|Tuesday, May 21
Carruth headed to OU, Davis to Rutgers
By Bill Hodge
Freshman guard Rashaad Carruth of College Park, Ga./Oak Hill Academy, Va., a former Top 100 prospect who averaged 5.5 points in 26 games for Kentucky last season, will transfer to Oklahoma. Carruth recently announced that he would leave the Wildcats.
Top 100 forward Cortez Davis of Washington, D.C./Bridgton Academy, Maine/Laurinburg Institute, N.C., who first committed to Maryland and then Memphis, is expected to sign with Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights recently gained a commitment from sophomore center Gabe Hughes of Carson-Bishop Montgomery, Calif./New Hampton Prep, N.H., who is transferring from California; and signed forward Harry Good of Roosevelt-Baldwin, N.Y./Maine Central Institute, Maine/Northwestern/Fresno CC, Calif.
Class 2003 forward Bobby Perry of Durham-Hillside, N.C., who averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, committed to Kentucky over Stanford and Wake Forest. UConn and South Carolina were also involved.
Fordham has signed guard Jermaine Anderson of Toronto, Canada-Eastern Commerce, who was once committed to Drake; forward Mani Messy of Cameroon/Ottawa, Canada/Newark-St. Benedict's Prep, N.J.; and guard Drew Williamson of Thornleigh, Australia.
Although the spring scholarship period ended on May 15, colleges may now sign athletes to letters of agreement.
Available players: Starting sophomore forward Shane Power of Crown Point, Ind., who is transferring from Iowa State, is considering Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Prep center Ryan Hollins of Pasadena-John Muir, Calif., received his requested release from Saint Louis and is expected to sign with Washington. Sophomore forward J.C. Mathis of Brooklyn-John F. Kennedy, N.Y., will transfer from Virginia. Freshman guard Duane John of Toronto, Ontario/Homestead-Berkshire Academy, Fla., was dismissed from Missouri.
NBA 2002 Draft:
Eight junior college players opted for the draft: Forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala., once signed with Alabama; guard Cordell Billups of Pierce CC, Wash.; forward/center Lee Benson of Brown Mackie CC, Kan.; center Rashid Hardwick of Eastern Oklahoma State CC, Okla.; Kei Madison of Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla., once linked to Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi State; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif., once signed with Missouri and later committed to Fresno State; and Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., once signed with Memphis.
Last season, six high school players declared for the draft, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. The 2002 draft will be held on June 26 and players without agents have until June 19 to withdraw. Stoudemire may be a late lottery pick, while Cooke and Collins are probable second-round choices. Roy and Rinkevicius are not expected to be drafted. Junior college prospects Woods and Benson may go in the first round.
Class 2002 Rankings: Duke leads the Early Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 McDonald's: Duke-bound J.J. Redick led the East past West, 138-107, in the 2002 McDonald's All American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000).
Ninety-six prospects have verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (4): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA). He averaged 30 points and 15 rebounds as a prep. Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA). He averaged 29.1 points, 15 rebounds and 6.1 blocks and was named Florida's Mr. Basketball. Forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA). He averaged 28 points and 18 rebounds in his career. Center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (2): Forwards: Cortez Davis of Washington, D.C./Bridgton Academy, Maine/Laurinburg Institute, N.C. (Probable Rutgers); Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Calif. (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).
Arkansas has pledged offensive lineman Nate Garner of Little Rock-Robinson, Ark.; and defensive lineman Keith Jackson Jr. of Little Rock-McClellan, Ark. Jackson's father, Keith Jackson Sr., was a standout tight end at Oklahoma and in the NFL. The Razorbacks recently gained 345-pound offensive lineman Kharylake Martin of Dayton, Texas, over Texas, Miami (Fla.) and Colorado, among many others.
Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting Page.