The letters, phone calls, home visits, and unofficial visits are, for the most part, done.
The final phase of the recruiting process begins later this week for Lauren Cox when the top recruit in the Class of 2016 takes the first of her five scheduled official visits. First stop -- South Bend, Indiana, and the University of Notre Dame.
"I want to get to know the coaches and their players better and the visits will help me do that," Cox said. "I'm going to learn more about each school and what they have to offer. I'm looking forward to them."
The 6-foot-4 center from Flower Mound, Texas, will head to Notre Dame on Friday. A week later, she'll travel to Tennessee and the weekend of Sept. 25 will be spent at Louisville.
Her visit to UConn is the weekend of Oct. 16, which coincides with UConn's annual First Night program. Her final journey will be a road trip the next week for Baylor's Homecoming Weekend.
"I'm going to watch the coaches and players and see how they get along on and off the court," Cox said. "Obviously, I want to play on a good team. But a big thing for me and what I want to find out is where I feel the most comfortable."
Cox will find some familiar faces just from her time on the USA Basketball circuit at four of her five stops. Among her national team teammates from the past three summers are Notre Dame freshmen Arike Ogunbowale and Ali Patberg, Louisville sophomore Mariya Moore and freshman Asia Durr, UConn freshmen De'Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier, and Katie Lou Samuelson, along with Huskies' Class of 2016 commit Crystal Dangerfield, and Baylor freshman Kalani Brown.
As far as playing for a good team, her five finalists have combined for 18 of the last 21 national championships: UConn (10), Tennessee (5), Baylor (2), Notre Dame (1).
She has made unofficial visits to Baylor, Louisville, and Notre Dame. UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Tennessee coach Holly Warlick made home visits with her on back-to-back days last March, which intrigued her enough to keep them on her list.
"They're both schools that have a lot of national championships and plenty of history and tradition," Cox said.
As a junior at Flower Mound High, Cox was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Texas as she averaged 21.7 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 5.2 blocked shots. In state tournament play, she had six straight double-doubles including a pair of triple-doubles as Flower Mound reached the state semifinals for the first time.
This summer, the 17-year-old was a member of the United States national team that competed in the FIBA U-19 world championships in Chekhov, Russia. She averaged 4.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots in 13.2 minutes off the bench as Team USA won the gold medal.
"I was so excited to be on that U-16 team two years ago," Cox said. "Then to get on the U-17 team last year and the U-19 team this summer ... It's just been an unbelievable feeling and I'm glad I could be a part of it."
It was her third gold medal in three summers, having also won with the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 and the 2014 U-17 world championships team. The last player to pull off that triple was UConn's Breanna Stewart (2009-11).
She, Dangerfield, and Maryland commit Destiny Slocum -- who replaced Samuelson on the roster -- were the only players born in 1998 on the U-19 team.
"I knew that it would be hard going into it," Cox said. "I was going to be competing against players with college experience and some of the overseas players would have experience with professional teams. It was definitely a different game for me. I thought I played well and I was just trying to contribute what I could. I think that through it all I learned a lot and I think because of that I've become a better player. I know now that I have to get stronger and get used to playing at a faster pace."
Classes at Flower Mound High started a week ago and Cox's volleyball season is also underway.
"It's amazing how fast three years have flown by," Cox said. "But I'm excited for my senior year."
UConn has three oral commitments from the Class of 2016: Dangerfield (5-5 guard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Kyla Irwin (6-2 forward, State College, Pennsylvania), and Molly Bent (5-9 guard, Centerville, Massachusetts). Irwin will take her official visit the same Oct. 16 weekend as Cox. Bent and Dangerfield have not finalized their visits.