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Lofton selects Vols over Bearcats

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=311&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Chris Lofton, a guard from
Maysville-Mason County, Kty., has chosen href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=tenn">Tennessee over Cincinnati. He
averaged 27 points as a senior.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=md">Maryland signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1001&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Sterling Ledbetter of Laurel,
Md/Allegany CC, Md., who averaged 14 points last season.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=tam">Texas A&M and first-year coach Billy
Gillispie have signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1125&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Edjuan Green of Spring, Tex/Temple CC,
Tex., who averaged 19.7 points and 14.7 rebounds this season.

Sophomore forward/guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1124&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Derrick Byars of Memphis-Ridgeway,
Tenn., will transfer from href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=va">Virginia. He played in 31 games this
past season, starting 18. Class 2005 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=172&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Laurynas Mikalauskas of
Lithuania/Dyke-Blue Ridge, Va., recently committed to the href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=va">Cavaliers over Maryland, West
Virginia, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

Freshman forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1123&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Todd Hendley of Sanford-Lee County, NC.,
will transfer from Wake Forest to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=ncwi">UNC-Wilmington. He played in 16
games for Wake Forest this past season.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=lasa">LaSalle signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=139&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Richard Cunningham of
Philadelphia-Neumann, Pa; forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1027&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Sherman Diaz of Trinidad/Burlington-Life
Center, NJ; and guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1131&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Darnell Harris of Baltimore-St. Frances
Academy, Md.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=byu">BYU has forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1110&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Keena Young of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex/South
Plains CC, Tex., who was once signed by Memphis and then committed to Texas
Tech; and guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1122&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Josh Reisman of Mount Vernon,
Wash/Gonzaga/San Jose CC, Cal., who played in 30 games as a redshirt
freshman for Gonzaga.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=gest">Georgia State has signed touted
guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=631&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Travis DeGroot of Montclair, NJ/New
Mexico Military Institute, NM; guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=785&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Malcolm Manier of Lebanon,
Tenn/Cincinnati State Technical College; forward/center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=921&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Justin Billingslea of Lithia Springs, Ga;
and center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1134&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Deven Dickerson of Richmond-Henrico, Va.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=mtn">Middle Tennessee State signed guards
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=638&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jonathan Loe of Memphis-Bartlett,
Tenn/Mississippi/Northwest Mississippi CC, Miss; href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=693&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Marcus Morrison of St.
Petersburg-Lakewood, Fla/South Carolina/Garden City CC, Kan; and href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1128&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Francis Cuyler of Leesburg, Fla/Cowley
County CC, Kan. The Blue Raiders recently gained forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1067&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Tim Blue of Palm Beach-Palm Beach
Gardens, Fla/Indian River CC, Fla.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=etsu">East Tennessee State gained
forwards href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=985&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Greg Surmacz of Peterborough-Collegiate,
Ontario; and href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1126&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Chris Mitchell of Chicago, Ill/Highland
CC, Ill.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=stlo">Saint Louis has forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1127&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Vas'shun Newborne of Natchez,
Miss/Chipola CC, Fla.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=saht">Sacred Heart signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1121&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Drew Shabik of Stoystown/Boswell-North
Star, Pa; and forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1120&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Brice Brooks of Silverdale-Central
Kitsap, Wash.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=lafa">Lafayette has guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1119&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Matt Betley of Medford-Lenape, NJ.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=akoh">Akron signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1042&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Cedrick Middleton of Chicago
Heights-Marian Catholic, Ill/Wolfeboro-Brewster Academy, NH.

*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.