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Wednesday, April 16
Frogs, Tigers, Hokies and Rebels nab commits

By Bill Hodge

Femi Ibikunle, a Class 2003 center/forward from New Hampton School, NH., has picked TCU over Iowa State, Marquette and Oklahoma State.

Class 2003 forward Quinnel Brown of Chicago-Morgan Park, Ill/Wabash CC, Ill., chose Auburn over Creighton and Ball State. The Tigers recently gained Class 2003 guard Ian Young of Orlando-Lake Howell, Fla/Indian River CC, Fla/Des Moines Area CC, Ia., over New Mexico, Virginia Tech, Mississippi and Louisiana Tech.

Zabian Dowdell, a Class 2003 guard from Pahokee, Fla., picked Virginia Tech and new coach Seth Greenberg over South Florida, Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic and East Carolina.

Mississippi pledged Class 2003 forward Marvin Moore of Southern Union CC, Ala.

Virginia sophomore guard Jermaine Harper of Gardena, Cal/Blue Ridge School, Va., is expected to transfer to College of Charleston.

Southern Illinois gained a verbal from Class 2003 forward Lamar Owen of Owensboro, Kty/Southeastern Illinois CC, Ill.

Southwest Missouri State pledged Class 2003 guard Anthony Shavies of Chabot CC, Cal.

Creighton pledged Class 2003 guard Pierce Hibma of Pella, Ia., over interest from Drake, Richmond, Northern Iowa, Furman and Indiana State.

Class 2003 guard Rich Baker of Rockville-Montrose Christian, Md., has chosen Hartford.

J.R. Pinnock, a Class 2003 guard from Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va., has reportedly picked George Washington. He had decommitted from Wichita State.

Pacific pledged Class 2003 forward Guillaume Yango of West Indies/Southern Idaho CC, Idaho.

Detroit gained a verbal from Class 2003 forward Torvoris Baker of Detroit-Cooley, Mich/Eastern Michigan/Schoolcraft CC, Mich.

Weber State pledged Class 2003 guard Ryan Davis of Southern Idaho CC, Idaho.

Central Florida gained Class 2003 guard Gary Johnson of Schoolcraft CC, Mich.

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Class 2003:

Over 795 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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