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Tuesday, October 22
Boone commits to UConn

By Bill Hodge

Outstanding forward/center Josh Boone of Sykesville-South Carroll, Md/Colora-West Nottingham Academy, Md., is headed to UConn over Georgetown, Kansas, Virginia and Rutgers.

LaKeith Blanks, a Top 100 guard-forward from Laurinburg Institute, NC., has committed to Texas A&M over interest from George Washington, Temple and Memphis.

Top 100 junior college center prospect Yankuba Camara of Gambia, West Africa/Chester, Pa/Southern Idaho CC, Idaho/Liberty/Moberly CC, Mo., has chosen Miami-Florida. Camara, who originally signed with Fordham as a prep, also drew interest from Oklahoma State and UNLV.

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

More Basketball News:
Guard Demetric Bennett of Albany-Monroe, Ga., and forward Devon Pearson of Miami-Northwestern, Fla., committed to SMU.

Forward Shawn Hawkins of Pittsburgh-Schenley, Pa/Columbus State CC, Ohio, picked Long Beach State. He is the grandson of basketball legend Connie Hawkins.

Forward Sekou Lewis of Cleveland, Ohio/Brandenton-The Pendleton School (IMG), Fla., has committed to American.

Guard Torrell Martin of West Columbia-Airport, SC., chose Winthrop.

Louisiana-Lafayette gained guard Kevin Bell of Los Angeles-Fairfax, Cal.

Boston University has a commitment from forward Douglas McLaughin of Reston-South Lakes, Va.

Drexel has a verbal from guard Bashir Mason of Newark-St. Benedict's, NJ.

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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