Aggies add All-Chicago guard

Originally Published: May 24, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

Texas A&M and coach Billy Gillispie have signed touted guard Jarmarcus Ellis of Chicago-Westinghouse, Ill. Ellis averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while leading the Warriors to the city championship last season and was a member of the state championship team as a sophomore. The All-State prospect is a two-time All-City selection and one of the top players to ever play at Westinghouse. The Aggies recently added forward Slade Weishuhn of Wall, Tex., over UTEP and Houston.

Class 2005 Top 100 guard Mario Chalmers of Anchorage-Bartlett, Alaska, will announce between Kansas and Arizona on Friday (May 21).

Sophomore guard/forward Melvin Buckley, has transferred from Purdue to South Florida.

Minnesota has a pledge from forward Jonathon Williams of St. Cloud-Apollo, Minn/Notre Dame Prep, Mass. He chose St. John's in Class 2003.

Penn State signed forward Brandon Hassell of Germantown-Valley View, Ohio, who recently decommitted from Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Southern Mississippi and coach Larry Eustachy announced the signing of guard Michael Ford of Macon, Ga/Los Angeles Southwest CC, Cal., who averaged 24.4 points last season.

Auburn signed forward Daniel Hayles of Mobile-LeFlore, Ala.

Guard Brian Smith of Lexington-Catholic, Kty/Fork Union MA, Va., the youngest son of Kentucky coach Tubby Smith, is expected to walk-on at Mississippi.

Forward Ike Ofoegbu of San Antonio-Taft, Tex/Hill CC, Tex., picked SMU over interest from Texas A&M, TCU and Indiana State.

Bradley gained forward Lance Stemler of Columbia-Gibault Catholic, Ill/Southwestern Illinois CC, Ill.

New Mexico State has signed forward Jay McFarland of Milwaukee, Wis/Yavapai CC, Ariz. New Mexico State recently gained guard Josh Jenkins of Albuquerque-Valley, NM., who averaged 26 points and 8.4 assists as a senior.

Montana State signed guard Ryan Holmes of Goodyear-Millennium, Ariz., who averaged 29.3 points as a senior.

Arkansas State signed guard Dereke Tipler of New Madrid, Mo/Three Rivers CC, Mo.

Tennessee-Chattanooga signed guard Steve Cherry of Byron-Peach County, Ga/Tallahassee CC, Fla.

Texas-Arlington signed guards Rodrick Epps of Dallas-Lake Highlands, Tex; and Baron Sauls of Alief-Alief Elsik, Tex.

Florida International signed guard Cesar Chavez of Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY.

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 (probable Seton Hall).
*Redshirt freshman center Aliou Kane, transfer from Minnesota.
*Sophomore forward/center Bernard Cote, received release from Kentucky.
*Starting sophomore guard Armondo Surratt, transfer from Miami-Florida.
*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.

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). 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 For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.