Rothbart selects Hoosiers over UCLA

Originally Published: April 19, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

Top 100 center/forward Robert Rothbart of Sacramento-Natomas, Cal., has committed to the Indiana Hoosiers and coach Mike Davis over UCLA. The seven-foot prospect averaged 21 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks as a senior.

Forward Marvin Williams of Bremerton, Wash., who had signed with North Carolina, has decided not to enter the NBA Draft. He was projected late first to second round. Another top prospect, forward Dorell Wright of South Kent Prep, Conn., who signed with DePaul, says he wants to test the Draft without an agent, leaving himself the option to attend college. Wright is considered a probable second round pick.

Georgia signed Top 100 forward Robert Dozier of Lithonia, Ga., who had made an earlier commitment. He had once chosen Memphis.

Class 2004 forward Calvin Brock of Chicago-Simeon, Ill., has picked Illinois over DePaul.

St. John's and new coach Norm Roberts have Class 2004 guard Cedric Jackson of Columbus-Northern Burlington, NJ., over West Virginia, LaSalle and East Carolina. UConn and Florida were also beginning to show interest.

Sophomore guard/forward De'Angelo Alexander of Midwest City, Okla., will transfer from Oklahoma. He started 17 of 31 games for the Sooners this season.

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Idaho has signed guard Jerod Haynes of Chicago-Hales Franciscan, Ill; and forward Desmond Nwoke of Nigeria/Butler County CC, Kan/Laramie County CC, Wyo.

Pacific has signed guard Anthony Brown of Sacramento-Capital Christian, Cal/Andover-Proctor Academy, NH; and forward Johnny Gray of Agoura Hills-Agoura, Cal/Moorpark CC, Cal.

Morehead State has signed guards Chris Holmes of Reston-South Lakes, Va; and Quentin Pryor of Eupora, Miss/Jackson State CC, Tenn.

Oral Roberts signed guard Chris Riouse of Broken Arrow, Okla/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Okla.

Forward Tony Boyle of Desoto, Mo., picked Southern Illinois.

South Alabama signed guard Mario Jointer of Jackson, Miss/Chipola CC, Fla.

Robert Morris has signed guard/forward Cori Boston of Boston-Charlestown, Mass/Northfield Mt. Herman Prep, Mass.

Lamar and coach Billy Tubbs have signed forwards Alan Daniels of Tulsa-Union, Okla/Arkansas-Fort Smith; and Larry Handy of Houston-Hightower, Tex.

Boise State has signed guard Antonio Fitzgerald of Kilgore CC, Tex.

Florida International has guard Alan Guyton of Austin-LBJ, Tex/Lon Morris CC, Tex.

Louisiana-Lafayette has signed guard Derek Gray of Jeanerette, La., who averaged 28.6 points as a senior. Among others showing interest were Southern Mississippi, LSU and New Orleans.

Niagara gained guard Stanley Hodge of Washington, DC-Gonzaga.

Liberty has signed forward Rell Porter of Pittsburgh, Tex., who averaged 25.4 points as a senior.

Campbell signed guards Reggie Bishop of Gadsden-Litchfield, Ala; and Jake Wohlfeil of San Diego-LaJolla High, Cal/New Hampton School, NH.

Sacramento State signed forward Randy Adams of Moreno Valley-Canyon Springs, Cal/New York-Redemption Christian Academy, NY.

Troy State signed guard Ransom Antoine of Lafayette, La/Enterprise-Ozark CC, Ala.

High Point has signed guards Akeem Scott of Woodbridge-Garfield, Va/Garrett CC, Md; and Anthony Harris of Concord-Central Cabarrus, NC. Harris averaged 29.7 points as a senior.

Starting sophomore forward/center Marcus Arnold of Chicago-Morgan Park, Ill., and sophomore reserve forward Chris Burras of Chicago-Leo, Ill., are both transfering from Illinois State.

Wagner gained Class 2004 forward Jason Rudakas of Jupiter, Fla/St. Thomas More Prep, Conn.

Creighton gained Class 2004 guard Nick Porter of Las Vegas-Desert Pines, Nev/CC of Southern Nevada/Compton CC, Cal.

William & Mary has Class 2004 guard Edwin Ofori-Attah of Statesville-Christian, NC.

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

2004 NBA Draft

(May 10-Early Entry Deadline; June 17-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline; June 24-NBA Draft)
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). Has agent. Plans to apply to North Carolina as part-time student. Howard, who averaged 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocked shots as a senior, was selected as the Naismith Prep Basketball Player of the Year. Predicted: Top Two in first round.
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tenn). Has agent. Projected: Second round, if selected.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). No agent. Projected: Lottery to middle first round.
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). No agent. Projected: Second Round.

Expected to Enter Draft

F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Projected: Top three to 10 in first round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Projected: Top 10 to 20 in first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-10 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). Projected: Late first to second round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). Projected: Late first round to second round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). Projected: Top four to 10 in first round.

Will Not Enter Draft
F Marvin Williams 6-8 Bremerton, Wash (Signed with NC). Projected: Late first to second round.
F/C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex (Signed with Texas). Projected: Late first to second round.

Possible Entries (second round selections do not receive guaranteed contracts)

C Randolph Morris 6-11 Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga (Uncommitted). Father says college. Georgia Tech or Kentucky are favorites. Projected: Late first to second round.
F Juan Palacios 6-8 Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY (Uncommitted). Projected: Late first to second round.
F Shawne Williams 6-8 Laurinburg Prep, NC (Signed with Memphis). Projected: Late first to second round.
C Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with USC). Projected: Late first to second round.
F Rudy Gay 6-8 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Signed with Conn). Projected: Late first to second round.
F Glen Davis 6-8 Baton Rouge-University, La (Signed with LSU). Projected: Late first to second round.

2004 McDonald's All American Game
J.R. Smith and Dwight Howard helped the East rout the West, 126-96, at the 27th McDonald's All American Basketball Boys Game in Oklahoma City, Okla. The John Wooden Award which is given to the most valuable player of the game was given to co-winners Smith and Howard. Smith led all scorers with 25 points, while Howard contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Story, Rosters.

McDonald's Games/All-Star Games/NBA Drafts
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2004 Nike Hoop Summit
The 2004 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select team defeated World Select, 99-79, in the Hoops Summit game in San Antonio. Josh Smith led all scorers with 27 points, J.R. Smith added 17, while Rudy Gay and Al Jefferson had 14 and 13. Sebastian Telfair scored six. Luka Bogdanovic led the World team with 20 points. Churchill Odia and Juan Diego Palacios each scored 10. Stories/games/rosters.

2004 Jordan Capital Classic
Dwight Howard scored 18 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Black team to a 107-96 victory over the White squad in the Jordan Capital Classic and was named the outstanding player. Malik Hairston led the Black team with 23 points, while Robert Vaden added 21. Dorell Wright led the White team with 24 points, while Al Jefferson added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Stories/games/rosters

Class 2004 Basketball Database
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