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Monday, August 18
Two former Baylor players transfer

By Bill Hodge

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 sophomore.

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 season.

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 Classes.

Class 2004 Basketball Database
* Search the early list of Prospects/Commitments/Schools and Conferences
* 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. 15-May 19).

* Texas, Indiana and Alabama lead the very early 2004 Top Classes.

Class 2003 Basketball Database
* Search the list of Prospects/Commitments/Signed/Schools and Conferences.
* List of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Remaining Top 100 Prospects/Super Prospects/Top 100 JC Prospects.

* Florida State led the 2003 Top Classes.

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 Boston; 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, 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.