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Friday, May 24
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Davis to Rutgers; White gets release from DePaul

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 forward Cortez Davis of Washington, D.C./Bridgton Academy, Maine/Laurinburg Institute, N.C., has signed with Rutgers.

Davis, who first committed to Maryland and then Memphis, averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds last season. 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.

Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., received his requested release from DePaul following the coaching change. He is considering Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Miami (Fla.), UConn, Houston and Indiana.

Forward DeMarshay Johnson of Oakland, Calif./Creedmoor-Christian Faith Center, N.C., signed with Oregon State over interest from TCU.

Although the spring scholarship period ended on May 15, colleges may now sign athletes to letters of agreement.

Top Available Players:
Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., who received his requested release from DePaul following the coaching change. 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. Center Ryan Hollins of Pasadena-John Muir, Calif., has received his requested release from Saint Louis and is expected to sign with Washington or UCLA. 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. Sophomore guard Wesley Stokes of Long Beach-Poly, Calif., is transferring from Missouri. Starting sophomore forward Odartey Blankson of Country Club Hills-Hillcrest, Ill., is transferring from Marquette. Sophomore guard Adam Boone of Minneapolis-Minnetonka, Minn., is transferring from North Carolina. Guard Antonio Lawrence of Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial, Calif.

NBA 2002 Draft: Five high school/prep school prospects have chosen to enter the draft: Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington; forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Missouri, but did not qualify.

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 2003: Check out the early list of Prospects/Commitments. Players will be added and updated daily throughout the season.

Class 2002 Rankings: Duke leads the 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).

Class 2002 Top 100: Ninety-five prospects verballed or signed from the Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (5): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA), forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill. (decommitted from DePaul); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (1): Forward Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Cali., (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).

Basketball Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003 Men: Prospects/Commitments.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Commitments/Signings.
----Top 100: Prospects/Commitments/Signings.
----Class Rankings: Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 Women: Database/Commitments/Signings.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Class Rankings/Women: Database.


Class 2003:
Seach the early list of over 2230 Prospects/Commitments/By Conference. Players will be added and updated daily.

"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri, Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia.
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.

Top News:
Breaking fast in the recruiting war, Arkansas has its eighth commitment in defensive lineman Marcus Harrison of Little Rock-Mills, Ark. The Razorbacks recently added running back Farod Jackson of Little Rock-Mills, Ark., over offers from Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech; linebacker Rodney Giles of Hot Springs, Ark., over interest from Purdue, Auburn, Oklahoma State, LSU, Mississippi, Air Force and Army; receiver/defensive back Herb Grigsby of Mayflower, Ark., over interest from Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon and Mississippi; 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.

Wyoming signed junior college All-American offensive lineman Jon Hawk of Denver-Mullen, Colo./Garden City CC, Kan., who chose Oklahoma as a prep.

Class 2002 Commitments/Signings: School/Conference Lists.
Class 2002 Rankings: Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 Top 150 Prospects: List.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.

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