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Top 100 forward commits to Longhorns

By Bill Hodge

Giving the Longhorns a tremendous Class 2004 with four Top 100 prospects, forward Mike Williams of Camden-Central Wilcox, Ala., has chosen Texas over Florida and Alabama. He averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds as a junior.

Texas earlier gained Top 100 pledges from center/forward LaMarcus Aldridge of Dallas-Seagoville, Tex; guard Daniel Gibson of Houston-Jones, Tex; and forward Dion Dowell of Texas City, Tex. Also headed for the Horns is forward Connor Atchley of Houston-Clear Lake, Tex.

Top 100 forward/guard Robert Vaden, a Class 2004 prospect from Indianapolis-Pike, Ind., has committed to the Indiana Hoosiers and coach Mike Davis. Vaden, who recently decommitted from Purdue, averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in helping Pike to a 29-0 record and the 4A state championship.

Top 100 forward Kris Humphries, a Class 2003 prospect from Minnetonka-Hopkins, Minn., who received a qualified release from his signed letter to Duke, is considering Minnesota (expected), Indiana, Iowa State and Kansas. Humphries averaged 25.5 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and 2.5 blocks as a senior. He was named Mr. Basketball in Minnesota and to the Parade and McDonald's All American teams.

UNLV signed Class 2003 guard Jerel Blassingame of Brooklyn, NY/Los Angeles CC, Cal. The Rebels also gained a Class 2004 commitment from forward Wilbur Williams of Los Angeles CC, Cal.

Northern Arizona signed Class 2003 center Joakim Kjellbom of Hedbergska, Sweden/Irvine Valley CC, Cal.

Class 2003 guard DeShawn Anderson of Fresno-Washington, Cal/Fresno City CC, Cal., will walk-on at Portland State.

Class 2004:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.
Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
Early Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.

Class 2003:

Over 1080 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 was Apr. 16-May 15. Although the period for signing letters-of-intent which binds both parties has ended, players may still sign letters-of-agreement, which binds the school and not the athlete.

Florida State leads the Post-Late Signing Period 2003 Top Classes. Final rankings in July.

Remaining uncommitted Top 100 Prospects (2): F-Kris Humphries (released by Duke); F-Linas Kleiza.
Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (2): C-Jackie Butler (Miss State, not qualified); F-Marquis Kately (Cal, not qualified)

*Search the list of Prospects/Commitments.
*Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
*Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Check out the Top Classes.
*Check out the Top 100 JC Prospects.
*Top 100 JC Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*Basketball Signing Periods: Early: Nov. 13-20; Regular: Apr. 16-May 15.

2003 NBA Draft: (May 12-early deadline; June 19-last withdraw; June 26-Draft Day)
High School/Prep School entries (6). Prospects may withdraw if they do not sign with an agent:
*Top 100 forward LeBron James of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio (has agent, uncommitted).
*Top 100 center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex (signed with Memphis).
*Top 100 forward Charlie Villanueva of Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ (decommitted from Illinois).
*Top 100 center James Lang of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala (decommitted from Louisville).
*Top 100 forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex (signed with Arizona).
*Top 100 forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss (signed with Mississippi State).
JC entries (4). Prospects may withdraw if they do not sign with an agent:
*JC guard Lamar Castile of Beaver County CC, Pa.
*JC forward Zac Fray of Santa Ana CC, Cal.
*JC forward Richard Jeter of Atlanta Metroplitan CC, Ga.
*JC center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho CC, Idaho.

2002 NBA Draft:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect: 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).

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. McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000.

2003 Parade All-America Boys Basketball Team
LeBron James heads roster.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
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.

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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