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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Monday, November 10, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Realignment impacts recruiting dynamics

All HOOPS recruiting headlines...
Thumbnails of 2003 commitments...

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Conference USA will undergo a huge facelift in the not-too-distant future, but for the time being, there is plenty of basketball recruiting news involving schools that will be leaving for the Big East.

It is obvious that playing in a league with Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette and DePaul has enhanced the recruiting efforts of other schools in the conference. And it’s just as obvious that losing those schools will take away an edge when C-USA coaches visit prospects’ living rooms.

"It makes a difference," said Herman Johnson, the basketball coach at Burlington (NJ) North Burlington, where Cedric Jackson is the star.

Jackson, a 6-2 1/2 guard, has been leaning toward East Carolina for two months. Although there are reports to the contrary, he has not officially committed to the Pirates.

"He still likes East Carolina a whole lot," Johnson said, "and I think Cedric might sign with them next week. But he might wait until spring and see what comes available. A lot of schools don’t get what they want in the fall, so some kids like Cedric move up or onto other schools’ priority lists.

"That’s something he’s thinking about. The five schools leaving Conference USA is on his mind, too. That was a great conference. You knew you were going to play against Louisville, DePaul and those schools twice a year. It’s not the same now."

Jackson is not considering any school except ECU at this point, Johnson said. But he still hasn’t pulled the trigger.

Louisville has enjoyed the most recruiting success in Conference USA despite being turned down recently by a couple of highly regarded big men. David Burgess of Irvine (CA) Woodbridge picked Brigham Young over the Cardinals, while Randolph Morris of Fairburn (GA) Landmark Christian, called off a scheduled visit to Louisville and is believed favoring Georgia Tech.

Morris, ranked No. 13 by Prepstars.com, and Burgess, No. 119, are both 6-11 centers.
Of course, Rick Pitino had already landed Brian Johnson, getting a commitment from the Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy big man after North Carolina decided not to pursue him. Ranked the No. 27 high school senior in the country, Johnson didn’t waste much time making a promise to the Cardinals once his dream of being a Tar Heel had ended.

Louisville also landed the nation’s No. 7 prospect in Sebastian Telfair, a 5-11 point guard from Brooklyn (NY) Abraham Lincoln. Lorenzo Wade, a 6-5 swing man from Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy, gives the Cards three top-50 prizes.

Memphis matches Louisville with five commitments, four of whom are ranked in the top 100. Point guard Darius Washington of Orlando (FL) Edgewater heads the group at No. 17, followed by No. 21 Shawne Williams.

But the Tigers are in jeopardy of losing Williams, who reportedly has said he will not sign in November. Dave Telep of TheInsidersHoops.com wrote that the 6-8 small forward might like to visit Kansas, Houston, Cincinnati, Arkansas and Tennessee.

East Carolina has bolstered its front line with announcements from 6-10 center Charles Bronson of Philadelphia (PA) Lutheran Christian Academy and 6-8 power forward Mike Castro of Allegany Community College in Cumberland, MD.

Another player on the Bucs’ wish list has committed to Texas A&M. Miguel Ayala, a 6-7 small forward from Fullerton (CA) Junior College, had scholarship offers from Oregon State, San Jose State and San Francisco in addition to East Carolina and the Aggies.

Following are C-USA commitments, with players’ Prepstars.com rankings in parentheses beside their names:

  • CHARLOTTE (3) — E.J. Drayton, 6-9 power forward, Colby (KS) Community College; Leemire Goldwire (191), 6-1 point guard, Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer; Chris Nance, 6-7 power forward, El Reno (OK) Redlands CC.

  • CINCINNATI (2) — Vincent Banks (110), 6-3 wing guard, Laurinburg (NC) Prep; Roy Bright (15), 6-6 small forward, Durham (NC) Mount Zion Christian Academy.

  • DePAUL (2) — Aking Elting, 5-10 point guard, Southern Idaho Junior College; Dorell Wright (19), 6-5 1/2 wing guard, South Kent (CT) High School.

  • EAST CAROLINA (2) — Charles Bronson (180), 6-11 center, Philadelphia (PA) Lutheran Christian Academy; Mike Castro, 6-8 power forward, Cumberland (MD) Allegany Community College.

  • HOUSTON (1) — Lamont Arrington, 6-11 center, Livonia (MI) Schoolcraft JC.

  • LOUISVILLE (5) — Sebastian Telfair (7), 5-11 point guard, Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln; Brian Johnson (27), 6-9 center/power forward, Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy; Lorenzo Wade (50), 6-5 wing guard/small forward, Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy; Donta Smith, 6-7 small forward, Harrisburg (IL) Southeast Illinois JC; Terrance Farley (162), 6-10 center, Louisville (KY) Pleasure Ridge Park.

  • MARQUETTE (1) — Ryan Amoroso (172), 6-8 power forward, Burnsville (MN) High School.

  • MEMPHIS (5) — Richard Dorsey (79), 6-8 power forward, Laurinburg (NC) Prep; Kareem Cooper (174), 6-11 center, Laurinburg (NC) Charter; Darius Washington (17), 6-1 point guard, Orlando (FL) Edgewater; Robert Dozier (87), 6-8 power forward, Lithonia (GA) High School; Shawne Williams (21), 6-8 small forward, Memphis (TN) Hamilton.

  • SOUTH FLORIDA (2) — Collin Dennis, 6-2 wing guard, North Richland Hills (TX) High; Solomon Jones, 6-8 power forward, Daytona Beach (FL) JC.

  • SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (2) — Rudolph Mauricette, 6-11 center, Baytown (TX) Lee JC; Ronald Pittman, 6-6 small forward, Tyler (TX) JC.

  • SAINT LOUIS (3) — Tommie Liddell (128), 6-4 wing guard, East St. Louis (IL) High; Luke Meyer, 6-5 small forward, Washington (MO) Borgia; Dwayne Polk, 5-9 point guard, St. Louis (MO) Vashon.

  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN (2) — Brent Hackett (158), 6-3 wing guard, Fort Worth (TX) Southwest; Neimann Owens, 6-3 wing guard, Channelview (TX) High.

  • TULANE (4) — Robinson Louisme (184), 6-8 center, Fort Myers (FL) High; Donnie Stith, 6-7 power forward, Virginia Beach (VA) Salem; Matt Wheaton, 6-6 small forward, Houston (TX) Mayde Creek; David Gomez (NR), 6-7 power forward, Baton Rouge (LA) Episcopal.

  • UAB (1) — Paul Delaney, 6-2 wing guard, Chamblee (GA) High.

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