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Thursday, July 25
Updated: July 29, 12:22 PM ET
Powe to Cal; Clarke to Miami

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 forward Leon Powe of Oakland-Tech, Calif., has committed to California over Kansas, Maryland and North Carolina. Among many others were Florida, Louisville, Texas, Duke, Kentucky and Arizona. Powe averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds as a junior.

Karron Clarke, a Top 100 forward from Brooklyn-Lincoln, N.Y./Winchendon School, Mass., committed to Miami (Fla.) over Cincinnati, Syracuse, Illinois, Texas and Pittsburgh, among many others.

The Florida Gators have signed guard Christian Drejer of Copenhagen-SISU, Denmark, for this fall. He averaged 31.6 points as a senior. The Gators recently gained commitments from Top 100 guard Ryan Appleby of Stanwood, Wash., over interest from Stanford, Missouri, North Carolina State, California, Gonzaga, New Mexico and Oregon, among others; and touted guard Lee Humphrey of Maryville, Tenn., over Marquette, NC-Wilimington, Richmond, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Stanford.

Promising center Grant Billmeier of Elizabeth-St. Patrick, N.J., committed to Seton Hall over Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Villanova and Rutgers, among many others.

Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).

Class 2003:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make a major impact: Super Prospects.

Class 2002:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

Ninety-six prospects 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, not drafted); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA, first round to Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).

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).

The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect during the 2002 draft: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. Sending a message to inexperienced hopefuls, the NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects: forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine. Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, earlier withdrew his name from the draft. Seven junior college players who entered the draft were not chosen: forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala.; 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.; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; and forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif. Last season, five of the six high school players who declared for the draft were selected, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. None made an impact during their rookie season.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
CollegeSports: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Women: Database.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Top Classes/Women: Database.


Top News:
Big Ten:
Michigan State has a commitment from linebacker Kaleb Thornhill of Lansing-Eastern, Mich.

Big 12:
Kansas State has added junior college All-American defensive back James McGill of Bakersfield CC, Calif., for this fall. McGill had signed with Illinois, but was not admitted.

Nebraska pledged receiver/defensive back Andy Birkel of Lincoln-Southeast, Neb., over interest in Kansas State and Iowa.

Duke has a commitment from linebacker/defensive back Corey Sobel of Hyattsville-DeMatha, Md., over an offer from UConn.

Vanderbilt pledged defensive lineman Greg Jacobs of Midlothian/Fork Union MA, Va., over interest from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, UConn and Virginia.

Kentucky has its third commitment in linebacker Joe Schuler of Evansville-Central, Ind.

Conference USA:
East Carolina has a pledge from offensive lineman Matthew Brim of Belews Creek-Carver, N.C., over interest from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Pirates recently gained offensive lineman Virgil Black of Lexington, N.C.; running back Robert Tillman of Rowland-South Robeson, N.C.; and receiver Brian Howard of Clinton, N.C.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference.
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make a major impact: Super Prospects.

Football Commitments/Signings:
CollegeSports: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Top Classes.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Top Classes.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Top Classes.
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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