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Sunday, August 10, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Giddings family move improves ECU's odds

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Thumbnails of 2003 commitments...

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NYC guard will get early chance to shine...
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Cook poised to shore up ECU backcourt...
Son of a coach gets it done with hard work...
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"Old School" guard has ECU in sights...
East Carolina on the hunt for guards...
Gridiron prospect a rebounding machine...
Pinnock back in Pirates' recruiting mix...
Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
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...
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High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
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Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
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C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
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One way to take away a hometown advantage for a school is to take away the hometown. Schools battling Virginia Tech for Jarhon Giddings will no longer have to worry that he may simply stay at home and be a Hokie.

Giddings is a 6-8 combination forward who averaged 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists per game as a junior at Blacksburg (VA) High School.

The Virginia Tech campus wasn’t far from his house, and his mother and father were both on the Virginia Tech faculty. But things have changed.

Giddings’ parents will both be teaching at Winston-Salem State University this coming school year, so the family has moved to Winston-Salem.

Giddings will be a senior at Winston-Salem Reynolds High School, which sent current freshman forward Keith Foster to East Carolina.

The Pirates have reportedly offered Giddings a scholarship as has Virginia Tech. Richmond, College of Charleston and Duquesne have also offered, and West Virginia and UNC-Wilmington are interested.

Giddings, a 210-pounder, has played power forward in high school, but he has small forward skills.

In other Conference USA recruiting activity, Cincinnati lost a commitment and gained one in the span of a few days.

Jamar Butler, a 6-2 point guard from Lima (OH) Shawnee High School, backed out of his commitment to the Bearcats. He is looking hard at Clemson and Ohio State.

Although Butler said he is still considering Cincinnati, the feeling may not be mutual. That’s because Bob Huggins and his staff received a commitment from combo guard Vincent Banks.

Banks also took back a commitment as he had previously made a pledge to Miami. That was last year, however, when he was at South Atlanta (GA) High. But he did not qualify academically.

A 6-2 guard who is a better scorer than playmaker, Banks plans to attend Laurinburg (NC) Charter School as a fifth-year senior. He is ranked the No. 77 prospect in the country by Prepstars.com.
Butler is No. 28.

Memphis leads C-USA schools with three basketball commitments so far. DePaul, Louisville, Saint Louis, Texas Christian and Tulane have one apiece, giving the league a total of eight.

The biggest name to promise Memphis — and Conference USA — is Darius Washington (the No. 3 senior), a 6-0 point guard from Orlando (FL) Edgewater.

Shawne Williams (No. 34) gives the Tigers two commitments from the top 50. He is a 6-8 small forward from Memphis (Tenn.) Hamilton. The other promise is from Robert Dozier, a 6-7 power forward from Lithonia (GA) High.

DePaul’s commitment is from Aking Elting, a 5-10 point guard from Southern Idaho Junior College.
Louisville has a pledge from Terrance Farley, a 6-10 center from Louisville (KY) Pleasure Ridge Park.

Saint Louis has a promise from 5-9 point guard Dwayne Polk of St. Louis (MO) Vashon.

Brent Tackett, a 6-3 wing guard from Fort Worth (TX) Southwest, has committed to Texas Christian.

Tulane’s commitment is from David Gomez, a 6-7 power forward from Baton Rouge (LA) Episcopal. He picked the Green Wave over Vanderbilt, Georgia and Rice.

Gomez averaged 25.2 points and 9.2 rebounds as a junior and was named to the 2-A all-state team. He has a 3.5 grade-point average and has scored above the required 17 on the ACT.

The Green Wave got a recent unofficial visit from Deron Washington. He’s a 6-6 small forward from Fort Washington (MD) National Christian.

LaSalle and Wisconsin-Green Bay are also very interested in Washington, but Tulane has an edge. His father is a former Wave football player.

Charlotte caught a break in its recruitment of a big man.

Ousmane Konate, a 6-10, 270-pound center from Laurinburg (NC) Charter, has backed out of his commitment to Missouri.

A fifth-year senior who broke his foot in January, Konate is looking at Xavier and Arizona as well as the 49ers.

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