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Livingston decides on Duke

By Bill Hodge
CollegeSports.com

In one of the major recruiting triumphs of Class 2004, Top 100 prospect Shaun Livingston of Peoria-Central, Ill., has chosen Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski. Considered the nation's top point guard, Livingston picked the Blue Devils over Illinois and Arizona.

"I feel Coach K and Duke are the best fit for me," said Livingston. "It's the best decision I could make for me and my life both in and beyond basketball. I think he can teach me the things that will help in the NBA preparation. The style Duke runs is something that I've really looked at and I think that it will get me ready the fastest. The Big Ten is more physical and slowed down so I felt that I needed to go to a school where I could flourish in my game."

Livingston joins two other Top 100 commitments for Duke in guard DeMarcus Nelson of Sacramento-Sheldon, Cal., and forward David McClure of Stamford-Trinity Catholic, Conn.

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

Texas, Indiana and Louisville lead the early 2004 Top Classes. Florida State led the 2003 Top Classes.

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Kansas State has a commitment from guard Curtis Allen of Long Beach-Poly, Cal., over Washington. He had decommitted from Southern California.

Tulane has a commitment from forward Donnie Stith of Virginia Beach-Salem, Va.

Rice pledged forward/center Paulius Packevicius of Arlington-Oakridge, Tex.

Top 100 guard Ramel Bradley of Brooklyn-Park West, NY/Mt. Zion Academy, Va/Bradenton-IMG Academy, Fla., who denies reports of a verbal to Kentucky, is considering a visit to Boston College. Among others on his list are Georgia, Clemson and Miami-Florida.

UC-Irvine has a commitment from forward Darren Fells of Fullerton, Cal.

VCU has a commitment from center/forward Calvin Roland of Hephzibah, Ga/Akien Tech CC, SC.

Florida A&M has a commitment from forward Darius Glover of Chicago-Westinghouse, Ill/Tyler CC, Tex/Olney CC, Ill.

Siena pledged guard Jack McClinton of Baltimore-Calvert Hall, Md/South Kent Prep School, Conn., over Central Connecticut State and Hartford.

New Orleans has a commitment from forward Shawn Malloy of Raeford, NC/Butler County CC, Kan/Chipola CC, Fla. The Privateers recently gained guard Todd Bostic of Cochise CC, Ariz., and center/forward Jose Nava of Hill CC, Tex.

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 CollegeSports.com. For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to CollegeSports.com's Recruiting Page.




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