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Polk CC guard selects the Huskers

By Bill Hodge

Class 2003 guard Marcus Neal of Annapolis, Md/Polk CC, Fla., pledged to Nebraska over Baylor, East Carolina, South Florida, and Florida International. He averaged 20.2 points and was named the Sun Coast Conference player of the year. Sophomore center Dan Heimos of Waterloo-Gibault, Ill., and freshman center Roy Enright of Omaha-Burke, Neb., asked for their releases from the Huskers.

Oregon State has signed Class 2003 forward Jim Hanchett of Peachtree City-McIntosh, Ga/Utah Valley CC, Utah, who averaged 15.4 points this past season. Sophomore guard Floyd North of San Diego-St. Augustine, Cal., is transferring from OSU.

Class 2003 forward Brandon Hayes of Port Arthur-Jefferson, Tex/Texas Tech/Lee CC, Tex., committed to Southern Mississippi.

Manhattan has a pledge from Class 2003 forward Obidiah Toppin of Brooklyn, NY/Globe Tech, NY.

St. Peter's has a pledge from Class 2003 forward Mark Curry of West Orange, NJ/Delware/Globe Tech, NY.

Class 2003 forward/center Hans Gasser of Issaquah, Wash., who averaged 21.6 points and 9.2 rebounds this season, committed to Washington over Eastern Washington.

Martin Osimani, a Class 2003 guard from Montevideo, Uruguay/Miami-Champagnat Catholic, Fla/Utah/Miami-Dade CC, Fla., has committed to Duquesne over interest from Texas A&M, UNC-Ashville, South Florida, Ball State, Rutgers and Nebraska.

Class 2003 forward Blake Schilb of Rantoul, Ill/Brewster Academy, NH., pledged to Loyola-Chicago. Among others were Bradley, Manhattan, Charleston, Toledo and USC.

Long Beach State has a pledge from Class 2003 guard Kevin Houston of San Bernardino-San Gorgonio, Cal.

Boise State gained Class 2003 guard Eric Lane of Bellflower-St. John Bosco, Cal.

UC-Irvine has a pledge from Class 2003 forward Mark Hill of Las Vegas-Gorman, Nev.

Enrico Tucker, a Class 2004 guard from San Diego-University, Cal., decommitted from San Diego.

Class 2003 forward Josh Love of Seattle-Rainier Beach, Wash., pledged to Eastern Washington.

2003 McDonald's All-American Game
LeBron James scored 27 points in leading the East over the West, 122-107, in the 26th annual McDonald's All-American high school basketball game in Cleveland, Ohio. James received a standing ovation as he received the MVP trophy from former UCLA coach John Wooden before a record crowd of 18,728 at Gund Arena. McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000.

Over 720 Class 2003 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 2003, 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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