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Friday, October 4
Wafer will hoop for the Seminoles

By Bill Hodge

The Florida State Seminoles and Coach Leonard Hamilton have a commitment from one of the nation's top basketball prospects in forward/guard Vakeaton (Von) Wafer of Cleveland-Heritage Christian, Tex.

Wafer also considered Arkansas, Indiana, Texas and Charlotte, among many others. The Seminoles recently gained touted forward/center Diego Romero of Argentina/Lon Morris College, Tex., over Indiana, Texas Tech and Kentucky.

Memphis, Mississippi State, California, Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Illinois and Oklahoma lead the Early Top Classes.

Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitmen ts/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.

More Basketball News:
Iowa State has a pledge from forward/guard Justin Holt of Tacoma-Lincoln, Wash/Tacoma CC, Wash. Holt, who averaged 22 points as a prep senior, signed with Oregon State in Class 2002, but requested a scholarship release following a coaching change. The Cyclones recently gained a commitment from guard Curtis Stinson of Bronx-Regional, NY/Winchendon School, Mass., over Drexel.

Center/forward Leonard Harden of Detroit-Ferndale, Mich/Garden City CC, Kan., committed to Miami-Florida over UNLV, Pittsburgh, Auburn and Texas A&M. He originally signed with Duquesne as a prep.

Guard Spencer Laurie of Springfield-Kickapoo, Mo., has chosen Missouri over Minnesota, North Carolina State and Southwest Missouri State.

Top 100 guard Mustafa Shakur of Wynnewood-Friends Central, Pa., is expected to chose between Arizona and North Carolina State on Tuesday (Oct. 8).

Forward Omari Westley of East Cleveland-Shaw, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC, Ill/Barton County CC, Kan., has enrolled at Cleveland State and will sit out the current season to work on academics.

Forward Michael Rembert of Chicago-St. Rita, Ill., has verballed to Bradley over Southern Illinois and Chicago-Loyola. The Braves recently gained forward Marcellus Sommerville of Peoria-Central, Ill/Iowa/Iowa Western CC, Ia., who redshirted as a freshman at Iowa last season; and guard J.J. Tauai of Verona, Mo.

Mount St. Mary's has a pledge from guard Mychal Kearse of Charlotte-Providence Day, NC.

Middle Tennessee State has pledges from guard Bryan Smithson of Kennesaw-North Cobb, Ga; guard Ben Britt of Chattanooga-Red Bank, Tenn; and forward Kenyona Swader of Smyma, Tenn.

Chattanooga has commitments from guard Casey Long of Fayetteville-Seventy-First, NC., and forward Matt Malone of Greenville, Tenn.

Class 2003:
Search the list of Senior Prospects/Commitments.
Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitmen ts.
More players projected to make an impact:
Super Prospects.
Memphis, Mississippi State, California, Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Illinois and Oklahoma lead the Early Top Classes.
Basketball Signing Periods: Early: Nov. 13-20; Regular: Apr. 16-May 15.

Class 2004:
Search the early list of Junior Prospects/Commitments.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: 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.
*McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000
*USA Men's Junior National Team.
*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. The NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects and seven JC players (List).


Top News:
Kentucky has pledged running back/tight end Dominic Lewis of Elizabethtown-John Hardin, Kty.

Receiver Chris Baker of Osceola, Ark/Hargrave MA, Va., has committed to Arkansas. Baker, a Top 150 prospect in Class 2002, originally signed with the Razorbacks as a prep.

Defensive back Fred Bennett of Manning, SC/Hargrave MA, Va., committed to South Carolina. He originally signed with the Gamecocks in Class 2002 as a prep.

Class 2003:
Seach the list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference.
Post-Summer list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments .
More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
Football Signing Periods: Early: (midyear JC transfers) Dec. 18-Jan 15; Regular: Feb. 5-Apr. 1.

N.D./Big Ten Verbals: ND, Ill, Ind, Iowa, Mich, Mich St, Minn, NW, Ohio St, Penn St, Purdue, Wis.

Big 12 Verbals: Baylor, Colo, Iowa St, Kan, Kan St, Mo, Neb, Okla, Okla St, Tex, Tex A&M, Tex Tech.

SEC Verbals: Ala, Ark, Aub, Fla, Ga, Kty, LSU, Miss, Miss St, SoCarol, Tenn, Van.

ACC Verbals: FSU, NC State, Md, GT, Clemson, Va, NC, WF, Duke.

Big East Verbals: Miami, VT, BC, Syr, Pitt, WVa, Temple, Rutgers.

Pac-10 Verbals: Arizona, ASU, Cal, Oregon, Ore State, Stan, USC, UCLA, Wash, Wash State.

Football Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: 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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