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Monday, August 2, 2004
Blue Devils reel in California prospect

By Bill Hodge

Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski have pledged Top 100 forward 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 Greg Paulus and forward Josh McRoberts.

The Purdue Boilermakers have a Class 2005 commitment from guard 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.

Clemson has signed forward 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.

Texas Tech pledged forward Jeremy Buttell of Colleyville-Heritage, Tex., over interest from Oklahoma, Arizona State and Houston.

Freshman guard Carlton Christian of Orlando-Evans, Fla., will transfer from Marquette to 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 (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 (2006 Commitments).

Butler has a commitment from Class 2006 guard Grant Leiendecker of Fort Wayne-Homestead, Ind., who averaged 15 points as a sophomore (2006 Commitments).

Delaware has a Class 2005 commitment from guard Zaire Taylor of Staten Island-Curtis, NY/Goldsboro-Charis Prep, NC.

Forty-six Early Top 100 Prospects for Class 2005 have already made Commitments.

Class 2005 Basketball Database: Prospects/Commitments
*Signing Dates: Early Period (Nov. 10-17, 2004); Late Period (Apr. 13-May 18, 2005).
*Early Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Super Prospects.

Top 25 Players for 2005
1. Tasmin Mitchell F 6-7 220 La ; 2. Tyler Hansbrough F 6-9 230 Mo ; 3. Richard Hendrix F 6-8 265 Ala ; 4. Josh McRoberts F 6-10 240 Ind (Committed to Duke); 5. Louis Williams G 6-1 175 Ga (Committed to Georgia) ; 6. Brandon Rush F 6-6 200 NC ; 7. Andray Blatche F 6-10 NY; 8. Gerald Green G/F 6-7 Tex (Committed to Oklahoma State);

9. Keith Brumbaugh F 6-8 215 Fla ;

10. Julian Wright F 6-8, Ill; 11. Martell Webster G/F 6-6 215 Wash; 12. Monta Ellis G 6-2 160 Miss (Committed to Mississippi State); 13. C.J. Miles F 6-6 210 Texas ; 14.Mario Chalmers G 6-1 165 Alaska (Committed to Kansas); 15. Bobby Frasor G 6-3 Ill (Committed to North Carolina); 16. Eric Boateng C 6-10 Del; 17. Micah Downs F 6-8 Wash (Committed to Kansas); 18. Greg Paulus G 6-2 NY (Committed to Duke); 19. Eric Devendorf G 6-3 Mich (Committed to Syracuse); 20. Jamont Gordon G 6-3 Tenn; 21. Joe Krabbenhoft F 6-7 SD (Committed to Wisconsin); 22. Luke Zeller C 6-11 Ind (Committed to Notre Dame); 23. Brandon Costner F 6-8 NJ; 24. Amir Johnson F 6-9 Cal (Committed to Louisville); 25. Tyler Smith F 6-7 Tenn.

Class 2006 Basketball Database: Commitments

Class 2004 Basketball Database: Signings/Top Classes.
*Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*Top 100 Prospects/Super Prospects
*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.
*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 Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atla Christian, Ga (No college choice). Draft: 1st in first round by Orlando
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Duke). Draft: 4th in first round by L.A. Clippers
C Robert Swift 7-0 Bakersfield, Cal (USC Trojans). Draft: 12th in first round by Seattle
G Sebastian Telfair 5-11 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Louisville). Draft: 13th in first round by Portland
F Al Jefferson 6-9 Prentiss, Miss (Arkansas). Draft: 15th in first round by Boston
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Indiana). Draft: 17th in first round by Atlanta
G J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (UNC). Draft: 18th in first round by New Orleans
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (DePaul). Draft: 19th in first round by Miami
C Jackie Butler 6-10 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Tenn). Draft: Not selected
---C Jermaine Bell 6-11 Notre Dame Prep, Mass. *Withdrew from draft.
---F Maurice Shaw 6-9 Bridgton Academy, Maine. *Withdrew from draft.
---C Robert Rothbart 7-1 Sacramento-Natomas, Cal (Indiana). *Withdrew from draft.
---C LaMarcus Aldridge 6-11 Seagoville, Tex (Texas). *Withdrew from draft.
Official Junior College Entries
F Donta Smith 6-7 SE Illinois CC, Ill (Louisville). Draft: 5th in second round by Atlanta
C Randall Orr 6-11 Georgia Perimeter CC, Ga. Draft: Not selected
F Jason Parker 6-8 Kentucky (2000-01). Draft: Not selected
C Sani Ibrahim 6-10 Gulf Coast CC, Fla. Draft: Not selected
F Brandon Bender 6-9 Robert Morris CC Ill. Draft: Not selected
---G Kelvin Pena 6-3 Southeastern CC, Iowa. *Withdrew from draft.
---C Tremayne Singletary 6-8 Southwestern CC, Cal. *Withdrew from draft.
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.

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/Top 100
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.