Top prospects eye N.C. schools

dscott@charlotteobserver.comNovember 15, 2012 


West Charlotte All-American basketball player Kennedy Meeks pulls down a rebound during a defensive drill on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, NC. Meeks will pick UNC or Georgetown and is torn over the choice. Jeff Siner -


The beginning of college basketball’s early signing period Wednesday didn’t produce much news or drama on a national scale.

The country’s top three prospects – forward Andrew Wiggins of Huntington, W.Va., power forward Julius Randle of Plano, Texas and forward Jabari Parker of Chicago – still haven’t decided where they will play.

West Charlotte center Kennedy Meeks, ranked the country’s No. 10 prospect by Lenoir recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons, has not yet decided between North Carolina and Georgetown.

Wiggins likely won’t make his decision during the early signing period, which ends Nov. 21. Parker, who is considering Duke, reportedly will make an announcement sometime later this week.

Wiggins is considering North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida State, Syracuse and Kansas. Randle has N.C. State, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida on his list. Parker has narrowed it down to Duke, Stanford, Kentucky, Michigan State, Brigham Young and Florida.

N.C. State target BeeJay Anya, a forward from Hyattsville, Md., will announce his decision later this week. Where Anya goes likely hinges on Randle’s decision.

Some players reportedly signed Wednesday, including power forward Isaiah Hicks (Oxford) with North Carolina, shooting guard Matt Jones (DeSoto, Texas) with Duke and guard-forward Sindarius Thornwell (a Lancaster, S.C., resident who plays at Oak Hill, Va., Academy) with South Carolina.

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