|Tuesday, October 14
Gators grab top 100 forward
By Bill Hodge
Top 100 forward Joakim Noah of Lawrenceville-Lawrenceville Prep School, NJ., is headed to the Florida Gators. Among many others were Maryland, Virginia, Villanova, UConn, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Seton Hall, North Carolina State and St. John's. He is the son of tennis star Yannick Noah. The Gators recently gained Top 100 prospects Taurean Green, a guard from Bradenton-IMG Academy, Fla; and Corey Brewer, a forward from Portland, Tenn.
Justin Holt, a Top 100 JC forward from Tacoma CC, Wash., picked Virginia Tech over interest from Tennessee. He originally signed with Oregon State as a prep and chose Iowa State in Class 2003. The Hokies recently gained Top 100 guard Marquie Cooke of Suffolk-Nansemond River, Va., over Clemson.
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Sophomore center Mario Boggan of Durham-Southern Durham, NC/Oak Hill Academy, Va/Hargrave MA, Va., has decided to transfer from Florida. He played in 16 games during 2002-03 as a true freshman.
Albany has pledges from guard/forward Brian Lillis of West Des Moines-Dowling, Iowa; and forward Brent Wilson of Cedar Rapids-Prairie, Iowa. The Danes recently gained guard David Bauman of Freepart, Pa.
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Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.