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Friday, October 3
Top 100 guard Shipp selects UCLA over Oregon

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 guard Josh Shipp of Los Angeles-Fairfax, Cal., has committed to the UCLA Bruins over Oregon. Among many others were Boston College, Washington, Southern California and Stanford. He averaged 17 points as a junior.

The Bruins now have four Top 100 prospects, including Shipp, guard Arron Afflalo of Compton, Cal; guard Jordan Farmer of Woodland Hills, Cal; and forward Lorenzo Mata of South Gate, Cal.

Outstanding forward Taj Gray of Wichita-East, Kan/Redlands CC, Okla., picked the Oklahoma Sooners over Texas A&M and Arkansas.

Top 100 forward Al Horford of Grand Ledge, Mich., has decommitted from Michigan and reopened his recruiting.

Boston College has a commitment from forward Akida McLain of Pittsburgh-Penn Hills, Pa., over interest from Arizona, Virginia, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Tulane, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Western Kentucky, among others.

Forward Chris Nance of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla/Redlands CC, Okla., picked Charlotte over Oregon, New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech.

Forward Thomas Fairley of Long Beach, Miss/Redlands CC, Okla., chose Lamar over Nebraska.

Northern Arizona pledged forward Will Hensley of Midlothian, Tex.

Nearing Decisions:
*Top 100 forward Maarty Leunen of Redmond, Ore., between UCLA, Ore, OreSt, Gonzaga.
*Center Goran Suton of Lansing-Everett, Mich., between MichSt, ArizSt, LSU, Dayton.
*Top 100 forward Davis Nwankwo of College Park-Georgetown Prep, Md., between Ariz, Va and Stan.
*Top 100 guard Jason Rich of Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla., between Kty, FSU, USC Trojans.
*Top 100 guard Isaiah Swann of Rockville-Magruder, Md/Oak Hill Academy, Va/Hargrave MA, Va., between UConn and FSU.
*Top 100 guard Shawn Livingston of Peoria-Central, Ill., between Duke, Ariz and Ill.

Sixty-nine 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.

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