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Smith selects NBA over Indiana

Announcing what most people had long expected, outstanding forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=60&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Josh Smith of Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill
Academy, Va., will skip college and enter the NBA draft.

Smith, who had signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=ind">Indiana, averaged 22 points, eight
rebounds, three steals, four assists and six blocks as a senior. By playing
in more than two All-Star games, he would not have been eligible under NCAA
rules for college competition as a freshman. Smith is projected to be
selected high in the first round.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=aub">Auburn and new coach Jeff Lebo have
signed forward/center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=581&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Ryan Daniel of Nashville-Goodpasture,
Tenn. Daniel had committed to Lebo at Tennessee-Chattanooga last fall, but
did not sign.

Class 2005 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=126&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Ross Marsden of Ames, Ia., committed to
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=iast">Iowa State over Wisconsin. The href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=iast">Cyclones recently signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=675&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Anthony Davis of Compton, Cal/Long Beach
State/Los Angeles CC, Cal.

Class 2004 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=645&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Je'Kel Foster of Natchez, Miss/Howard CC,
Tex/Chipola CC, Fla., has signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=osu">Ohio State. He averaged 16.8 points
this season.

Class 2004 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=280&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Doug Thomas of Pasadena-Inglewood,
Cal/Creedmoor-Christian Faith Academy, NC/Southeastern CC, Ia., signed with
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=iowa">Iowa.

Class 2004 Top 100 center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=30&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Chester Giles of Seattle-Rainier Beach,
Wash., who has yet to gain a release from href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=mifl">Miami-Florida following the head
coaching change, is considering Washington and Kansas.

Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=174&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Chris Dunn of Hobbs, NM/Arizona/Pima CC,
Ariz/Saddleback CC, Cal., committed to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=nm">New Mexco for Class 2005. He
redshirted as a freshman for the Wildcats.

Class 2004 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1112&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Maushae Byles of Racine-Case, Wis/Howard
CC, Tex/Kennedy-King CC, Ill., has signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=iupu">IUPUI.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=niwa">Northern Iowa has Class 2004
forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1114&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Vincent Polakovic of Bratislava,
Solvakia/Schelklingen-Urspring, Germany.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=sfla">South Florida signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=170&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Montavious Waters of Albany-Westover, Ga;
forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1051&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Maurice Mobley of Parkland CC, Ill; and
forward/guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1021&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Marius Prekevicius of
Lithuania/Weatherford CC, Tex.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=stma">Saint Mary's gained Class 2004
guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1117&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Jason Walberg of Fresno-Clovis West,
Cal/Fresno CC, Cal.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=aru">Arkansas State has signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1118&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Marcus Ardison of Campti-Lakeview,
La/State Fair CC, Mo., who averaged 18 points this past season.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=jack">Jacksonville signed Class 2004
guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1115&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">B.J. Surry of Independence, Mo/State
Fair CC, Mo/Highland CC, Ill.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=idsu">Idaho State signed forwards href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1116&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Kyle Stevens of Rexburg-Madison,
Idaho/Ricks CC, Idaho; and href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=520&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Antione Miguel Millien of Trindad State
CC, Colo.

*Check Class 2004 lists for href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03">Prospects/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&status=v">Commitments/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&status=s">Signings/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/conferences.cfm?sport=basketba
ll&dbyear=03">Schools and Conferences. Ninety-four prospects on the
early href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&hodge_flag=Y">Class 2004 Top 100 have made href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=a
ll&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any&height=all
&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=V&hodge_flag=Y&super_flag=N&gridiron_f
lag=&order=status&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state=all">Commitmen
ts or href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=a
ll&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any&height=all
&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=s&hodge_flag=Y&super_flag=N&gridiron_f
lag=&order=status&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state=all">Signed
>. List of href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&o
rder=lastname&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any
&height=all&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=P&hodge_flag=Y&super_flag=N
&gridiron_flag=&order=lastname&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state=a
ll">remaining Top 100 Prospects.

2004 NBA Draft

(May 10-Early Entry Deadline; June 17-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline;
June 24-NBA Draft)

Entries

C/F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=55&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">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.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=60&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill
Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Projected: Top three to 10 in first
round.

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=409&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal
Christian, Va. (Signed with Tenn). Has agent. Projected: Second round, if
selected.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=995&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St.
Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). No agent. Projected: Lottery to
middle first round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=402&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn
(Signed with DePaul). No agent. Projected: Second Round.

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

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=260&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Randolph Morris 6-11 Fairburn-Landmark
Christian School, Ga (Uncommitted). Father says college. Georgia Tech or
Kentucky are favorites. Draft: Late first to second round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=58&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Juan Palacios 6-8 Centereach-Our Savior
New American, NY (Uncommitted). Draft: Late first to second round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=84&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Shawne Williams 6-8 Laurinburg Prep, NC
(Signed with Memphis). Projected: Late first to second round.

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=40&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed
with USC). Projected: Late first to second round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=72&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Glen Davis 6-8 Baton Rouge-University, La
(Signed with LSU). Projected: Late first to second round.

G href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=23&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham
Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Projected: Top 10 to 20 first round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=14&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Al Jefferson 6-10 Prentiss, Miss (Signed
with Arkansas). Projected: Middle first to second round.

G/F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=274&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep
School, NJ (Signed with NC). Projected: Late first to second round.

G href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=25&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill
(Signed with Duke). Projected: Top four to 10 in first round.

Will Not Enter Draft

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=78&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Rudy Gay 6-8 Severn-Archbishop Spalding,
Md (Signed with Conn). Projected: Late first to second round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=59&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Marvin Williams 6-8 Bremerton, Wash
(Signed with NC). Projected: Late first to second round.

F/C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=12&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex
(Signed with Texas). 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.
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=747">Story, Rosters.

McDonald's Games/All-Star Games/NBA Drafts

Search for href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1284">Stories/games/rosters.

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.
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1284">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. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1284">Stories/games/rosters


Class 2004 Basketball Database


*Search lists of href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03">Prospects/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&status=v">Commitments/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&status=s">Signings/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/conferences.cfm?sport=basketba
ll&dbyear=03">Schools and Conferences

*Early list of href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100 Prospects/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&n
ame=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any&height=all&wei
ght=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=V&hodge_flag=Y&super_flag=N&gridiron_flag=
&order=status&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state=all">Commitments a>/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&n
ame=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any&height=all&wei
ght=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=s&hodge_flag=Y&super_flag=N&gridiron_flag=
&order=status&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state=all">Signings/
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&o
rder=lastname&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any
&height=all&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=P&hodge_flag=Y&super_flag=N
&gridiron_flag=&order=lastname&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state=a
ll">Remaining Top 100 Prospects.

*More players projected to make an impact: href="
http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&order=l
astname&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=a
ny&height=all&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=all&hodge_flag=N&super_fl
ag=Y&gridiron_flag=&order=lastname&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&sta
te=all">Super Prospects.

*Top JC Prospects: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&o
rder=lastname&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=any
&height=all&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=all&hodge_flag=N&super_flag
=N&gridiron_flag=&order=lastname&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=03&state
=all&recruitusa_flag=Y">Junior College List.

*Basketball Signing Periods: Early (Nov. 12-19) and Regular (Apr.
14-May 19).

*Indiana, Texas and Louisville lead the early href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/basketball.cfm">2004 Top
Classes.


Class 2005 Basketball Database


*Search early lists of href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=04">Prospects/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=04&status=v">Commitments

Basketball Commitments/Signings:

Class 2005: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=04">Database

Class 2004: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03">Database/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/basketball.cfm">Top
Classes.

Class 2003: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=02">Database/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=02&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/basketball.cfm">Top
Classes.

Class 2002: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/search.cfm?sport=basketball&db
year=01">Database/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=01&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=963">Top Classes

Class 2001: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/search.cfm?sport=basketball&db
year=00">Database/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=00&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=619">Top Classes

Class 2000: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/search.cfm?sport=basketball&db
year=99">Database/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=99&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=226">Top Classes

Class 1999: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/search.cfm?sport=basketball&db
year=98">Database

Class 1998: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/archive/index.cfm?sport=basket
ball">Database/
Top Classes

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 href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting">CollegeSports.com's
Recruiting Page.