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Top 100 forward commits to Mississippi State

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 forward Charles Rhodes, a Class 2004 prospect from Jackson-Lanier, Miss., has committed to Mississippi State over interest in Alabama, Arkansas, UConn and Oklahoma, among others.

Class 2004 guard Brent Hackett of Fort Worth-Southwest, Tex., has committed to TCU. He averaged 26.5 points as a junior.

Class 2004 guard Curtis Allen of Palos Verdes-Rolling Hills Prep, Cal., who recently decommitted from the USC Trojans, has drawn interest from California, Oklahoma State, Washington, Louisville, Marquette, Syracuse and Arizona State.

Loyola Marymount has signed two Class 2003 prospects, including forward Matthew Knight of Burnie, Tasmania, Australia; and guard Damian Martin of Gloucester, NSW, Australia.

Saint Mary's has signed Class 2003 guard E.J. Rowland of Hartnell CC, Cal.

Three St. John's players have made transfer decisions, including sophomore forward Eric King of Brooklyn-Lincoln, NY., who started 35 games over two seasons for St. John's, to Tennessee State; freshman guard/forward Tim Doyle of Merrick-St. Dominic's, NY., to Northwestern and sophomore guard Tristan Smith of Amityville, NY., to St. Francis-NY.

Sophomore center Simplice Njoya of Cameroon/Dobbs Ferry-The Masters School, NY., has transfered from Duquesne to Memphis.

Bucknell has added four Class 2003 prospects, including forward John Clark of Tulsa-Cascia Prep, Okla; forward Donald Brown of Central Islip-St. John Baptist, NY/Oakdale-St. Thomas More, Conn; center Chris McNaughton of Leuterhauseon, Germany; and guard Ibrahim Badmus of Niles-Notre Dame School for Boys, Ill.

Top 100 forward Kris Humphries, a Class 2003 prospect from Minnetonka-Hopkins, Minn., who received a release from his signed letter to Duke, has met with Minnesota coach Dan Monson and visited both Indiana and Iowa State. Humphries, who has made an appeal to gain eligibility for next season following his release, averaged 25.5 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and 2.5 blocks as a senior. Humphries was named Mr. Basketball in Minnesota and to the Parade and McDonald's All American teams.

Florida State leads the 2003 Top Classes. Due to late signings and entries in the NBA Draft, final rankings will be determined in late June.

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 1100 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 Late Signing Period 2003 Top Classes. Final rankings in late June.

Remaining uncommitted Top 100 Prospects (1): F-Kris Humphries (released by Duke).
Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (3): C-Jackie Butler (Miss State, not qualified); F-Marquis Kately (Cal, not qualified); F-Charlie Villanueva (UConn/NBA).

*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 (committed to UConn).
*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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