|Thursday, May 23
Humphries commits to Duke
By Bill Hodge
Humphries, considered one of the nation's Top 10 junior prospects, averaged 27 points last season. He also drew interest from Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan State, Louisville, Texas, Michigan, Georgetown, Iowa and North Carolina, among many others. The Blue Devils had the nation's top recruiting class last season.
Although the spring scholarship period ended on May 15, colleges may now sign athletes to letters of agreement.
Available players: Starting sophomore forward Shane Power of Crown Point, Ind., who is transferring from Iowa State, is considering Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Center Ryan Hollins of Pasadena-John Muir, Calif., has received his requested release from Saint Louis and is expected to sign with Washington. Sophomore forward J.C. Mathis of Brooklyn-John F. Kennedy, N.Y., will transfer from Virginia. Freshman guard Duane John of Toronto, Ontario/Homestead-Berkshire Academy, Fla., was dismissed from Missouri. Starting sophomore forward Odartey Blankson of Country Club Hills-Hillcrest, Ill., is transferring from Marquette. Sophomore guard Adam Boone of Minneapolis-Mennetonka, Minn., is transferring from North Carolina. Guard Antonio Lawrence of Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial, Calif.
NBA 2002 Draft: Five high school/prep school prospects have chosen to enter the draft: Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington; forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine, who signed with Missouri, but did not qualify.
Eight junior college players opted for the draft: Forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala., once signed with Alabama; 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., once linked to Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi State; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Cal., once signed with Missouri and later committed to Fresno State; and Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., once signed with Memphis.
Last season, six high school players declared for the draft, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. The 2002 draft will be held on June 26 and players without agents have until June 19 to withdraw. Stoudemire may be a late lottery pick, while Cooke and Collins are probable second-round choices. Roy and Rinkevicius are not expected to be drafted. Junior college prospects Woods and Benson may go in the first round.
Class 2002 Rankings: Duke leads the Early Top 25 Classes.
Class 2002 McDonald's: 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).
Ninety-six prospects have verballed or signed from the Class 2002 Top 100 List. Uncommitted Top 100 prospects (4): Forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J. (NBA). He averaged 30 points and 15 rebounds as a prep. Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA). He averaged 29.1 points, 15 rebounds and 6.1 blocks and was named Florida's Mr. Basketball. Forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA). He averaged 28 points and 18 rebounds in his career. Center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College). Committed Top 100 prospects not signed (2): Forwards: Cortez Davis of Washington, DC/Bridgton Academy, Maine/Laurinburg Institute, N.C. (Probable Rutgers); Marquis Kately of San Francisco-Riordan, Calif. (California/not qualified/will attend prep school).
Arkansas has seven commitments, including running back Farod Jackson of Little Rock-Mills, Ark., over offers from Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech; linebacker Rodney Giles of Hot Springs, Ark., over interest from Purdue, Auburn, Oklahoma State, LSU, Mississippi, Air Force and Army; and receiver/defensive back Herb Grigsby of Mayflower, Ark., over interest from Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon and Mississippi. The Razorbacks recently added offensive lineman Nate Garner of Little Rock-Robinson, Ark.; and defensive lineman Keith Jackson Jr. of Little Rock-McClellan, Ark. Jackson's father, Keith Jackson Sr., was a standout tight end at Oklahoma and in the NFL.
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.