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LoVecchio led the Irish to seven straight wins and a Fiesta Bowl berth as a freshman. He was largely ineffective in his first two starts last season under former coach Bob Davie and was demoted to a backup role. Among other programs showing interest were Rutgers and Temple.
Arizona State has a commitment from defensive lineman Brent Miller of Phoenix-Desert Vista, Ariz., over interest in Washington and Arizona. The Sun Devils recently pledged kicker Jesse Ainsworth of Thousand Oaks, Calif., over interest in UCLA and Colorado.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a soft commitment from defensive back/linebacker Steve Craver of Hurst-Bell, Texas, over offers from Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Defensive back/receiver Darren Barnett of Cincinnati-Princeton, Ohio, has signed with Michigan State. Once committed to Ohio State, he also drew interest from Illinois, Bowling Green and Central Florida.
Seach the early list of over 2415 Prospects/Commitments/By Conference. Players will be added and updated daily.
Class 2003 Top 150:
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects. Sixteen Top 150 prospects have already committed (List).
"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri, Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia.
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.
Class 2002 Commitments/Signings: School/Conference Lists.
Class 2002 Rankings: Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 Top 150 Prospects: List.
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Commitments/Conference.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.
Starting sophomore forward Shane Power of Crown Point, Ind., who recently announced he was transferring from Iowa State, has picked Mississippi State over Pittsburgh, Virginia, New Mexico, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Top 100 guard Richard McBride of Springfield-Lanphier, Ill., has chosen Illinois. McBride, who averaged 19 points as a junior, also had interest in Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UConn, Georgetown, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Guard Dez Willingham of DeSoto, Texas, committed to Kansas State.
Junior forward Billy Pharis of Van Buren, Ark./Arkansas-Fort Smith CC, Ark., is transferring from SMU to Arkansas.
Top Available Players:
Top 100 forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., has decommitted from DePaul. Sophomore forward J.C. Mathis of Brooklyn-John F. Kennedy, N.Y., will transfer from Virginia. Sophomore guard Wesley Stokes of Long Beach-Poly, Calif., is transferring from Missouri. Starting sophomore forward Odartey Blankson of Country Club Hills-Hillcrest, Ill., is transferring from Marquette. Guard Antonio Lawrence of Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial, Calif., is unsigned.
Search the early list of over 440 Prospects/Commitments. Players will be added and updated daily.
Class 2003 Top 100:
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects. Twenty-one Top 100 prospects have already committed (List).
Duke-bound J.J. Redick led the East past West, 138-107, in the 2002 McDonald's All American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000).
Sixteen of the top men's basketball players 18-years-old or younger have been named finalists for 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team (Story).
Class 2002 Top 25 Classes:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 Top 100:
Ninety-five prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (5): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA), forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill. (decommitted from DePaul); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (1): Forward Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Calif. (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).
NBA 2002 Draft:
Five high school/prep school prospects have chosen to enter the draft: Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington; forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Missouri, but did not qualify.
Eight junior college players opted for the draft: Forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala., once signed with Alabama; guard Cordell Billups of Pierce CC, Wash.; forward/center Lee Benson of Brown Mackie CC, Kan.; center Rashid Hardwick of Eastern Oklahoma State CC, Okla.; Kei Madison of Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla., once linked to Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi State; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif., once signed with Missouri and later committed to Fresno State; and Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., once signed with Memphis.
Last season, six high school players declared for the draft, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. The 2002 draft will be held on June 26 and players without agents have until June 19 to withdraw. Stoudemire may be a late lottery pick, while Cooke and Collins are probable second round choices. Roy and Rinkevicius are not expected to be drafted. Junior college prospects Woods and Benson may go in the first round.
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting Page.