Two outstanding players have transfered from Baylor after former head
coach Dave Bliss resigned amid major NCAA rules violations.
Starting forward Lawrence Roberts of
Houston-Lamar, Tex., has chosen Mississippi State over Arizona. He
averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds to lead the Bears last season as a
Class 2003 Top 100 forward Tyrone Nelson, an incoming touted
freshman from Hempstead, Tex., has signed with Prairie View A&M after also considering
Georgia Tech and Memphis.
Roberts and Nelson were among six players 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. 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 transfering
to another NCAA Division I school.
Other players considering leaving the Baylor program include:
Kenny Taylor 6-3 185 G JR-2L Sugar Land-Willowridge, Tex
John Lucas III 5-11 155 G JR-2L Houston-Bellaire, Tex (may consider
Georgetown, Arkansas, Georgia and San Diego State)
Tommy Swanson 6-9 215 F SO-1L Fort Worth-North Crowley, Tex
Harvey Thomas 6-8 210 F JR Fredericsburg, Va/Georgetown/NE Okla A&M
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Marquette has pledged Class 2004
forward Ryan Amoroso of Burnsville, Minn., over
Minnesota. He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds as a junior.
Class 2003 forward Dan Coleman of
Minnetonka-Hopkins, Minn., is expected to receive a release from Boston College and chose Minnesota. He will redshirt this
Class 2003 Top 100 center/forward Walter Waters of
Detroit-Southeastern, Mich., is expected to be released by Pittsburgh. Waters, who has not
qualified, has drawn interest from Kent State.
Forward Zach Williams of
Brooklyn-Christ The King, NY., is transfering from Ohio State to Wright State. Williams started in all
but 10 of his 94 games for the Buckeyes, averaging 8.5 points and 4.9
rebounds. He will redshirt this season and have one year remaining.
Eastern Michigan has pledged Class 2004
guard Darryl Garrett of Detroit-Denby, Mich.,
who had decommitted from Xavier. EMU recently signed Class 2003 forward
Erik Shontee of Dayton, Ohio/Brown
Mackie CC, Kan.
St. Bonaventure signed Class 2003
center Yankuba Camara of Gambia, West
Africa/Chester County, Pa/College of Southern Idaho/Liberty/Moberly CC, Mo.
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
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* 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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