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Tuesday, April 15
Updated: April 16, 10:36 AM ET
Highly-ranked 2004 guard Afflalo selects UCLA

By Bill Hodge

One of the nation's top guards in Class 2004, Arron Afflalo of Compton-Centennial, Cal., has committed to the UCLA Bruins and new coach Ben Howland. Among others recruiting Afflalo were Kansas, Oregon, Stanford, Louisville, Syracuse, Arizona State, Arizona, Missouri, DePaul and UConn.

Class 2003 guard Ian Young of Orlando-Lake Howell, Fla/Indian River CC, Fla/Des Moines Area CC, Ia., pledged to Auburn over New Mexico, Virginia Tech, Mississippi and Louisiana Tech.

Georgia and new coach Dennis Felton have released two Class 2003 signees, including Top 100 forward Mohamed Abukar of Escondido-Rancho Bernardo, Cal; and guard Jordan Howell of Madison, Ala.

Class 2003 center Shagari Alleyne, a Top 100 prospect from New York-Rice, NY., has decommitted from Rutgers. He is considering Kentucky, among others.

Bowling Green has a verbal from Class 2003 guard Austin Montgomery of Indianapolis-Perry Meridian, Ind.

Robert Morris has a verbal from Class 2003 guard Christopher Gooden of Eastfield CC, Tex.

Abdi Lidonde, a Class 2003 guard from Barrington-St. Andrew's, RI., pledged to Old Dominion over offers from George Mason, Manhattan and William & Mary.

New Mexico has a verbal from Class 2003 forward Alfred Neale of Muskogee, Okla/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Among others showing interest were Wisconsin, Nebraskas, UTEP and Oral Roberts.

Sophmore forward Jamaal Williams of Corona-Centennial, Cal., is transfering from New Mexico to Washington.

Starting sophomore guard Jason Fontenet of Phoenix-St. Mary's, Ariz., is transfering from New Mexico State to Oregon State. The Beavers also pledged Class 2003 guard Angelo Tsagarakis of France/Petaluma-Casa Grande, Cal.

Class 2004 forward Alex Thompson of Ames, Ia., has pledged to the Iowa Hawkeyes over interest in Kansas, Wisconsin, Kansas State and Nebraska. He averaged 15.5 points last season. Forward J.R. Angle of Trafalgar-Indiana Creek, Ind., who committed to Iowa as a sophomore, averaged 24.6 points as a junior this past season.

Class 2003 center Yankuba Camara of Moberly CC, Mo., has been released from his signed letter by Miami-Florida.

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Class 2003:

Over 780 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).

*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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