The signing and commitments have finally slowed down enough for us to stop and take a quick look at where things currently stand with regards to the Class of 2011.
Believe it or not, about half of the top juniors are already off the board.
This list includes:
- Michael Gilchrist from Elizabeth (St. Patrick) N.J. to Kentucky
- Marquis Teague from Indianapolis (Pike) Ind. to Kentucky
- James McAdoo from Norfolk (Christian) Va. to North Carolina
- Myck Kabongo from Henderson (Findlay Prep) Nev. to Texas
- Jamal Branch from Arlington (Grace Prep) Texas to Texas A&M
- Aaron Ross from Little Rock (Parkview) Ark. to Arkansas
- Wayne Blackshear from Chicago (Morgan Park) Ill. to Louisville
- Samuel "P.J." Hairston from Greensboro (Dudley) N.C. to North Carolina
- Bradley Beal from St. Louis (Chaminade) Mo. to Florida
- Sheldon McClellan from Houston (Bellaire) Texas to Texas
- Marquavius "Deville" Smith from Jackson (Callaway) Miss. to Mississippi State
- Shannon Scott from Alpharetta (Milton) Ga. to Ohio State
- Michael Gbinije from Richmond (Benedictine) Va. to Duke
- Kevin Ware from Conyers (Rockdale) Ga. to Tennessee
- Trevor Cooney from Hockessin (Sanford) Del. to Syracuse
- John Johnson from Philadelphia (Girard College) Pa. to Pittsburgh
- C.J. Barksdale from Danville (George Washington) Va. to Virginia Tech
- Sterling Gibbs from West Orange (Seton Hall Prep) N.J. to Maryland
- Marquis "Jerrell" Rankin from Charlotte (Vance) N.C. to Virginia Tech
- Chris Jones from Memphis (Melrose) Tenn. to Tennessee
- Brandon Kearney from Detroit (Southeastern) Mich. to Michigan State
- Matt Carlino from Bloomington (South) Ind. to UCLA
- Grady Glaze from Andover (Proctor Academy) N.H. to UNLV
- Tyler Adams from Brandon (H.S.) Miss. to Duke.
And making the story even more interesting is the fact that nine of the above mentioned players have picked a school that is not located in their own state or in a neighboring state. That's over 25 percent and, in almost every case, they did so without having made an official visit to the school. In other words, it's more important than ever to get players on campus when they are young for unofficial visits.