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Thursday, October 16
Thomas adds to terrific Arkansas class

By Bill Hodge

Top 100 forward Charles Thomas of Jackson-Callaway, Miss., has chosen Arkansas and Coach Stan Heath over Florida State, Georgia and Mississippi. The Razorbacks earlier gained Super Prospect forward/center Darian Townes of Hargrave MA, Va; Top 100 center Steven Hill of Branson, Mo; Top 100 forward Al Jefferson of Prentiss, Miss; and Super Prospect forward Marcus Monk of Lepanto, Ark., who will sign a football scholarship as a receiver and also play basketball.

Top 100 JC forward Carl Landry of Milwaukee-Vincent, Wis/Vincennes CC, Ind., is headed to Purdue over Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and Creighton, among others. The Boilermakers recently gained Top 100 JC forward/center Gary Ware of Detroit-Finney, Mich/Dodge City CC, Kan., over Colorado, Nebraska, Houston and Georgia.

One of the nation's top guards, Sebastian Telfair of Brooklyn-Lincoln, NY., is expected to announce on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 16) between Louisville (expected) and the NBA Draft. Long believed headed to the Cardinals if he choses college basketball, Telfair would be the shortest player to attempt a move directly to the NBA and would be the first to announce it before his senior season in high school.

Seventy-nine prospects on the early Class 2004 Top 100 have already made commitments. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

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.
*Top JC Prospects: Junior College List.
*Basketball Signing Periods: Early (Nov. 12-19) and Regular (Apr. 15-May 19).

*Texas, Indiana and Louisville 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.

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
Class 2005: Database
Class 2004: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2003: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2001: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2000: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 1999: Database
Class 1998: Database/ Top Classes

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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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