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Monday, November 4
 
Villanueva commits to the Illini

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

Top 100 forward Charlie Villanueva of Blair Academy, NJ., has committed to Illinois over Villanova, Indiana and Seton Hall, according to sources.

Villanueva and teammate Luol Deng are considered the nation's top two small forwards. Deng is considering Duke, Indiana, Missouri and Virginia. Both plan to officially announce their college choices tomorrow (Nov. 5).

A recent qualifier, Villanueva has also considered the NBA Draft. The Illini recruiting class has four Top 100 prospects, including Villanueva, forward Warren Carter of Dallas-Lake Highlands, Tex., guard Richard McBride of Springfield-Lanphier, Ill., and forward Brian Randle of Peoria-Notre Dame, Ill.

Top 100 forward Cartier Martin of Houston-Nimitz, Tex., is near a decision between Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas and Kentucky.

Despite late interest, Top 100 forward Tyrone Nelson of Hempstead, Tex., is firmly committed to the Baylor Bears, according to head coach Bobby Spain.

Louisville, Maryland, Kansas and Arizona lead the Early 2003 Top Classes.

More Basketball News:
Creighton pledged guard Tim Blackwell of Cameron, Mo., over Wichita State, Kansas State and Iowa State, among others.

Much-discussed forward Julian Sensley of Kailua, Hawaii/St. Thomas More, Conn., has reportedly pledged to San Francisco. Among his travels: Sensley originally signed with California, but did not qualify; enrolled at Iona, but quickly withdrew; verballed to Fresno State, but did not sign; entered the NBA Draft, but withdrew; expected to play this season at Southern Nevada CC, Nev., but enrolled at Los Angeles CC, Cal.

Canisius has pledges from forward Darnell Wilson of Westland-John Glenn, Mich.; and guard Chuck Harris of Detroit-DePorres, Mich.

Penn pledged forwards Ryan Pettinella of Rochester-McQuaid Jesuit, NY; and Steve Danley of Hyattsville-Dematha, Md.

Princeton has a pledge from forward Brian Elbogen of San Ramon-California, Cal.

Southern Illinois has a pledge from forward Jamaal Foster of Columbia-Hickman, Mo., over Western Michigan.

Guard Andre King-Holland of Melbourne-Florida Air Force Academy, Fla., pledged to Arkansas State.

Nevada has a pledge from center/forward Nick Fazekas of Arvada-Ralston Valley, Colo., over Utah and Marquette.

Hofstra pledged guard Loren Stokes of Oakdale-St. Thomas More, Conn.

Maine has guard Chris Bruff of West Hartford-Northwest Catholic, Conn.

Forward Miles Orman of Oradell-Bergen Catholic, NJ., pledged to Marist.

Forward William Harris of Detroit-King, Mich/Macomb CC, Ill., selected Central Michigan. He averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and had 62 blocks last season.

Cornell gained forward Dane Williams of Columbus, Ga.

Class 2003:
*Search the list of Prospects/Commitments.
*Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
*Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Check out the Early Top Classes.
*Check out the Early Top 100 JC Prospects.
*Early Top 100 JC Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*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/Top Classes/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 CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.




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