Class 2003 Top 100 forward Marquis Kately of San
Francisco-Riordan, Cal/Maine Central Institute, Maine, has been cleared by
the NCAA to play at California this fall as a freshman.
Kately committed to the Bears in the spring of 2002, but did not qualify
academically and attended prep school.
Top 100 center Jackie Butler of McComb, Miss., a Class
2003 prospect from McComb, Miss., is expected to attend Laurinburg
Institute, NC. He had chosen Mississippi State, but did not qualify.
Five players are considering transfering from Baylor after the school
imposed a two-year probation and a one-year ban on postseason play on its
men's basketball program after admitting to NCAA violations. The NCAA may
impose further penalties:
Kenny Taylor 6-3 185 G JR-2L Sugar Land-Willowridge, Tex
John Lucas III 5-11 155 G JR-2L Houston-Bellaire, Tex
Lawrence Roberts 6-9 230 F JR-2L Houston-Lamar, Tex
Tyrone Nelson 6-9 200 F FR Hempstead, Tex
Harvey Thomas 6-8 210 F JR Fredericsburg, Va/Georgetown/NE Okla A&M
Lucas may consider Georgetown, Arkansas, Georgia and San Diego State.
Roberts is visiting Mississippi State and Arizona. Nelson is interested in
Georgia Tech and Memphis.
Baylor head coach Dave Bliss resigned after admitting to involvement in
improper payments to players. Starting guard John Lucas III's father, John
Lucas, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, was considered a potential
candidate, but is no longer considering the position. Baylor president
Robert Sloan said that any player who requests a release will be granted
one. He also said the school would support a petition to the NCAA to waive
the requirement that players sit out a year when transferring to another
NCAA Division I school.
Fifty-six prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have already made commitments.
Texas, Indiana and Alabama lead the very early 2004 Top
Classes. Florida State led the 2003 Top
Class 2004 Basketball Database
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* Early list of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
* More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Bssketball Signing Periods: Early (Nov. 12-19) and Regular (Apr.
* Texas, Indiana and Alabama lead the very early 2004 Top
Class 2003 Basketball Database
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* Florida State led the 2003 Top
2003 NBA Draft:
The most heralded high school player in years, high school forward
LeBron James was chosen No. 1 by the NBA. All four other preps were
selected, while three junior college prospects were not picked: Forward LeBron James of Akron/St.
Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio, top pick in first round by Cleveland; forward Travis Outlaw of
Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick in first round by Portland; forward Ndudi Ebi of
Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick in first round by Minnesota;
center Kendrick Perkins of
Beaumont-Ozen, Tex., 27th pick in first round by Memphis, then traded to
center James Lang of
Birmingham-Central Park Christian, Ala., 19th pick in second round by New
Orleans (not guaranteed contract). Forward Charlie Villanueva of
Blairstown-Blair Academy, NJ., and center/forward Sani Ibrahim of Southern Idaho
CC, Id., withdrew from draft. (List).
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
CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and
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