Apparently, Florida didn’t get the memo. Huge recruiting weekends are supposed to happen around Midnight Madness. Billy Donovan is hosting a prospect party a week early, and he’s invited five five-star recruits. Seriously, you have to be a bona fide stud to be in Gainesville this weekend.
Here’s the ranking of the players the Gators have on campus: No. 3 2013, No. 8 2013, No. 9 2013, No. 4 2014 and No. 1 2015. Donovan already owns commitments from point guard Kasey Hill and power forward Chris Walker. If he can just land one other player from this visit, it would be an historic recruiting weekend.
Elsewhere, there are talented underclassmen on a number of campuses. Pay close attention to Duke and Texas, as they host high-profile big man targets.
Editor's note: There’s no guarantee all these guys make it to campus. We will update as information emerges on players who drop off these lists or are added. Also, this is merely a snapshot of the country, not the full representation of each program.
Visitor: ESPN 60 SF Malik Pope
One of the elite west coast juniors on an unofficial visit is big news.
Visitors: PF Donte Reynolds, SG Jaquan Brownridge
This is what’s happening in Buies Creek, N.C., this weekend.
Visitors: SG Devonte Boykins, Aaron Augustine, Dusan Kovacevic
Boykins is a junior coming off summer knee surgery.
Visitor: ESPN 100 PF Austin Nichols
As of Monday when Julius Randle tidied up his list and left Duke off, this visit became that much more important.
Visitors: ESPN 100 PF Julius Randle, ESPN 100 PG Kasey Hill, ESPN 100 PF Chris Walker, ESPN 60 C Dakari Johnson, ESPN 25 C Karl Towns
Seriously? One of the best collections of talent for a weekend you’ll see in any year. All-Americans bumping into draft picks this weekend.
Visitor: PG Frank Mason
The Jayhawks are moving swiftly to ensure they have a point guard prospect when the music stops.
Visitor: C Dwight Coleby
Andy Kennedy is ever so close to inching this program into the postseason. Bet he has that conversation with Coleby this weekend.
Visitor: PF Trevor Manuel
Mark Gottfried and the Pack are not afraid to venture into someone’s backyard for a recruit. This time they have an underclassman from Lansing, Mich. You paying attention, Mr. Izzo?
Three of the best underclassmen in North Carolina join UNC’s top 2013 commitment. Fellas, cover your eyes when the football game starts.
The first official visit for the pride of Kansas City, Ish Wainright.
Visitors: Abdou Diaw, Marcus Floyd, Pierre Leopold, Ganlandou Cisse
Pat Chambers will need pronunciation guides this weekend.
Visitor: PF Michael Fienke
Matt Painter likes Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. He loves power forwards from Champaign, Ill.
Visitor: G Ridge Shipley
Shipley is one of the tougher kids we saw on the circuit, and Rice would use him as a combo.
Jordan is not a definite, but it's crunch time and Rutgers has a chance to get him on campus.
Frank Martin has his grove back. After locking up Sindarius Thornwell, he’s fired up about Gamecock football and hosting star junior Pinson.
A couple of power forwards with Ivy League first names visit the Cardinal. Don’t be fooled, these dudes can play.
Visitor: ESPN 100 PF Tyler Roberson
Will the Roberson recruitment come into focus? Who’s going to get this kid? He’s in the Cuse’s house on Saturday.
Fran Dunphy reeled Brown back in after a decommitment, so this will be a celebratory weekend.
Fans in Austin have no idea who Embiid is. Might want to read this. Two terrific prospects are in town for the Horns.
Visitor: SG Darin Johnson
Johnson has been one of the more diligent visitors this fall, and a decision should be on the horizon.
Visitors: G Michael Williams, G Isiah Wright
It’s the Utes’ turn to try and convince San Antonio’s finest, Williams, to come north and west.
The Badgers have a mix of committed and underclassmen in Madison this weekend.