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Wednesday, October 16
Walters commits to Wildcats

By Bill Hodge

Promising forward Kirk Walters of Grand Rapids-South Christian, Mich., has committed to the Arizona Wildcats.

Arizona recently gained verbals from Top 100 guard Mustafa Shakur of Wynnewood-Friends Central, Pa., over North Carolina State; and the nation's top power forward prospect, Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., over Duke, Texas and Houston.

Louisville, Maryland, Kansas, Arizona and Memphis lead the Early 2003 Top Classes.

More Basketball News:
Guard Wesley Washington of Santa Ana-Mater Dei, Cal., who originally chose California, has firmly committed to Minnesota, according to his prep coach Gary McKnight. Washington earlier gave a tenative verbal to the Gophers.

Houston has commitments from Top 100 junior college forward/center Darrius Brannon of Port Arthur, Tex/Lee CC, Tex., and center Elijah Miller of Cleveland-Heritage Christian, Tex.

UNLV has a commitment from Top 100 junior college forward/center Chris Adams of San Francisco-Mission, Cal/CC of San Francisco, Cal., over Fresno State.

Center Liam Hughes of Modesto-Modesto Christian, Cal., and forward Kyle Jeffers of Santa Rosa-Montgomery, Cal., committed to the Oregon State Beavers.

South Carolina has a commitment from guard Tre Kelly of Washington, DC-Dunbar, who averaged 29.5 points as a junior. He also considered Kent State and West Virginia.

Long Island has a commitment from guard James Williams of DeSoto, Tex.

Guard Nick Grant of Fairfax-Paul VI, Va., committed to Drake.

Forward Anthony Brown of Sacramento-Kennedy, Cal., picked San Jose State.

Washington State has a commitment from Top 100 junior college center Justin Garcia of Mira Loma-Jurupa Valley, Cal/Northern Arizona/San Bernardino CC, Cal.

Idaho added forward Anton Lyons of Vallejo, Cal/Santa Rosa CC, Cal., over Pacific and Southern Utah.

Hawaii pledged forward Jeff Blackett of Salt Lake CC, Utah, over interest from Creighton, UTEP, Weber State and Pacific.

Class 2003:
*Search the list of Prospects/Commitments.
*Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
*Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Check out the Early Top Classes.
*Check out the Early Top 100 JC Prospects.
*Early Top 100 JC Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*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).

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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