Class 2003 center Darryl Watkins, a Top 100
prospect from Paterson-Paterson Catholic, NJ., has chosen Syracuse over Rutgers. Watkins, who
averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks as a senior, also drew
interest from North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Memphis, Seton Hall and
Watkins brings Syracuse's recruiting class to four Top 100 players,
including forward Terrence Roberts of Jersey
City, NJ; forward Demetris Nichols of
Barrington, RI; and guard Louie McCroskey of Bronx, NY.
Sophomore guard Patrick Sparks of Central
City-Muhlenberg North, Kty., who recently gained a release from Western
Kentucky following a coaching change, will walk-on at Kentucky. Sparks, who averaged 13.3
points and 5.9 assists for the Hilltoppers, will redshirt this upcoming
season and receive a scholarship his final two years of eligibility. He
canceled recruiting trips to Ohio State and Kansas, and had visited Oklahoma
Class 2004 7-0 center Seth Gorney of Vandalia-Butler, Ohio,
has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes over Ohio State.
Florida State leads the 2003 Top
Classes. Due to late signings and entries in the NBA Draft, final
rankings will be determined in June.
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Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
Early Top 100 Prospects by Position:
More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
Over 1080 Class 2003 prospects have made commitments or signed scholarship papers. Signings and
commitments by conferences. The early period ran Nov. 13-20 and the
period was Apr. 16-May 15. Although the period for signing letters-of-intent
which binds both parties has ended, players may still sign
letters-of-agreement, which binds the school and not the athlete.
Florida State leads the Late Signing
Period 2003 Top Classes. Final rankings in June.
Remaining uncommitted Top 100 Prospects (2): F-Kris Humphries (released by
Duke); F-Linas Kleiza.
Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (2): C-Jackie Butler (Miss State, not
qualified); F-Marquis Kately (Cal, not
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*Check out the Top 100 JC Prospects.
*Top 100 JC Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
*Basketball Signing Periods: Early: Nov. 13-20; Regular: Apr. 16-May
2003 NBA Draft: (May 12-early deadline; June 19-last withdraw;
June 26-Draft Day)
High School/Prep School entries (6). Prospects may withdraw if they do
not sign with an agent:
*Top 100 forward LeBron James of Akron/St.
Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio (has agent, uncommitted).
*Top 100 center Kendrick Perkins of
Beaumont-Ozen, Tex (signed with Memphis).
*Top 100 forward Charlie Villanueva of
Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ (decommitted from Illinois).
*Top 100 center James Lang of
Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala (decommitted from Louisville).
*Top 100 forward Ndudi Ebi of
Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex (signed with Arizona).
*Top 100 forward Travis Outlaw of
Starkville, Miss (signed with Mississippi State).
JC entries (4). Prospects may withdraw if they do not sign with an
*JC guard Lamar Castile of Beaver County
*JC forward Zac Fray of Santa Ana CC, Cal.
*JC forward Richard Jeter of Atlanta
Metroplitan CC, Ga.
*JC center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho
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,
2003 Parade All-America Boys Basketball Team
LeBron James heads roster.
Class 2004 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Top
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/
*McDonald's All-American Game stories/Rosters for 2003, 2002,
*USA Men's Junior National Team.
Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting
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