What to expect for 2019 women's college basketball signing week

There won't be any surprises during national signing week when it comes to Paige Bueckers. The nation's No. 1 recruit committed to UConn a long time ago. Marc Piscotty/Icon Sportswire

The early period for national signing week in women's college basketball is almost here.

Though winning the signing period is big for coaches and the stability of their programs, this week is more about players deciding their college futures. With that in mind, we answered the big questions heading into one of the critical weeks in women's basketball recruiting:

What is signing week?

It's a week for prospective women's college basketball student-athletes to put their name on paper and make things official. Players are locked into attending the school they choose via a National Letter of Intent (NLI), which binds the prospect with the school and vice versa.

When is signing week?

The early signing period runs from Nov. 13-20. The "regular" signing period in college basketball runs from April 15-May 20.

Who has already committed?

The nation's No. 1 prospect, 5-foot-10 guard Paige Bueckers, has been locked in with UConn for a while now. Bueckers, who has gained valuable international experience with the USA national team over the past year, has her senior season ahead to guide Hopkins High School to a Minnesota state championship.

Second-ranked prospect Angel Reese, a 6-foot-3 power forward, committed to Maryland last week, giving the Terrapins their only signee going into the week. Reese is a superb prospect with the ability to score with either hand in the lane, but her tenacity makes her stand out.

No. 3 prospect Cameron Brink committed to Stanford, while Syracuse added to a big class by landing its third top-100 prospect in top center (No. 5 overall) Kamilla Cardoso -- a shot-blocker supreme with immense potential.

No. 4 prospect Caitlin Clark announced on Tuesday afternoon that she was committing to Iowa over Notre Dame and Iowa State.

Of the top 30 prospects in the top 100, 25 have committed.

So who's left?

There are two remaining top-10 players and 16 in the top 100 who are still pondering their futures. Among them:

Sixth-ranked Diamond Johnson has visited South Carolina and is due to visit Rutgers prior to announcing her decision. Last month, Johnson -- a dynamic point guard -- also listed NC State, Boston College and Virginia among her finalists.

No. 8 prospect Hailey Van Lith has yet to decide among Louisville, UCLA, Baylor and Oregon.

There is also No. 17 prospect Deja Kelly, who is believed to have narrowed down her search to two schools -- North Carolina and Texas A&M -- after she decommitted from Texas.

Which schools have already made big splashes?

Oregon, which is the No. 1 team in the AP rankings and has the No. 1 player in the country in Sabrina Ionescu, also has the No. 1 class in basketball recruiting thus far.

So far, coach Kelly Graves has landed five prospects all ranked within the top 50:

No. 10 Sydney Parrish, 6-0, G
No. 15 Kylee Watson, 6-3, F
No. 19 Maddie Scherr, 6-0, G
No. 24 Angela Dugalic, 6-2, F
No. 33 Te-Hina Paopao, 5-9, PG

The Ducks made a substantial haul with a talented class, grabbing players that fit nearly every position on the court. In addition to Oregon, Pac-12 teams including Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona State have made national impacts with their 2020 classes.

Then there's UConn. Bueckers, who competed alongside WNBA Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier, No. 1 draft pick Jackie Young and Oregon's Ruthy Hebard for Team USA's 3x3 team in October's World Beach Games, will team up in Storrs with international star Nika Muhl, No. 21 prospect SF Mir McLean, No. 26 prospect Aaliyah Edwards and forward Piath Gabriel.

Notre Dame has fared well too. No. 23 prospect Madeline Westbeld followed the same path as her older sister, Kathryn, by saying yes to the Irish, and No. 25 Allison Campbell, No. 32 Natalija Marshall and No. 44 Alasia Hayes are also headed to South Bend.