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Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Top 100 forward selects Arizona

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

Class 2004 Top 100 forward Mohamed Tangara of Mali, West Africa/Mt. Zion Academy, NC., has committed to Arizona over Louisville, Miami-Florida and Memphis, among others.

Class 2005 guard Marcus Ginyard (6-4 180) of Arlington-Bishop O'Connell, Va., has committed to North Carolina. Outstanding Class 2004 forward/guard J.R. Smith, a Top 100 prospect from Newark-St. Benedict's Prep, NJ., recently committed to the Tar Heels and new head coach Roy Williams over North Carolina State, Pittsburg and Syracuse, among many others. He averaged 17.8 points and 5 rebounds as a junior.

Touted Class 2005 guard Eric Devendorf (6-3 180) of Bay City-Central, Mich., has chosen Michigan State. He averaged 23 points as a sophomore.

Outstanding Class 2005 guard Greg Paulus (6-2 180) of Manlius-Christian Brothers Academy, NY., is expected to announce between Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Xavier and Syracuse. Paulus, also considered the nation's top quarterback prospect in his class, will play only basketball. He averaged 24.5 points as a sophomore.

West Virginia has a commitment from Class 2004 center/forward Luke Bonner of Manchester-Trinity, NH. He is the younger brother of former Florida star Matt Bonner.

College of Charleston has a commitment from Class 2004 forward Ben Brown of Richmond-Steward School, Va., over interest from Boston University, UMass, VCU and Coastal Carolina.

Class 2003 center/forward Chris Adams of CC of San Francisco, Cal., who had signed with UNLV and then released, is considering Fresno State, San Diego State, Washington and Alabama. Despite various reports, Adams has not given Fresno State a commitment. He was recently refused admission to Cal State-Fullerton.

Center Aliou Keita of Senegal, Africa/Iowa City-Regina, Ia., has transfered from Tulsa to Drake. He played in eight games for Tulsa last season as a freshman.

South Alabama has a commitment from Class 2004 guard Mario Jointer of Jackson-Hill, Miss/NW Mississippi CC, Miss/Chipola CC, Fla. He was once pledged to Mississippi.

Class 2003 center/forward Maurier Angui of Sudan/Phoenix-Washington, Ariz/Notre Dame Prep School, has chosen Portland State. He chose Bowling Green as a prep in Class 2002.

Indiana State has a commitment from Class 2004 center Mick Yelovich of Mt. Zion, Ill., over North Carolina-Wilmington, Southern Illinois and Illinois State.

St. Joseph's has a commitment from Class 2004 guard Abdulai Jalloh of Fort Washington-National Christian Academy, Md.

St. Bonaventure has a commitment from Class 2004 guard Isaiah Carson of Springfield-South, Ohio.

Northern Iowa has pledged Class 2004 forward Eric Coleman of Oakdale-Tartan, Minn.

Gonzaga pledged Class 2004 guard Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes of Montreal/Champlain-St. Lambert, Ontario.

Sixty 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.

* 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.

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.