Signing Day Arrives
Wednesday marked the first day of the early signed period, a ten day period where verbal commitments become officially binding when prospects sign their National Letters of Intent.
The NLI is a huge document in the recruiting process not just because it makes a player’s commitment legally binding but also because there are only twenty days during the course of the year when they are allowed to be signed.
It isn’t until college coaches receive a signed NLI from a prospect that they are able to comment publicly on that player.
Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was quick to release a statement about how happy he was to have St. John’s Prep star Pat Connaughton heading to South Bend.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Pat Connaughton become a member of our Notre Dame basketball family," Brey said in a release. "He's just a terrific fit for our program and this University. What impressed me most while I watched him play this past summer was his spirit and will to win. He's an unbelievable competitor and wants to win each time he takes the court. With our style of play, I'm always looking for players with a lot of versatility, and certainly, Pat will be an asset within our system."
Connaughton and Scott King (pictured) were two of the many players who either signed on Wednesday or are expected to sign before the end of the period next Wednesday, November 17th. Here’s a look at the rest of the list:
Zach Chionuma, Marianapolis Prep – Boston University
Ousmane Drame, Marianapolis Prep – Quinnipiac
Phil Gaetano, Choate Rosemary Hall – Sacred Heart
GeLawn Guyn, South Kent – Cincinnati
Maurice Harkless, South Kent – St. John’s
Zaid Hearst, Salisbury – Quinnipiac
Adam Jones, St. Thomas More – Fairfield
Derrick Randall, South Kent – Rutgers
Derrick Wilson, Hotchkiss – Marquette
Patrick Ackerman, Worcester Academy – Penn State
Tavon Allen, Worcester Academy – Drexel
Braeden Anderson, Wilbraham & Monson – DePaul
Ryan Canty, Brimmer & May – Fordham
Dennis Clifford, Milton Academy – Boston College
Aaron Cosby, Northfield Mount Hermon – Seton Hall
Grandy Glaze, Notre Dame Prep – UNLV
Kyle Kager, Deerfield Academy – American
James Kennedy, Cushing Academy – Boston University
Angel Nunez, Notre Dame Prep – Louisville
Chris Sherwood, Brimmer & May – New Hampshire
Jordan Wejnert, Worcester Academy – UMBC
Enosch Wolf, Wilbraham & Monson – Uconn
Donnie Hale, Bridgton Academy – Purdue
Thanos Thodos, Lee Academy – UC Irvine
Markus Kennedy, Brewster Academy – Villanova
Jordan Laguerre, New Hampton – UMass
Nick Paulos, New Hampton – UNC Greensboro
Joey Ptasinski, New Hampton – Lafayette
Jakarr Sampson, Brewster Academy – St. John’s
Imoh Silas, Holderness – Siena
Naadir Tharpe, Brewster Academy – Kansas
Michael Carter-Williams, St. Andrew’s – Syracuse