As the early signing period begins for high school basketball student-athletes, ESPNU will air a one-hour Recruiting Nation: Basketball Signing Day Special on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. ET. Three top 20 college basketball recruits in the ESPN 100 will announce their college decisions during the show – No. 8 Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep, Apple Valley, Minn.), No. 10 Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook High School, Mableton, Ga.) and No. 16 P.J. Washington (Findlay College Prep, Frisco, Texas).
Trent Jr., a 6’5’’ shooting guard, is expected to choose between Duke, Michigan State and UCLA. Sexton will make his announcement from the ESPNU studio in Charlotte, N.C., and will choose between Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, NC State and Oklahoma State. Power forward and 6’8’’ Washington is expected to decide between Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV.
The No. 1 player on the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 – Megan Walker – will also be interviewed during the show. Walker, a 6’1’’ shooting guard from Monacan High School in Chesterfield, Va., is expected to make her college announcement earlier in the day, and will discuss her decision during the special. She is currently considering UConn, Notre Dame and Texas.
Host Matt Schick will be joined by national recruiting director Paul Biancardi and analyst Adam Finkelstein. The special will see interviews with Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. Both programs boast top 5 ranking in the Recruiting Nation Class of 2017 rankings with several prospects from the ESPN 100.
Schick, Biancardi and Finkelstein will also discuss other programs’ recruiting classes and projections on where remaining uncommitted recruits may land.
Last year, De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky) and T.J. Leaf (UCLA) both chose their colleges during the special.