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Wednesday, April 30
Highly-regarded guard commits to Memphis

By Bill Hodge

Guard Darius Washington of Orlando-Edgewater, Fla., the state's leading player in Class 2004 and one of the Top 10 prospects in the nation, has committed to the Memphis Tigers.

Washington was recruited by virtually every college, including such powers as Indiana, Florida State, North Carolina State, UConn, Miami, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, South Florida, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. He averaged 30.1 points last season and was one of only four juniors named to the 2003 Parade All-American team.

UConn has gained Class 2003 forward Ryan Thompson of Gold Coast, Australia/Western Nebraska CC, Neb., who also drew interest from Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, BYU and Wyoming.

Forward Connor Atchley of Houston-Clear Lake, Tex., has chosen the Texas Longhorns.

Washington State has Class 2003 guard Anthony Grant of Seattle-Franklin, Wash/Eastern Utah CC.

Lamar has gained Class 2003 guard Gil Goodrich of Panola CC, Tex.

Class 2003 guard Todd Abernethy of Carmel/Indianapolis-Heritage Christian, Ind., who averaged 28.1 points as a senior, has signed with Mississippi. His father, Tom, played on the 1976 Indiana team that posted a 32-0 record and won the NCAA title.

Temple signed Class 2003 guard Dustin Salisbery of Lancaster-McCaskey, Pa., who averaged 22.3 points as a senior.

Freshman guard Nic Wise (5-9) of Katy-Cincho Ranch/Fort Bend-Hightower, Tex., became the youngest player in the state to make a commitment when the Class 2006 prospect pledged to Arizona over Texas. Wise, 15, averaged 9 points as a reserve last season. He recently transferred to Hightower where his father Greg Wise is head coach.

Anthony King, a Class 2003 forward/center from Durham-Southern Durham, NC., signed with Miami-Florida. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds as a senior.

Class 2003 guard/forward Daryl Mason of Bryan, Tex/Texas A&M/San Jacinto CC, Tex., signed with Louisiana-Monroe over TCU, Southern Mississippi and Southwest Missouri State.

Kent State has a commitment from Class 2004 forward Isaac Knight of Detroit-Crockett, Mich.

Creighton signed Class 2003 guard Johnny Mathies of Louisville, Kty/Dixie State CC, Utah.

Class 2003 guard Tim Henry of Orem/Salt Lake CC, Utah, has signed with Wyoming.

American gained Class 2003 guard Andre Ingram of Richmond-Highland Springs, Va.

Class 2003 forward Clint Deas of Garner, NC/Southern Idaho CC, Idaho, has signed with Appalachian State.

Murray State has signed Class 2003 forward Kelvin Brown of Lauderhill/Ft. Lauderdale-Dillard, Fla/South Florida/Fort Scott CC, Kan.

Holy Cross gained Class 2003 guard Torey Thomas of White Plains, NY/Stamford-Trinity Catholic, Conn.

Touted Class 2003 forward Alexander Johnson of Albany-Dougherty, Ga/Bridgton Academy, Maine, is near a decision between Florida State, Cincinnati and UConn. He averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds last season.

Class 2003:

Over 920 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 (5): C-Darryl Watkins; F-Linas Kleiza; C-James Lang (Decommitted Louisville/possible NBA); F-Mohamed Abukar (Released by Georgia); F-Alexander Johnson (Decommitted Georgia).

Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (4): C-Jackie Butler (Mississippi State); F-Marquis Kately (California); F-Charlie Villanueva (Illinois/possible NBA); C-Shagari Alleyne (Kentucky).

*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.

2003 NBA Draft: (May 12-early deadline; June 19-last withdraw; June 26-Draft Day)
High School: F/G-LeBron James.

2002 NBA Draft:
The NBA selected only one high school and a single junior college prospect: 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).

2003 McDonald's All-American Game
LeBron James scored 27 points in leading the East over the West, 122-107, in the 26th annual McDonald's All-American high school basketball game in Cleveland, Ohio. McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000.

2003 Parade All-America Boys Basketball Team
LeBron James heads roster.

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 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
*USA Men's Junior National Team.

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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