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Memphis has pledged Class 2004 forward Waki Williams of Columbus-East, Ohio/Mt. San Jacinto CC, Cal., who averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last season.
Minnesota has pledged Class 2004 forward J'Son Stamper of Bronx, NY/Independence CC, Kan.
Arizona has a commitment from touted Class 2005 forward Fendi Onobun of Alief-Taylor, Tex.
Kansas has granted requested releases to freshman guard Omar Wilkes of Los Angeles-Loyola, Cal., who is the son of Jamaal Wilkes, the former UCLA and Lakers standout; and sophomore forward/center Moulaye Niang of El Cajon-Christian, Cal., who is considering San Diego State and TCU.
South Carolina has gained Class 2004 guard Steven McDowell of Pendleton-IMG Academy, Fla.
Marshall has Class 2004 forward Collins Okafor of Legos, Migeria/Clearwater-Countryside, Fla.
UC-Riverside has gained Class 2004 guard Justin Bell of Escondido, Cal/Saddleback CC, Cal.
IUPUI has gained sophomore guard Brandon Cameron of Gary-West, Ind., who is transfering from Penn State.
North Texas has received a commitment from Class 2004 guard Isaac Hines of Dallas-Molina, Tex/Lamar/Collin County CC, Tex. North Texas recently gained Class 2004 guard Marvin Beatty of Arlington-St. Alban's, Tex., who decommitted from Eastern Illinois.
*Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Ninety-one prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 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)
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tennessee). Signed with agent for NBA Draft and will not attend college. Projected Draft: Second round, if selected.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). From Russia and has been playing for two years in Canada. Very good ball-handler with outside shot who played guard as a prep. Projected Draft: Top 10 to 15 in first round.
F/C Randy Orr 6-11 Hampton, SC/Western Kentucky/Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga. Projected Draft: Second round, if selected.
Possible Entries (second round selections do not receive guaranteed contracts)
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). The top prep prospect for NBA with the body, skills and upside that general managers love to draft. Predicted Draft: First or second pick in first round (Howard or forward Emeka Okafor of Conn).
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Exceptional talent and future. Still claims to not made a decision on the NBA, but has played in three all-star games and lost his freshman year of college eligibility. Predicted Draft: Top five to ten in first round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). Expected to play for the Blue Devils, but may surprise by entering the draft. Great floor general with decision-making skills, but has very thin fame. Projected Draft: Top four to 10 in first round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Is the East Coast hype bigger than the small player? No high school point guard has ever declared for the NBA draft, but Telfair may be the first. Many scouts say one or two years in college would help. Needs to work on outside shot. Projected Draft: Top 10 to 15 in first round.
2004 Capital Classic
*Apr. 17 at the University of Maryland Comcast Center, 7:30 p.m. EST. ESPN2.
Pos. Name Hgt Hometown High School College
G Rajon Rondo 6-1 155 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Kentucky)
G A.J. Price 6-2 Amityville, NY (Connecticut)
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 160 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Louisville)
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/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 Hoop 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.
Class 2004 Basketball Database
*Search lists of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments a>/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
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
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