Basketball Recruiting Roundup

In this week's Basketball Recruiting Roundup, find out how the recruiting situations of Top 100 players <b>Martell Webster</b>, <b>Marcus Williams</b> and <b>Marcus Johnson</b> are related and get the scoop on several other Top 100 commitments.

In the hoop recruiting world, it was a good week to be named Marcus.

That's because Top 100 recruits Marcus Williams of Roosevelt (Wash.) and Marcus Johnson of Westchester (Calif.) both committed to big-time college programs in the past week.

Williams, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound senior swingman who is rated the No. 27 recruit in the Class of 2005 by, committed to Arizona over Maryland and UConn.

Interestingly, the primary reason Williams crossed UConn off his list is because the Huskies had received a commitment from Johnson just days before. Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound senior swingman, is rated the No. 54 recruit in the Class of 2005. He picked UConn over Syracuse and Louisville.

But the dominos don't stop falling there. According to's Jeff Goodman, Arizona took itself out of contention for Seattle Prep (Wash.) superstar wing Martell Webster after receiving the commitment from Williams.

That's a pretty major recruiting development considering Arizona has long been considered the frontrunner for Webster, a 6-foot-6, 236-pound swingman who is rated the No. 7 recruit in the Class of 2005.

Webster, who missed most of junior season with injuries but could challenge as the top player in the country when healthy, will reportedly now decide between Washington and North Carolina. However, the NBA could also be an option if he returns to his pre-injury form this season.

So to recap: Johnson's commitment to UConn spurred Williams to pledge to Arizona, which in turn caused Webster to drop Arizona from contention.

In other words, it's safe to say the recruiting season is heating up.

More Recruiting News:

Lincoln (Texas) senior point guard Byron Eaton committed to Oklahoma State this past weekend, as has long been expected. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound floor leader is rated the No. 30 recruit in the Class of 2005 by Eaton, who also plays football, is a strong guard who can overpower most opposing playmakers. …

Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) senior forward Brandon Costner committed to N.C. State over Kansas earlier this week. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound combo forward, who can play inside or outside, is rated the No. 32 recruit in the Class of 2005. …

Chester (S.C.) senior point guard Devan Downey pledged to Cincinnati over Illinois, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee earlier this week. The 5-foot-9, 156-pound sparkplug is rated the No. 87 recruit in the Class of 2005. He's a lightning-quick playmaker who isn't afraid of anyone despite his size. …

Calusa Prep (Fla.) senior point guard Denis Clemente committed to Miami over Arkansas, Ohio State, Cincinnati and South Florida. The 5-foot-11, 150-pound playmaker boosted his stock as much as any player in the country this summer at the Nike All-America Camp and the Nike Peach Jam, where he was the tournament's leading scorer by averaging 25.8 points per game. He is rated the No. 98 recruit in the Class of 2005.

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