Mims picks FSU over Providence, South Carolina

Updated: May 3, 2004, 9:25 AM ET
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

Class 2004 guard Ralph Mims of Brunswick, Maine, is headed to Florida State over Providence and South Carolina. He averaged 30 points this season.

Vanderbilt announced the signing of forwards Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown Prep, Md; and Alan Metcalfe of Liverpool, England/Middleburg-Notre Dame Academy, Va. Both were previous commitments.

Top 100 forward 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 Kevin Lisch of Belleville-Althoff, Ill., has committed to Saint Louis over Illinois, Purdue and Notre Dame. He averaged 24 points as a junior.

Washington State awarded a scholarship to junior walk-on guard Isaiah Simmons of Tacoma, Wash., who played in 15 games last season, starting one. Two players are transfering, including junior center Justin Garcia of Mira Loma, Cal; and freshman forward Lance Den Boer of Sunnyside-Christian, Wash.

Redshirt-freshman center/forward Aaron Spears of Chicago-Dunbar, Ill., plans to transfer from Illinois. Spears, who is considering Highland CC, Ill., played in 20 games last season.

Freshman center Dwayne Curtis of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill., is transfering from Auburn. He played in 19 games last season, starting five.

Starting junior center Gabe Lee of Camilla/Mitchell-Baker, Ga/Northfield-Mount Hermon, Mass., is transfering from UMass.

Forward Michal Vavrek of Slovokia/Highland, Ind/Joliet CC, Ill., signed with IUPUI.

Guards Eric Bloom of Phoenix-Greenway, Ariz/Glendale CC, Ariz; and Donta Watson of Evansville-Harrison, Ind/North Platte CC, Neb., signed with San Jose State.

Illinois State signed center Levi Dyer of Eaton, Colo.

Middle Tennessee State added forward Brian Lake of Bolivar-Central, Tenn.

*Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Ninety-five prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have made Commitmen ts or Signed. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

NBA Draft News

Guard/forward J.R. Smith of Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ., who signed with North Carolina; and forward/center 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 Sebastian Telfair of Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY., who signed with Louisville, is expected to announce for the draft on May. 4.

Center 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 Robert Swift of Bakersfield, Cal (USC Trojans) and guard 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 Dwight Howard of Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted; top first or second pick of the draft); forward Josh Smith of Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Indiana; top eight to 10 in first round); center Jackie Butler of Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Tennessee; second round, if selected); forward Ivan Chiriaev of Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State; six to 10th in first round); and forward/guard 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 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 Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick by Portland; forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick by Minnesota; center 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)
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). Draft: Top two in first round.
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Draft: Top eight to 10 in first round.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). Draft: Top six to ten in first round.
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). Draft: Late first to second round.
C 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 J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). Draft: Middle in first round.
(Decision May 3) F Al Jefferson 6-9 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). Draft: Late in first round.
(Decision May 4) G 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 Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with USC). Draft: Late in first round.
G 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 Randolph Morris 6-11 Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga (Uncommitted). Georgia Tech, Kentucky or NBA. Draft: Late first to second round.
F Juan Palacios 6-8 Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY (Uncommitted). Louisville (expected), Baylor, FSU or NBA. Draft: Late first to second round.
F Rudy Gay 6-8 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Signed with Conn). Draft: Late first to second round.
F Shawne Williams 6-8 Laurinburg Prep, NC (Signed with Memphis). Projected: Late first to second round.

F Glen Davis 6-8 Baton Rouge-University, La (Signed with LSU). 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.

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. Story, Rosters.

McDonald's Games/All-Star Games/NBA Drafts
Search for 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. 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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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.