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Friday, October 10
Seminoles secure some guard play

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 guard Jason Rich of Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla., is headed to Florida State over Kentucky. He averaged 23 points as a junior. The Seminoles recently gained Top 100 guard Isaiah Swann of Rockville-Magruder, Md/Oak Hill Academy, Va/Hargrave MA, Va., over UConn. Among others were Arizona, Cincinnati and Maryland.

Top 100 forward Brian Johnson of Oak Hill Academy, Va., has chosen Louisville over Arizona, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina and Notre Dame, among others.

Forward/center Darian Townes of Hargrave MA, Va., has committed to Arkansas over George Washington. He had once signed with Georgetown.

Forward Negus McKenna of Montreal-Champlain St. Lambert, Ont., picked Western Carolina.

Duquesne has forwards Devario Hudson and Brian Kelly, both from Decatur-Columbia, Ga. Duquesne recently gained forward Chauncey Duke of Springfield, Mo., over interest from Florida State, Georgetown and Arkansas.

Center Charles Bronson of Philadelphia-Lutheran, Pa., is headed for East Carolina.

Indiana State gained guards Zach McGrath of Mountain Home, Ark., over offers from Arkansas-Little Rock, Samford, Stephen F. Austin, Oral Roberts and Texas Arlington; and Gabriel Moore of Little Rock-Mills, Ark.

IUPUI gained forward/guard Craig Swoope of Carmel, Ind., who averaged 16.8 points as a junior.

Canisius has a pledge from forward Marcus Vanderheide of Grandville-Calvin Christian, Mich.

Eastern Michigan gained forward Nick Freer of Stevensville-Lakeshore, Mich.

Buffalo pledged guard Wallace Hall of Detroit-Denby, Mich.

Forward/center Derek Quinet of San Jose-Santa Teresa, Cal/Idaho State/West Valley CC, Cal., pledged to Cal State-Fullerton. He also considered San Jose State, St. Mary's and Santa Clara.

Pepperdine has forward Oliver Prince of Toronto-Jean Vanier, Ont.

Junior college forward Marcus Johnson of Dearborn-Robichaud, Mich/Schoolcraft CC, Mich., has decommitted from Texas A&M and is considering South Florida, Iowa, Kansas State, Florida State and Murray State, among others.

Lafayette pledged center/forward Everest Schmidt of Hoopa-Hoopa Valley, Cal.

Forward Louis Graham of Winchendon School, Mass., picked Georgia Southern.

Nearing Decisions:
*Top 100 forward Charles Thomas of Jackson-Callaway, Miss., between FSU, Ga, Ark.
*Top 100 forward Shane Foster of Kenner-Bonnabel, La., between LSU, Vand, GTown, SoMiss.
*Top 100 forward Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown Prep, Md., between Ariz, Va and Stan.

*Top 100 guard Ramel Bradley of 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 guard Kyle Lowry of Philadelphia-Cardinal Dougherty, Pa., between Villa, Ark, Pitt, UConn and Kan.

Seventy-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.

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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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