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Devendorf chooses Orange over Gators

Class 2005 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=7&spo
rt=basketball&dbyear=04">Eric Devendorf, a Top 100 prospect from Bay
City, Mich., is headed to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=syr">Syracuse over Florida. Devendorf,
who had decommitted from Michigan State, will attend Oak Hill Academy, Va.,
this upcoming season. He averaged 30.6 points as a junior.

Sophomore forward/guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1124&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Derrick Byars of Memphis-Ridgeway,
Tenn., who recently announced he would transfer from Virginia, has decided
on href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=vand">Vanderbilt. Byars played in 31
games with 18 starts last season with the Cavaliers, averaging 7.5 points
and 3.4 rebounds.

Class 2005 guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=273&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Tommie Liddell of East St. Louis,
Ill/Hargrave MA, Va., is headed to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=unlv">UNLV. He signed with Saint Louis in
Class 2004, but did not qualify academically and will first attend Hargrave.

Sophomore guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1212&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Elijah Ingram of Orange, NJ., who
started 17 games last season for St. John's, has transferred to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=nmst">New Mexico State. Ingram, one of
six Red Storm players who broke curfew at a strip club on a road trip,
withdrew from St. John's after being permanently suspended from the team.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=csfu">Cal State-Fullerton has added
freshman guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1536&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Frank Robinson of Los Angeles-Sylmar,
Cal/Maine Central Institute, Maine, who is transferring from East Carolina;
and sophomore forward/center href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1537&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Adam Tancredi of Santa Ana-Santa
Margarita Catholic, Cal/New Hampton Prep, NH., a transfer from Quinnipiac.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=hofs">Hofstra has Class 2005 commitments
from guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=309&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Victor Morris of Bayside-Cardozo, NY;
guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=310&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Sal Patricio of Fort Myers, Fla; and
center/forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=272&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Greg Washington of Central Islip, NY.

Forty-three 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.


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

*Signing Dates: Early Period (Nov. 10-17, 2004); Late Period
(Apr. 13-May 18, 2005).

* 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.

Top 25 Players for 2005

1. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=25&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Tasmin Mitchell F 6-7 220 La
; 2. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=27&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Tyler Hansbrough F 6-9 230 Mo
; 3. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=29&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Richard Hendrix F 6-8 250 Ala
; 4. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=28&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Keith Brumbaugh F 6-8 215 Fla
; 5. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=40&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Louis Williams G 6-2 165 Ga (Committed to
Georgia)
; 6. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=26&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Martell Webster F 6-6 215 Wash
; 7. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=42&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Monta Ellis G 6-2 160 Miss (Committed to
Mississippi State)
; 8. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=30&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Brandon Rush F 6-7 190 NC
; 9. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=140&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">C.J. Miles F 6-6 210 Texas
; 10. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=44&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Mario Chalmers G 6-1 165 Alaska (Committed
to Kansas); 11. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=38&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Julian Wright F 6-8, Ill; 12. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=48&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Bobby Frasor G 6-3 Ill (Committed to North
Carolina); 13. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=118&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Andray Blatche F 6-9 NY;
14. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=132&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Gerald Green F 6-8 Tex (Committed to
Oklahoma State);
15. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=33&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Eric Boateng C 6-10 Del; 16. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=181&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Micah Downs F 6-8 Wash (Committed to
Kansas); 17. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=19&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Greg Paulus G 6-2 NY (Committed to Duke);
18. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=7&spo
rt=basketball&dbyear=04">Eric Devendorf G 6-3 Mich (Committed to
Syracuse); 19. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=87&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Jamont Gordon G 6-3 Tenn; 20. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=47&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Joe Krabbenhoft F 6-7 SD (Committed to
Wisconsin); 21. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=39&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Luke Zeller C 6-11 Ind (Committed to Notre
Dame); 22. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=35&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Brandon Costner F 6-8 NJ; 23. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=31&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Amir Johnson F 6-9 Cal (Committed to
Louisville); 24. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=17&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Josh McRoberts F 6-9 Ind (Committed to
Duke); 25. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=41&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Tyler Smith F 6-7 Tenn.


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.


2004 NBA Draft

A record 13 preps entered the June 24 draft. Second round selections do
not receive guaranteed contracts.

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 Atla
Christian, Ga (No college choice). Draft: 1st in first round by
Orlando

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). Draft: 4th in first round by L.A. Clippers

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=40&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Robert Swift 7-0 Bakersfield, Cal (USC
Trojans). Draft: 12th in first round by Seattle

G href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=23&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">Sebastian Telfair 5-11 Brooklyn-Abraham
Lincoln, NY (Louisville). Draft: 13th in first round by Portland

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). Draft: 15th in first round by Boston

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). Draft: 17th in first round by Atlanta

G 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). Draft: 18th in first round by New Orleans

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). Draft: 19th in first round by Miami

C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=409&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jackie Butler 6-10 Virginia Beach-Coastal
Christian, Va. (Tenn). Draft: Not selected

---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.
*Withdrew from draft.

---F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1364&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Maurice Shaw 6-9 Bridgton Academy,
Maine. *Withdrew from draft.

---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). *Withdrew from draft.

---C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=12&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=03">LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex
(Texas). *Withdrew from draft.

Official Junior College Entries

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=352&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Donta Smith 6-7 SE Illinois CC, Ill
(Louisville). Draft: 5th in second round by Atlanta

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

F href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1510&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Brandon Bender 6-9 Robert Morris CC Ill.
Draft: 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.
*Withdrew from draft.

---C href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1363&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Tremayne Singletary 6-8 Southwestern CC,
Cal. *Withdrew from draft.

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.