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Point guard Mustafa Shakur commits to Arizona

By Bill Hodge

Building a tremendous recruiting class, the Arizona Wildcats have a commitment from Top 100 guard Mustafa Shakur of Wynnewood-Friends Central, Pa., over North Carolina State.

Considered among the top five point prospects in the nation, Shakur averaged 18.8 points as a junior. The Wildcats recently gained the nation's top power forward prospect, Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., over Duke, Texas and Houston. Ebi averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks last season.

Top 100 forward/center Hassan Fofana of Conkary, Guinea/Worcester-Holy Name, Mass/Hargrave MA, Va., has committed to Maryland over UConn, Virginia, Purdue, Memphis and St. John's, among others.

Considered the nation's top junior college forward, Nick DeWitz of Chandler-Dobson, Ariz/Utah Valley State College, Utah/Mesa CC, Ariz., is headed to Iowa over Indiana and Florida State.

Recent Basketball News:

Rhode Island gained a commitment from center J.R. Moore of Portland, Ore/Worcester Academy, Mass.

Northwestern gained a commitment from center Vince Scott of Phoenix-Greenway, Ariz., over Princeton.

New Mexico has a pledge from forward Justin Benson of Houston-Gulf Shores Academy, Tex., over Houston, DePaul, Pepperdine, St. Louis and Kent State.

New Mexico State has a reported pledge from forward David Fisher of Dallas-South Oak Cliff, Tex.

James Madison gained a commitment from center Eddie Green of Winston-Salem/Reynolds, NC., over George Mason.

Arkansas-Little Rock pledged guard Brandon Freeman of Greenwood, SC/Chipola CC, Fla.

Forward Levi Rost of Lansing CC, Mich., committed to Western Michigan.

Guard Tyson Schnitker of Robinson, Ill., recently picked Indiana State.

Guard Ryan Paradise of Naperville-Central, Ill., who averaged 19 points as a junior, recently committed to Northern Illinois.

St. Bonaventure pledged forward/guard Dan Cage of Indianapolis-Bishop Chatard, Ind., over Furman, NC-Wilmington and Wright State.

Class 2003:
Search the list of Senior Prospects/Commitments.
Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments.
More players projected to make an impact:
Super Prospects.
Memphis, Mississippi State, California, Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Illinois and Oklahoma lead the Early Top Classes.
Basketball Signing Periods: Early: Nov. 13-20; Regular: Apr. 16-May 15.

Class 2004:
Search the early list of Junior Prospects/Commitments.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Women: Database.
Class 2002 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/ Women: Database.
Class 2001 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 2000 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes/Women: Database.
Class 1999 Men: Database/Women: Database.
Class 1998 Men: Database/ Top Classes/Women: Database.
*McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2002, 2001, 2000
*USA Men's Junior National Team.
*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. The NBA passed on three other high school/prep school prospects and seven JC players (List).

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.

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