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Friday, February 14
Bass heading to Baton Rouge

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 forward Brandon Bass of Baton Rouge-Capitol, La., has chosen the LSU Tigers over Mississippi State and UConn. Among many others were Kentucky, Southern California and Cincinnati.

Guard Mike O'Donnell of Largo, Fla., has pledged to North Carolina State. He earlier decommitted from Florida.

Class 2004 guard Charlie Jones of Katy-Cinco Ranch, Tex., committed to Colorado State.

Class 2004 guard Aking Elting of Elizabethtown, NC/Southern Idaho CC, Idaho, selected DePaul over Uah and Fresno State.

Terrence Farley, a Class 2004 center from Louisville-Pleasure Ridge Park, Kty., committed to Louisville.

Touted Class 2004 guard Joe Crawford of Detroit-Renaissance, Mich., committed to Michigan over Missouri, Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Notre Dame, Kentucky and UConn, among others.

Class 2004 guard Toney Douglas of Jonesboro, Ga., committed to Auburn.

Guard Jay Jackson of Monroe-Quachita, La., has chosen Texas Tech over Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayete, and SMU.

LaSalle pledged forward Mbainai Narmbaye of Chad/Burlington Life Center, NJ.

Class 2004 forward/center David Ellis of Sacramento-Capital Christian, Cal., decommitted from California.

Over 695 prospects have made commitments or signed scholarship papers. Signings and commitments by conferences. The early period ran Nov. 13-20 and the late period is Apr. 16-May 15.

Arizona, Duke, Maryland, Illinois and Kansas lead the Early 2003 Top Classes.

Remaining uncommitted Top 100 Prospects (4): C-James Lang (decomitted Louisville/possible NBA); C-Darryl Watkins; F-Linas Kleiza; G/F-LeBron James (probable NBA). Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (5): C-Shagari Alleyne (Rutgers); C-Jackie Butler (Mississippi State); C-Lamont Hamilton (St. John's); F-Marquis Kately (California); F-Charlie Villanueva (Illinois/possible NBA).

Class 2003:
*Search the list of Prospects/Commitments.
*Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitmen ts/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/Top Classes/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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