

"We are going to sit those four guys down and have them sign when we get everything situated sometime before or after practice," Smith told Scout.com. (ED)

8:50: Amir Williams plans on announcing his commitment on November 17. He will visit Ohio State officially this weekend, and then think things over. DePaul, Florida, Michigan, Purdue, and Ohio State are all still involved. Information is all over the map, but Florida, Michigan, and Ohio State seem to be the constants with this one. (BS)

8:44: Seth Greenberg's hard work with Dorian Finney-Smith, Scout.com's No. 28 prospect, has paid off. His National Letter of Intent is in. (ED)

8:41: LeAntwan Luckett will not sign today and will wait until the spring. The Mississippi wing is being heavily recruited by Missouri State and Jacksonville State. Also Colorado is about to get seriously involved. (BS)

8:33: There has been no overnight change of plans for Elijah Carter. According to Brewster Academy Head Coach Jason Smith, Carter will sign late. Also expect his school list to get longer before it gets shorter. (BS)

8:28: Last year this blog famously posted odds on the Harrison Barnes announcement and people bit on it. So how about some odds on this years top uncommitted prospect? Cody Zeller: 5-2 Indiana , 3-1 North Carolina, Butler 10-1. Lines subject to change!

8:24: Jody Demling, of the Courier-Journal, put together a great breakdown of Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky's recruiting classes. Check It Out! (ED)

8:21: Three-star guard Jeremiah Davis says no decision will come today, but he plans to sign early. He is headed home this weekend to discuss things with his family and make his commitment (BS)

8:10: While Ross may not sign, Rashad Madden has done a 180 and is planning to sign with Arkansas on Friday. Madden is a top 30 prospect a HUGE piece to Arkansas' recruiting class. (ED)

8:06: Do not expect LaQuinton Ross to sign today with Ohio State. The Mississippi grown wing plans on making a final decision to sign after his official visit to Ohio State this weekend. For more on OSU visit BuckeyeSports.com (BS)

7:56: Want to see our Superlatives? Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow broke down which schools did the best. Signing Day Superlatives (ED)

7:51: Kentucky is at the top of our recruiting class rankings, with Duke and Arkansas closing out the top three. For the full list: Signing Day Top 25 Recruiting Class Rankings (ED)

7:48: Welcome to our 2010 Signing Day Blog. This will be the place to receive constant information on the top recruits and when they sign. (ED)

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