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The Cincinnati Bearcats have a pledge from Class 2004 Top 100 guard Vincent Banks of Atlanta-South Atlanta, Ga/Laurinburg Institute, NC. Banks, who had committed to Miami-Florida last season, averaged 31.4 points as a senior and was named Mr. Basketball in Georgia.
Top 100 Class 2004 guard Jamar Butler of Lima-Shawnee, Ohio, has decommitted from Cincinnati and is considering Ohio State and Clemson. Butler, who chose the Bearcats as a sophomore, averaged 30.1 points as a junior.
Texas pledged Class 2005 guard A.J. Abrams (5-9) of Austin-McNeil, Tex., over Baylor, Ohio State and Texas A&M. He averaged 16 points and eight assists as a sophomore.
Wichita State has a pledge from Class 2004 guard Matt Braeuer of Belton, Tex., over Southwest Texas State. He also had interest from Southern Methodist, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Utah State and Pacific.
Tulane pledged Class 2004 forward David Gomez of Baton Rouge-Episcopal, La., who averaged 25.2 points as a junior.
Forty-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. Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (2): C-Jackie Butler (MissState); F-Marquis Kately (Cal).
* Florida State led the 2003 Top Classes.
2003 NBA Draft:
The most heralded high school player in years, high school forward LeBron James was chosen No. 1 by the NBA. All four other preps were selected, while three junior college prospects were not picked: Forward LeBron James of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio, top pick in first round by Cleveland; forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick in first round by Portland; forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick in first round by Minnesota; center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex., 27th pick in first round by Memphis, then traded to Boston; center James Lang of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala., 19th pick in second round by New Orleans (not guaranteed contract). Forward Charlie Villanueva of Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ., and center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho CC, Id., withdrew from draft. (List).
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.
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
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