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Rutgers lands two top forwards

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=rutu">Rutgers and coach Gary Waters have
commitments from Class 2005 Top 100 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=197&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Gerald (J.R.) Inman of Montvale-St.
Joseph Regional, NJ., over North Carolina State, Maryland, Georgetown, West
Virginia, Miami-Florida and St. Joseph's, among others; and Super Prospect
forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=260&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Jaron Griffin of Lakehurst-Manchester
Township, NJ., over West Virginia, Rhode Island and Miami-Florida.

Class 2005 Top 100 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=198&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Artem Wallace of St. Petersburg,
Russia/Toledo, Wash., has committed to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=wash">Washington. He averaged 23 points
and 12 rebounds last season.

Twenty-nine href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=04&hodge_flag=Y">Early Top 100 Prospects for Class 2005
have already 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&gr
idiron_flag=&order=status&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=04&state=al
l">Commitments.

More Basketball News

A possible sign that he will withdraw from the NBA draft, center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=12&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">LaMarcus Aldridge of Seagoville, Tex., has
joined other Longhorn recruits in enrolling for summer school at href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=tex">Texas. There was no word of an
official decision, but a bad back has kept him from working out for pro
teams.

Class 2004 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=620&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jamal Nichols of Philadelphia-Ben
Franklin, Pa/St. Joseph's/Riverside CC, Cal/Globe Institute, NY., has signed
with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=depa">DePaul.

Freshman forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1462&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Ryan Lambert of Germantown-Northwest,
Md/Hargrave MA, Va., has transferred from Western Kentucky to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=duqu">Duquesne. He started 20 games for
the Hilltoppers this past season.

Freshman guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1060&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Mike O'Donnell of Largo, Fla., is
transferring from North Carolina State to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=cfl">Central Florida. He played in 30
games and started seven last season.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=wcar">Western Carolina signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1483&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Erik Wilson of Lincolnton, NC., who
averaged 23 points as a senior.

Guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1484&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Dubois Williams of Tempe-Marcos de Niza,
Ariz., will walk-on at href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=asu">Arizona State.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=lehi">Lehigh has signed guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=176&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Erik Smith of Arlington-Bishop O'Connell,
Va; forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=524&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Bryan White of Plantation-St. Thomas
Aquinas, Fla; and guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=523&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Joe Knight of Arlington, Tex/High
Point/Tarrant County CC, Tex.

Class 2004 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=422&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Lorenzo Keeler of Escondido, Cal., who
had signed with href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=sdsu">San Diego State, is expected to
attend prep school.

Top Available Transfers:

*Sophomore forward/guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1124&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Derrick Byars, transfer from Virginia.

*Freshman center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1075&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">David Padgett, transfer from Kansas.

*Freshman guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1036&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Omar Wilkes, transfer from Kansas.

*Sophomore forward/center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1238&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Bernard Cote, transfer from Kentucky.

*Starting sophomore guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1151&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Armondo Surratt, transfer from
Miami-Florida.

*Guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1107&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">De'Angelo Alexander, transfer from
Oklahoma.

*Guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1212&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Elijah Ingram, transfer from St. John's.

*Starting junior center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1201&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Gabe Lee, transfer from UMass.


Class 2004 Basketball Database:
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=03&status=s">Signings/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/basketball.cfm">Top
Classes.

* href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=03">Prospects/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=03&status=v">Commitments/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=03&status=s">Signings/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/conferences.cfm?sport=basketba
ll&dbyear=03">Schools and Conferences

* href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=03&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100 Prospects/ href="
http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&ord
er=lastname&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=a
ny&height=all&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=all&hodge_flag=N&supe
r_flag=Y&gridiron_flag=&order=lastname&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyea
r=03&state=all">Super Prospects

* href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/basketball.cfm">Top
Classes:
Kentucky and Kansas made wild closing finishes to lead the
rankings. Other top programs are Texas, Indiana, UCLA, Oregon, Louisville,
Florida, Memphis and Alabama. Fans will also discover top talent arriving at
Arkansas, Connecticut, Michigan State, Missouri and Arizona.

* 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">Top Junior College Prospects.


Class 2005 Basketball Database:
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

* 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.

* href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=ba
sketball&dbyear=04&hodge_flag=Y">Early Top 100 Prospects/ 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&gr
idiron_flag=&order=status&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyear=04&state=al
l">Commitments/ href="
http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?region=all&ord
er=lastname&name=&lastname=&firstname=&school_name=&signing_conference=a
ny&height=all&weight=all&speed_40=&keyword=&status=all&hodge_flag=N&supe
r_flag=Y&gridiron_flag=&order=lastname&startpos=1&sport=basketball&dbyea
r=04&state=all">Super 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)

**A record 13 preps entered the NBA Draft.

Official High School/Prep School Entries

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. Agent. Predict Lottery: 2nd 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
(Duke). Predict Lottery: Four to ten 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 (Indiana). Agent. Predict Lottery: 6th in 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 (UNC). Agent. Predict: 17-18 in 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 (Louisville). Agent. Predict: 15-23 in first round.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=12&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex
(Texas). Predict: 23 in 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
(Arkansas). Predict: 25-26 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 (USC
Trojans). Predict: 19-25 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
(DePaul). Predict: 18-24 in first 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. (Tenn). Agent. Predict: Not selected.

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=52&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Robert Rothbart 7-1 Sacramento-Natomas,
Cal (Indiana). Predict: Not selected.

F/C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=276&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jermaine Bell 6-11 Notre Dame Prep, Mass.
Predict: Not selected.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1364&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Maurice Shaw 6-9 Bridgton Academy,
Maine. Predict: Not selected.

Official Junior College Entries

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 (Louisville). Predict: Middle second round.

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=618&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Randy Orr 6-11 Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga.
Predict: Not selected.

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=438&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jason Parker 6-8 Kentucky (2000-01).
Predict: Not selected.

G href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=658&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Kelvin Pena 6-3 Southeastern CC, Iowa.
Predict: Not selected.

C/F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1363&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Tremayne Singletary 6-10 Southwestern
CC, Cal. Predict: Not selected.

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=663&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Sani Ibrahim 6-10 Gulf Coast CC, Fla.
Predict: Not selected.

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.

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/ href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&hodge_flag=Y">Top 100

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.