Smith selects NBA over Indiana

Updated: April 21, 2004, 9:56 AM ET
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

Announcing what most people had long expected, outstanding forward Josh Smith of Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va., will skip college and enter the NBA draft.

Smith, who had signed with 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.

Auburn and new coach Jeff Lebo have signed forward/center Ryan Daniel of Nashville-Goodpasture, Tenn. Daniel had committed to Lebo at Tennessee-Chattanooga last fall, but did not sign.

Class 2005 forward Ross Marsden of Ames, Ia., committed to Iowa State over Wisconsin. The Cyclones recently signed guard Anthony Davis of Compton, Cal/Long Beach State/Los Angeles CC, Cal.

Class 2004 guard Je'Kel Foster of Natchez, Miss/Howard CC, Tex/Chipola CC, Fla., has signed with Ohio State. He averaged 16.8 points this season.

Class 2004 forward Doug Thomas of Pasadena-Inglewood, Cal/Creedmoor-Christian Faith Academy, NC/Southeastern CC, Ia., signed with Iowa.

Class 2004 Top 100 center Chester Giles of Seattle-Rainier Beach, Wash., who has yet to gain a release from Miami-Florida following the head coaching change, is considering Washington and Kansas.

Forward Chris Dunn of Hobbs, NM/Arizona/Pima CC, Ariz/Saddleback CC, Cal., committed to New Mexco for Class 2005. He redshirted as a freshman for the Wildcats.

Class 2004 forward Maushae Byles of Racine-Case, Wis/Howard CC, Tex/Kennedy-King CC, Ill., has signed with IUPUI.

Northern Iowa has Class 2004 forward Vincent Polakovic of Bratislava, Solvakia/Schelklingen-Urspring, Germany.

South Florida signed guard Montavious Waters of Albany-Westover, Ga; forward Maurice Mobley of Parkland CC, Ill; and forward/guard Marius Prekevicius of Lithuania/Weatherford CC, Tex.

Saint Mary's gained Class 2004 guard Jason Walberg of Fresno-Clovis West, Cal/Fresno CC, Cal.

Arkansas State has signed forward Marcus Ardison of Campti-Lakeview, La/State Fair CC, Mo., who averaged 18 points this past season.

Jacksonville signed Class 2004 guard B.J. Surry of Independence, Mo/State Fair CC, Mo/Highland CC, Ill.

Idaho State signed forwards Kyle Stevens of Rexburg-Madison, Idaho/Ricks CC, Idaho; and Antione Miguel Millien of Trindad State CC, Colo.

*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)
Entries
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.
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Projected: Top three to 10 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.
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. Draft: Late first to second round.
F Juan Palacios 6-8 Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY (Uncommitted). Draft: 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 Glen Davis 6-8 Baton Rouge-University, La (Signed with LSU). Projected: Late first to second round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Projected: Top 10 to 20 first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-10 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). Projected: Middle first to second round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). Projected: Late first 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 Rudy Gay 6-8 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Signed with Conn). Projected: Late first to second round.
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.

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
*Search lists of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Signings/ Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Top JC Prospects: Junior College List.
*Basketball Signing Periods: Early (Nov. 12-19) and Regular (Apr. 14-May 19).

*Indiana, Texas and Louisville lead the early 2004 Top Classes.

Class 2005 Basketball Database
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Basketball Commitments/Signings:
Class 2005: Database
Class 2004: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2003: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2001: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2000: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 1999: Database
Class 1998: 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 CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.