|Tuesday, August 13
Quinn, Samardzija choose Notre Dame
By Bill Hodge
Quinn chose the Irish over Michigan. Others were Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee, among many others. He passed for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Quinn's prep teammate, outstanding receiver Chinedum Ndukwe, recently picked Notre Dame over Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa and Maryland. Samardzija, who had 59 receptions as a junior, chose ND over Purdue, Northwestern and Indiana.
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Clemson has a commitment from receiver Derrick Higgins of Lamar, S.C./Dodge City CC, Kan., who originally signed with the Tigers in Class 2001. Clemson recently pledged offensive lineman Clint LaTray of Allen, Texas, over Tulane, SMU and TCU.
Top 100 forward Sean Banks of Oradell-Bergen Catholic, N.J., committed to Memphis over Pittsburgh, Maryland, UConn, Seton Hall, West Virginia, North Carolina State and Rutgers. The Tigers recently gained forward Michael Ford of Huntsville-Johnson, Ala./Notre Dame Prep, Mass., over Alabama, UConn and UAB; and Kendrick Perkins, the nation's top center prospect from Beaumont-Ozen, Texas, 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.
Top 100 center Darryl Watkins of Paterson-Paterson Catholic, N.J., is now considering Villanova, Kentucky and Maryland. Others are Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. John's. Prep teammate Marquis Webb, a top 100 guard, is looking at Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Fordham.
Top 100 center Major Wingate has transferred from Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala., to Buford-North Gwinnett, Ga., for his senior season. Wingate, who averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds as a junior, is considering Alabama, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
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.