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Wednesday, June 4
Razorbacks pick up top 100 forward

By Bill Hodge

As expected, Top 100 forward Al Jefferson, a Class 2004 prospect from Prentiss, Miss., has committed to Arkansas following a visit on campus. He chose the Razorbacks over LSU, Florida, Florida State and Alabama.

Jefferson, who averaged 37 points and 18 rebounds as a junior, is considered one of the top five players in Class 2004. Arkansas earlier gained a pledge from Top 100 center Steven Hill of Branson, Mo.

Class 2004 forward Donta Smith of LaGrange-Oldham County, Kty/Southeastern Illinois CC, Ill., pledged to Louisville. Regarded as one of the nation's top junior college prospects, he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds last season.

Duke has a commitment from Class 2004 Top 100 forward Dave McClure of Stamford-Trinity Catholic, Conn., over Notre Dame. The Blue Devils earlier gained Top 100 guard DeMarcus Nelson of Vallejo, Cal.

Freshman starting forward Adam Haluska of Carroll, Ia., who was granted a release from Iowa State, is transfering to Iowa. Haluska started all 31 games last season for the Cyclones and averaged 9.2 points. He was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.

Touted Class 2005 guard Jarret Smith (6-1) of Westland-John Glenn, Mich., has committed to the Michigan Wolverines.

Top 100 forward Kris Humphries, a Class 2003 prospect from Minnetonka-Hopkins, Minn., who received a release from his signed letter to Duke, is considering Minnesota and has visited Indiana and Iowa State. Humphries averaged 25.5 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and 2.5 blocks as a senior. He was named Mr. Basketball in Minnesota and to the Parade and McDonald's All American teams.

Florida State leads the 2003 Top Classes. Due to late signings and entries in the NBA Draft, final rankings will be determined in late June.

Class 2004:
Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments.
Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
Early Top 100 Prospects by Position: Centers/Forwards/Guards.
More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.

Class 2003:
Over 1100 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 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 late June.

Remaining uncommitted Top 100 Prospects (1): F-Kris Humphries (released by Duke).
Remaining committed/unsigned Top 100 Prospects (3): C-Jackie Butler (Miss State, not qualified); F-Marquis Kately (Cal, not qualified); F-Charlie Villanueva (UConn/NBA).

*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 Top Classes.
*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 15.

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 (committed to UConn).
*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 agent:
*JC guard Lamar Castile of Beaver County CC, Pa.
*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 CC, 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, 2001, 2000.

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

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
OCSN: Main Recruiting Page.
Class 2004 Men: Database/Top 100.
Class 2003 Men: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
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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