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Wednesday, June 25
Top Florida prospect commits to Gators

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 guard Taurean Green, a Class 2004 prospect from Bradenton-Pendleton IMG, Fla., has committed to the Florida Gators. He is the son of former UNLV star and current Florida International coach Sidney Green.

Wisconsin-Green Bay has a commitment from Class 2004 forward DaMarcus Bell of Racine-St. Catherine, Wis.

Class 2003 forward Jarvelle Scott of New Orleans-Abramson, La/Oak Hill MA, Va., is headed to Mississippi.

Stetson has signed Class 2003 forward Raphael Desroses of Paris, France/Central Florida CC/Garden City CC, Kan.

Class 2003 guard Luke Dobbins of Tahlequah, Okla/Southwest Missouri State/Northeastern Oklahoma CC, Okla., will walk-on at Tulsa.

St. Bonaventure has signed Class 2003 forward Andy Smith of Littlehampton, England/Henderson/Kerr-Vance Academy, NC.

Leaders among California schools for men's college basketball home attendance during 2002-03, according to the NCAA: Cal 10,473, Fresno State 9,812, UCLA 8,348, San Diego State 7,172, Stanford 5,512, USC 5,195.

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

Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (3): C-Jackie Butler (Miss State, not qualified); F-Marquis Kately (Cal, not qualified); F-Charlie Villanueva (UConn/withdrew NBA Draft).

*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)/JC entries (4): Prospects may withdraw if they did not sign with an agent.
Remained in Draft:
*Top 100 forward LeBron James of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio (has agent, uncommitted/projected top pick in draft).
*Top 100 center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex (signed with Memphis/probable second round).
*Top 100 center James Lang of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala (has agent, decommitted from Louisville/probable second round).
*Top 100 forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex (signed with Arizona/possible first round).
*Top 100 forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss (signed with Mississippi State/possible first round, probable second round).
*JC guard Lamar Castile of Beaver County CC, Pa. (unlikely pick)
*JC forward Zac Fray of Santa Ana CC, Cal. (unlikely pick)
*JC forward Richard Jeter of Atlanta Metroplitan CC, Ga.(unlikely pick)
Withdrew from Draft:
*Top 100 forward Charlie Villanueva of Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ (committed to Conn/Probable second round, withdrew from draft).
*JC center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho CC, Idaho. (unlikely pick/withdrew from draft)

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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