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

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Sunday, May 18, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Pirates come up short in battle for tall timber

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View thumbnails of 2003 commitments...

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...

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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...
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Signees from the Carolinas & C-USA...

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Big men made the big splash recently in basketball recruiting news involving Conference USA, with a national giant winning out over East Carolina while Cincinnati roped a mystery man from a North Carolina school.

Lukasz Obrzut, a 7-2, 240-pound native of Poland, picked Kentucky over ECU after visiting both schools last week. He was also scheduled to visit Utah, but cancelled that trip.

Obrzut averaged 12 points and eight rebounds this past season at North Bridgton (ME) Bridgton Academy. He had committed to Fordham in the fall, but did not sign, then decided to look elsewhere when the Rams did not retain Bob Hill as coach.

Kentucky has now signed two 7-footers this spring. The other, 7-3 Shagari Alleyne of Manhattan (NY) Rice, also switched to the Wildcats following an earlier commitment. He originally chose Rutgers.

Cincinnati missed a top-50 prospect and then signed a relatively unknown one.

The Bearcats added 6-9 center Asrangue Souleymane, a native of the Central African Republic. Thin at 200 pounds, he is in his first year in the United States and played at Laurinburg (NC) Institute.

Alexander Johnson, ranked No. 41 by Prepstars.com, signed with Florida State over Cincinnati and Connecticut. A 6-8 power forward/center, he is a fifth-year senior at North Bridgton (ME) Bridgton Academy.

Cincinnati also has a commitment from a junior. He is Jamar Butler, a 6-2 point guard from Lima (OH) Shawnee High School.

It’s worth mentioning that Leonard Hamilton has put together a dynamite class at Florida State. Johnson joins three November signees that include Von Wafer, a 6-5 wing guard from Cleveland (TX) Heritage Christian; Diego Romero, a 6-10 power forward/center from Lon Morris Junior College in Texas; and Antonio Griffin, a 6-6 small forward from Scottsdale (AZ) Community College.

Wafer is the No. 12 senior in the country, Romero is one of the top 25 junior college players and Griffin is among the top 100 jucos.

Marquette rounded out a five-man 2003 class with a junior college inside player who was on the rebound.

Marcus Jackson, who stands 6-8 and weighs 235 pounds, had signed with Georgia. He was released from his letter of intent along with the rest of the Bulldogs’ hoops signees following the scandal involving former Georgia coach Jim Harrick.

Jackson averaged 10 points and six rebounds this past season at Levelland (TX) South Plains College. He is the Golden Eagles’ second spring addition. The other is 6-3 swing man Carlton Christian of Orlando (FL) Evans.

Marquette signed point guard Brandon Bell, 6-4 wing guard Dameon Mason and 6-6 power forward James Matthews in the fall.

Marquette and Memphis have offered a scholarship to junior A.J. Ratliff of Indianapolis (IN) North Central. The 6-2 combo guard also has offers from Indiana, Iowa, N.C. State, Purdue and Connecticut.

Ratliff visited Marquette May 10 and was scheduled to be at Iowa May 17. He also has a trip planned to Memphis.

James Lang, the 6-10 center who committed to Louisville, has entered his name for the NBA draft. The 300-pounder from Birmingham (AL) Central Park announced for the Cardinals in the fall, did not sign, then decided to take back his commitment. He is the No. 16 senior in the nation.

Charlotte is one of four favorites mentioned by junior point guard Abdulai Jalloh. The 6-footer from Fort Washington (MD) National Christian Academy also likes Notre Dame, St. Joseph’s and Florida State.

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