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Friday, March 21
Virginia forward selects the Cavaliers

By Bill Hodge

Class 2003 forward Donte Minter of Mt. Ulla-West Rowan, NC/Fork Union MA, Va., has chosen Virginia over Marquette, Louisville, South Carolina, Indiana, East Carolina and Mississippi. Minter averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds for Fork Union. The Cavs recently gained Class 2003 guard T.J. Bannister of Jacksonville-Arlington Country Day, Fla.

Class 2003 junior college forward Harvey Thomas of Fredericksburg, Va/Georgetown/Daytona Beach CC, Fla/Northeast Oklahoma A&M, Okla., has pledged to Baylor. Thomas averaged 5.2 points as a freshman for Georgetown.

Miami-Florida has a pledge from Class 2003 forward Anthony King of Durham-Southern Durham, NC.

Class 2004 center Peter Prowitt of McLean-Potomac, Va., has chosen Stanford.

Texas Tech has a pledge from Class 2003 forward Joseph Works of Garden City CC, Kan.

Oral Roberts has Class 2003 forward Larry Owens of Yavapai CC, Ariz.

Class 2003 guard Michael Cook of Wynnewood-Friends Central, Pa/New Hampton Prep, NH., pledged to East Carolina.

Carlos Smith, a Class 2003 guard from Atlanta, Ga/Fitchburg-ND Prep, Mass., has chosen South Alabama.

Class 2003 guard/forward Mamadou Diakhate of Senegel/Manhasset-St. Mary's, NY., picked Eastern Kentucky over George Washington, Manhattan and Monmouth.

George Mason pledged Class 2003 forward Kevin Mickens of Allegany CC, Md.

Radford has a pledge from Class 2003 forward Chris Oliver of Kernersville-Glenn, NC.

The 26th annual McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Boys Game and the second annual Girls Game will be played in Cleveland, Ohio at the Gund Arena on March 26 at 4:30 p.m. (EST) and 7 p.m. (EST), respectively. ESPN will broadcast the boys game live.
McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

Over 720 Class 2003 prospects have made commitments or signed scholarship papers. Signings and commitments by conferences. The early period ran Nov. 13-20 and the late period is Apr. 16-May 15.

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

Remaining uncommitted Top 100 Prospects (4): C-James Lang (decomitted Louisville/possible NBA); C-Darryl Watkins; F-Linas Kleiza; G/F-LeBron James (probable NBA). Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (5): C-Shagari Alleyne (Rutgers); C-Jackie Butler (Mississippi State); C-Lamont Hamilton (St. John's); F-Marquis Kately (California); F-Charlie Villanueva (Illinois/possible NBA).

Class 2003:
*Search the list of Prospects/Commitments.
*Post-Summer list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitmen ts/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 For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.

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