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Monday, April 26, 2004
Telfair, Livingston could choose NBA

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

A decision by Top 100 guard Sebastian Telfair of Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY., regarding a possible jump to the NBA is expected on May 5. Telfair, who had signed with Louisville, has been discussing shoe contracts and his family had informed officials at Lincoln that he would be absent from school from Apr. 16 to May 3, citing "family issues." Telfair is spending two weeks in Greece with his brother, Jamel Thomas, who plays professionally for Apollon in Patra, Greece. He is on pace to graduate from Lincoln on time and is expected to attend Brandenton-IMG Academy, Fla., for training if he declares for the draft.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is preparing for the potential loss of Telfair by trying to woo guard Churchill Odia of Nigeria/Rockville-Montrose Christian, Md., away from his commitment to Xavier. Top 100 forward Juan Palacios of Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY., is near a decision between Louisville (expected), Baylor and Florida State. If he choses the NBA, Palacios is projected to be drafted late first to second round.

Top 100 guard Shaun Livingston of Peoria-Central, Ill., who signed with Duke, is still going through the decision-making process about entering the NBA Draft after a visit Wednesday with Coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Johnny Dawkins. He is projected as a top four to 10 pick in first round.

Randolph Morris, a Top 100 center from Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga., is scheduled to make a decision between Georgia Tech, Kentucky or the NBA Draft on May 6. Morris averaged 25 points, 16 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots as a senior.

Top 100 forward Walter Sharpe of Birmingham-Parker, Ala., has signed with Mississippi State.

Temple signed guard DaShone Kirkendoll of Riverside-Stebbins, Ohio, who averaged 22.8 points as a senior.

Starting sophomore guard Armondo Surratt of Oakland-Tech, Cal., has been granted a release by Miami-Florida. Class 2004 Top 100 center Chester Giles of Seattle-Rainier Beach, Wash., who is waiting on a decision by the Canes for a release following the head coaching change, is considering Washington and Kansas.

Tulsa signed forward Yusuf Baker of Orlando, Fla/South Florida/College of Southern Idaho.

UAB signed guard Marvett McDonald of Memphis, Tenn/Southeastern CC, Ia.

Baylor has signed forward/guard Patrick Fields of San Antonio-John Jay, Tex/Mississippi/Panola CC, Tex.

East Carolina signed forward Jonathan Hart of Roselle-Abraham Clark, NJ.

Class 2004 forward Dustin Villepigue of Simi Valley, Cal/Gonzaga/Dixie State CC, Utah, has committed to UNLV.

Center Chris Botez of Portland-Madison, Ore/Chemeketa CC, Ore., has signed with Hawaii over Boise State, according to OregonPreps.Com.

William & Mary signed guard Edwin Ofori Attah of Germany/Rockville-Montrose Christian, Md/Davidson-Statesville Christian, NC.

Northeastern has guard Jamal Dart of Brooklyn-Lincoln, NY/Fitchburg-Notre Dame Prep, Mass.

Siena signed guard Kojo Mensah of Brooklyn-Bishop Loughlin, NY/Fitchburg-Notre Dame Prep, Mass., who averaged 14 points this past season.

Wright State signed forward Parysh Munroe of Bahamas/Woodstock-Massanutten Academy, Va; and guard Jaron Taylor of Baltimore-Perry Hall, Md/Catonsville CC, Md.

Hartford gained guard Brian Glowiak of New Britain, Conn.

*Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Ninety-five 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)
Entries
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). Has agent. Plans to apply to North Carolina as part-time student. Howard, who averaged 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocked shots as a senior, was selected as the Naismith Prep Basketball Player of the Year. Predicted: Top Two in first round.
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Projected: Top three to 10 in first round.
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tenn). Has agent. Projected: Second round, if selected.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). No agent. Projected: Lottery to middle first round.
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). No agent. Projected: Second Round.
Possible Entries (second round selections do not receive guaranteed contracts)
C Randolph Morris 6-11 Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga (Uncommitted). Father says college. Georgia Tech or Kentucky are favorites. Draft: Late first to second round.
F Juan Palacios 6-8 Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY (Uncommitted). Draft: Late first to second round.
F Shawne Williams 6-8 Laurinburg Prep, NC (Signed with Memphis). Projected: Late first to second round.
C Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with USC). Projected: Late first to second round.
F Glen Davis 6-8 Baton Rouge-University, La (Signed with LSU). Projected: Late first to second round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Projected: Top 10 to 20 first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-10 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). Projected: Middle first to second round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). Projected: Late first to second round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). Projected: Top four to 10 in first round.
Will Not Enter Draft
F Rudy Gay 6-8 Severn-Archbishop Spalding, Md (Signed with Conn). Projected: Late first to second round.
F Marvin Williams 6-8 Bremerton, Wash (Signed with NC). Projected: Late first to second round.
F/C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex (Signed with Texas). Projected: Late first to second round.

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/All-Star 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 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. 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. Stories/games/rosters

Class 2004 Basketball Database
*Search lists of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/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

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
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

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 CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.