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Thursday, November 13
Aldridge, Hardy, Williams delay signing

By Bill Hodge

The first day of the Early Signing Period has seen three highly-touted prospects delay signing with top programs.

Texas and Indiana lead the 2004 Top Classes, but both had players wait for the Spring Period. Memphis may suffer the same fate.

Top 100 non-signers include center/forward LaMarcus Aldridge of Dallas-Seagoville, Tex., who will wait to sign with the Longhorns, forward James Hardy of Fort Wayne-Elmhurst, Ind., is delaying on the Hoosiers and forward Shawne Williams of Memphis-Hamilton, Tenn., who may still sign with Memphis, could wait until spring or consider other offers.

Aldridge said he plans to sign next spring and that delaying his decision has nothing to do with the NBA Draft. He added he was not considering attending other schools. Hardy may also play football at Indiana. If he signs in the spring, he could play both sports because it would come after football's signing day. Hardy could only play basketball by signing now.

Among the other leading programs are Louisville, Arkansas, Duke, Memphis, North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and UCLA. Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi State are also gaining powerful classes. Rankings are subject to change with additions, qualifying problems and the NBA Draft. Redshirt transfers are counted on Class 2003 scholarships.

The Early Signing Period runs Nov. 12-19 and the Regular Period is Apr. 15-May 19. Check lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences.

Ninety prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have made Commitments or Signings. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

Remaining Top 100 Prospects likely to commit during Early Period:
Guard Joe Crawford of Detroit-Renaissance, Mich., who decommitted from Michigan, between the Wolverines and Kentucky.
Forward Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown Prep, Md., between Arizona, Stanford, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami-Florida.
Guard Kyle Lowry of Philadelphia-Cardinal Dougherty, Pa., between Arkansas and Villanova.

More Late Decisions on Signing Day

Forward Jeremy Parnell of Gosnell, Ark., decommitted from Oklahoma State, and signed with Mississippi.

Texas Tech has Class 2005 junior commitments from guard Calvin Johnson and center Kendrick Johnson, brothers from Morton, Tex.

Utah State signed guard David Pak of Saddleback CC, Cal.

Northern Arizona signed guard Cedric Hill of Highlands Ranch-ThunderRidge, Colo.

New Mexico State signed center Trevor Lawrence of Jamaica/Chipola CC, Fla/Highlands CC, Ill.

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

*Texas, Indiana and Louisville 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.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
Class 2005: Database
Class 2004: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2003: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2001: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2000: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 1999: Database
Class 1998: Database/ Top Classes

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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.