This spring schools are going to be scrapping to find quality players to plug holes on their roster. In the newly released Scout.com Top 100, only six prospects remain uncommitted. Here is what is going on with all six of them.
The highest rated uncommitted player is Ben McLemore. The St. Louis native who is now at Oak Hill Academy checks in at No. 34 on the list. Currently McLemore is deciding between Missouri and Kansas, and the decision could come by the end of the month. McLemore is an ultra athletic wing who can shoot it. He does need to be more assertive, but with his size, strength, athleticism, and skill he has the potential to be a star at the college level. This has been a huge recruiting battle over the past six months, and the school that lands him is going to get a major boon to their recruiting class.
One spot behind McLemore at No. 35 is DeAndre Daniels. Daniels is a combo forward who can shoot the three, and also is a good athlete. He does need to bring consistent effort every time out on the floor, but the physical tools are there. Right now Kansas, Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, Florida, and UCLA are said to be the main schools involved. Recently Daniels made visits to Oregon and Kansas, but very little is out there about who he favors. The one time commitment to Texas has a big decision on his hands, and as one of the more naturally talented players in the class, his signature is going to be a coveted one in April.
At No. 43 is Angelo Chol. Chol is an athletic big man who is still developing skill wise but brings a high motor attitude out on the floor for every game. Currently Chol is down to Alabama, Arizona, Washington, Kansas, and North Carolina. Visits are coming up to North Carolina and Arizona in January followed by one to Washington in February. After that visit to Seattle, Chol will make his decision. At 6-foot-9 in a class thin on post players, this could be one of the more hotly contested battles left. Look for all five schools on his list to try and pull out all the stops to get him.
The lone uncommitted new face in the rankings is Otto Porter. The skilled wing from Missouri stayed under the radar due to not playing AAU basketball, but now he has blown up and shown everyone what he can do. Porter was offered early on by Missouri and Southeast Missouri State, and recently has attracted interest from Georgetown, Memphis, Missouri State, and Ole Miss. With him just becoming a national name, look for Porter’s offer list to explode over the next month.
Checking in at No. 63 is Trevor Lacey. The strong shooting guard is believed to favor the in-state schools of Auburn and Alabama, but Kentucky, Kansas, and UConn are all on his list. Lacey is in no hurry to make a decision, and is the only perimeter player outside of McLemore in the top 100 that is uncommitted. If it does indeed come down to Auburn and Alabama at the end, it should be one of the more interesting recruitments to follow since those two fan bases aren’t exactly best friends.
The final uncommitted prospect in the top 100 is Michael Chandler. The twice committed Chandler, first to Louisville and most recently to Xavier, is once again on the market. At 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, Chandler possesses the size and skill to be higher than No. 84, but the effort hasn’t always been there. Grade concerns might limit his recruitment, but he is still getting interest from UConn, Oregon, St. John’s, Indiana, and others.
Unlike in years past there isn't much left on the board this late, and that isn't good news for a lot of teams, but still there are some big prizes still available.