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Blue Devils reel in California prospect

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=duke">Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski have
pledged Top 100 forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=67&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Jamal Boykin, a Class 2005 prospect from
Los Angeles-Fairfax, Cal., over Boston College, Georgia Tech, Illinois,
Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, among others.

Boykin joins two earlier Top 100 commitments for the Blue Devils in guard
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=19&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Greg Paulus and forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=17&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Josh McRoberts.

The href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=pur">Purdue Boilermakers have a Class
2005 commitment from guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=325&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Korey Spates of Warrensville-Warrensville
Heights, Ohio, after considering Cincinnati, Xavier, Michigan State, Ohio
State and North Carolina State. He averaged 28 points as a junior.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=clem">Clemson has signed forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=312&s
port=basketball&dbyear=03">Jerome Johnson of
Potomac-Bullis, Md/Bradenton-IMG Academy, Fla., for this upcoming season. He
drew interest from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Auburn, DePaul, Cincinnati and
Nebraska, among others.

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=text">Texas Tech pledged forward href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=326&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Jeremy Buttell of
Colleyville-Heritage, Tex., over interest from Oklahoma, Arizona State and
Houston.

Freshman guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=1554&
sport=basketball&dbyear=03">Carlton Christian of Orlando-Evans,
Fla., will transfer from Marquette to href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=03&school_name=cfl">Central Florida. He played in 22
games for the Golden Eagles last season.

Michigan has a commitment from Class 2006 guard K'len Morris of Grand
Blanc, Mich., who averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1413">(2006 Commitments).

Class 2006 center J.P. Gavinski of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is headed to
the Wisconsin Badgers over Marquette, Iowa, Wake Forest and Washington State
href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1413">(2006 Commitments).

Butler has a commitment from Class 2006 guard Grant Leiendecker of Fort
Wayne-Homestead, Ind., who averaged 15 points as a sophomore href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1413">(2006 Commitments).

href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/searchrecruit.cfm?sport=basket
ball&dbyear=04&school_name=dela">Delaware has a Class 2005
commitment from guard href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=324&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Zaire Taylor of Staten Island-Curtis,
NY/Goldsboro-Charis Prep, NC.

Forty-six 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 6-8 265 Ala
; 4. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=17&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Josh McRoberts F 6-10 240 Ind (Committed
to Duke);
5. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=40&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Louis Williams G 6-1 175 Ga (Committed to
Georgia)
; 6. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=30&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Brandon Rush F 6-6 200 NC
;
7. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=118&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Andray Blatche F 6-10 NY;
8. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=132&s
port=basketball&dbyear=04">Gerald Green G/F 6-7 Tex (Committed to
Oklahoma State);

9. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=28&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Keith Brumbaugh F 6-8 215 Fla
;

10. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=38&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Julian Wright F 6-8, Ill;
11. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=26&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Martell Webster G/F 6-6 215 Wash; 12. 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); 13. 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
; 14. 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); 15. 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);
16. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=33&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Eric Boateng C 6-10 Del; 17. 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); 18. 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);
19. 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); 20. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=87&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Jamont Gordon G 6-3 Tenn; 21. 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); 22. 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); 23. href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/pros_card.cfm?recruit_id=35&sp
ort=basketball&dbyear=04">Brandon Costner F 6-8 NJ; 24. 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); 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 2006 Basketball Database: href="http://interact.fansonly.com/recruiting/column_archive_display.cfm?hod
ge_id=1413">Commitments


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.