Commitment Catch-Up

Five schools received commitments on Wednesday and it's time we got you caught up to speed on the situations. Columbia, New Mexico State, UT-Arlington, Old Dominion and Rice added prospects.

New Mexico State Lands Forward

Delbert Simpson visited Nebraska and New Mexico State. He was also considering South Alabama but in the end, it was New Mexico State that tugged at his heart.

"I felt most comfortable with the coaching staff at New Mexico State and that was the main thing," Simpson said.

"On my visit to Nebraska this last weekend, they brought in another guy that was going to play my position. If we both committed, we probably would have had to split time. At New Mexico State, they told me that I would be their main guy; South Alabama said the same thing. I just felt comfortable with New Mexico State."

Simpson was a standout on John Eurey's Houston SuperStars AAU team.

ODU Lands Big Time Athlete

Jason Thompson will one day rank as one of the elite athletes in the Colonial Athletic Association. On Wednesday, it became known that he'd do it in an Old Dominion uniform.

Thompson's commitment to ODU comes on the heels of a stellar 2003 recruiting class and also the news that C.J. Giles would be on campus this weekend.

In 2002, Thompson was a valuable reserve with the Kappa Magic when they captured the AAU national title. Last summer, he ran with the N.C. Gaters where his athleticism was once again on display. The small forward should gain early playing time and ODU has one more scholarship remaining for the year and that's ticketed for a big man.

Columbia Lands Point Guard

Brett Loscalzo is headed to Columbia and coach Joe Jones turned out to be a big reason why.

"He was much more active," Loscalzo said. "He was at every single game of mine and called me all the time. He kept insisting on me coming down. He seemed more like a friend than a coach."

Lehigh, Yale, Bucknell, Penn, Davidson and Lafayette were all interested in Loscalzo as a point guard. He averaged 19 points and 7 assists last season.

Rice Lands Hagen

Matt Hagen, a power forward who played at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in June reached a college decision. The Pekin (IL) product is headed to Rice.

Hagen committed to the Owls on Wednesday.

Guidry Picks UT-Arlington

Myles Guidry, a perimeter standout from the Houston Westside All-Stars, picked UT-Arlington this week.

He was a big part of Westside's advance to the final four at the Big Time. Guidry fashioned a name for himself as a shooter and is a guy more than capable of going on big runs from down. <;p> He visited SW Texas State officiall and Arkansas-Little Rock was also in the mix.

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