|Thursday, August 8
Updated: August 9, 3:38 PM ET
Lane to LSU; Evans to PSU
By Bill Hodge
Lane, who passed for 2,508 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, had 60 offers, including Florida, Auburn, Colorado and Mississippi. He is also considered a top baseball prospect.
Penn State has a commitment from Top 150 running back Jason Evans of Kennesaw-Harrison, Ga., over Boston College, Stanford and Texas A&M, among many others. He rushed for 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.
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Kansas has signed two junior college defensive line prospects for this fall: Sid Bachmann of San Diego-Kearny, Calif./Utah State/Palomar CC, Calif., and Andy Coffman of Wichita-Andover, Kan./Coffeyville CC, Kan.
Boston College pledged tight end Trey Koziol of Hinsdale-Hinsdale Central, Ill., over Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan State. BC recently gained defensive back/receiver Ryan Glasper of Southington, Conn., over Syracuse and Rutgers.
Forward Michael Ford Huntsville-Johnson, Ala./Notre Dame Prep, Mass., has committed to Memphis over Alabama, UConn and UAB. Kendrick Perkins, the nation's top center prospect from Beaumont-Ozen, Texas, recently committed to Memphis over Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Miami, Georgia Tech, Kansas and Kentucky, among many others. He averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds as a junior.
Forward/center Lewis Fadipe of Nigeria/London-Forest Hill, UK/Creedmoor-Christian Faith Center, N.C., and forward David Bell of Philadelphia-Oley, Pa./Durham-Mt. Zion Academy, N.C., have signed with LaSalle for the upcoming season.
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).
Final team selections made for 2002 USA Men's Junior National Team (Story).
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.