Kentucky coach John Calipari confirmed on Thursday, via Twitter, that he has received National Letters of Intent from Travis (Richmond, Texas) twin 6-5 guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, along with 6-9 forward Marcus Lee of Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.), 6-9 forward Derek Willis of Bullitt East (Mount Washington, Ky.) and 6-7 guard James Young of Rochester (Rochester Hills, Mich.).
Calipari also talked up the Harrisons, both of whom made the preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA team.
"Aaron Harrison is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim," Calipari tweeted. "He can also play some point in a pinch. … Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position. He's a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size."
Other Thursday Notes:
Tracy Scaife, the father of Tyler Scaife of Hall (Little Rock, Ark.) said on Thursday that his daughter planned to sign with either Rutgers or Tennessee on Friday.
Scaife, a 5-8 guard, had also been considering Kentucky, Louisiana State and Ohio State. Scaife scored 33 points Wednesday night in her team's opening game of the season, a 88-0 victory over Fair (Little Rock, Ark.), which had only six players and hasn't won a game since 2009.
Two weeks ago, Aaron Harrison said he and his twin brother Andrew, both Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA high school basketball players, would wait and sign with Kentucky during the late period in April.
Still, he maintained that the they were “100% committed to Kentucky.”
Wednesday, their father, Aaron Sr., told USA TODAY Sports that his sons had decided to “go ahead and sign now.”
“They just want to get it out of the way,” he said.
Andrew and Aaron join Rochester (Rochester Hills, Mich.) shooting guard James Young, who is ranked No. 6 in the ESPN 100, to form Kentucky’s 2013 class thus far.
The Wildcats are still major players for three other top 13 recruits. Andrew Harrison said he’s “going hard” after Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle, also a Preseason All-USA player.
Waiting game: While many top recruits signed Wednesday or appear to be solidly committed to schools, the three top players — Andrew Wiggins of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep; Jabari Parker of Simeon (Chicago); and Randle — are undecided and spent the day relatively quietly.
According to Sonny Parker, his son, who is Mormon, started the day by going to religious classes at seminary, followed by his normal class routine at Simeon. He attended the signings of three teammates, then went to therapy for his injured ankle. Parker is awaiting his next doctor’s visit Monday before he can find out if he can practice. “It was just a normal day,” Sonny Parker said.
Randle said he worked out in the morning for two hours and then texted Duke signee Matt Jones, a shooting guard from DeSoto, Texas. He also spent time in the afternoon on the phone with Kentucky coach John Calipari, saying it was “a good talk,” before a second workout.
Wiggins spent the day working out and practicing, said his coach.
“Just weights and practice,” said Huntington Prep coach Rob FulfordCQ. “He has just been concentrating on school and the season.”
Girls signings: There were few surprisesamong the top girls basketball recruits. Tennessee landed Preseason All-USA center Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., while the other top player, Norcross, Ga., guard Diamond DeShields, signed with North Carolina.
According to Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, North Carolina has the top class with Tennessee No. 2, but that could flip if point guard Tyler ScaifeCQ of Hall (Little Rock) signs with the Lady Vols.
“Getting the two best players have separated those two from everybody else,” Olson said of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Scaife’s father, Tracy Scaife, said that his daugther wasn’t planning to sign until Friday.
Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) point guard Josh Newkirk and his teammate swingman Shane Whitfield will sign at 5:30 p.m. Newkirk is headed to Pittsburgh and Whitfield to Lehigh.
Cape Henry’s (Virginia Beach, Va.) Devon Hall and Crespi Carmelite’s (Encino, Calif.) London Perrantes, both point guards, have signed with Virginia. The duo makes up the Cavs’ entire 2013 class thus far.
Montverde (Fla.) Academy coach Kevin Boyle said that Kasey Hill is signing today with Florida and 6-9 forward Devin Williams is signing with West Virginia.
More on the Harrison twins from @JayJayUSATODAY. Travis (Richmond, Texas) guard Aaron Harrison originally told USA Today HSS last week that he and his twin brother Andrew, both consensus top five recruits, would wait until April to sign during the late period.
But their father, Aaron Sr., told USA Today HSS today that there's been a change of plans.
"They're going to go ahead and sign early now," he said.
The twins give the Wildcats the country's top recruiting class thus far, according to most recruiting outlets.
Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report said that most of the top 10 girls basketball recruits are expected to sign today with the schools they had committed to. Olson sees North Carolina as having the top class, unless Hall (Little Rock, Ark.) point guard Tyler Scaife, who is considering Tennessee, along with several other schools, signs with the Volunteers. Her signing would give Tennessee the top spot.
Chester, Pa., 6-7 forward Rondae Jefferson, considered the No. 4 guard by Rivals.com, texted that he plans to sign Thursday with the University of Arizona.
Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal has some big news about the Harrison twins. Jones tweeted the following: "Aaron Harrison Sr. said his sons will in fact sign letters of intent to Kentucky within the next couple days. Tomorrow after practice maybe."
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) coach Mike Jones said that Stags 6-9 center Beejay Anya isn't expected to sign until Friday in a ceremony at the school. He's choosing from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla.) wing Ronni Williams, the top-ranked girls basketball prospect in Florida, signed with Florida according to a school release.
Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.) forward Chris Walker, who is ranked No. 10 in the ESPN 100, is expected to sign with Florida today at 3 p.m. His future teammate, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) point guard Kasey Hill, a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection who is ranked No. 9 in the ESPN 100, told USA TODAY High School Sports that he will “definitely” be signing today as well.
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) forward Ismail Wainright, who is ranked 28th in the ESPN 100, will sign with Baylor at 3:45 p.m. today at the school.
Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) basketball coach Steve Smith says three of his players are likely to sign today, with point guard Nate Britt going to North Carolina, guard Sindarius Thornwell to South Carolina, and guard Ike Iroegbu to Washington State. Forward Troy Williams will likely join them for the photo, but he's likely to wait until Friday, when he goes home to Hampton, Va., to sign his National Letter of Intent to Indiana. Another Warrior, R.J. Currington, will wait until the late period to sign.
Even though they’re “firm” in their commitments, don’t expect the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, to sign with Kentucky today. Aaron told USA TODAY High School Sports they “want to see how things shake out after the season, but we’re going to Kentucky. One hundred percent.” The brothers from Travis (Richmond, Texas), who are both consensus top five players, plan to sign during the late signing period in April.
While preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection Andrew Wiggins won't sign today, four other Huntington (W.Va.) Prep players (Xavier Rathan Mayes, Dominic Woodson, Travon Landry and Moses Kingsley) will sign on Thursday, Express coach Rob Fulford said via text.