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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Thursday, October 2, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Ma Jackson sold but son deliberating

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

Ma Jackson sold but son still deliberating...
N.J. guard still pondering 'official' pledge...
Pirates lay claim to Jersey hoops 'treasure'...
Pirates closing in on N.J. backcourt star...
Clemson, Virginia Tech zero in on ECU target...
Pirates' W-S Reynolds ties heat up again...
ECU in the hunt for 'hot' combo prospect...
Herrion navigates summertime recruiting...
Charlotte, ECU classes among region's Top 5...
Pirates in contention for Top 100 prospect...
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...

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The Cedric Jackson saga continues.

We, here at Bonesville.net, reported that the 6-2 1/2 New Jersey point guard had committed to East Carolina. That was back on Sept. 15. Then, a few days later, we reported that Jackson had made no official announcement.

Now, despite reports to the contrary by some very reliable websites, that is still the case. And, while everything about the ECU basketball program seems to please the high-scoring backcourt performer and his family, the bottom line is that he has not committed.

"Not yet," said Herman Johnson, Jackson’s coach at Burlington (NJ) North Burlington High School. "I think everything is going in that direction, but Cedric just wants to wait a while.

"Last Thursday (Sept. 25), Coach (Bill) Herrion and his assistant, Coach (Greg) Herenda), sat down with Cedric, his mom and dad and me, to go over a variety of topics. We met at a diner and ate together. It was what I would categorize as a great visit.

"The big thing was that Cedric’s mom met Coach Herrion. She didn’t get a chance to do that when the family went with Cedric on his official visit to East Carolina. She felt real comfortable with Coach Herrion; she really liked him.

"In fact, it was kind of funny — Cedric did not give a verbal commitment, but if the mom could have, she would have. When we got back to the car, she asked Cedric why he didn’t commit.

"He said he just wanted to get a little farther down the road," Johnson said. "He wants to be real sure."

Asked if other schools were in contention, Johnson said, "No, I don’t think so. Hofstra and Fairleigh Dickinson have offered, but Cedric isn’t interested in either of those schools.

"Nothing has really changed, except that his mom is on board. There are no negatives about East Carolina and its basketball program."

Bombale Osby is a name that has been tossed about in regard to ECU hoops recruiting, but you can scratch it off your Pirates’ list.

The 6-8 power forward from Richmond (VA) Benedictine apparently was never on the East Carolina coaches’ list.

"East Carolina has never been recruiting him, to my knowledge," said Benedictine coach Bruce Croxton. "We haven’t heard from them."

New Mexico is the leader for Osby, who averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. Virginia Tech, Georgia, College of Charleston, Boston University and Western Kentucky are also in pursuit.

Jamal Shuler, who had mentioned ECU as one of the schools he was considering, has committed to Virginia Commonwealth.

The 6-3 shooting guard averaged 24.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists last season for Jacksonville (NC) High School.

Virginia Tech, UNC-Wilmington and Clemson also showed interest.

Memphis has put together a tremendous class by landing four prospects, three of them in the top 100 of the latest Prepstars.com rankings and the other in the second 100.

Two of those players, Darius Washington and Shawne Williams, are ranked in the top 25.

Below is a list of commitments to Conference-USA schools by members of the class of 2004, with their Prepstars.com ranking in parentheses beside the names:

  • CINCINNATI — Vincent Banks (110), 6-3 wing guard, Laurinburg (NC) Prep.

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

  • LOUISVILLE — Terrance Farley (162), 6-10 center, Louisville (KY) Pleasure Ridge Park.

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

  • MEMPHIS — Kareem Cooper (174), 6-11 center, Laurinburg (NC) Charter; Darius Washington (17), 5-11 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.

  • ST. LOUIS — Dwayne Polk (NR), 5-9 point guard, St. Louis (MO) Vashon.

  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN — Brent Hackett (158), 6-3 wing guard, Fort Worth (TX) Southwest.

  • TULANE — David Gomez (NR), 6-7 power forward, Baton Rouge (LA) Episcopal.

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