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Friday, April 25
Updated: April 28, 9:58 AM ET
Top center Alleyne's headed to Lexington

By Bill Hodge

Perhaps the tallest prospect to ever commit to the Wildcats, Top 100 center Shagari Alleyne of New York-Rice, NY., has pledged to Kentucky.

Alleyne (7-3), who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds as a senior, recently decommitted from Rutgers. He is the third Class 2003 player to choose the Wildcats, joining forwards Sheray Thomas of Upper Marlboro-Riverdale Baptist, Md., and Bobby Perry of Durham-Hillside, N.C., who signed during the early period last fall.

Texas Tech has signed three Class 2003 prospects, including guard Jay Jackson of Monroe, La; guard/forward Curtis Marshall of Florissant-McCluer, Mo/New Mexico Military Insitute, NM; and forward Joseph Works of San Antonio-Sam Houston, Tex/Garden City CC, Kan.

Toledo has signed Class 2003 forwards Keonta Howell of Jackson, Mich; and Florentino Valencia of Chicago-Crane, Ill.

Class 2003 forward Damion Staple of Kingston, Jamaica/Southeastern Illinois CC, Ill., has signed with Iowa State after decommitting from Western Kentucky. The Cyclones recently gained forward Reggie George of Palos Heights-Shepard, Ill/Fitchburg-Notre Dame Prep, Mass.

Eastern Illinois has signed Class 2003 forward Aaron Patterson of Indianapolis-Warren Central, Ind/Barton County CC, Kan/St. Catharine CC, Kty.

Robert Morris signed Class 2003 forward Mark Anderson of Topeka, Kan/Coffeyville CC, Kan.

New Orleans added Class 2003 center Jacque Pate of Oxon Hill, Md/Howard CC, Tex.

Class 2003 forward Kelvin Williams of Cedar Hill, Tex., chose Sam Houston State.

Class 2003 center Steve Castleberry of Dixie CC, Utah, picked Rider over Maine.

Marist has signed Class 2003 forward Ryan Stilphen of Cleveland-St. Ignatius, Ohio.

Class 2003:

Over 890 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 (5): C-Darryl Watkins; F-Linas Kleiza; G/F-LeBron James (probable NBA); C-James Lang (Decommitted Louisville/possible NBA). F-Mohamed Abukar (Released by Georgia).

Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (3): C-Jackie Butler (Mississippi State); 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.

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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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