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Monday, September 29
Pirates pluck another top recruit

By Bill Hodge

Justin Cerasoli, a Top 100 guard from Aurora-West Aurora, Ill., has announced for Seton Hall over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Villanova. Forward/guard Brian Laing of Bronx-St. Raymond's, NY., recently picked Seton Hall over Richmond.

Georgetown has pledged Class 2004 forward Jeff Green of Hyattsville-Northwestern, Md.

Class 2004 guard Zam Frederick of St. Matthews-Calhoun County, SC., is expected to pick Georgia Tech over interest in Kentucky and Stanford.

Class 2004 center/forward Jared Gaither of Greenbelt-Eleanor Roosevelt, Md., is headed to South Carolina.

Top 100 forward Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown Prep, Md., is near a decision between Arizona (probable) and Stanford.

Center Alexander Kaun, a Top 100 prospect from Melbourne-Florida Air Academy, Fla., is near a decision between Duke and Kansas.

Baylor has a commitment from Class 2005 guard/forward Rashad Woods (6-6) of Cleveland-Heritage Christian Academy, Tex., over interest from Arizona, Kansas and Marquette, among others. He averaged 19 points and five rebounds as a sophomore.

Nebraska pledged Class 2004 forward Dillion Sneed of Chicago-Gordon Tech, Ill/Colby CC, Kan., over interest from Pittsburgh, Purdue, Iowa State, South Florida and Southwest Missouri State.

Hartford pledged Class 2004 guard/forward David Ruffin of Buffalo-Turner Carroll, NY/Connors State CC, Okla.

Louisiana Tech pledged Class 2004 guard Marcus Elliott of Fort Walton Beach, Fla/SW Mississippi CC, Miss/Oklahoosa-Walton CC, Fla.

Class 2004 guard Chris Matthews of Fort Washington-National Christian Academy, Md., committed to James Madison.

Nevada pledged Class 2004 forward/center David Ellis of Sacramento-Capital Christian, Cal. He had chosen California as a junior, but decommitted.

Boston University pledged Class 2004 forward Ben Coblyn of Amherst-Regional, Mass.

Bucknell pledged Class 2004 guard John Griffin of Philadelphia-St. Joseph's, Pa., over Rider.

Wagner has Class 2004 guards Jamal Smith of Towson-Towson Catholic, Md; and Mark Porter of Richland-St. Augustine, NJ.

College of Charleston added Class 2004 forward Josh Johnson of Fitchburg-Notre Dame, Mass.

Sixty-five 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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