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Kately cleared to play for Cal in 2003

By Bill Hodge

Class 2003 Top 100 forward Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Cal/Maine Central Institute, Maine, has been cleared by the NCAA to play at California this fall as a freshman. Kately committed to the Bears in the spring of 2002, but did not qualify academically and attended prep school.

Top 100 center Jackie Butler of McComb, Miss., a Class 2003 prospect from McComb, Miss., is expected to attend Laurinburg Institute, NC. He had chosen Mississippi State, but did not qualify.

Five players are considering transfering from Baylor after the school imposed a two-year probation and a one-year ban on postseason play on its men's basketball program after admitting to NCAA violations. The NCAA may impose further penalties:
Kenny Taylor 6-3 185 G JR-2L Sugar Land-Willowridge, Tex
John Lucas III 5-11 155 G JR-2L Houston-Bellaire, Tex
Lawrence Roberts 6-9 230 F JR-2L Houston-Lamar, Tex
Tyrone Nelson 6-9 200 F FR Hempstead, Tex
Harvey Thomas 6-8 210 F JR Fredericsburg, Va/Georgetown/NE Okla A&M

Lucas may consider Georgetown, Arkansas, Georgia and San Diego State. Roberts is visiting Mississippi State and Arizona. Nelson is interested in Georgia Tech and Memphis.

Baylor head coach Dave Bliss resigned after admitting to involvement in improper payments to players. Starting guard John Lucas III's father, John Lucas, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, was considered a potential candidate, but is no longer considering the position. Baylor president Robert Sloan said that any player who requests a release will be granted one. He also said the school would support a petition to the NCAA to waive the requirement that players sit out a year when transferring to another NCAA Division I school.

Fifty-six prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have already made commitments.

Texas, Indiana and Alabama lead the very early 2004 Top Classes. Florida State led the 2003 Top Classes.

Class 2004 Basketball Database
* Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments/Schools and Conferences
* Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
* More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Bssketball Signing Periods: Early (Nov. 12-19) and Regular (Apr. 15-May 19).

* Texas, Indiana and Alabama lead the very early 2004 Top Classes.

Class 2003 Basketball Database
* Search the list of Prospects/Commitments/Signed/Schools and Conferences.
* List of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects/Super Prospects/Top 100 JC Prospects.

* Florida State led the 2003 Top Classes.

2003 NBA Draft:
The most heralded high school player in years, high school forward LeBron James was chosen No. 1 by the NBA. All four other preps were selected, while three junior college prospects were not picked: Forward LeBron James of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio, top pick in first round by Cleveland; forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick in first round by Portland; forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick in first round by Minnesota; center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex., 27th pick in first round by Memphis, then traded to Boston; center James Lang of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala., 19th pick in second round by New Orleans (not guaranteed contract). Forward Charlie Villanueva of Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ., and center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho CC, Id., withdrew from draft. (List).

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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