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Monday, July 14, 2003
Top 100 prospect headed for Memphis

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

Class 2004 forward Shawne Williams, a Top 100 prospect from Memphis-Hamilton, Tenn., has committed to Memphis over interest from Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, St. John's Tennessee and Virginia. Tie Tigers recently gained Top 100 guard Darius Washington of Orlando-Edgewater, Fla., and forward Robert Dozier of Lithonia, Ga.

Kansas has a pledge from Class 2004 forward Darnell Jackson of Oklahoma City-Northwest Classen/Midwest City, Okla., over interest in Oklahoma, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico and Purdue.

Forward Perrin Johnson, a Class 2003 prospect from Claremont, Cal., will walk-on at Louisville. He had signed with Rider, but was granted a release.

Providence has pledged Class 2004 center/forward Anthony Ivory of Fort Washington-National Christian Academy, Md., over interest from Seton Hall, Clemson, Charleston and East Carolina.

Forty-four prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have already made commitments.

Florida State leads the 2003 Top Classes (Updated 7/1/03).

Class 2004:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.
Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
Early Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.

Class 2003:
Over 1100 Class 2003 prospects have made commitments or signed scholarship papers. Signings and commitments by conferences.

Florida State leads the 2003 Top Classes (Updated 7/1/03).

Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (2): C-Jackie Butler (Miss State, not qualified); F-Marquis Kately (Cal.

*Search the list of Prospects/Commitments.
*Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
*Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Check out the Top Classes.
*Check out the Top 100 JC Prospects.
*Top 100 JC Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*Basketball Signing Periods: Early: Nov. 13-20; Regular: Apr. 16-May 15.

2003 NBA Draft:
The most heralded high school player in years, high school forward LeBron James was chosen No. 1 in the NBA draft by Cleveland.

High School/Prep School entries (6)/JC entries (4):
Remained in Draft:
*Top 100 forward LeBron James of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio (has agent, uncommitted/top pick in first round to Cleveland).
*Top 100 forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss (signed with Mississippi State/23rd pick in first round to Portland).
*Top 100 forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex (signed with Arizona/26th pick in first round to Minnesota).
*Top 100 center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex (signed with Memphis/27th pick in first round by Memphis, traded to Boston).
*Top 100 center James Lang of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala (has agent, decommitted from Louisville/19th pick in second round by New Orleans without guaranteed contract).
*JC guard Lamar Castile of Beaver County CC, Pa. (not picked)
*JC forward Zac Fray of Santa Ana CC, Cal. (not picked)
*JC forward Richard Jeter of Atlanta Metroplitan CC, Ga.(not picked)


Withdrew from Draft:
*Top 100 forward Charlie Villanueva of Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ (committed to Conn/probable second round, withdrew from draft).
*JC center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho CC, Idaho. (unlikely pick/withdrew from draft)

2002 NBA Draft:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. The NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects and seven JC players (List).

2003 McDonald's All-American Game
LeBron James scored 27 points in leading the East over the West, 122-107, in the 26th annual McDonald's All-American high school basketball game in Cleveland, Ohio. McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000.

2003 Parade All-America Boys Basketball Team
LeBron James heads roster.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database/Top 100.
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.
*McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
*USA Men's Junior National Team.

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.