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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future
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Hoops Recruiting Report
Sunday, August 18, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

C-USA recruiting news comes in 'big' packages

©2002 Bonesville.net

Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

C-USA teams lure big men, big names...
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
Ranking the Carolinas recruiting classes...
Foster has plans to bulk up for C-USA...
Wiley refining his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
Juco wings top off dazzling class...
It's a wrap — ECU signs Moberly's Wiley...
Pirate recruiting class almost complete...
JC Transfer Mackay Makes It Official...
Herrion Snares Aussie Shooting Guard...
High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
Pirates seek experience in Juco targets...
Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
ECU makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
ACC schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...

Catch up on football recruiting news...

Starmount O-lineman Brown headed East...
Parker, Brim wield multiple talents...
Beddingfield QB Parker picks Pirates...
ECU wins recruiting battle for Brim...
Future Pirates hang out together...
Pace quickens: Howard, Black commit...
Running backs stable gains young talent...
Batten's 2003 Recruiting Crystal Ball...
Scotland Connection Keeps Flowing...
Lineman Devours Barbells & Groceries...
Batten's Signing Day Report Card...
Newest Pirates & Thumbnail Profiles...
Bonesville Scores 92% — 22 of 24 Sign...
Signing Day Reflects Progress at ECU...
Coach Primed for His Favorite Time...
Video Clips from Signing Day...
Signees from the Carolinas & C-USA...

There is big news in Conference USA basketball recruiting — as in big names and big men.

Memphis landed two top-20 prospects and a total of three players in the same week, while Louisville corralled a couple of big men as Conference USA schools have run their total of 2003 basketball commitments to 13.

Memphis and Louisville have three each, with Marquette getting a pair. East Carolina, DePaul, Charlotte, Houston and Texas Christian University have one apiece. TCU’s catch is one of the top 100 prospects in the nation.

Meanwhile, East Carolina has added a fifth member to its 2002 recruiting class. Garth Grindley is the third junior college transfer in that class. A 6-8, 250-pound power forward, he averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game at Monroe College in the Bronx (NY) as a sophomore.

The native of Jamaica will have two years of eligibility with the Pirates. He joins 6-7 1/2 small forward Corey Rouse, 6-3 combination guard Belton Rivers, 6-4 small forward Derrick Wiley and 6-4 wing guard Luke Mackay as ECU newcomers for the current season. Wiley and Mackay, like Grindley, were jucos last year.

Kendrick Perkins and Sean Banks announced for John Calipari’s Memphis Tigers in a period of four days, and sandwiched between them was the decision of Michael Ford.
Perkins, a 6-11 center from Beaumont (TX) Ozen, is ranked No. 3 among the country’s rising seniors by Prepstars.com. Banks, a 6-7 small forward from Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic, is No. 20. Ford is a 6-8 small forward from Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame who is not ranked in the top 100.

Most people who follow recruiting don’t expect Perkins to set foot in a college classroom the fall of 2003. Instead, look for him to be selected in next summer’s NBA draft. He averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots last season.

Perkins will qualify for freshman eligibility as he has a 3.0 grade-point average and 900 on the SAT. His other finalists were Texas, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama and Miami.

Banks scored 17 points and pulled down 6.7 rebounds per game as a junior. He chose Memphis over Maryland and Pittsburgh.

Louisville received commitments from 6-10 Nouha Diakite out of Barton County Junior College and 6-10 James Lang of Birmingham (AL) Central Parkway.

Lang, who weighs 305 pounds, is ranked No. 84. He averaged 18 points, 14 boards and five blocks his junior season. His other favorites were Alabama, Cincinnati, Purdue, Connecticut and Alabama-Birmingham. He could go straight from high school to the NBA.

Diakite, a native of Mali, started only five games as a freshman at Barton County and averaged six points and almost seven rebounds. His list included Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, St. Louis, DePaul and Nebraska.

The Cardinals already had a promise from the No. 100 prospect, 6-2 combination guard Brandon Jenkins of Detroit (MI) Southeastern.

Neither of Marquette’s commitments is from a top-100 player. James Matthews is a 6-7, 230-pound power forward at Detroit (MI) Denby, while Dameon Mason is a 6-5 wing guard/small forward from Aurora (IL) West High School.

Mason averaged 23 points and nine rebounds as a junior. He picked Marquette over Notre Dame, Illinois, Oklahoma and DePaul. Matthews, who got 18 points and 14 boards per game last season, also liked Michigan State, Illinois, Texas A&M and Southern Cal.

DePaul received good news from 6-5 combo guard Sammy Mejia of Cornwall on Hudson (NY) Storm King High School. He threw in 27 points a contest as a junior to go with seven rebounds and five assists.

Mejia, who is not in the top 100, chose DePaul over Syracuse, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Rutgers and Florida State. Louisville, South Florida and Miami also showed considerable interest.

Sharpshooter Blake Adams committed to Texas Christian over Oklahoma State, Virginia, Nevada-Las Vegas and Arkansas. The 6-5 wing guard averaged 16 points and seven rebounds last season for Houston (TX) Nimitz. He is ranked No. 93.

Houston landed Lanny Smith, a 6-3 point guard from Missouri City (TX) Hightower. Smith, who averaged 12 points and five assists last season, also had offers from Baylor and Texas Christian. Georgia Tech, Texas and Oklahoma showed interest.

East Carolina and Charlotte already had received commitments. In the fold for the Pirates is 6-9 center/power forward Keith Foster, who has played on three state champions at Winston-Salem (NC) Reynolds. The 49ers have a promise from 6-11 center Martin Iti of Winchendon (MA) School. He is ranked No. 38.

Of the 13 prospects who have announced for Conference USA schools, five are 6-9 and taller. Five are ranked in the top 100.

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