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Early Ranking Of Top In-State Recruiting Classes For The Class of 2004


Brian Stinnette
October 3, 2003

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Here is an early ranking of in-state recruiting classes for the Class of 2004. The rankings are based on verbal commitments already received for the Class of 2004. The rankings are subject to change as schools continue to add 2004 recruits.


1. DePaul
Dorell Wright 6-7 G/F
Lawndale, California
Aking Elting 5-11 PG
Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Wright, a California native, is a recruiting coup for the Blue Demons. Currently enrolled in prep school, Wright’s stock has soared nationally over the past six months. He is a Top 25 caliber player nationally. Elting, currently playing for juco powerhouse College of Southern Idaho, ranks among the better junior college point guard recruits nationally. Class could be further bolstered if DePaul lands 6-9 center Justin Williams of Colby (KS) Community College.

2. Illinois
Shaun Pruitt 6-9 PF
Aurora, Illinois

Illinois will vault into the top spot if they can land 6-6 Peoria Central point guard Shaun Livingston. Pruitt is the top Class of 2004 post prospect in the state of Illinois. He will provide scoring and rebounding inside. Pruitt can also step out and knock down mid-range jumpers.

3. Bradley
Jeremy Crouch 6-4 SG
Pekin, Illinois
Patrick O’Bryant 6-11 C
Blaine, Minnesota
Sam Singh 6-8 PF/C
Ozark, Missouri

Crouch is a big time shooter who is very savvy on the basketball court. O’Bryant and Singh will ensure that size will not be a problem for the Braves for the next four years. O’Bryant is a true post with a good deal of upside potential. Singh is a true wide-body inside who has the ability to step out and shoot a bit.

4. Northern Illinois
Frank Clair 6-5 SF
Chicago, Illinois
Zach Pancratz 6-3 SG
Schaumburg, Illinois
Craig Reichel 6-8 PF
Schaumburg, Illinois

Pancratz is a long range bomber capable of putting up big numbers offensively. Clair is a developing talent capable of being a difference maker on both ends of the floor. Reichel is a big man with a smooth stroke from the floor. Huskies could still rise higher as they still have a scholarship to offer.

5. Northwestern
Brandon Lee 6-1 G
Peoria, Illinois
Gary Lee 6-6 G
Flint, Michigan

Brandon Lee is tough, hard-nosed and versatile talent who is a “lock-down” performer on defense. Gary Lee will bring size, and a nice skill package to Evanston.