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Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Warren to Aggies; Shaw to Nittany Lions

By Bill Hodge
FANSonly.com

Top 150 linebacker Justin Warren of Tyler-Lee, Texas, committed to Texas A&M over Oklahoma, Texas, LSU and Texas Tech. The Aggies now have 11 commitments. Class 2002 receiver Anthony Wright of Klein-Klein Forest, Texas, who was denied admission by Colorado after signing with the Buffs, has chosen the Aggies.

Outstanding defensive lineman John Shaw of Spring Grove, Pa., has committed to Penn State over Miami (Fla.), West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Jarrod Britt, a highly rated offensive lineman from Marietta-McEachern, Ga., committed to Clemson over 33 offers, headed by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and Maryland.

More Football News:
Big 12:
Kicker Mason Crosby of Georgetown, Texas, has committed to Colorado.

Big East:
Offensive lineman Zack Slates of Massillon-Perry, Ohio, chose Pittsburgh over Purdue, Duke, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).

Syracuse pledged linebacker Vincenzo Giruzzi of Utica-Proctor, N.Y., over Maryland.

ACC:
Virginia has a pledge from offensive lineman Gordie Sammis of Somerville-Immaculata, N.J., over Rutgers and Pittsburgh.

SEC:
South Carolina gained receiver David Smith of Union, S.C., over interest from Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and Middle Tennessee State.

Pac-10:
Linebacker Tahj Bomar of Kent-Kentwood, Wash., picked Washington over interest in Oregon.

Oregon State has a commitment from quarterback Ryan Gunderson of Portland-Central Catholic, Ore.

The UCLA Bruins have a commitment from offensive lineman Jeremy Harrell of Texarkana, Texas, who drew interest from Texas, Texas A&M, Colorado and Arkansas. The Bruins recently gained defensive back Dennis Keyes of Van Nuys-Birmingham, Calif., over interest in USC, Washington, Colorado and Arizona.

Class 2003:
Seach the early list of Prospects/Commitments/By Conference. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 150:
Quarterbacks and offensive linemen lead the early list of Top 150 Prospects/Commitments.

"Recruiting Power States": Florida, California, Texas, Pa, Ohio.
"Big Ten States": Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pa, Ohio, Mich, Minn, Wis.
"Big 12 States": Okla, Missouri, Iowa, Neb, Kansas, Colo, Texas.
"SEC States": Florida, Tenn, SoCarol, Kty, Georgia, Ala, Ark, Miss, La.
"ACC States": Florida, NoCarol, SoCarol, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia.
"Pac-10 States": California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington.
"Big East States": Florida, Pa, New Jersey, New York, Mass, Va, WVa.

Football Commitments/Signings
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2003: Database/Top Prospects/Conference.
Class 2002: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2001: Database/Top Prospects/Conference/Class Rankings.
Class 2000: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1999: Database/Top Prospects/Class Rankings.
Class 1998: Database.
Class 1997: Database.

BASKETBALL

Top News:
Sophomore forward J.C. Mathis of Brooklyn-John F. Kennedy, N.Y., will transfer from Virginia to Michigan over Rutgers, Penn and West Virginia.

Sophomore guard Wesley Stokes of Long Beach-Poly, Calif., is transferring from Missouri to San Diego State.

Class 2003 center/forward Martin Iti of Australia/Winchendon School, Mass., has reportedly committed to Charlotte.

Class 2003 forward Art Pierce of Tyler-Grace, Texas, committed to TCU. The Horned Frogs recently gained forward Aaron Curtis of Lon Morris CC, Texas.

Class 2003:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments. Players will be added and updated daily.

Class 2003 Top 100:
Forward/guard LeBron James leads the early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.

Class 2002:
Duke-bound J.J. Redick led the East past West, 138-107, in the 2002 McDonald's All American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000).

Sixteen of the top men's basketball players 18-years-old or younger have been named finalists for 2002 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team (Story).

Class 2002 Top 25 Classes:
Duke led the Top 25 Classes.

Class 2002 Top 100:
Ninety-five prospects verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (5): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA, not drafted); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA, taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted), forward Marcus White of Chicago-Whitney Young, Ill. (decommitted from DePaul); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (1): Forward Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Calif. (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).

NBA 2002 Draft:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect during the 2002 draft: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. Sending a message to inexperienced hopefuls, the NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects: forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine. Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, earlier withdrew his name from the draft. He has not qualified for the Huskies. Seven junior college players who entered the draft were not chosen: forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala.; guard Cordell Billups of Pierce CC, Wash.; forward/center Lee Benson of Brown Mackie CC, Kan.; center Rashid Hardwick of Eastern Oklahoma State CC, Okla.; Kei Madison of Okaloosa-Walton CC, Fla.; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; and forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif. Last season, five of the six high school players who declared for the draft were selected, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. None made an impact during their rookie season.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
FANSonly: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Class Rankings/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Class Rankings/Women: Database.

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at FANSonly.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to FANSonly.com's Recruiting Page.