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Hurricanes land forward from Texas

Class 2004 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1175&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Raymond Hicks of Longview, Tex., has
signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=mifl">Miami-Florida over Texas A&M,
Indiana, Fordham, Tulsa, Arkansas and Baylor.

The href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=geo">Georgia Bulldogs and coach Dennis
Felton signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1342&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Younes Idrissi of
Morocco/Woodstock-Massanutten MA, Va., over interest from Virginia Tech,
Purdue, Virginia and South Carolina.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=smis">Southern Mississippi signed guard
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=633&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Michael Ford of Macon-Northeast, Ga/Los
Angeles-Southwest CC, Cal. The Golden Eagles recently gained forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1319&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Dwayne Brown of Southeastern Illinois
CC, Ill.

Remaining Top 100 Prospects: Center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=30&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Chester Giles of Seattle-Rainier Beach,
Wash., granted a release by Miami-Florida following the coaching change, is
considering Washington, Cincinnati and Kansas. Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=316&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Alex Galindo of Puerto Rico/Newark-St.
Benedict's Prep, NJ., granted a release by UTEP following a coaching change,
lists Rutgers, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Georgetown.

Forward/guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=428&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Wynton Witherspoon of Liburn-Berkmar,
Ga., picked href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=vtec">Virgnia Tech over interest in
Providence, Texas, Georgia and Auburn.

Sophomore forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1216&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Philip McCandies of
Winston-Salem/Parkland, NC., is expected to transfer from Virginia Tech to
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=char">College of Charleston.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=unlv">UNLV added center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1251&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Joel Anthony of Montreal,
Canada/Pensacola CC, Fla., over interest from Penn State, Nebraska and
Cincinnati.

Junior starting guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1339&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Chey Christie of Hartford, Conn., is
expected to transfer from Clemson to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=sala">South Alabama. South Alabama has
signed center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1340&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Jacque Pate of Washington, DC/Howard CC,
Tex.

Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1333&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Dexter Gray of Mount Vernon, NY., has
chosen href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=stjo">St. John's.

Freshman guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1009&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Tyler Relph of Victor,
NY/Rochester-McQuaid Jesuit, NY., who recently announced he was transfering
from West Virginia, has chosen href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=stbo">St. Bonaventure.

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, who had signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=iast">Iowa State, has withdrawn from the
NBA Draft on advice from his agent and is expected to play in Europe. He had
a poor performance in a recent Canadian high school All-Star game before
many NBA scouts.

*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. Check href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&hodge_flag=Y">Class 2004 Top 100 prospects who 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.

More Basketball News

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=libe">Liberty signed center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=691&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Rashad Robinson of Elizabeth City, NJ/San
Jacinto CC, Tex.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=must">Murray State signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=965&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Justin Orr of Cincinnati-LaSalle, Ohio.
Orr, who recently decommitted from Miami-Ohio, is the nephew of former NBA
player Louis Orr, the head coach at Seton Hall.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=txsa">Texas-San Antonio signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1336&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Andre Owens of Irving, Tex/McLennan CC,
Tex.

Guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1341&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Jaycean Herring of Bartlett, Tenn.,
signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=tenc">Tennessee-Chattanooga. The Mocs
recently gained guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1307&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">A.J. Mastin of Chattanooga-Red Bank,
Tenn/St. Catherine CC, Kty.

Forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1335&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Sam Faulk of Saint Pauls, NC., picked href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=vcu">Virginia Commonwealth.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=clst">Cleveland State signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1334&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Justin Henderson of Westerville-South,
Ohio/Glen Oaks CC, Mich.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=uncg">UNC-Greensboro gained forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1325&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Brian Beckford of Middle Village-Christ
the King Regional, NY.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=aru">Arkansas State has signed
center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1332&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Kitus Witherspoon of Orlando-Boone,
Fla/Seminole CC, Fla.


2004 NBA Draft

(May 10-Early Entry Deadline; June 17-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline;
June 24-NBA Draft; second round selections do not receive guaranteed
contracts)

High School/Prep School 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. Draft: Top two 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). No agent. Draft: Top three to five 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). Has agent. Draft: Top six to 10 first
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). No agent. Draft: Middle first 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). Has agent. Draft: Middle first round.

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). No agent. Draft: Late 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). No agent. Draft: Late 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. 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.


Junior College Entries

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=618&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Randy Orr 6-11 Hampton, SC/Western
Kentucky/Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga. No agent. Draft: Will not be selected.

G/F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=352&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Donta Smith 6-7 Southeastern Illinois CC,
Ill (Signed with Louisville). No agent. Draft: Second round.

2003 NBA Draft

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.


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

*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

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

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.