One of the nation's leading prospects, Brian Butch, a Top 100 center from
Appleton-Appleton West, Wis., has officially committed to the Wisconsin Badgers.
Butch also considered North Carolina, Marquette and Kansas. Arizona
dropped out of the recruiting race after pledging Kirk Walters. Butch, who
averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as a junior,
was the player of the year in the state of Wisconsin for 2001-2002.
Olu Famutimi, a Top 100
guard/forward from Flint-Northwestern, Mich., is headed to Arkansas over Missouri and Memphis.
Famutimi averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds as a junior. The Razorbacks
recently gained Top 100 center Julius Lamptey of Oklahoma
City-Northeast, Okla/New Hampton Prep, NH., and forward Vincent Hunter of
Little Rock-Fair, Ark.
Top 100 center Wesley Green of Eustis, Fla.,
pledged to DePaul. Green, who averaged 21.6 points
and 13.7 rebounds as a junior, also drew interest from Indiana, Tennessee,
Marquette, Florida State and South Florida. His father, Kenny, was a star
for Wake Forest and the No. 12 pick in the 1985 NBA draft. Forward Marcus Heard of
Springfield-Southeast, Ill., recently picked the Blue Demons over Boston
College and Southern Illinois.
Top 100 forwards Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva, both from Blair
Academy, NJ., plan to announce their college choices on Tuesday (Nov. 5).
Deng is considering Duke, Indiana, Missouri and Virginia, while Villanueva
lists Illinois, Villanova, Indiana and Seton Hall.
Louisville, Maryland, Kansas and Arizona lead the Early 2003 Top
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Wyoming has a pledge from guard Mikel Watson of Oceanside-El
Eastern Illinois has pledges from guard
Bobby Catchings of
Naperville-Neuqua Valley, Ill; center Kevin Lowe of Tinley Park-Andrew,
Ill; and guard Derik Hollyfield of Aurora-West,
Ill/Lincoln CC, Ill.
Western Illinois pledged forward Anthony Lenoir of
Evanston-Township, Ill/Redlands CC, Okla.
Maryland-Eastern Shore gained forward
Dewitt Scott of Chicago-Whitney
Charleston pledged guard Dontaye Draper of Pawling-Trinity
Drexel pledged forward Chaz Crawford of Philadelphia,
Pa/Hargrave MA, Va.
Northern Illinois gained commitment from
guard Mike McKinney of Evanston-Evanston
Florida International pledged guard Filiberto Rivera of Puerto
Rico/Southeastern CC, Iowa.
Guard Anthony Miller of
Mableton-Whitefield Academy, Ga., has selected Citadel over interest from Hawaii,
Tennessee Tech, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee. Teammate Top 100
guard Tim Morris had earlier pledged to
Guard Andre White of Zion/Zion-Benton,
Ill., pledged to Wisconsin-Milwaukee over Northern
Illinois. He averaged 21.6 points as a junior.
Forward Todd Martin of Upland, Cal., picked
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*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).
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