February 1, 2012; Oxon Hill, MD, USA; Potomac High School football recruit Ronald Darby waves at the television cameras with family and friends during national signing day at Potomac High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Few Surprises Expected as College Basketball’s Early Signing Period Opens

The week-long fall signing period kicked off on Wednesday with few surprises.

Most recruits of consequence who have already given verbal commitments are expected to sign sometime over the next week, if they haven’t already, rather than wait until the spring.

Kentucky’s ‘buy one get one free’ package of Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the best set of twins to ever come out of high school basketball, signed their letters of intent on Thursday despite initially planning to sign in the spring. James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis all signed as well.

Memphis hopes to sew up its entire five-man recruiting class, which will be the first such class at the school to set foot in the Big East, by Friday. Josh Pastner has already inked signatures from Markel Crawford, Kuran Iverson and RaShawn “Pookie” Powell. Autographs from Nick King and Austin Nichols are expected Friday.

Five of Indiana’s six senior pledges signed binding LOI on Wednesday. The sixth, Troy Williams, tweeted yesterday that he’ll sign on Monday in his hometown of Hampton (VA).

Duke has already penned a signature from Matt Jones and will get one next Tuesday from Semi Ojeleye, while Kansas nabbed its first signature in the class of 2013 from Conner Frankamp.

Florida’s heralded pair of top-10 recruits were quick to make their commitments official. Point guard Kasey Hill and power forward Chris Walker signed their LOI early on Wednesday.

Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks have signed with North Carolina. Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate have done so with Illinois.

Louisville received signatures from all four of its recruits, who compose one of the ten best classes in the nation. Johnny Jones, who has assembled a deep and talented recruiting class in his first year as head coach at the program, signed all three of LSU’s incoming high school recruits—Jarrell Martin, Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman.

Buzz Williams inked signatures from all five Marquette commits, including two junior college transfers, while current Big East foe Syracuse secured a signed letter of intent from 5-star point guard Tyler Ennis.

The early signing period runs through November 21. Those recruits who don’t sign by that date must wait until the spring signing period, which starts April 17.

Busting Brackets will be providing updates of all major signings as they happen throughout the week.

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