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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future=====

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, November 27, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Pitino loses big fish during signing period

Ol' Lefthander snatches Tidewater guard from Pirates

 
Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

Driesell still thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt slashers...
Prospects Cook, King put off decisions...
'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
Fayetteville guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
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...

ECU targets Va., Ga., N.J., prep stars...
Pirates faced with new recruiting obstacle...
Recruit "set" on ECU but open to suitors...
Camp Logan grad Adams commits...
First impressions important for OT Brown...
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...

©2002 Bonesville.net

The biggest surprise in Conference USA basketball recruiting during the early signing period was not the addition of a new name for one of the league’s schools.

Instead, it was about the big one that got away. Big in size and reputation.

James Lang, the 6-10, 325-pound center from Birmingham (AL) Central Parkway Christian, committed to Louisville in August after saying he had always loved the Cardinals and their coach, Rick Pitino.

But when the Nov. 13-20 signing week rolled around, there was no signature from the big guy. His mother is saying Lang could end up at Kentucky or Alabama. He has visited Kentucky.

And don’t rule out the possibility of Lang skipping college and going straight to the NBA. Ranked the No. 16 senior in the country by Prepstars.com, he has grabbed the attention of pro scouts with his mobility and good hands.

UAB and Southern Miss got on the map after not having a commitment entering this month. The Blazers signed junior college twins Bonell and Donell Taylor, while the Eagles got power forward Emanuel Willis, who is No. 132 on the high school seniors list.

A total of 38 prospects signed with Conference USA schools during the fall period. Memphis, DePaul and Tulane led the way with five signees apiece, with Houston getting four.

The only name on an East Carolina letter of intent in the fall is Keith Foster. The 6-9 power forward from Winston-Salem scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds in his season opener.

Ray George, a 6-4 combination guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Coastal Christian Academy, was sold on Georgia State by Panthers' head coach Lefty Driesell after being pursued by ECU, Georgia, Memphis and others. George’s favorite was Cincinnati, but the Bearcats stopped calling when they received a commitment from juco wing guard Nick Williams.

Cincy is getting a Nov. 22-24 visit from James White, who announced two weeks ago that he is transferring from Florida. White, a 6-7 small forward, was the No. 10 prospect in the class of 2001.

Memphis added two more recruits in Ivan Lopez and Keena Young. Lopez, a 6-8 power forward from Norfolk (VA) Ryan Academy, is the No. 89 senior.

Young, a 6-7 power forward, is the teammate of fellow Tiger signee Kendrick Perkins. Perkins, a 6-9 center/power forward, is ranked No. 4 in the nation. He is averaging 30 points, 15 rebounds and 14 blocked shots for Beaumont (TX) Ozen through two games.

Tulane’s fifth newcomer is 6-8 Kory Castine, a power forward from Gretna (LA) Archbishop Shaw.

Here is the complete list of C-USA hoops signees as we have them:

  • CHARLOTTE (2) — Martin Iti, 6-11 center, Durham (NC) Mount Zion Christian Academy; Marcus Bennett, 6-3 wing guard/point guard, Schoolcraft Junior College.

  • CINCINNATI (3) — Nick Williams, 6-3 wing guard, Chipola Junior College; Robert Whaley, 6-10 center, Barton County (KS) Junior College; Mike Pilgrim, 6-7 power forward, Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy.

  • DePAUL (5) — Sammy Mejia, 6-5 wing guard/point guard, Cornwall on Hudson (NY) Storm King; Tyler Smith, 6-2 wing guard, Colora (MD) West Nottingham Academy; Wesley Green, 6-9 center, Eustis (FL) High School; Marcus Heard, 6-6 small forward/power forward, Springfield (IL) Southeast; Lorenzo Thompson, 6-7 power forward, Chicago (IL) Crane Tech.

  • EAST CAROLINA (1) — Keith Foster, 6-9 power forward/center, Winston-Salem (NC) Reynolds.

  • HOUSTON (4) — Lanny Smith, 6-3 point guard, Missouri City (TX) Hightower; Parker Pinkalla, 6-4 wing guard, Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit College Prep School; Andrew Francis, 6-7 small forward, Houston (TX) Elsik; Darrius Brannon, 6-9 power forward, Baytown (TX) Lee College.

  • LOUISVILLE (3) — Brandon Jenkins, 6-2 point guard/wing guard, Detroit (MI) Southeastern; Nouha Diakite, 6-10 power forward, Barton County Junior College; Nate Daniels, 6-8 small forward/wing guard, Broward Junior College.

  • MARQUETTE (3) — James Matthews, 6-7 power forward, Detroit (MI) Denby; Dameon Mason, 6-5 small forward/wing guard, Aurora (IL) West; Brandon Bell, 5-11 point guard, Detroit (MI) Southwestern.

  • MEMPHIS (5) — Kendrick Perkins, 6-11 center, Beaumont (TX) Ozen; Sean Banks, 6-7 small forward, Oradell (NJ) Bergen; Michael Ford, 6-8 small forward, Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame; Ivan Lopez, 6-8 power forward, Norfolk (VA) Ryan Academy; Keena Young, 6-7 power forward, Beaumont (TX) Ozen.

  • SOUTH FLORIDA (2) — Ricardo Freeman, 6-3 point guard, Seward County Community College; Konimba Diarra, 6-10 center, Centereach (NY) Our Savior New America.

  • SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (1) — Emanuel Willis, 6-7 power forward, Simpson (MS) High.

  • ST. LOUIS (1) — Darren Clarke, 6-1 wing guard, Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins.

  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN (1) — Blake Adams, 6-5 wing guard, Houston (TX) Nimitz.

  • TULANE (5) — Chris Moore, 6-4 wing guard, Pittsfield (ME) Central Institute; Troy Aaron, 6-0 point guard, Lake Charles (LA) St. Louis; Vincent Camper, 6-3 point guard, Oxford (MS) High School; Dan Fitzgerald, 6-8 small forward/power forward, Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas Academy,; Kory Castine, 6-8 power forward, Gretna (LA) Archbishop Shaw.

  • UAB (2) — Bonell Taylor, 6-5 small forward, Niceville (FL) Okaloosa-Walton Junior College; Donell Taylor, 6-4 wing guard, Niceville (FL) Okaloosa-Walton Junior College.

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