Around the Pac-10: 2003 hoops recruiting

Arizona and Cal have commitments that could land each of the two schools in the top five when the recruiting class of 2003 rankings come out. UCLA and Stanford recently received two big-named southern California verbals which improved their stock. Also, ASU is putting the finishing touches on a dynamite class while Oregon addressed some needs for the future, particularly at point guard, and USC got another set of twins.

Below is a list of the up-to-the-minute commitments that each of the schools in the Pac-10 have received as of October 24th.

Ndudi Ebi 6'9 WF Houston, TX
Mustafa Shakur 6'3 PG Wynnewood, PA
Kirk Walters 6'10 PF/C Grand Rapids, MI

--The Wildcats have commitments from the nation's No. 1 ranked point guard (Shakur) and forward (Ebi). Throw in emerging star big man Kirk Walters, the most athletic big man Arizona's had since Anthony Cook, and it looks like this class could wind up with the No. 1 ranking overall in America. No team in recent memory has signed a point guard and power forward as the consensus No. 1 players at their respective positions in the country like Arizona now has with Shakur and Ebi.
Probable class ranking: Top three nationally.

Tron Smith 6'2 PG Moreno Valley, CA
Keith Wooden 6'8 PF Lawrence, KS
Chris Low 6'8 F Gorman, TX
Will Fameni 6'8 PF Cameroon

--This is Rob Evans' third straight year that he has received commitments from some top-notch athletes. With the strong and sharpshooting Smith running the point and the burly Wooden banging on the inside, the Sun Devils may have found two more guys to play with their loaded class of 2002. Low and Fameni add quality depth to ASU's frontcourt and this class still isn't done. Southern California athletic forward Marcus Dove could round out the five-man group in the near future.
Probable class ranking: Top 15 or 20 in America.

Dominic McGuire 6'7 SF San Diego
Leon Powe 6'7 PF Oakland
Marquise Kately 6'6 SF San Francisco
Ayinde Ubaka 6'3 PG Oakland

--Though the academic standings of each of the four players that have verbaled to Cal are still in question, this class is outstanding. Powe is one of the nation's top three or four power forward prospects, even after a torn ACL injury kept him out for most of last year. Ubaka is a playmaker of the first rank and he has size, McGuire is a scoring machine on the wing and if Kately doesn't have to play a second year of prep school, he'll bring even more athleticism and scoring ability to the Bears. Shooting guard Wesley Washington (6'2 Santa Ana, CA) de-committed from the Bears and will likely wind up at Minnesota.
Probable class ranking: Top Five in the country.

Aaron Brooks 6'0 PG Seattle, WA
Mitch Platt 6'9 C/PF Las Vegas, NV
Roy Schafer 6'10 C Wasilla, AK

--Brooks should be the perfect replacement for Oregon's current point guard Luke Ridnour thanks to his combination of quickness and playmaking skills. He was highly recruited by a lot of elite-level schools around the West Coast. Platt and Schafer are good big men but Platt needs to add weight and Schafer has played against relatively weak competition in Alaska.
Probable class ranking: Top 30 or 40.

Oregon State
Kyle Jeffers 6'8 PF Santa Rosa, CA
Liam Hughes 7'1 C Modesto, CA

--New head coach (and former Arizona assistant) Jay John was a tremendous recruiter while at Arizona and has done well so far in his brief stint with the Beavers. Jeffers is a Top 100 type and Hughes is a big man who only needs to develop and gain experience through coaching. He has the size to become a big time impact player in the Pac-10. This is a class that will be considerably better with time.
Probable class ranking: Top 100.

Tim Morris 6'3 SG Mableton, GA
Fred Washington 6'4 WG Torrance, CA

--Morris was exactly what the Cardinal needed because he's a guard capable of scoring in waves from the perimeter. He's a physical guard with decent passing skills and a very nice outside shot. He could be an All-Conference player under Mike Montgomery. Fred Washington was a guy I really liked over the course of the summer. He is a tremendous competitor and a great athlete. He's a lefty with a pretty good shot but it could use work. His best attribute – by far – is his competitiveness but his defensive tenacity and athleticism aren't far behind. Very nice two-man class so far.
Probable class ranking: Top 50.

Trevor Ariza 6'8 WF Los Angeles, CA

--Ariza was so good this summer at the Adidas Big Time tournament in Las Vegas that I had him ranked No. 3 overall out of the guys I watched in July. He is thin and definitely needs to put on some bulk but he makes up for it with his athleticism, his shot blocking ability, his rebounding skills and his ability to score from almost anywhere on the court. He is a very intriguing prospect and could be one of the top freshmen in the country for the Bruins because he will see a lot of immediate playing time. Big time get for UCLA.
Probable class ranking: Incomplete.

Rodrick Stewart 6'4 SG Rainier Beach, WA
Lodrick Stewart 6'5 SF Rainier Beach, WA

--Wait until you these identical twins play. Explosive isn't even close to being a worthy description of their games. Rodrick (the right-handed guard) is a dunking machine that plays lockdown defense on his man every game. He can't shoot very well at all but that's the easiest thing to fix with good coaching. Lodrick is the lefty small forward who is just like his brother except a better shooter. These guys are a better version of the Craven twins that USC already has on scholarship except that Errick Craven is a more complete player than either Stewart twin at this point.
Probable class ranking: Top 25 in the U.S.

Tre Simmons 6'5 SG Odessa (TX) JC

--Simmons' story is a good one. In fact, there's so much to it and it's so involved that it would be a helluva lot easier for you to just go to to read about it yourself. I'll keep it as brief (because what did Shakespeare say?) as possible by saying that Simmons is a decent shooter and an above average scorer. Read his story, though. It's interesting.
Probable class ranking: Incomplete.

Washington State
Lance Den Boer 6'5 SF Sunnyside, WA

--Den Boer is a fantastic shooter with decent athletic ability and should help to complement Cougars' point guard Marcus Moore as a freshman. Not much else is known about him, unfortunately, kind of like the Wazzu basketball program in general.
Probable class ranking: Incomplete.

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