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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Early signing period: The first 24 hours

By Ronnie Flores

Early signing period for high school seniors began Wednesday. Here is a look at the first 24 hectic hours of this weeklong period for boys' hoops.

2 -- Number of recruits who signed with the University of Arizona, the No. 1-ranked class by ESPNU Recruiting: ESPNU 100 No. 4 Brandon Ashley of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.); No. 36 Gabe York of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.). No. 6 Kaleb Tarczewski of St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) is going to wait until his parents, who live in Claremont, N.H., are able to be in attendance with him on Friday. No. 9 Grant Jerrett of La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.) is not expected to sign until Monday, according to La Verne Lutheran coach Eric Cooper Sr.

4 -- Number of text messages received by Amile Jefferson of Friends’ Central (Wynnewood, Pa.)  from reporters looking to do a story on the first day of the early signing period.

4.4 -- Number of miles from the home of DaJuan Coleman to the Carrier Dome, the home arena for Syracuse University. The No. 14 prospect in the ESPNU 100, the Jamesville-DeWitt (Dewitt, N.Y) product signed with the Orangemen.

5 -- Number of early signees from Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), the most from a single high school level program: W Jordan Adams to UCLA; C A.J. Hammons to Purdue; PG Tyler Lewis to NC. State; G D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to Georgetown; W Damien Wilson to Memphis. Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.) and Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) are also expected to have five signees. For the Express, four will sign in the fall and one player (Evan Payne) is expected to sign in the spring. Three players for the Pilots will ink in the spring (Anthony Bennett, Winston Shepard, Amedeo Della Valle).

7 -- Number of committed prospects in the ESPNU 100 who did not yet sign their letter of intent agreement.

Amile Jefferson
Amile Jefferson (left) will visit Stanford this weekend. He will take all five of his official visits and also is considering Villanova.
10 -- Number of 2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 participants who inked with colleges on the first day of the early signing period: Justin Anderson of Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) to Virginia; Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) to UCLA; Brandon Ashley of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) to Arizona; DaJuan Coleman of Jamesville-DeWitt (Dewitt, N.Y) to Syracuse; Perry Ellis of Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) to Kansas; Shaquille Johnson of Milton (Milton, Ga.) to Auburn; Mitch McGary of Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) to Michigan; Marcus Paige of Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) to North Carolina; Rodney Purvis of Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) to North Carolina State; Rasheed Sulaimon of Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas) to Duke; Gabe York of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) to Arizona.

14 -- Number of phone calls received on the first day of the early signing period by Amile Jefferson. His father, Malcolm Musgrove, handles many of the phone calls for his son.

15 -- Number of uncommitted prospects in the ESPNU 100.

26 -- Number of total text messages received on the first day of the early signing period by Amile Jefferson. The No. 24 recruit in the ESPNU 100 did not sign. He is going to take his last official visit to Stanford this weekend. Jefferson also took officials to UConn, Kentucky, NC State, Ohio State. The other school still in the running for his services is hometown Villanova.

30 -- Number of ESPNU 100 signees who inked with an in-state program.

48 -- Number of ESPNU 100 signees who inked with an out-of-state program.

78 -- Number of ESPNU 100 prospects who signed their letter of intent agreement.

120 -- Number of minutes of the ESPNU Basketball Signing Day Special on Nov. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. ET.

1,978 -- Number of Twitter followers for Anthony Bennett of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) as of Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. PT. Bennett (@ABennett24) is the second-highest ranked uncommitted and unsigned prospect in the ESPNU 100 (No. 7).

2,058 -- Number of Twitter followers for Anthony Bennett as of Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. PT. Bennett (@ABennett24) will sign in the spring, according to Pilots associate head coach Todd Simon.

Ronnie Flores is a senior editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonFloresESPN

Johnny Curren and Andrew Knepper contributed to this report.