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An A-To-Z Guide To A Signature Week In Women's Basketball Recruiting

If it's letters you want this week, it's letters you'll get.

The NCAA's early signing period opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 18. Before the future stars of women's basketball sign, seal or deliver their national letters of intent, we submit to you our own letters to prepare you for the week.

Here's our annual A-to-Z guide to signing week.

A: ACC. The Atlantic Coast Conference has flooded the Top 20 class rankings with five schools in the top 13: Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida State, NC State and North Carolina. The Pac-12 also scored five slots in the Top 20, with Oregon leading the way at No. 6, followed by Stanford, Arizona State, USC and Oregon State. The Big 12 goes 2-3 with Baylor and Texas and also claims TCU and Oklahoma among the 20 best. The Big Ten counters with the top class at Maryland, and Michigan State and Michigan also make the cut. The SEC (Vanderbilt), Atlantic 10 (Dayton) and American (UConn) have one each.

B: Brenda Frese. There's magic in the Maryland air this week because Frese has landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. Destiny Slocum, a 5-foot-7 point guard from Idaho and the No. 7 prospect in the class, is the headliner of a Terps haul of six players, including five ranked in the Top 100. Jenna Staiti, Kaila Charles, Blair Watson, Stephanie Jones and Sarah Myers round out a class that could very well be the best in Maryland history.

C: Crystal. As in Crystal Dangerfield, the gem of Connecticut's class. The 5-foot-6 electric point guard gave her verbal to Connecticut just over a year ago, and now Dangerfield is set to make it official. UConn is getting a true superstar in Dangerfield, the No. 3 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. She's the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee. She's led Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) to two straight state championships. And, she's won two gold medals with USA Basketball. Expect her to make an instant impact and help replace Moriah Jefferson at the Huskies' point.

D: Dayton. The Flyers are running with the big dogs on the recruiting trail. Coming off an Elite Eight appearance last year, coach Jim Jabir is reeling in a class that could keep Dayton among the elite for years to come. The three-player class features two Top 100 prospects. The headliner is Jenna Giacone, a 5-11 guard ranked 42nd in the nation. Jayla Scaife, a 5-11 wing, is ranked 64th. Three-star forward Jordan Wilmoth rounds out the class.

E: Erin. As in the excellent Erin Boley, one of two out-of-this-world prospects who is expected to sign with Notre Dame this week. Boley, already a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky out of powerhouse Elizabethtown, is a 6-2 forward with a sweet game and off-the-charts leadership qualities. She's listed as the No. 5 prospect in the class, but instead of listening to us pile on the superlatives, we'll turn it over to her AAU coach. "She will be a winner at whatever she does in life," David Tapley of Kentuky Premier said. "There are not a lot of people like Erin."

F: Florida State. The Seminoles check in with the No. 7 class in the nation. It all starts with Nicole Ekhomu, an ultra-athletic 5-9 guard from Joliet Catholic (Bolingbrook, Illinois), who gave a verbal to the Seminoles in September. Ekhomu is the No. 19 prospect in the nation. She's joined by two other Top 100 point guard prospects in A'Tyanna Gaulden, ranked 21st, and Nausia Woolfolk, ranked 53rd. The wild card in the class is Iho Lopez, a member of the U19 Spanish national team.

G: Gondrezick(s). Kysre Gondrezick announced last week that she would be signing a national letter of intent to Michigan. Her mother's first thought: "What am I going to wear?" You see, Kayla's big sister, Kalabrya, is a freshman at Michigan State. Kysre a 5-9 point guard, is the No. 70 prospect in the nation. Don't feel too bad for Michigan State, which is sitting pretty in 2016 with the No. 11 class in the nation.

H: Horned Frogs: You just know it's gotta be good when there's a player nicknamed "Sauce" in your class. Amber Ramirez, a 5-8 point guard and the No. 13 prospect in the country, just makes the court a more interesting place to be. TCU also has verbals from Kianna Ray, who occupies the 100th slot in the HoopGurlz Top 100, and three star-recruits Mikayla Christian and Danielle Rainey.

I: Ionescu. Sabrina Ionescu, the No. 4 prospect in the country, looks like she'll be sitting this one out. The 6-foot senior point guard from Miramonte (Orinda, California) has reportedly narrowed her list to Cal and Oregon but has yet to decide. The two-time USA Basketball gold medalist will be a huge addition to a TBD recruiting class. She averaged 23.0 points and 7.3 assists last season and is already the school's career leader in both categories.

J: Joyner. As in Joyner Holmes, the No. 2 prospect in the country, who is keeping her considerable skills in Texas and signing with the Longhorns. The explosive 6-3 star is listed as a forward, but she can play any position on the court. She's got jet speed, a high motor and big hops. Perhaps her parents knew it from the start. She is named after track legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

K: Kim Mulkey. The Baylor coach has landed the No. 2 class in the country with three elite Lone Star state prospects, including two who gave verbals down the stretch. Lauren Cox, a 6-4 forward from Flower Mound (Texas) and the No. 1 prospect, will become the first No. 1 prospect since Brittney Griner to sign with the Bears. She gave a verbal to Mulkey last month. Natalie Chou of Plano West (Texas), a 6-1 shooting guard ranked eighth in the nation, announced her decision to attend Baylor on Sunday. As if that weren't enough, Mulkey already had a verbal from No. 40 Calveion Landrum, a 5-10 point guard from La Vega (Waco, Texas).

L: Lauren Cox. Sure, you just read that she's the gem of Mulkey's Baylor class, but there is so much more you need to know. Cox is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas and she has won three gold medals with USA Basketball, most recently this past summer at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Russia. As a junior at Flower Mound, she averaged 21.7 points, 15.3 rebounds and 5.4 blocks per game. She also plays volleyball at Flower Mound but plans to focus on basketball at Baylor. All this while managing her Type 1 diabetes. Impressed yet?

M: Melanie Balcomb. Believe it or not, Balcomb and Vanderbilt are the only SEC school with a Top 20 class. No South Carolina. No Tennessee. No Texas A&M. Vandy's class, ranked 17th, is headlined by Chassity Carter, the No. 44 prospect who has the athleticism and leaping ability to stick with just about anyone. Erin Whalen, a 6-1 wing out of Providence Day (Charlotte, North Carolina) and the No. 45 prospect, also is poised to be a Commodore. Kayla Overbeck and Cierra Walker complete the class.

N: Nancy Mulkey. She stands 6-feet-9. She's got soft touch. Good footwork. And she's the gem of Oklahoma's class. The two-time USA Basketball gold medalist averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.7 blocks and led Cypress Woods (Texas) to its first state championship in program history in Class 6A, the highest classification in the state. Mulkey is joined in the Sooners' class by Chelsea Dungee, a 5-11 guard and the No. 60 prospect in the class.

O: Oregon. Both the Ducks and the Beavers have Top 20 classes. Oregon's six-player class, headlined by 6-3 forward Sierra Campisano, ranks sixth in the nation. She's got three Top 100 sidekicks in Ruthy Hebard, Mallory McGwire and Jayde Woods. The Beavers got a late boost when Mikayla Pivec, the No. 24 prospect in country, committed to Oregon State. She joined Top 100 prospects Katharine Tudor and Madison Washington.

P: Joanne P. McCallie. So it's a bit of a stretch for letter "P," but we had to get Duke in here somehow, some way. The Blue Devils, who are regularly at or near the top of the recruiting rankings, have a single commitment this time and are outside the Top 20. But their lone recruit is a keeper for sure. Leaonna Odom, a 6-1 wing at Chaminade Prep (Los Angeles) and the No. 9 prospect in the nation, is athletic, explosive and versatile. Just the kind of player you'd want for your one-hit wonder.

Q: Quiet. All told, there are 10 Top 100 prospects who have kept quiet (read: undeclared) heading into the early signing period. Ionescu (see "I" above) leads the list. Tori McCoy, a 6-4 forward ranked 10th, is still up in the air. She would be a huge addition to any class. No. 31 Jensen Caretti, one of the fastest risers in the class, is on the list of undeclared prospects for now, but she is expected to sign later this week.

R: Ruden, Richardson, Ryan, Russell. We're not sure if it was intentional or not, but Arizona State has four recruits that line up between "Q" and "S" when it's time to get in a single-file line. At No. 39, Jamie Ruden, a 6-1 post, has the highest ranking. Point guards Reili Richardson, ranked 46th and Robbi Ryan ranked 65th, also reside in the Top 100. Kiara Russell, meanwhile, is a three-star point guard. Sydney Goodson, also a three-star point guard, obviously needs to consider changing her name.

S: Suzy Merchant. The Michigan State coach is just waiting on the paperwork from the 11th-best class in the country. Mardrieka Cook, a 6-foot wing and the No. 37 prospect, is the top-ranked Spartan-to-be. She is joined by two other Top 100 prospects in Taryn McCutcheon, a tiny 5-3 point guard ranked 71st, and Nia Hollie, a 5-10 wing ranked 73rd.

T: Texas. The Longhorns have landed the top 1-2 punch in the class. Holmes (see "J" for Joyner) is ranked second in the nation, and Alecia Sutton, a 5-8 point guard out of Parkway North (St. Louis, Missouri) is ranked sixth. Add three-star wing Jada Underwood, and you've got the No. 3 class in the country.

U: USC. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and the Trojans check in with the No. 10 class. Valerie Higgins, a 6-1 wing and a Chaminade Prep teammate of the Duke-bound Odom, is the class' No. 16 prospect. Higgins is joined by fellow Top 100 prospect Ja'Tavia Tapley, a 6-2 wing. Minyon Moore, the sister of Louisville sophomore Mariya Moore and a speedy 5-7 point guard, also is headed the Trojans' way. Three-star post player Asiah Jones rounds out the class.

V: VanDerveer. To say Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has landed an interesting class would be an understatement. For starters, she's expecting a signature from Anna Wilson, a 5-8 guard, the No. 58 prospect in the country and a gold medalist with USA Basketball. She also is the sister of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. In addition, VanDerveer is awaiting a signature from DiJonai Carrington, the No. 34 prospect in the country, the daughter of former NFL star Darren Carrington. The highest-ranked prospect in the Cardinal class is Nadia Fingall, a 6-2 forward ranked 26th. Mikaela Brewer, a three-star prospect from Canada, rounds out the four-player class.

W: Wolverines. Michigan claims the final slot in the Top 20, giving the Big Ten bookends in the rankings. In addition to Gondrezick, the Wolverines also have a verbal commitment from Kayla Robbins, a 6-1 wing and the No. 93 prospect. Three-star prospects Akienreh Johnson and KeAsja Peace round out the class.

X: As in put an X on your calendar for April 13. That's when the NCAA's regular signing period opens.

Y: Young. As in Jackie Young. Earlier (way back at "E" for Erin Boley), we mentioned that Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame had landed two out-of-this-world recruits. Young is the second. The 5-11 guard is a scoring machine with a team-first mentality. She gave her verbal to Notre Dame last October. "I knew "Notre Dame was where I wanted to go all along," Young said. "I love the campus, and I believe the coaches can take me where I want to go."

Z: Zambrotta. As in Sydney Zambrotta, a left-handed scoring machine with New York swagger who is ranked 29th in the class and has given a verbal commitment to Louisville. The scary part for future Cardinals' opponents is that she's only the third-highest prospect in the nation's No. 5 class. Ciera Johnson, who learned all there is to know about winning at powerhouse Duncanville (Texas), is ranked 15th, and 6-4 post Kylee Shook is ranked 18th. Guard Jazmine Jones, ranked 55th, and three-star post Bionca Dunham complete the book on the Cards' class.