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
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
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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
Penn pledged forwards Ryan Pettinella of
Rochester-McQuaid Jesuit, NY; and Steve Danley of
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.
forward Dane Williams of
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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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