Chiriaev selects NBA over Cyclones

Updated: March 23, 2004, 12:36 PM ET
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

Ivan Chiriaev, a 7-1 forward from Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas, has announced he will enter the NBA Draft. Chiriaev also picked Iowa State in the unlikely event he decides to attend college.

From Russia, Chiriaev has been playing for two years in Canada and would be the first player from a Canadian high school to attempt a leap to the professional ranks. Chiriaev, who had narrowed his college choices to the Cyclones, Florida, LSU, Memphis and Syracuse, has reportedly been offered a seven-figure shoe deal with Adidas.

The Minnesota Gophers have pledged Class 2004 guard/forward Vincent Grier of Charlotte, NC/Raleigh-Bonner Academy, NC/Charlotte/Dixie State CC, Utah.

Arizona State has pledged Class 2004 forward Bryson Krueger of Phoenix-Mountain Pointe, Ariz/Vanderbilt/Yavapai CC, Ariz.

College of Charleston has pledged Class 2004 forward J.R. Hairston of Fork Union MA, Va.

Cal-Irvine recently pledged Class 2004 guard Shamar Armstrong of Vallejo-Bethel, Cal/Diablo Valley CC, Cal.

Nevada has gained Class 2004 forward Mo Charlo of Eureka, Cal/Diablo Valley CC, Cal., who drew interest from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Arizona State and UCLA.

Lamar has pledged Class 2004 forward Luther Boyd of Chicago Heights-Bloom, Ill/Iowa Western CC, Iowa.

Sophomore reserve center/forward Ted Morris of St. Louis-Chaminade, Mo., is transfering from Indiana State.

2004 NBA Draft
Entries
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tennessee). Plans to enroll with Vols if he does not project as a first-round pick. Should wait. Projected Draft: Second round.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). From Russia and has been playing for two years in Canada. Very good ball-handler with outside shot who played guard as a prep. Projected Draft: Top 10 to 15 in first round.
Possible Entries (second round selections do not receive guaranteed contracts)
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). The top prep prospect for NBA with the body, skills and upside that general managers love to draft. Predicted Draft: First or second in first round (F Emeka Okafor of UConn).
F Josh Smith 6-9 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Has just about everything and is 50-50 on entering the draft. Predicted Draft: Top three to seven in first round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). Expected to play for the Blue Devils, but may surprise by entering the draft. Great floor general with decision-making skills, but has very thin fame. Projected Draft: Top four to 10 in first round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Is the East Coast hype bigger than the small player? No high school point guard has ever declared for the NBA draft, but Telfair may be the first. Many scouts say one or two years in college would help. Projected Draft: Top 10 to 15 in first round.
C/F LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex (Pledged to Texas) Lanky with ability to play multiple positions. A year or two with the Horns would help. Projected Draft: Late first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-10 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). A dominator with a power game who probably needs a year at Arkansas to get into the lottery and big money. Projected Draft: Late first to second round.
C Randolph Morris 6-11 Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga (Uncommitted). Has the size and power that could translate into the pro game but would be a project at this point. Georgia Tech or Kentucky are his college favorites. Should wait. Draft: Late first to second round.
F Juan Palacios 6-8 Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY (Uncommitted). Great talent and size, but needs a year of college. Should wait. Draft Range: Late first to second round.
F Shawne Williams 6-8 Laurinburg Prep, NC (Signed with Memphis). Needs to play at least a year in college. Should wait. Projected Draft: Late first to second round.
C Robert Swift 7-0 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with Southern California). Great upside with his size and footwork, but needs weight to handle the NBA. Should wait. Projected Draft: Late first to second round.
F Rudy Gay 6-8 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Signed with Connecticut). Should wait. Projected Draft: Second Round.
G Daniel Gibson 6-2 Houston-Jones, Tex (Signed with Texas). Should wait. Projected Draft: Second Round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with North Carolina). Should wait. Projected Draft: Second Round.
F Marvin Williams 6-8 Bremerton, Wash (Signed with North Carolina). Should wait. Projected Draft: Second Round.
F Dorrell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). Should wait. Projected Draft: Second Round.

Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Ninety-two prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have made Commitments or Signed. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

2004 Capital Classic:
Apr. 17 at the University of Maryland Comcast Center, 7:30 p.m. EST. ESPN2.
White Team
Pos. Name Hgt Hometown High School College
G Rajon Rondo 6-1 155 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Kentucky)
G A.J. Price 6-2 Amityville, NY (Connecticut)
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 160 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Louisville)
G Jason Rich 6-2 Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla (FSU)
G Joe Crawford 6-4 205 Detroit-Renaissance, Mich (Kentucky)
F Rudy Gay 6-8 215 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Connecticut)
F Josh Smith 6-9 215 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Indiana)
F Corey Brewer 6-7 180 Portland, Tenn (Florida)
C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 215 Seagoville, Tex (Texas)
C Alexander Kaun 6-10 Melbourne-Florida Air Academy, Fla (Kansas)
C Al Jefferson 6-10 265 Prentiss, Miss (Arkansas)
Black Team
G Jordan Farmar 6-2 170 Woodland Hills-Taft, Cal (UCLA)
G Russell Robinson 6-1 New York-Rice, NY (Kansas)
G Daniel Gibson 6-2 190 Houston-Jones, Tex (Texas)
G Isaiah Swann 6-1 Hargrave Military Academy, Va (FSU)
F Malik Hairson 6-5 190 Detroit-Renaissance, Mich (Undecided)
F Robert Vaden 6-5 North Bridgton-Bridgton Academy, Maine (Indiana)
F D.J. White 6-9 230 Tuscaloosa-Hillcrest, Ala (Indiana)
F RaSean Dickey 6-9 Bennettsville-Marlboro County, SC (GT)
C Brian Johnson 6-8 Oak Hill Academy, Va (Louisville)
C Dwight Howard 6-10 225 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Undecided)

2004 Nike Hoop Summit:
Apr. 4 at the Texas-San Antonio Convocation Center, San Antonio, Tex. The 2004 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select team will play against the world's top 19-year-old players. The World Team has not been released.
Pos. Name Hgt Wgt Hometown High School College
C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 215 Seagoville, Tex (Texas)
G Jordan Farmar 6-2 170 Woodland Hills-Taft, Cal (UCLA)
F Rudy Gay 6-8 215 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Connecticut)
F Malik Hairson 6-5 190 Detroit-Renaissance, Mich (Undecided)
C Dwight Howard 6-10 225 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Undecided)
F Al Jefferson 6-10 265 Prentiss, Miss (Arkansas)
G J.R. Smith 6-6 220 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (North Carolina)
F Josh Smith 6-9 215 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Indiana)
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 160 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Louisville)
F Mike Williams 6-7 225 Camden-Wilcox Central, Ala (Texas)

2004 McDonald's All American Game:
Mar. 31 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN. Center/forward Dwight Howard of Atlanta, Ga., considered the nation's top prospect, highlights selections for the 2004 McDonald's All American Game. Howard, who has yet to chose a college, is expected to be the first or second pick if he enters this year's NBA Draft. The Texas Longhorns have three McDonald's All-Americans in the 2004 class. Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA all have two players for the game. Prep teammates Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston are on the West roster.
East
Pos. Name Hgt Wgt Hometown High School College
G Corey Brewer 6-7 180 Portland, Tenn (Florida)
F Rudy Gay 6-8 215 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Connecticut)
C Dwight Howard 6-10 225 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Undecided)
F Al Jefferson 6-10 265 Prentiss, Miss (Arkansas)
C Randolph Morris 6-11 245 Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga (Undecided)
G Rajon Rondo 6-1 155 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Kentucky)
G J.R. Smith 6-6 220 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (North Carolina)
F Josh Smith 6-9 215 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Indiana)
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 160 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Louisville)
G Darius Washington 6-0 165 Orlando-Edgewater, Fla (Memphis)
F D.J. White 6-9 230 Tuscaloosa-Hillcrest, Ala (Indiana)
F Mike Williams 6-7 225 Camden-Wilcox Central, Ala (Texas)
Head Coach - Bob Flynn, Baltimore-Cardinal Gibbons School, Md
Assistant Coach - Neil Jones, Baltimore-Cardinal Gibbons School, Md
Assistant Coach - Leroy Combs, Noble, Okla
West
Pos. Name Hgt Wgt Hometown High School College
G Arron Affalo 6-5 190 Compton-Centennial, Cal (UCLA)
C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 215 Seagoville, Tex (Texas)
G Joe Crawford 6-4 205 Detroit-Renaissance, Mich (Kentucky)
F Glen Davis 6-8 320 Baton Rouge-University Lab, La (LSU)
G Jordan Farmar 6-2 170 Woodland Hills-Taft, Cal (UCLA)
G Daniel Gibson 6-2 190 Houston-Jones, Tex (Texas)
F Malik Hairson 6-5 190 Detroit-Renaissance, Mich (Undecided)
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 180 Peoria-Central, Ill (Duke)
F Jawann McClellan 6-5 200 Houston-Milby, Tex (Arizona)
G DeMarcus Nelson 6-3 195 Sacramento-Sheldon, Cal (Duke)
C Robert Swift 7-0 230 Bakersfield, Cal (Southern California)
F Marvin Williams 6-8 215 Bremerton, Wash (North Carolina)
Head Coach - A.D. Burtschi, Oklahoma City-Putnam City, Okla
Assistant Coach - Gary Wright, Oklahoma City-Northwest Classen, Okla
Assistant Coach - Don Tuley, Oklahoma City-Capitol, Okla

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