Hoops Top 50 Recruits

July is the month reputations are made and broken. We've been on the road since the Final Four, diligently scouting and breaking down the Class of 2004. Here's our Pre-Summer Top 50 – essentially it's the 50 prospects everyone is gunning for.

The Class of 2004 has some prospects in it. Since the Final Four, myself and Tracy Pierson have covered well over a dozen major events. We've had our eyes on these prospects more than any other scouting service, website, newspaper, you know name it. Ask around, we're not scouting from VCR tapes, we're seeing these prospects up close.

We've seen some guys play their way into the Top 50 and others who might have played their way out. Movement is the constant theme of this list. Because a prospect isn't on it right now doesn't mean he won't be later and vice versa.

Actually, trimming this list down to 50 was an arduous task. Deserving players routinely get left out of the mix. However, they control their destiny. Folks, July is upon us and this is the month prospects make their move. So, without further delay, here's our Pre-Summer Top 50!

Rk Pos Name HT/WT Commit School
1 C Dwight Howard
(SW Atlanta Christian) Atlanta , GA
6-10/225  
2 PG Shaun Livingston
(Peoria Central) Peoria , IL
6-6/175  
3 PF Al Jefferson
(Prentiss) Prentiss, MS
6-9/265 Arkansas
4 PF Lamarcus Aldridge
(Seagoville) Dallas , TX
6-11/225 Texas
5 PG Sebastian Telfair
(Lincoln) Brooklyn, NY
5-11/165  
6 PF/SF Marvin Williams
(Bremerton) Bremerton, WA
6-8/205  
7 C Glen Davis
(LSU University Lab) Baton Rouge, LA
6-8/325  
8 SF Malik Hairston
(Renaissance) Detroit, MI
6-5/185  
9 PF D.J. White
(Hillcrest) Tuscaloosa , AL
6-9/230  
10 SF Josh Smith
(McEachern) Powder Springs, GA
6-8/205  
11 PF Mike Williams
(Wilcox Central) Camden, AL
6-8/225 Texas
12 SG Joe Crawford
(Renaissance) Detroit, MI
6-4/205 Michigan
13 PG Daniel Gibson
(Jesse Jones) Houston, TX
6-3/180 Texas
14 SG/SF J.R. Smith
(St. Benedict's) Elizabeth, NJ
6-5/210  
15 C Greg Stiemsma
(Randolph) Randolph, WI
6-11/210 Wisconsin
16 C Robert Swift
(Highland) Bakersfield , CA
7-0/230 Southern Cal
17 SG/PG Darius Washington
(Edgewater) Orlando, FL
6-0/170 Memphis
18 C Alexander Kaun
(Florida Air Academy) Melbourne, FL
6-10/240  
19 PF Brian Johnson
(Bishop O'Connell) Arlington, VA
6-9/235  
20 PG Jordan Farmar
(Taft) Woodland Hills, CA
6-2/170 UCLA
21 C Randolph Morris
(Landmark) Fairburn , GA
6-11/250  
22 PF Tello Palacios
(Our Savior Lutheran) Centereach, NY
6-8/245  
23 SF/PF Rudy Gay
(Archbishop Spalding) Severn, MD
6-8/205  
24 SG/PG A.J. Price
(Amityville) Amityville, NY
6-1/170  
25 SG DeMarcus Nelson
(Sheldon) Sacramento, CA
6-3/190 Duke
26 SF Roy Bright
(Mount Zion) Durham, NC
6-5/205  
27 PF Marquise Gray
(Beecher) Flint, MI
6-7/195 Michigan State
28 SF/PF Shawne Williams
(Hamilton) Memphis, TN
6-8/200  
29 SG Arron Afflalo
(Centennial) Compton, CA
6-5/190 UCLA
30 SG Isaiah Swann
(Hargrave Military ) Chatham, VA
6-2/185  
31 C Steven Hill
(Branson) Branson, MO
6-11/235 Arkansas
32 PG Kyle Lowry
(Cardinal Dougherty) Philadephia, PA
5-11/180  
33 SF Corey Brewer
(Portland) Portland, TN
6-7/180  
34 SG Jawann McClellan
(Milby) Houston, TX
6-5/200 Arizona
35 PF Ra'Sean Dickey
(Marlboro County) Marlboro City, SC
6-9/230  
36 PF Cedric Simmons
(West Brunswick) Shallotte, NC
6-10/225 NC State
37 SF Dion Dowell
(Texas City) Texas City, TX
6-6/200 Texas
38 SG Robert Vaden
(Pike) Indianapolis, IN
6-4/185 Indiana
39 PG Josh Wright
(Proctor) Utica, NY
6-1/170  
40 PF James Gist
(Good Counsel) Wheaton, MD
6-8/215 Maryland
41 SG Jason Rich
(Lake Highland Prep) Orlando, FL
6-2/180  
42 PF/C Mohamed Tangara
(Mount Zion) Durham, NC
6-9/230  
43 SG Russell Robinson
(Rice) Manhattan, NY
6-2/180  
44 PG Jason Horton
(Cedar Hill) Cedar Hill, TX
6-0/170  
45 SG James Hardy
(Elmhurst) Fort Wayne, IN
6-6/190 Indiana
46 SG Albert Webber
(Mount Zion) Durham, NC
6-3/170 Alabama
47 C Kalen Grimes
(Hazelwood) St. Louis, MO
6-8/255  
48 PF/C Jermaine Bell
(IMG Academy) Bradenton, FL
6-11/210 St. John's
49 PF Dayshaun Wright
(Fowler) Syracuse, NY
6-6/235  
50 SG/PG A.J. Ratliff
(North Central) Indianapolis, IN
6-3/175  

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