|Thursday, July 25
Updated: July 29, 12:22 PM ET
Powe to Cal; Clarke to Miami
By Bill Hodge
Top 100 forward Leon Powe of Oakland-Tech, Calif., has committed to California over Kansas, Maryland and North Carolina. Among many others were Florida, Louisville, Texas, Duke, Kentucky and Arizona. Powe averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds as a junior.
The Florida Gators have signed guard Christian Drejer of Copenhagen-SISU, Denmark, for this fall. He averaged 31.6 points as a senior. The Gators recently gained commitments from Top 100 guard Ryan Appleby of Stanwood, Wash., over interest from Stanford, Missouri, North Carolina State, California, Gonzaga, New Mexico and Oregon, among others; and touted guard Lee Humphrey of Maryville, Tenn., over Marquette, NC-Wilimington, Richmond, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Stanford.
Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).
Ninety-six prospects 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, not drafted); center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla. (NBA, first round to Phoenix); forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif. (NBA, not drafted); and center Sani Ibrahim of Oak Hill Academy, Va. (Junior College).
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).
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect during the 2002 draft: Center/forward Amare Stoudemire of Orlando-Cypress Creek, Fla., was taken 9th in the first round by Phoenix, while Portland took forward Qyntel Woods of Northeast Mississippi CC, Miss., at No. 21 in the first round. Sending a message to inexperienced hopefuls, the NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects: forward Leonard Cooke of Old Tappan-Northern Valley Regional, N.J.; forward/center DeAngelo Collins of Inglewood, Calif.; and center Giedrius Rinkevicius of Lithuania/Bridgton Academy, Maine. Forward Brandon Roy of Seattle-Garfield, Wash., who signed with Washington, earlier withdrew his name from the draft. Seven junior college players who entered the draft were not chosen: forward Rodney Bias of Shelton State CC, Ala.; 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.; guard Eddie Shelby of Dixie College, Utah; and forward Omar Weaver of Riverside CC, Calif. Last season, five of the six high school players who declared for the draft were selected, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and DeSagana Diop being taken among the first eight picks. None made an impact during their rookie season.
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.