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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, June 7, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Hard to miss the point about 2004 recruiting class

All HOOPS recruiting headlines...
Thumbnails of '03 commitments...

Cards set pace for '04; ECU considers guard...
ECU battles Stanford, UVa for 2004 target...
Herrion on lookout for frontcourt transfer...
Kentucky snatches ECU post target...
Robinson brings multiple talents to wing...
Whirlwind week of visits for big man 'Woo'...
Point guard McNeil brushes off late suitors...
NYC guard will get early chance to shine...
Versatile Robinson picks East Carolina...
ECU, South Carolina contend for Gonner...
Pirates chase talent for this year and next...
Cook poised to shore up ECU backcourt...
Son of a coach gets it done with hard work...
Help in the post on ECU recruiting agenda...
ECU backcourt adds "slasher", "shooter"...
Guard's coach wants ECU in recruiting mix...
"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...
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...

All FOOTBALL recruiting headlines...
Thumbnails of '03 commitments...

Ex-Gator banks future on Pirates...
Report Card: Recruiting effort a success...
Pirates' D-line, secondary gain recruits...
ECU makes recruiting push Down South...
J.T. connects with prep coaches, recruits
ECU recruits get taste of Dowdy-Ficklen...
Pirates' commitments in holding pattern...
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...

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Louisville has been getting a fast start on its 2004 basketball recruiting class and four other Conference USA schools have been getting the point. Meanwhile, East Carolina has been pondering a small point.

Cincinnati, DePaul, Memphis and St. Louis all have commitments from point guards. Louisville, after landing a junior college forward this past week, already has two promises.

Donta Smith, a 6-6, 220-pound small forward, committed to the Cardinals over Cincinnati, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Iowa State. Oklahoma and Iowa State offered scholarships.

Smith averaged 15.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and three assists per game for Southeastern Illinois Junior College. He was named all-tournament as his team finished in seventh place in the national juco tourney. A Kentucky all-state selection as a high school senior at Oldham County, he will be a sophomore at Southeastern Illinois JC.

Smith’s decision could affect the future of another guy with the same last name. J.R. Smith, a 6-6 wing guard/small forward from Newark (NJ) St. Benedict’s, said not too long ago that Louisville was his leader. N.C. State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Villanova and Seton Hall are also high on his list. He is the No. 14 junior in the country, according to Prepstars.com.

Rick Pitino and the Cards’ staff have also shown a lot of interest in Lorenzo Wade. He’s a 6-5 swing man who played this past season at Las Vegas (NV) Cheyenne and was ranked the No. 74 high school senior. Wade is rated No. 58 in next year’s class as he will be a fifth-year senior at a destination still to be decided after failing to qualify academically.

Louisville’s other commitment is from a hometown product. It comes from Terrance Farley, a 6-10 center from Louisville (KY) Pleasure Ridge High School.

Another rising juco soph has chosen a Conference USA school. He’s Aking Elting, a 5-10 point guard from Southern Idaho Junior College. He committed to DePaul.

The biggest name among 2004 high school seniors belongs to Memphis. The Tigers have a promise from Darius Washington, a 6-0 point guard from Orlando (FL) Edgewater. He is ranked No. 3 in the class.

Cincinnati has a top-25 prospect in its corral. Jamar Butler, a 6-2 point guard from Lima (OH) Shawnee, has said he will be a Bearcat. He is No. 22.

St. Louis also has a commitment from a point guard, 5-9 Dwayne Polk of St. Louis (MO) Vashon.

East Carolina is one of several schools taking a long look at Artavis Fisher, a high-scoring guard from Kingston (NY) High School.

Although he stands just 5-10, Fisher is considered more of a shooting guard than a point. He averaged 24 points and seven assists per game as a junior, playing in a backcourt that also included Holy Cross signee Keith Simmons.

Fisher nailed 92 three-pointer, hitting 44 percent of his attempts behind the arc. Also interested are Massachusetts, Wagner, Siena, Marist and Canisius.

Cincinnati and Maryland are the leaders for Isaiah Swann, a 6-2 combination guard. He was at Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy as a junior and is expected to spend his senior year at Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy.

Swann, who is ranked No. 21, has received scholarship offers from the Bearcats and the Terps as well as Virginia. But the Cavaliers just got a commitment from Sean Singletary (No. 67), a 6-0 point guard from Philadelphia (PA) Penn Charter, and that will probably take the Cavaliers out of Swann’s picture.

Jason Rich, a 6-3 wing guard, also likes Cincinnati along with Florida State, Florida, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Connecticut and Southern Cal. Cincinnati, Florida State, Southern Cal and Florida have offered.

Rich averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals as a junior for Orlando (FL) Phillips.

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