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Mims picks FSU over Providence, South Carolina

Class 2004 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1202&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Ralph Mims of Brunswick, Maine, is
headed to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=fsu">Florida State over Providence and
South Carolina. He averaged 30 points this season.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=vand">Vanderbilt announced the signing of
forwards href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=381&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown
Prep, Md; and href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1057&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Alan Metcalfe of Liverpool,
England/Middleburg-Notre Dame Academy, Va. Both were previous commitments.

Top 100 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., has delayed a decision between Louisville, Baylor, Florida
State or the NBA. He is expected to be drafted from the late first to second
round.

One of the top high school recruits in Illinois, Class 2005 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=106&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Kevin Lisch of Belleville-Althoff, Ill.,
has committed to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=stlo">Saint Louis over Illinois, Purdue
and Notre Dame. He averaged 24 points as a junior.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=wast">Washington State awarded a
scholarship to junior walk-on guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1208&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Isaiah Simmons of Tacoma, Wash., who
played in 15 games last season, starting one. Two players are transfering,
including junior center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1210&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Justin Garcia of Mira Loma, Cal; and
freshman forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1209&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Lance Den Boer of Sunnyside-Christian,
Wash.

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.

Freshman center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1205&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Dwayne Curtis of Chicago-Whitney Young,
Ill., is transfering from href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=aub">Auburn. He played in 19 games last
season, starting five.

Starting junior center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1201&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Gabe Lee of Camilla/Mitchell-Baker,
Ga/Northfield-Mount Hermon, Mass., is transfering from href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=umas">UMass.

Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1023&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Michal Vavrek of Slovokia/Highland,
Ind/Joliet CC, Ill., signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=iupu">IUPUI.

Guards href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1203&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Eric Bloom of Phoenix-Greenway,
Ariz/Glendale CC, Ariz; and href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1204&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Donta Watson of Evansville-Harrison,
Ind/North Platte CC, Neb., signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=sjsu">San Jose State.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=ilsu">Illinois State signed center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1206&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Levi Dyer of Eaton, Colo.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=mtn">Middle Tennessee State added forward
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1207&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Brian Lake of Bolivar-Central, Tenn.

*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.

NBA Draft News

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)
are near decisions on whether or not to enter the NBA Draft. Smith is
expected to be drafted in the middle of the first round, while Jefferson is
considered a late first round selection.

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., who signed with Louisville, is expected to announce for the
draft on May. 4.

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, considered the nation's top
prep guard prospect, would be taken in the top four to five picks in first
round. Swift is listed as a probable late first round choice.

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 10 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.

Should Preps Jump to NBA? The most heralded high school player in years,
forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=2
002066&sport=basketball&dbyear=02">LeBron James of Akron/St.
Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio, was chosen No. 1 in the first round of the 2003
Draft by Cleveland. He averaged 20 points and was Rookie of the Year. The
other three preps taken in the first round, all late picks, played a
combined 86 minutes during the entire season: Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=2
002068&sport=basketball&dbyear=02">Travis Outlaw of
Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick by Portland; forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=2
002067&sport=basketball&dbyear=02">Ndudi Ebi of
Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick by Minnesota; center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=2
002011&sport=basketball&dbyear=02">Kendrick Perkins of
Beaumont-Ozen, Tex., 27th pick by Memphis, then traded to Boston.


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). Draft: 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). Draft: Top eight to 10 in first round.


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). Draft: Top six to ten in 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). Draft: Late first to second 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. Draft: Second round, if
selected.

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

(Decision May 3) 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). Draft: Middle in first round.

(Decision May 3) F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=14&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Al Jefferson 6-9 Prentiss, Miss (Signed
with Arkansas). Draft: Late in first round.

(Decision May 4) 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). Expected to enter the NBA Draft. He
has reportedly signed with an agent and will sign a shoe endorsement
contract. Telfair has been spending two weeks in Greece with his brother,
Jamel Thomas, who plays professionally for Apollon in Patra, Greece. Draft:
Middle in first 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). Draft: Late in first 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). Draft: Top four to five in first round.

Not Expected To Enter Draft

(Decision May 6) 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). Georgia Tech, Kentucky or NBA. 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). Louisville (expected), Baylor, FSU or NBA.
Draft: Late first to second round.

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). 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.


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.


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.

The 5/8 Rule

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. NCAA Story

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.