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Wednesday, October 8
Hokies, Spartans land commitments

By Bill Hodge

Highly-rated center Goran Suton of Lansing-Everett, Mich., chose Michigan State over Arizona State, LSU and Dayton.

Top 100 guard Marquie Cooke of Suffolk-Nansemond River, Va., picked Virginia Tech over Clemson.

The Boston College Eagles have added a commitment from touted forward Sean Williams of Mansfield, Tex., over Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. The Eagles recently gained forward Akida McLain of Pittsburgh-Penn Hills, Pa.

Oregon State has a pledge from forward Marcel Jones of Santa Ana-Mater Dei, Cal., over Oregon. North Carolina State was also involved.

Class 2005 junior forward Shane Clark of Philadelphia-Cardinal Dougherty, Pa., pledged to Villanova.

James Madison pledged guard Albert Fisher of Pennsauken, NJ.

Hartford pledged guard/forward DeMarquez Rembert of Dallas-Kimball, Tex/Collin County CC, Tex.

Tennessee Tech gained guard Anthony Fisher of Alpharetta-Chattahoochee, Ga.

Guard Chad Troyer of Seattle-Seattle Prep, Wash., picked Miami-Ohio. The RedHawks recently gained guard Lawrence Ross of Batttle Creek-Central, Mich.

Forward Andrew Strait of Yakima-West Valley, Wash., pledged to Montana over Eastern Washington.

Montana State has a pledge from guard Branden Miller of Milwaukee-Madison, Wis/Colby CC, Kan.

Denver pledged guard Andrew Carpenter of Toronto, Ont/Dixie CC, Utah/Daytona Beach CC, Fla.

Columbia has added a commitment from forward John Baumann of Westport-Staples, Conn.

Princeton gained a pledge from guard Matt Sargeant of Huntington Beach-Ocean View, Cal.

Austin Peay has a pledge from guard/forward Todd Babbington of Crystal Lake-Prairie Ridge, Ill. Austin Peay recently gained center Kareem Matthews of St. Louis-Sumner, Mo/Ranger CC, Tex/St. Louis CC-Florissant Valley, Mo.

Nearing Decisions:
*Top 100 forward Maarty Leunen of Redmond, Ore., between UCLA, Ore, OreSt, Gonzaga.
*Top 100 forward Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown Prep, Md., between Ariz, Va and Stan.
*Top 100 guard Jason Rich of Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla., between Kty, FSU.
*Top 100 guard Ramel Bradley of Brooklyn-Park West, NY/Bradenton-IMG Academy, Fla., between Kty, BC, Clem, Pitt, Ga.
*Top 100 guard Shawn Livingston of Peoria-Central, Ill., between Duke, Ariz and Ill.
*Top 100 forward Al Horford of Grand Ledge, Mich., decommitted Mich; between Fla, OhioSt, Iowa.
*Top 100 forward Joakim Noah of Lawrenceville-Lawrenceville Prep School, NJ., between Fla and Md.
*Top 100 forward James Mays of Raleigh-Garner, NC., between Clem, SCar, NCSt, Va, Fordham, VT.

Seventy-one 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.

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

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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