Jayhawks closing in on more top recruits

Originally Published: May 24, 2004
By Bill Hodge | CollegeSports.com

The Kansas Jayhawks and coach Bill Self could be headed for a major recruiting windfall.

Top 100 center Chester Giles of Seattle-Rainier Beach, Wash., granted a release by Miami (Fla.) following the coaching change, appears to favor Kansas and is expected to announce on Wednesday (May 19). He is also considering Washington and Cincinnati. Touted Class 2005 Top 100 forward Micah Downs of Bothell, Wash., favors the Jayhawks over Duke and Gonzaga, and could announce shortly; while Class 2004 Top 100 forward Alex Galindo of Puerto Rico/Newark-St. Benedict's Prep, NJ., who was granted a release by UTEP following a coaching change, lists Kansas, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Georgetown.

A record 13 preps entered the NBA Draft, including two major surprises in Top 100 forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge of Seagoville, Tex., who recently signed with Texas and claimed he was bypassing the draft; and Top 100 center Robert Rothbart of Sacramento-Natomas, Cal., who had signed with Indiana. Neither will sign with agents and both are expected to play as college freshmen.

Colorado has signed forward/center Lamont Arrington of Detroit, Mich/Schoolcraft CC, Mich; and forward/center Julius Ashby of Marshalltown CC, Ia.

Forward Stanley Branch of Atlantic City, NJ/Newark-St. Benedict's Prep, NJ/Philadelphia-Lutheran Christian, Pa., signed with UTEP.

Guard Kyle Weaver of Beloit-Memorial, Wis., signed with Washington State.

Seton Hall has forward/center Marcus Cousin of Randallstown, Md., over Nebraska.

Fordham gained forward Michael Binns of Aurora, Ill/Wolfeboro-Brewster Academy, NH.

Available Transfers:
*Sophomore forward Nate Carter, transfer from UC-Riverside.
*Sophomore forward/guard Derrick Byars, transfer from Virginia.
*Freshman center/forward David Padgett, transfer from Kansas.
*Freshman guard Omar Wilkes, transfer from Kansas.
*Sophomore forward Stan Gaines, transfer from Minnesota.
*Redshirt freshman center Aliou Kane, transfer from Minnesota.
*Class 2005 forward Alfred Aboya, decommitted from Georgetown.
*Sophomore forward/center Bernard Cote, received release from Kentucky.
*Starting sophomore guard Armondo Surratt, transfer from Miami-Florida.
*Forward/guard Melvin Buckley, transfer from Purdue.
*Guard De'Angelo Alexander, transfer from Oklahoma.
*Guard Elijah Ingram, transfer from St. John's.
*Starting junior center Gabe Lee, transfer from UMass.

*(NEW) Check Class 2005 lists for early Top 100 Prospects/Commitments. More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects. Search lists of all Class 2005 Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences.

*Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Check Class 2004 Top 100 prospects who have made Commitmen ts or Signed. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

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Central Michigan gained guards Giordan Watson of Birmingham-Groves, Mich/Bridgton Academy, Maine; and Reynold Walters of Ontario, Canada.

Georgia State signed forward Clark Williams of Lilburn-Berkmar, Ga/St. Thomas More Prep, Conn/Georgia/Chipola CC Fla/Santa Fe CC, Fla. He signed with Ohio State as a prep, but did not qualify.

Stetson signed forward Ben Bridges of Lauderhill, Fla/Fort Lauderdale-Stranahan, Fla/Florida CC-Jacksonville, Fla/St. Petersburg CC, Fla; and 7-1 center Chief Kickingstallionsims of Boynton Beach-Blanche Ely, Fla.

Campbell signed guard Stephon Griffin of Miami-Pace, Fla., who was once headed to Florida International; forward Maurice Latham of Norfolk-Maury, Va/Indian Hills CC, Iowa; and guard Ruell Pringle of Virginia Beach-Salem/Landstown, Va.

Northern Arizona signed guard DeJuan Stevens of West Los Angeles CC, Cal.

Northern Illinois added guard Cory Sims of Livingston, Ala/Lewis & Clark CC, Ill., who averaged 21.5 points this past season.

Toledo gained freshman forward Jerrah Young of Chicago-St. Rita, Ill., who is transfering from West Virginia; guard Kashif Payne of Chester, Pa/Philadelphia-Archbishop Carroll, Pa/Northfield-Mount Hermon, Mass; and center Haris Charalambous of Manchester, England/Princeton-The Hun School, NJ.

Texas State has signed forward Terrell Broussard of Irving-Nimitz, Tex/Paris CC, Tex/Weatherford CC, Tex.

Citadel gained guard Nathan Winkler of Boone-Watauga, NC/Wolfeboro-Brewster Academy, NH.

Robert Morris has guard Tony Lee of Boston-Charlestown, Mass.

Winthrop has signed forward Scott Draughn of Hamden-Hamden Prep, Conn.

Birmingham-Southern signed guard Jean-Baptiste Bah of Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala.

Maryland-Baltimore County has signed guard Rashad Bilal of White Plains, NY/Bradenton-Edison, Fla/Bradenton-IMG Academy, Fla.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has signed guard Jeffrey Muriel of Fort Worth-Dunbar, Tex.

UC-Riverside signed guard Justin Argenal of Concord-DeLaSalle, Cal; forward Daniel Fleming of Murrieta-Murrieta Valley, Cal; and center/forward David Misko of College of the Sequioas, Cal.

Appalachian State gained forward Doug McLaughlin-Williams of Reston-South Lakes, Va/Winchendon School, Mass.

Tennessee Tech signed center Ra'shun Bryant of Rome-Coosa, Ga/Marietta-Mount Olive Prep, Ga; and guard Justin Taylor of Lexington-Tates Creek, Kty.

Chicago State has signed guard Brandon Woods of Toledo, Ohio/Rend Lake CC, Ill; and forward David Inabnit of Whiteland, Ind/Cincinnati State Tech & CC, Ohio.

Wofford has signed guard Drew Gibson of Los Angeles-Dorsey, Cal/St. Thomas More, Conn; and forward Tony Nicholson of Alpharetta-Chatthoochee, Ga.

Pepperdine signed center Russell Hicks of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada-Westlane High.

Long Beach State gained center Erik Atman of Pittsburgh-Upper St. Clair, Pa/Columbus State CC, Ohio.

Lamar gained guard Matthew Barrow of Baton Rouge-Southern Lab, La.

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)
Official High School/Prep School Entries
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). Has agent. Draft: Top two first round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). No agent. Draft: Top three to five first round.
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Has agent. Draft: Top 10 to 12 first round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). No agent. Draft: Middle first round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Has agent. Draft: Middle first round.
F/C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex (Signed with Texas). Draft: Late first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-9 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). No agent. Draft: Late first round.
C Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with USC). No agent. Draft: Middle to late first round.
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). No agent. Draft: Middle to late first round.
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tenn). Has agent. Draft: Second round, if selected.
C Robert Rothbart 7-1 Sacramento-Natomas, Cal (Signed with Indiana). Draft: Not expected to be drafted.
F/C Jermaine Bell 6-11 Notre Dame Prep, Mass. Draft: Not expected to be selected.
F Maurice Shaw 6-9 Bridgton Academy, Maine. Draft: Not expected to be drafted.
Official Junior College Entries
G/F Donta Smith 6-7 Southeastern Illinois CC, Ill (Signed with Louisville). No agent. Draft: Middle second round.
C Randy Orr 6-11 Hampton, SC/Western Kentucky/Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga. No agent. Draft: Not expected to be selected.
F Jason Parker 6-8 Kentucky (2000-01). Draft: Not expected to be selected.
G Kelvin Pena 6-3 Southeastern CC, Iowa. Draft: Not expected to be selected.
C/F Tremayne Singletary 6-10 Southwestern CC, Cal. Draft: Not expected to be selected.

C Sani Ibrahim 6-10 Gulf Coast CC, Fla. Draft: Not expected to be selected.

2003 NBA Draft
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.

Class 2004 Basketball Database
*Search lists of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*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
*Search early lists of Prospects/Commitments

*Check the lists of early Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.
* More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.

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

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
Class 2005: Database
Class 2004: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2003: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2001: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2000: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 1999: Database
Class 1998: 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 CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.