|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.
Remaining Top 100 Prospects likely to commit during Early Period:
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*Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
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*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.
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*Florida State led the 2003 Top Classes.
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Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.