Incredibly, Massimino needed this type of class just to stay afloat in the Big East Conference. Syracuse, Georgetown and St. John's all had tremendous recruiting years and Providence had its best year in more than a decade.
The Daily News has compiled three recruiting lists - a local list that includes the signees at the Big 5 schools and Drexel, a list of recruits for schools in the various conferences in which the local teams compete, and a list of the recruits generally considered to be the top 50 in the nation.
Nationally, North Carolina appears to be No. 1. The Tar Heels have signed J.R. Reid, a 6-10 forward from Kempsville High in Virginia Beach, Va., who might be the best prep prospect in America. They also have landed 6-10 center Scott Williams of Hacienda Heights, Calif., who is considered the best post player on the West Coast, and 6-8 Peter Chilcutt of Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Academy.
Aside from Carolina, the schools that appear to have done the best, in order, are Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse, Illinois, Georgetown, Alabama- Birmingham, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Villanova, Kentucky, St. John's, Duke and UCLA.
LOCAL BASKETBALL RECRUITS
Daily News sports writer Dick Weiss analyzes the incoming basketball recruits at the Big 5 schools and Drexel.
Needs: Quality frontcourt help, depth at guard.
Results: Among the nation's top 15 recruiting years.
Recruits: Barry Bekkedam, 6-10, 185-pound forward, Archbishop Carroll. Averaged 23.2 points per game (ppg.), 10.4 rebounds per game (rpg.), 4.2 blocks per game. A McDonald's All-America selection with ability to play both forward spots. Should contribute immediately if he can regain 20 pounds he lost after having mononucleosis at end of season.
Tom Greis, 7-2, 240-pound center, St. Anthony's, Huntington, N.Y. Averaged 24 ppg., 13 rpg., 5 blocks. Best big man on Long Island will get shot at immediate playing time in the post if he can increase his upper body strength and quickness.
Eric Leslie, 6-3, 180-pound guard, Grady Vocational, Brooklyn, N.Y. Averaged 35 ppg., 9 rpg., 8 assists. Leading scorer in New York's Public League can play both guard spots, should emerge as Rollie Massimino's first backcourt sub.
Rodney Taylor, 6-7, 225-pound forward, A.C. Flora High, Columbia, S.C. Averaged 25 ppg., 13 rpg. Raw-boned banger who was MVP of South Carolina All- Star game could be Wildcats' most important recruit.
Needs: Replacement for Maurice Martin, a probable NBA first-round draft choice, and a quality point guard.
Results: Hawks did not sign any franchise players, but coach Jimmy Boyle did find some contributors. Ivan Brown is most gifted, but Hawks must wait a year before he weaves his magic.
Recruits: Mike Shaak, 6-8, 215-pound forward, Ridley High. Averaged 15 ppg., 8 rpg., 3 blocks. Hawks coaching staff views this All-Delaware County selection as a future Kevin Springman.
Henry Smith, 6-5, 200-pound sophomore forward, West Philadelphia, transfer
from Ohio University. Averaged 3.6 ppg., 4.0 ppg. as a freshman at Ohio U. Eligible at semester break. Should be backup at both forward spots. Did not play last season because of calcium deposits on knee.
Tarone Thornton, 6-8, 215-pound sophomore forward, Roman Catholic, transfer
from South Carolina. Averaged 5.3 ppg., 3.8 rpg at South Carolina. Former All- State selection should push for starting spot opposite Greg Mullee.
Ivan Brown, 6-1, 170-pound guard, Monsignor Bonner. Averaged 14.7 ppg., 7.2 assists. Creative penetrating guard was star in Dapper Dan Roundball Classic. Failed to project academically under Proposition 48 and was admitted in special program. Should be three-year starter if he gets his academics straightened out.
Needs: Big wing guard to replace Eddie Coe and depth at center position.
Results: The Owls had one of the three best recruiting years in Atlantic 10 Conference.
Recruits: Tom Katsikas, 6-6, 190-pound guard, Cherry Hill East. Averaged 20 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 4.3 assists. Lit up South Jersey Group IV last season along with his talented identical twin. Has perimeter shooting ability, quickness to play wing next season once he learns the system.
Ernest Pollard, 6-7, 195-pound forward, Roman Catholic. Averaged 18.7 ppg., 10.1 rpg. Temple coach John Chaney spotted him early and Pollard emerged as the leading scorer for Roman, which won its first Catholic League title since 1982. Also could compete for Coe's spot.
Duane Causwell, 6-11, 220-pound center, Cardoza High, Queens Village, N.Y. Averaged 13.4 ppg., 13.1 rpg., 12.2 blocks. Owls beat out West Virginia, Georgia for a defensive intimidator who should help Tim Perry and Ramon Rivas fill the middle.
Needs: Size in the middle, athletic frontcourt players.
Results: New coach Speedy Morris got a good one in Lionel Simmons. But Derrick Hill, a 6-7, 240 pounder from New Mexico Junior College who originally gave the Explorers a verbal commitment, apparently has decided to attend New Mexico State because he did not have enough transferrable credits.
Recruits: Lionel Simmons, 6-6, 195-pound forward, Southern High. Averaged 32 ppg., 12 rpg. Most local schoolboy watchers think he had the best season of any senior in the city leagues. Should be an immediate starter at small forward.
Bobby Johnson, 6-6, 185-pound forward, Southern High. A mystery guest
because he did not play organized ball last year after transferring to Southern from Central.
Marvin Woods, 6-4, 195-pound sophomore swingman, transfer from De Paul. Averaged 1.4 ppg. in 10 games as a freshman. Eligible at end of first semester. Has 2 1/2 years left. Should push for quality time in backcourt.
Needs: Depth at perimeter spots and a backup big man.
Results: Penn probably had the best recruiting year in Ivy League. No starters, but all four incoming freshmen should play.
Recruits: Jerry Simon, 6-4 1/2, 175-pound guard, Marshall, Los Angeles. Averaged 34.7 ppg., 18 rpg., 10 assists. Penn's most heralded recruit since Paul Little. A scorer, not a shooter, with the ability to play both guard spots. Was selected city's AAA Player of the Year after leading the state in scoring and setting a city single-game scoring record of 69 points.
Kenny Fikes, 6-2, 190-pound guard, Mt. Hermon, Northfield (Mass.). Averaged 20 ppg., 8 rpg. as a junior. Did not play last year because of a foot injury. Exceptional all-around athlete who was a running back in football and a 6-8 high jumper.
Jose Tavarez, 6-4, 195-pound swingman, Bronx High School of Science. Averaged 22.3 ppg., 10.5 rpg. Hard-nosed, should back up Chris Elzey at small forward.
Kent Milholland, 6-10, 205-pound center, Waverly, Tenn. Averaged 15.9 ppg., 9 rpg., 5 blocks. Late-season steal who was courted by Vanderbilt, Murray State and Middle Tennessee. Will back up Bruce Lefkowitz in middle now that Neil Bernstein has transferred to Cal-Berkeley.
Needs: Frontcourt help, big guard.
Results: Second-best class in East Coast Conference. Dragons missed on Marvin Walters of Germantown Academy but got everything else they were looking for last year.
Recruits: Todd Lehmann, 5-11, 155-pound guard, Holy Cross, Delran, N.J. Averaged 20.5 ppg., 8.5 assists, 91.5 percent from free throw line. Son of former ABA star George Lehmann was school's all-time leading scorer, made All-South Jersey and should be part of Dragons' four-guard rotation.
Brian Raabe, 6-8, 225-pound forward, Panther Valley, Lansford, Pa. Averaged 15.4 ppg., 13.6 rpg., 5.8 blocks for 29-2 Class AA team that reached PIAA Eastern final. Should contribute immediately as backup to sophomore starter John Rankin, could see more playing time if coach Eddie Burke goes to a double post.
Jim Hardy, 6-5, 185-pound forward, Springfield (Delco). Averaged 17 ppg., 8 rpg. First-team All-Delco selection could fill small forward spot in time.
Tommy Murphy, 6-5, 175-pound guard, Waynesboro, Pa. Averaged 14.5 ppg., 6.5 assists for 25-2 Class AAAA team. Size alone could make him an impact player in league two years from now.
Rob Johnstone, 6-8, 215-pound sophomore forward, New Canaan, Conn., transfer from Naval Academy. Left Annapolis after first semester of plebe year before he could get his feet wet. Should be an immediate starter up front.
Daily News sports writer Dick Weiss analyzes the incoming basketball recruits at the schools in conferences that compete against local teams. Players listed in ALL CAPS are projected to be in next year's eight-man playing rotations.
BIG EAST CONFERENCE
(Top three recruiting years: 1, Syracuse; 2, Georgetown; 3, Villanova)
Syracuse: DERRICK COLEMAN, 6-9, forward, Northern HS, Detroit; EARL DUNCAN, 6-3 guard, St. Monica's HS, Santa Monica, Calif.; STEVE THOMPSON, 6-3 guard, Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles; Keith Hughes, 6-6 forward, Carteret, N.J.; Matt Roe, 6-5 forward, Fayetteville-Manilus, N.Y.
Georgetown: ANTHONY ALLEN, 6-7 forward, Lincoln HS, Port Arthur, Texas; DWAYNE BRYANT, 6-2 guard, De La Salle HS, New Orleans; MARK TILLMON, 6-1 guard, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.; Ben Gillery, 7-1 junior center, Hutchinson, (Kan.) Junior College; SAM JEFFERSON, 6-10 forward, Flint Hill Prep, Oakton, Va.
St. John's: MARCUS BROADNAX, 6-3 guard, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; ELANDER LEWIS, 6-3 guard, Albany, N.Y.; Moses Scurry, 6-6 forward, Eli Whitney HS, Brooklyn; Jayson Williams, 6-7 forward, Christ the King HS, New York City.
Providence: JAMES BEST, 6-5 forward, sophomore transfer from New Hampshire; DELRAY BROOKS, 6-3 sophomore guard, transfer from Indiana; Quinton Burton, 6-6 forward, Hammond HS, Columbia, Md.; Marty Conlon, 6-8 forward, Archbishop Stepanic HS, White Plains, N.Y.; ABDUL-SHAMSID-DEEN, 6-10 center, Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y.; Carlton Screen, 6-foot guard, Xaverian HS, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Seton Hall: Michael Cooper, 6-5 forward, Archer HS, Atlanta; JUNIOR CURTIS, 6-3 junior guard, Westark CC, Benton, Ark.; Nick Katsikas, 6-6 forward, Cherry Hill East HS; FRANTZ VOLCY, 6-8 forward, Seton Hall Prep, East Orange, N.J.
Pitt: HERBIE BARTHOL, 6-10 center, Normandy HS, Parma, Ohio; RODNEY BROOKIN, 6-5 forward, Steelton-Highspire (Pa.) HS; Chris Gatling, 6-8 forward, Elizabeth, N.J.; John McNeil, 6-3 guard, Fike HS, Wilson, N.C.; JIMMY ROGERS, 6-1 junior guard, Brunswick CC, Statesboro, Ga.
Connecticut: TATE GEORGE, 6-4 guard, Union Catholic HS, Scotch Plains, N.J.; Steve Pikeill, 6-4 guard, St. Paul's HS, Bristol, Conn.
Boston College: JOHN HEATH, 6-10 junior center, McClendon (Texas) JC; Reggie Pruitt, 6-7 forward, Booker T. Washington HS, Houston.
ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
(Top three recruiting years: 1, West Virginia; 2, Temple; 3, Duquesne)
Duquesne: Brian Anselmino, 6-8 forward, Ringgold (Pa.) HS; PETE FREEMAN, 6-7 forward, Rochester (Pa.) HS; RODNEY HOLMES, 5-10 guard, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.; KEVIN MCCARTHY, 6-7 forward, Roosevelt HS, Canton, Ohio; TONY PETRARCA, 6-2 guard, Kiski Area (Pa.) HS.
Massachusettes: CHRIS BAILEY, 5-11 guard, Fork Union (Va.) Military; Carey Herer, 6-2 guard, Andrew Warde HS, Fairfield, Conn.
George Washington: Art Connell, 6-11 center, Newfield, N.Y.; GERALD JACKSON, 6-2 junior guard, transfer from Minnesota; Ellis McKennie, 6-2 guard, George Washington HS; Mike Jones, 6-6 forward, Kennedy HS, Willingboro, N.J.; NATE WILLIAMS, 6-8 forward, Kennedy HS, Willingboro, N.J.; Frank Williams, 6- foot guard, Cherry Hill East.
Penn State: RODNEY HENDERSON, 6-4 forward, Menchville HS, Newport News, Va.; MIKE IUZZOLINO, 6-foot guard, Altoona (Pa.) HS; Darryl Ricks, 6-3 guard, Aurora, Colo.
Rhode Island: Bob Brown, 6-2 guard, North Babylon HS, Long Island; JIMMY CHRISTIAN, 6-4 junior guard, transfer from Boston University; Andre Green, 6-7 forward, St. Paul HS, Bristol Conn; Brian Walker, 6-7 forward, Kashmere HS, Houston.
Rutgers: Tom Everson, 6-10, Brentwood, L.I.; Lee Perry, 6-6 forward, Freehold, N.J.; Steve Watson, 6-8 forward, Archbishop Walsh HS, Franklinville, N.Y.; RODNEY JOHNSON, 6-2 guard, Riverton (Wyo.) CC.
St. Bonaventure: Robert Ferguson, 6-1 guard, Mt. St. Joseph's HS, Buffalo; Darryl Farmer, 6-7 forward, Surratsville, Md.; RICHARD MCCORMICK, 6-3 junior guard, transfer from Marquette; BLAINE RUSSELL, 6-3 junior guard, transfer
from Erie CC.
West Virginia: CHRIS BROOKS, 6-6 forward, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.; JOHN MILLER, 6-5 forward, Mt. St. Joseph's HS, Baltimore; Steve Berger, 5-10 guard, Fork Union (Va.) Academy; BRETT VINCENT, 5-11 guard, South Harrison, W. Va.
METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
(Top three recruiting years: 1, Fairfield; 2, Fordham; 3, La Salle)
Army: MARK CLOUSE, 6-5 forward, Northwest HS, Cincinnati; Tim Dukeman, 6-9 center, Gull Lake, Mich.; TODD MATSON, 6-10 center, West Point Prep; Trevor Roe, 6-5 swingman, Pekin, Ill.; STEVE ROTHERT, 6-6 forward, Warsaw, Ill.; Dennis Tracy, 5-11 guard, De La Salle HS, New Orleans; Jim Verbic, 6-5 guard, Elgin, Ill.
Fairfield: Jim Cleveland, 6-7 forward, Don Bosco Tech, Paterson, N.J.; TOM COOK, 6-6, Seton Hall Prep, East Orange, N.J.; MARVIN WALTERS, 6-4 guard, Germantown Academy; Eddie Duncan, 6-4 guard, Stevenson HS, New York.
Fordham: Ayo Agbonkpolo, 6-9 forward, Ibadan, Nigeria; Peter Hooper, 6-4 forward, St. Thomas More HS, Oakdale, Calif.; ANDRE MCCLENDON, 6-foot guard, Highland Falls, N.Y.; Dan O'Sullivan, 6-10 center, Bayonne, N.J.; GREG PEDRO, 6-5 junior forward, transfer from Michigan State.
Holy Cross: LOREN DAVIS, 6-3 guard, Bishop Kenney HS, Jacksonville, Fla.; DWIGHT PURNELL, 6-1 guard, Deep Creek HS, Chesapeake, Va.
Iona: ALVIN LOTT, 5-10 junior guard, transfer from St. Bonaventure; Pat Perroni, 6-8 junior forward, Palm Beach (Fla.) JC; TONY WRIGHT, 6-5 forward, Midland (Texas) JC.
Manhattan: PETER RUNGE, 6-8 center, Mt. Vernon HS, New York; KEN BOUYER, 6-4 forward, Holy Cross HS, New York; Greg Rock, 6-3 guard, Tollentine HS, New York.
St. Peter's: John Connell, 6-8 center, Port Richmond, N.Y.; Matt McKenna, 6-4 guard, St. Mary's HS, Jersey City.
EAST COAST CONFERENCE
(Top three recruiting years: 1, Hofstra; 2, Drexel; 3, Rider)
Bucknell: MIKE JOSEPH, 5-11 guard, Hazelton, Pa.; Greg Leggett, 6-6 forward, Marshall, Va.; Rick Pfaff, 6-8 forward, Baldwin HS, Pittsburgh; BOBBY WOOLLUM, 6-1 sophomore guard, transfer from Allegheny (Md.) CC.
Delaware: Elsworth Bowers, 6-7 forward, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.; CURTIS DUDLEY, 6-6 forward, Capital Christian Academy, Md.; Andy Eaton, 6-8 center, Florence, N.J.; HENRY JETER, 6-2 guard, Hillhouse HS, New Haven, Conn.
Hofstra: RICH KUSMIREK, 6-9 forward, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, New Britain, Conn.; Anthony Knight, 6-5 forward, Bishop Loughlin HS, New York; DERWIN SMALLS, 6-5 junior forward, transfer from Fashion Institute in New York; MATT TUCKER, 6-5 forward, Beach Channel HS, Rockaway, N.Y.
Lafayette: Greg Bishop, 6-3 guard, Marple-Newtown; MARK JEROME, 5-11 guard, Burney School, New York; MATT ROBERTS, 6-5 forward, Emmaus (Pa.) HS; Bob Spagnolo, 6-6 forward, Central Dauphin, Pa.; Richard Soto, 6-7 forward, August Martin HS, New York; Andy Wescoe, 5-11 guard, Allentown Allen HS.
Lehigh: CHARLES BANKS, 6-3 swingman, Westminster HS, Atlanta; SCOTT LAYER, 5-11 guard, Upper Moreland; TOM MARTIN, 6-6 forward, Archbishop Wood; Charles Olayinka, 6-5 forward, St. John's Prep, Washington, D.C.; Peter Rudman, 6-2 guard, Higland Park, Ill.
Rider: KEN DURFEE, 5-11 guard, Steinert (N.J.) HS; AUBRY MERRIMAN, 6-2 guard, Maisonneuve College Prep, Montreal; RAMON ROSADO, 6-3 guard, Christo Rey HS, Puerto Rico; Paul Rosen, 6-5 forward, Richfield Park, N.J.
Towson State: ADRIAN BASEY, 6-3 swingman, Seneca Valley, Md.; MARTY JOHNSON, 6-2 junior guard, transfer from Richmond; Eric Kearney, 6-4 swingman
from Allegheny (Md.) CC.
(Top three recruiting years: 1, Penn; 2, Dartmouth; 3, Princeton)
Brown: TODD CLOCK, 6-9 center, Marshfield, Mass.; David Efron, 7-foot center, Pikesville, Md.; Arthur Jackson, 6-5 forward, St. Alban's HS, Washington, D.C.; Bernard Muir, 6-6 forward, Buckholtz School, Gainesville, Fla.; Dick Whitmore, 6-1 guard, Waterville, Maine.
Cornell: IKE AYERS, 6-5 forward, NYC St. Peter's Academy; Monte Boykin, 6-3 guard, Woburn, Mass.; Andy Noss, 6-9 center, Southridge, Ind.; Mike Proctor, 6-4 guard, Naperville, Ill. North.
Columbia: JIM DWYER, 6-5 forward, Mater Dei HS, Huntingdon Beach, Calif.; Ed Fraim, 6-4 forward, Norfolk (Va.) Academy; SWEN SWENSON, 6-8 center, Gooding, Idaho; Mark Tilson, 6-4 guard, Loyola HS, Los Angeles.
Dartmouth: WALTER PALMER, 7-foot center, Washington and Lee HS, Arlington, Va.; ROBERT SUMMERS, 6-2 guard, Bishop McNamara, Forstville, Md.; Joe Tillotson, Jesuit HS, Dallas; STEVE TRUNDLE, 6-7 forward, Tampa (Fla.) Prep.
Harvard: MALCOLM HOLLENSTEINER, 6-10 center, Deefield (Mass.) Academy; Sean Duffy, 6-7 forward, Regis HS, New York; Brian Erlich, 6-5 forward, Walt Whitman HS, Silver Spring, Md.; Scott Gilley, 6-3 swingman, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.; BRIAN MACKEY, 6-4 guard, St. Joseph's HS, Cleveland.
Princeton: JOHN NIKOLAI, 6-8 center, Farrell HS, Staten Island, N.Y.; Jim Durham, 6-1 guard, Athens (Ga.) Academy; Rich Nash, 6-5 forward, Clay HS, Lexington, Ky.; Anders Vestergaard, 6-7 forward, Kingston, N.Y.; MATT LAPIN, 6-7 forwrd, Maret HS, Washington, D.C.
Yale: New coach has not been named. No apparent recruits as this time.
NATION'S TOP 50 RECRUITS
Daily News sports writer Dick Weiss analyzes the incoming freshman considered to be the nation's top 50 recruits and reports their college destination.
1. J.R. Reid, North Carolina: 6-10, 240-pound forward, Virginia Beach, Kempsville. Averaged 25 points per game (ppg.), 14 rebounds per game (rpg.), 4 assists. Performances in Capital Classic (29 points, 7 rebounds) and McDonald's East-West (23 points, 8 rebounds) stamp him as best prep prospect in country.
2. Terry Mills, Michigan: 6-10, 210-pound forward, Romulus (Mich.) HS. Averaged 27 ppg., 12 rpg., 7 blocks, 5.5 assists. Michigan's best talent since Magic Johnson should help coach Bill Freider rebuild Wolverines' frontline overnight.
3. Rumeal Robinson, Michigan: 6-2, 185-pound lead guard, Rindge and Latin HS, Cambridge, Mass. Averaged 17 ppg., 10 rpg., 12 assists). Another blue- chipper from Patrick Ewing's alma mater. Chose Wolverines over Villanova.
4. Rex Chapman, Kentucky: 6-3 1/2, 175-pound guard, Apollo HS, Owensboro, Ky. Averaged 26 ppg., 8 rpg., 5 assists. Wildcats win in-state recruiting war with Louisville for the next Jeff Lebo.
5. Anthony Pendleton, Iowa: 6-4, 180-pound guard, Flint (Mich.) Northwestern HS: Assuming he will stick by commitment and not follow coach George Raveling to USC.
6. Dwayne Bryant, Georgetown: 6-2, 170-pound guard, De La Salle HS, New Orleans: Averaged 16 ppg., 5 rpg., 9 assists. Surfaced at Nike camp last summer, emerged as best lead guard in deep South.
7. Fess Irvin, LSU: 5-11, 170-pound guard, East Ascension HS, Gonzales, La. Averaged 26 ppg., 5 assists. If Bryant was No. 1 in the state, then Irvin was 1-A.
8. Scott Williams, North Carolina: 6-10, 215-pound center, Wilson HS, Hacienda Heights, Calif. Averaged 19 ppg., 12 rpg., 4 assists: Best prep post player in this talent-ripe state escapes Pacific 10 Conference for Atlantic Coast Conference.
9. Larry Rembert, Alabama-Birmingham: 6-8, 215-pound forward, Keith HS, Orrville, Ala. Averaged 25 ppg., 15 rpg., 5 blocks: Gene Bartow continues to sign more and more of the good ones in state.
10. Sylvester Gray, Memphis State: 6-7, 225-pound forward, Bolton HS, Arlington, Tenn. Averaged 22 ppg., 16 rpg., 4 blocks: Should move into Baskerville Holmes's starting spot as a freshman.
11. Derrick Coleman, Syracuse: 6-9, 205-pound forward, Detroit Northern HS. Averaged 23 ppg., 15 rpg., 4.5 blocks. Should replace Wendell Alexis. Scored 19 points, grabbed 15 rebounds at McDonald's All-America game.
12. Nick Anderson, Illinois: 6-6, 200-pound forward, Simeon HS, Chicago. Averaged 22 ppg., 10 rpg., 4 assists. State's "Mr. Basketball" held out until late before signing with Illini.
13. Ron Huery, Arkansas: 6-6, 190-pound forward, Whitehaven HS, Memphis, Tenn. Averaged 21 ppg., 8 rpg., 8 assists. MVP for U.S. team in Capital Classic should give Nolan Richardson some quickness on the wing.
14. Keith Robinson, Notre Dame: 6-8, 200-pound forward, Grover Cleveland HS, Buffalo. Averaged 31 ppg., 22 rpg., 6 blocks. Was state secret to everyone but Villanova before Nike camp last summer. Should start immediately.
15. Earl Duncan, Syracuse: 6-3, 180-pound guard, St. Monica's HS, Santa Monica, Calif. Averaged 26 ppg., 9 rpg., 7 assists. Will be groomed as successor to Pearl Washington.
16. Brian Oliver, Georgia Tech: 6-4, 180-pound guard, Willis HS, Smyrna, Ga. Averaged 31 ppg., 14 rpg. Bruce Dalyrmple clone who can shoot from distance.
17. Stacy Augmon, Nevada-Las Vegas: 6-8, 200-pound forward, Muir HS, Pasadena, Calif. Averaged 25 ppg., 15 rpg. Can you imagine UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian with an NBA caliber frontline of Augmon, 6-10 Clifford Allen and 6-7 Lloyd Daniels down the road?
18. Duane Schintzius, Florida: 7-1, 230-pound center, Brandon (Fla.) HS. Averaged 19 ppg., 12 rpg., 4 assists. Early signing with Gators moves Norman Sloan's team into thick of Southeastern Conference race.
19. Felton Spencer, Louisville: 7-1, 270-pound center, Eastern HS, Louisville. Averaged 20 ppg., 14 rpg., 6 blocks. That is a charitable estimate of Spencer's weight. But Spencer could allow coach Denny Crum luxury of eventually moving 6-9 All-America Pervis Ellison to big forward spot.
20. Mark Randall, Kansas: 6-8, 205-pound forward, Cherry Creek HS, Englewood, Colo. Averaged 25 ppg., 10 rpg., 5 blocks. Does not have Danny Manning's talent, but has flexibility to play either guard or forward.
21. Chris Brooks, West Virginia: 6-6, 215-pound forward, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va. Averaged 22 ppg., 12 rpg. New York City transplant was Atlantic 10 Conference's best catch.
22. Ricky Jones, Clemson: 6-6, 205-pound forward, Pendleton (S.C.) HS. Averaged 25 ppg., 11 rpg., 4 steals. Seven-foot high jumper was selected state's Mr. Basketball.
23. Alaa Abdelnaby, Duke: 6-9, 225-pound center, Bloomfield (N.J.) HS. Averaged 28 ppg., 17 rpg., 9 blocks. Egyptian import will get first crack at filling Jay Bilas's center spot for Blue Devils.
24. Anthony Allen, Georgetown: 6-7, 200-pound forward, Port Arthur (Texas) HS. Averaged 21 ppg., 14 rpg. John Thompson corrals best prospect in Texas.
25. Steve Hood, Maryland: 6-6, 200-pound forward, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, Md. Averaged 20 ppg., 8 rpg. Latest Morgan Wooten star surfaced in a big way during national all-star games.
26. Steve Thompson, Syracuse: 6-3, 180-pound guard, Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles. Averaged 34 ppg., 8 rpg., 5 assists. Catalyst on team that won two consecutive state Division I championships.
27. Marcus Broadnax, St. John's: 6-3, 175-pound guard, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Averaged 35 ppg. No relation to Georgetown star Horace Broadnax. On his way to giant numbers before he broke his leg nine games into the year.
28. Mark Tillmon, Georgetown: 6-1, 185-pound guard, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C. Averaged 28 ppg., 6 assists. Selected as district's best player, he should help replenish John Thompson's backcourt.
29. Lionel Simmons, La Salle: 6-6, 185-pound forward, Southern HS. Averaged 28.6 ppg., 17.5 rpg. Should be major impact player for Speedy Morris.
30. Willie Burton, Minnesota: 6-7, 200-pound forward, St. Martin De Porres HS, Detroit. Averaged 27 ppg., 12 rpg. A steal for new coach Clem Haskins.
31. Peter Chilcutt, North Carolina: 6-8, 220-pound forward, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Academy. Averaged 23 ppg., 13 rpg. Dean Smith's frontline should be awesome.
32. Lavertis Robinson, Cincinnati: 6-7, 215-pound forward, Martin Luther King HS, Chicago. Averaged 24 ppg., 14 rpg., 5 blocks. Shold be interesting to see whether this signing helps Bearcats with King's super junior, Marcus Liberty.
33. Keith Smith, California: 6-3, 170-pound guard, Wilson HS, Portland, Ore. Averaged 24 ppg., 9 rpg., 7 assists. Best prospect in Pacific Northwest helps give coach Lou Campanelli a Top 3 recruiting year in conference.
34. Derrick Miller, Kentucky: 6-6, 185-pound guard, Bible Baptist, Savannah, Ga. Averaged 22 ppg., 6 assists. Eddie Sutton signs a quality big guard to go with Chapman.
35. Kevin Pritchard, Kansas: 6-3, 160-pound guard, Edison HS, Tulsa, Okla. Averaged 26 ppg., 8 rpg., 6 assists. Jayhawks coach Larry Brown is wrapping up most of the blue-chippers in his area.
36. Rodney Taylor, Villanova: 6-7, 225-pound forward, A.C. Flora HS, Columbia, S.C. Averaged 27 ppg., 17 rpg. Big banger whose numbers in the state championship game (42 points, 17 rebounds) are an omen of things to come.
37. Karl James, Nevada-Las Vegas: 6-3, 180-pound guard, Dunbar HS, Baltimore. Averaged 19 ppg., 5 assists. Follows older brothers Frank (graduated) and Keith (a transfer from South Carolina) in Tarkanian's stable.
38. Larry Smith, Illinois: 6-3, 170-pound guard, Alton, Ill. Averaged 24 ppg., 8 assists.
39. Chris Munk, Southern Cal: 6-9, 230-pound forward, Riordan HS, San Francisco. Averaged 12 ppg., 12 rpg., 5 blocks. Southern Cal. In the end, you knew he would stay close to home. George Raveling's first big signing.
40. Barry Bekkedam, Villanova: 6-10, 185-pound forward, Archbishop Carroll. Averaged 23.2 ppg., 10.4 rpg., 4.2 blocks. Don't let sub-par all-star outings fool you about this Canadian import's abilities.
41. Phil Henderson, Duke: 6-4, 170 pound guard, Crete-Monee (Ill.) HS. Averaged 21 ppg., 9 rpg., 5 assists. This Johnny Dawkins look-alike is slender zone buster.
42. Cheyenne Gibson, Memphis State: 6-3, 180-pound guard, Whitehaven HS, Memphis Tenn. Averaged 23 ppg. This year's sleeper pick. He could have a bigger impact than high school teammate Huery.
43. Frantz Volcy, Seton Hall: 6-8, 215-pound forward, Seton Hall Prep, South Orange, N.J. Averaged 17 ppg., 15 rpg., 7 blocks. Gives Pirates a nice complement for 6-9 junior center Mark Bryant.
44. Elander Lewis, St. John's: 6-3, 180-pound guard, Albany (N.Y.) HS. Averaged 21 ppg., 9 rpg. MVP for Eastern U.S. team in Dapper Dan Roundball Classic.
45. Louis Banks, Cincinnati: 6-6, 205-pound forward, Camden. Averaged 33 ppg., 12 rpg. How can you keep this socring machine off the list?
46. David Minor, Indiana: 6-6, 205-pound forward, Purcell HS, Cincinnati. Averaged 21 ppg., 11 rpg. Bob Knight is spending more time in this town after signing Ricky Calloway last year.
47. Kevin Walker, UCLA: 6-10, 215-pound forward, Olinde HS, Brea, Calif. Averaged 27 ppg., 12 rpg. He shoots it from distance like Reggie Miller.
48. Greg Foster, UCLA: 6-10, 210-pound center, Skyline HS, Oakland. Averaged 17 ppg., 11 rpg., 4 blocks. Second-best big man on West Coast behind Scott Williams.
49. Michael Christian, Georgia Tech: 6-3, 180-pound guard, Mullen HS, Denver. Averaged 22 ppg., 11 rpg. as a junior. Missed last year with broken leg. Considered the most athletically talented guard in the country before suffering injury last summer at Nike Invitational camp in Princeton.
50. Robert Coyne, Kansas: 6-10, 200-pound power forward, West HS, Denver. Averaged 26 ppg., 12 rpg., 6 blocks. Powerful intimidator should combine with 6-10 junior college All-America San Alvarado and Mark Randall to help Larry Brown rebuild Jayhawks' frontline.