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Telfair, other top prospects near decision

The nation's leading prep stars are scrambling to make their decisions on
whether to play in college or enter the NBA Draft. The deadline for early
entry is May 10.

Top 100 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=23&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Sebastian Telfair of Brooklyn-Abraham
Lincoln, NY., is expected to chose the draft, according to a source cited by
Newsday, and a press conference has been set for May 5. He has reportedly
signed with an agent and will sign a shoe endorsement contract. Telfair, who
had signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=lou">Louisville, has been spending two
weeks in Greece with his brother, Jamel Thomas, who plays professionally for
Apollon in Patra, Greece. If he enters the draft, Telfair is projected to be
taken in the middle of the first round. He would be the shortest prep (6-0)
and the first pure high school point guard ever drafted.

Guard/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=274&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">J.R. Smith of Newark-St. Benedict's Prep
School, NJ., who signed with North Carolina; and forward/center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=14&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Al Jefferson of Prentiss, Miss (Arkansas),
have scheduled press conferences on May 3. Smith is expected to be drafted
in the middle of the first round, while Jefferson is considered a late first
round selection.

Center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=260&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Randolph Morris of Fairburn-Landmark
Christian School, Ga., will make a decision between Georgia Tech, Kentucky
or the draft on May 6. He is a probable late first to second round pick.

Two other likely draft candidates, center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=40&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Robert Swift of Bakersfield, Cal (USC
Trojans) and guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=25&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Shaun Livingston of Peoria-Central, Ill
(Duke), have not set announcements. Livingston would be taken in the top
four to five picks in first round. Swift is listed as a probable late first
round choice.

Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=58&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Juan Palacios of Centereach-Our Savior New
American, NY., is considering Louisville (expected), Baylor, Florida State
or the NBA. He is considered a late first to second round selection.

Five preps have already chosen to enter the draft, including touted
center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=55&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Dwight Howard of Atlanta-SW Atlanta
Christian, Ga (Uncommitted; top first or second pick of the draft); 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 (Indiana; top eight to 10th in first round); center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=409&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jackie Butler of Virginia Beach-Coastal
Christian, Va. (Tennessee; second round, if selected); forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=995&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Ivan Chiriaev of Oakville, Ontario-St.
Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State; six to 10th in first round); and
forward/guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=402&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Dorell Wright of South Kent Prep, Conn
(DePaul; late first to second round; may be waivering on his entry).

More Basketball News

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has voted to approve measures of
academic reform that included a repeal of the controversial 5/8 rule
limiting college basketball recruiting to no more than five recruits in a
single class and no more than eight in any two-year period. With the rule
rescinded, coaches can fill their 13-man rosters with the best eligible
players who have yet to sign. A new system known as "incentives and
disincentives," provides for colleges and universities who promote academic
progress, player retention for all sports, rules compliance and higher
graduation rates. href="/ncaa/news/story?id=1792535">Story.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=colo">Colorado has center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=683&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Lamont Arrington of Detroit-Osborn,
Mich/Schoolcraft CC, Mich. He earlier had picked Houston.

Redshirt-freshman center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1200&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Aaron Spears of Chicago-Dunbar, Ill.,
plans to transfer from href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=ill">Illinois. Spears, who is
considering Highland CC, Ill., played in 20 games last season.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=cfl">Central Florida has forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=702&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Marcus Johnson of Romulus-Robichard,
Mich/Schoolcraft CC, Mich., who was once headed for Texas A&M.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=crei">Creighton signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1079&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Nick Porter of Las Vegas-Desert Pines,
Nev/Compton CC, Cal.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=ucir">UC-Irvine gained guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1191&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Aaron Fitzgerald of Seattle-Kennedy,
Wash/Portland State/Jacksonville CC, Tex.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=geos">Georgia Southern has signed guard
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1184&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Matt Scott of Evans-Lakeside, Ga., who
averaged 27.8 points as a senior.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=coas">Coastal Carolina has guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1006&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Jack Leasure of Rochester-McQuaid
Jesuit, NY; forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1185&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Noah Nichols of Upper Marlboro-McNamara,
Md; and forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=587&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Chad Ferguson of North Las
Vegas-Cheyenne, Nev/Laurinburg Prep, NC.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=tenm">Tennessee-Martin signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1019&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Marcus Ford of Gary-Wirt,
Ind/Southeastern Illinois CC, Ill.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=nham">New Hampshire gained forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=126&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Brandon Odom of Dorchester-Thayer
Academy, Mass.

Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1188&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Kevin Jolley of Cheverly, Md/Hutchinson
CC, Kan., has chosen href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=quic">Quinnipiac.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=sien">Siena signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1195&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Marshall Taylor of Philadelphia-West
Catholic, Pa.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=eky">Eastern Kentucky has guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1194&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Zack Ingles of Pasco-Hernando CC, Fla.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=iona">Iona signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1193&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Taquan Evans of Albany-LaSalle School,
NY.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=manh">Manhattan signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=110&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Arturo Dubois of Harlem-Rice, NY.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=hart">Hartford added guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1141&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Brian Glowiak of New Britain, Conn; and
forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1186&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Fred Kounkorgo of Fitchburg-Notre Dame
Prep, Mass.

*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-five 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 Ind). 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