An A-To-Z Guide To A Signature Week

From USC to LSU, and from UAB to Austin Peay, the upcoming week is all about the letters.

The NCAA's early signing period for women's basketball opens Wednesday, and players from across the globe will be putting pen to paper and dotting their "I's" and crossing their "T's" before sending their national letters of intent to their schools of choice.

Before the deluge begins, here's a first course of 26 letters, from A to Z, to get you set for signing week.

A: ACC. Four of the top six recruiting classes -- Louisville, Duke, Notre Dame and North Carolina -- are in the ACC. Add in NC State and Virginia Tech in the top 20, and the conference leaves everyone else in the dust on the 2015 recruiting trail. Coming in second is the Big Ten, with Purdue, Nebraska, Maryland, Penn State, Michigan and Iowa all ranking in the top 20. The Big 12 has three schools represented (Texas, Baylor and Kansas), the Pac-12 has two (UCLA and Cal), the SEC has two (Tennessee and Kentucky) and the American has one (UConn).

B: Blue Devils. Duke just keeps reloading. A year ago, Duke had the No. 3 class in the nation. Heading into the early signing period, their 2015 class ranks third, and it could move up when updated rankings come out next week. Coming in from overseas is Angela Salvadores, the No. 5 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 who ransacked Team USA for 40 points at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship before being named tournament MVP. Also heading to Duke are Kyra Lambert, Faith Suggs, Crystal Primm and Haley Gorecki, who are all ranked among the top 60 in the class.

C: Connecticut, of course. For the first time since 2012, when Breanna Stewart signed her national letter intent on the hood of her dad's car, Connecticut has landed the No. 1 prospect in the nation. This time, it's Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 wing out of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California). In addition to Samuelson, UConn also is expected to get signatures from Napheesa Collier, the No. 7 prospect in the class, and No. 22 De'Janae Boykin. The UConn recruits made up three-fourths of the team that won gold for Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games in China over the summer, which is a 3-on-3 competition. Need more good news, UConn rivals? "We worked really well together," Samuelson said.

D: Durr, as in Asia Durr. You may already know that the No. 2 prospect in the class has won two gold medals, two state titles and been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia. But did you know that the Louisville-bound left-handed combo guard has been destined for great things since fifth grade? That's when the 5-10 point guard starred in an advertisement for the new team in her hometown, the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

E: Europe. Two of the top five prospects in the 2015 class are from another continent. Cecilia Zandalasini, ranked fourth, is an undeclared 6-2 wing from Italy. She is holding off on announcing her plans until after her senior season. The No. 5 prospect in the class is Angela Salvadores, a 5-8 point guard who has given a verbal commitment to Duke.

F: Frese, as in Brenda Frese. A year after leading Maryland to the Final Four, the Terps are joining the Big Ten. And they've got a Big Two in their 2015 recruiting class. Brianna Fraser, a 6-3 forward from South Shore (Brooklyn, New York) is the No. 15 prospect in the nation. She's joined by Kiah Gillespie, a 6-2 guard out of Capital Prep (Hartford, Connecticut) and the No. 27 prospect in the country.

G: Golden Bears. Cal, one of two Pac-12 teams ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes, has a four-player group that starts with No. 13 Kristine Anigwe, a 6-3 center. Add Top 100 point guards Asha Thomas and Breanna Cavanaugh as well as wing MaAne Mosley, and coach Lindsay Gottlieb has some serious star power coming her way.

H: Higgs, as in Lashann Higgs. The 5-9 point guard and the No. 6 prospect in the nation is the cornerstone of the Longhorns' top-notch, three-player class. Coach Karen Aston also has a verbal from another in-state star, 6-2 wing Jordan Hosey, the No. 8 prospect in the nation. Rounding out Texas' class is Christina Aborowa; the Philadelphia product is ranked 77th in the class.

I: International. There's a definite international flavor to the 2015 Top 100. In addition to Cecilia Zandalasini and Angela Salvadores. Add three Top 100 prospects from Canada -- Eternati Willock (North Carolina), Julia Chandler (Syracuse) and Danielle Garven (Minnesota), and 5 percent of the Top 100 is from out of this country.

J: Jessica Shepard, on the other hand, is from smack-dab in the middle of the heartland. The 6-4 forward and No. 3 prospect in the nation is staying put in Nebraska. She helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship over the summer and is a two-time Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year.

K: Katie Lou Samuelson. And for our out-of-this-world entry. Samuelson, the No. 1 prospect in the country and a UConn recruit, will bring a game that has been compared to Kevin Durant's to Storrs. Sound familiar? Samuelson, a 6-3 wing, also has the goods to back up the comparisons. She's won three gold medals for Team USA and the Gatorade Player of the Year award in California. She also owns a host of records at tradition-rich Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California).

L: Louisville. Now this is a class that's worth chirping about. The Cardinals' flock includes No. 2 Asia Durr, No. 29 Taja Cole, No. 41 Erin DeGrate, No. 43 Brianna Jones and No. 65 Samantha Fuehring. Coach Jeff Walz very well may have the best clutch in the country.

M: Missouri has verbals from two Top 100 prospects who also happen to be high school teammates. Sophie Cunningham, a 6-1 guard at Rock Bridge (Columbia, Missouri) and the No. 20 prospect in the nation, and Cierra Porter, a 6-3 forward and the No. 79 prospect in the nation, are part of the Tigers' 2015 recruiting class. First, the duo will be trying to lift Rock Bridge to a fourth straight state championship this season.

N: Notre Dame, North Carolina and NC State have classes that help make the ACC the big winner on the 2015 recruiting trail. The Fighting Irish's class features three players in the Top 100, headlined by No. 10 Arike Ogunbowale, a 5-9 point guard from Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee). Like the Irish, the Tar Heels have a three-player class with three players in the Top 100. The UNC cornerstone is No. 17 Destinee Walker, a 5-9 guard out of Lake Highland Prep (Orlando). NC State has a six-player class with four Top-100 prospects. It most notably includes Rydeiah Rogers, the daughter of former NBA star Rodney Rogers and the No. 63 prospect in the class.

O: Ogwumike, as in Erica Ogwumike. The youngest sister in a family of basketball royalty has given a verbal commitment to sign with Pepperdine. Her two oldest sisters, Nneka and Chiney, starred at Stanford and are currently standouts in the WNBA. Erica, a three-star, 5-9 guard/forward, is following in the footsteps of her other sister, Olivia, who is a freshman forward for the Waves.

P: Penn State. The Nittany Lions are celebrating a four-player class that includes two Top 100 prospects in point guards Teniya Page, the No. 21 prospect in the country; and Amari Carter, the No. 31 prospect. Penn State also has verbals from three-star prospects Ashanti Thomas and Jaylen Williams.

Q: Quentin Hillsman has put together an outstanding five-player recruiting class at Syracuse that includes three Top 100 prospects in Julia Chandler, Jade Phillips and Davida Dale. The class also features a 6-5 post out of West Oaks Academy (Orlando) named Ming Yao.

R: Razorbacks. Speaking of breakout classes, Jimmy Dykes has one that qualifies in his first year at Arkansas. His five-player haul includes two Top-100 point guards in Jordan Danberry, the No. 47 prospect in the nation; and Malica Monk, the No. 64 prospect. Danberry and Monk are Arkansas' top two in-state prospects. In addition, Dykes has verbals from three-star prospects Briunna Freeman, Keiryn Swenson and Bailey Zimmerman.

S: Stanford. The Cardinal have made it to five straight Final Fours, and coach Tara VanDerveer has verbals from three prospects who will hope to keep the tradition going strong. The headliner is Marta Sniezek, a 5-7 point guard and the No. 39 prospect in the country. Also pledging to join the 2015 Cardinal class are Shannon Coffee, a 6-5, three-star post; and Alexa Romano, a three-star, 5-9 guard.

T: Tennessee. The team that shall remain the Lady Vols has a pair of verbals from two players who seem poised to become household names. Te'a Cooper is an explosive 5-8 point guard and the No. 19 prospect in the nation. Cooper grew up in Atlanta playing alongside Diamond DeShields, the Tennessee transfer who will be eligible when Cooper is a freshman. Jamesha Jackson, who goes by MeMe, is a 5-11 wing and the No. 35 prospect in the country. Combined, Cooper and Jackson have three state titles and one national title heading into their senior seasons. In addition, Tennessee (along with Baylor and Texas A&M) is in the running for Kalani Brown, the No. 11 prospect in the country.

U: UCLA. A year after signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, UCLA comes back strong with verbals from two top-20 prospects in Ashley Hearn and Kennedy Burke. Hearn is the No. 12 prospect in the country and a 6-3 forward from Sachse (Texas). Burke is a 6-foot wing and the No. 16 prospect in the nation.

V: Versyp, as in Sharon Versyp. The Boilermakers have seemingly secured the No. 1 class in the Big Ten. Versyp's four-player class features three Top-100 prospects from inside Indiana's borders. Leading the way is Dominique McBryde, a 6-1 forward and the No. 28 prospect in the country. Purdue also has landed Tiara Murphy, the No. 30 prospect; and Lamina Cooper, the No. 44 prospect.

W: Wildcats. All four of Kentucky's verbal commits are ranked in the Top 100 of the 2015 class. Batouly Camara, a 6-2 post, leads the way at No. 46. Coach Matthew Mitchell also has pledges from No. 58 Taylor Murray, No. 62 Maci Morris and No. 97 Morgan Rich.

X: X Factors. The top undeclared American prospects heading into the early signing period are No. 11 Kalani Brown, No. 42 Beatrice Mompremier and No. 49 Teaira McCowan. Brown, the daughter of former NBA star P.J. Brown, is expected to announce her decision Friday. She's narrowed her choices down to Baylor, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Mompremier and McCowan teamed up to strike gold with Team USA over the summer at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. All three of these undeclared stars could make a big impact on the final class rankings, not to mention their programs of choice.

Y: Yori, as in Connie. The Cornhuskers are celebrating another star-studded class and didn't spend a whole lot of time on the road to do it. With two in-state prospects -- No. 3 Jessica Shepard and three-star prospect Maddie Simon -- and two from neighboring Kansas -- No. 82 Lanie Page and three-star prospect Rachel Blackburn -- the Huskers' class should be feeling right at home in Lincoln.

Z: Zero. It's safe to say there have been brighter recruiting days in the Sunshine State. To date, the Florida Gators have zero Top-100 prospects in their 2015 class. Ditto for Florida State. The Hurricanes, in fact, are the only team of the Big Three with a verbal at all, and that allows us to leave you with another Z. Zada Williams, a three-star, 6-1 forward, has given a verbal to Miami.