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Monday, May 10, 2004
Trice pledges to South Carolina

By Bill Hodge

The Spring Period rush for basketball signings continues ....

South Carolina has pledged guard Roderick Trice of Swainsboro, Ga/Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga, who averaged 20.3 points this past season.

New Mexico has guard Kris Collins of San Antonio, Tex/Collin County CC, Tex/Minnesota/Iowa Western CC, Ia., over Utah State.

Colorado State has Class 2005 forward C.J. Clark of Houston-Cypress Springs, Tex.

Wyoming added guard James Ebert of Iowa City-West, Ia/Kirkwood CC, Ia; and forward Kevin Lewis of Compton CC, Cal.

UTEP has signed guard/forward Miguel Ayala of Tepic, Mexico/Riverside CC, Cal/Fullerton CC, Cal.

Three remaining Top 100 Prospects: Guard Malik Hairston of Detroit-Renaissance, Mich., lists Ohio State, Kansas, Oregon, Oklahoma, UCLA and Michigan. Center Chester Giles of Seattle-Rainier Beach, Wash., granted a release by Miami-Florida following the coaching change, is considering Washington, Cincinnati and Kansas. Forward Alex Galindo of Puerto Rico/Newark-St. Benedict's Prep, NJ., granted a release by UTEP following a coaching change, lists Rutgers, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Georgetown.

*Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Check Class 2004 Top 100 prospects who have made Commitmen ts or Signed. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

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Sophomore center Kevin Field of Fircrest-Wilson, Wash., is transfering from Oregon State to Portland. He played in 18 games for the Beavers as a reserve this past season.

McNeese State signed guard John Ford of Alexandria-Peabody, La.

Nicholls State has signed guard Cyril Djoukeng of Silver Spring, Md/Chesapeake CC, Md.

Texas State gained guard Andre Oupoh of Newark-Dickinson, Del/Phillips CC, Tex.

Robert Morris gained forwards A.J. Jackson of Monessen, Pa/East Tennessee State; and Jakeel Gary of Linden, NJ/Coffeyville CC, Kan.

St. Francis (Pa) signed guard Garrett Farha of Concordia, Kan/Cloud County CC, Kan; and forward Winston Robinson of Knoxville-Bearden, Tenn/Allegany CC, Md.

Forward Johnny Martin III of Detroit/Murray-Wright, Mich/Southwestern Christian CC, Tex., signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Guard A.J. Mastin of Chattanooga-Red Bank, Tenn/St. Catherine CC, Kty., signed with Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Forward Lekheythan Malone of Lancaster, Tex; and guard Buddy Harding of Little Rock-Pulaski Academy, Ark., signed with Arkansas-Little Rock.

IUPU-Fort Wayne has guard David Tolefree of Lakeland CC, Fla; guard Ryan Baumgartner of Muncie-South, Ind/Miami-Ohio/Schoolcraft CC, Mich; and forward Quintin Butler of Greenwood-Emeralds, SC/Wabash Valley, Ill.

Evansville gained guard Fabien Calvez of Evreux, France.

7-0 center Tomas Janusauskas of Lithuania/Birmingham-Central Park Christian Academy, Ala., signed with Austin Peay.

Forward Ivan Almonte of Southeastern CC, Ia., who gained a release from UTEP following the coaching change, is headed to Florida International.

Ball State signed forward Landon Adler of Decatur-Adams Central, Ind, who led the state of Indiana with 13 rebounds per game.

Forward Lawrence Wright of Wheatland, Cal/Yuba CC, Cal., who averaged 24.8 points last season, signed with Bradley.

Idaho has signed forward/center Mike Kale of Henderson-Coronado, Nev.

Louisiana Tech has signed guard Jason Bray of Plano, Tex/Collin County CC, Tex.

Forward Reggie Williams of Prince George, Va., signed with VMI.

Lipscomb has signed guard Jason Guyette of Freesburg, Ill; and forward Shaun Durant of London, England.

Guard Titus Byrd of Alexandria, La/Bossier Parish CC, La; and forward Arizona (AZ) Reid of Gaffney, SC; signed with High Point.

Guard Branden Smith of Winston-Salem/McGuinness Prep, NC., has chosen Radford.

Binghamton gained guards Andre Heard of Oklahoma City-Marshall, Okla/Redlands CC, Cal; and Mike Gordon of Plainfield, NJ.

Charleston Southern gained guard Chris Moore of Morganton-Freedom, NC; and forward VJ Fails of Charlotte-Vance, NC/Fork Union MA, Va.

Sacramento State gained center Zane Beekman of Lewistown, Ill/Illinois Central CC, Ill; and forward Davon Roberts of Covina-Glendora, Cal.

Forward Bryan Robinson of London, Ohio, signed with Morehead State.

Guard Parfait Bitee of Cameroon/Louisville-Western, Kty., signed with Rhode Island.

Utah State gained forward Tai Wesley of Provo, Utah, who was named Utah Mr. Basketball. The Aggies recently signed guard Robert Cox of Macon, Ga/Allen County CC, Kan.

Jacksonville State signed forward John Haynesworth of Virginia Beach, Va/St. Petersburg CC, Fla; forward Carlos Lumpkin of Winder-Winder Barrow, Ga/Atlanta Metro CC, Ga; guard Ron Venner of Morrow, Ga/Atlanta Metro CC, Ga; and forward Brandon Davis of Birmingham-West End, Ala.

Citadel has signed guard Travis Smith of Columbus-Pacelli, Ga., who averaged 28.6 points as a senior.

Mercer gained guard Damitrius Coleman of Key West, Fla/St. Petersburg CC, Fla.

Florida Atlantic gained forward Gavin Ludgood of Clarksville, Ark/Arkansas-Fort Smith.

2004 NBA Draft
(May 10-Early Entry Deadline; June 17-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline; June 24-NBA Draft; second round selections do not receive guaranteed contracts)
High School/Prep School Entries
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). Has agent. Draft: Top two in first round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). No agent. Draft: Top four to five in first round.
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Has agent. Draft: Top eight to 10 in first round.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Signed with Iowa State). Has agent. Draft: Top six to ten in first round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). No agent. Draft: Middle in first round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Has agent. Draft: Middle in first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-9 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). No agent. Draft: Late in first round.
C Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with USC). No agent. Draft: Late in first round.
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). No agent. Draft: Late first to second round.
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tenn). Has agent. Draft: Second round, if selected.
Junior College Entries
C Randy Orr 6-11 Hampton, SC/Western Kentucky/Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga. No agent. Draft: Not selected.
G/F Donta Smith 6-7 Southeastern Illinois CC, Ill (Signed with Louisville). No agent. Draft: Second round, if selected.
2003 NBA Draft
The most heralded high school player in years, forward 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 Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick by Portland; forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick by Minnesota; center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex., 27th pick by Memphis, then traded to Boston.

Class 2004 Basketball Database
*Search lists of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*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

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. 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

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 For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.