|Friday, May 24
Updated: May 25, 6:20 PM ET
Davis to Rutgers; White gets release from DePaul
By Bill Hodge
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.
Although the spring scholarship period ended on May 15, colleges may now sign athletes to letters of agreement.
Top Available Players:
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 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).
"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
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.