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Draft 2003: 25 to Watch

Jun 11 2003 6:09PM
The National Basketball Association has put together bios on all of the players who have elected to go to the 2003 NBA Draft. Here are the profiles of the top 25 prospects as identified by the NBA.

Carmelo K. Anthony | 6-8 | 220 lbs | Syracuse
Career Highlights: Named Second Team All-America by AP as a freshman. Led Syracuse to a 30-5 record and the school’s first NCAA championship in men’s basketball. Named Most Valuable Player of the 2003 NCAA Final Four and MVP of NCAA East Regional. Consensus national Freshman of the Year. Unanimous choice as Big East Conference Freshman of the Year and was an All-Big East First Team selection. Named Big East Rookie of the Week a league-record 10 times.
Troy Devon Bell | 6-1 | 180 lbs | Boston College
Career Highlights: Named Second Team All-America by AP as a senior and as a sophomore. Earned Honorable Mention nod as a junior. Name to the All-Big East First Team for last three seasons. Completed career as BC’s scoring leader with 2,632 points (21st on the NCAA’s scoring list). Also the school’s all-time leader in free throws made (810), and three-point field goals made (300), and third in career scoring average (21.7 ppg). Scored 1,388 in 62 Big East games, finishing second in conference history. Established a Big East record for free throws made (449) in conference games. Named Big East Player of the Year as a senior and co-Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Christopher Wesson Bosch | 6-10 | 210 lbs | Georgia Tech
Career Highlights: Named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year. Named to All-ACC Second Team and to ACC All-Defensive Team. Named to ACC All-Rookie Team. Named to United States Basketball Writers Association national All-Freshman Team. Led Georgia Tech in scoring, rebounding (9.0 rpg), blocked shots (2.2 bpg) and field goal percentage. Led the ACC in field goal percentage, joining Antawn Jamison as the only freshman ever to do so. Also led the ACC in blocked shots and was second in rebounding and eighth in scoring. Blocked at least one shot in each of final 19 games. In collegiate debut vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff, established season-highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Nick Collison| 6-9 | 255 lbs | Kansas
Career Highlights: Named First Team All-America by AP as a senior. Named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year (coaches) and was the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) selection as National Player of the Year. Also selected to All-Big 12 First Team (AP and coaches), Wooden All-American Team, NCAA Final Four Team, NCAA Tournament West Region All-Tournament Team, Basketball Times All-American First Team, USBWA All-American First Team, NABC All-America First Team and All-Big 12 Academic First Team. Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a junior. Concluded career second in points to Danny Manning and third in career rebounds behind only Manning and Raef LaFrentz. Was also second in career blocked shots behind Greg Ostertag.
Boris Diaw-Riffiod | 6-8 | 203 lbs | Pau Orthez (France)
Career Highlights: Now a member of France’s Senior National Team. Has been a member of the French Junior National Team, winning the gold medal at the 2000 European Championship. Also played in the 2000 Under-20 European Championship and the 2000 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Has steadily progressed through France’s lower divisions and was promoted to France’s top league with Pau Orthez for the 2000-01 season. Previously played two seasons for Centre Federal, previously known as INSEP, the French National Institute for Sports and Physical Education. Jerome Moiso of the Charlotte Hornets also played there.
Ndudi Ebi | 6-9 | 195 lbs | Westbury Christian HS (Houston, Texas)
High School Career Highlights: Named to USA Today All-USA First Team and PARADE All-America High School Boys Basketball First Team. Led Westbury Christian to Texas state titles as a freshman, sophomore and senior. Named First Team All-State each of his final three seasons of high school. Competed in the USA Olympic Festival in 2001 and set festival record for points (139), field goals made (56) and field goal attempted (108) while being named Most Valuable Player. Played in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game and the Jordan Capital Classic. Originally committed to play for Arizona.
Terrance Jerod Ford | 5-10 | 165 lbs | Texas
Career Highlights: Garnered two of the five major college basketball Player of the Year honors in 2003. Won the prestigious Naismith and Wooden Awards as College Player of the Year. Also named Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN.com and CBS SportsLine. Named First Team All-America by AP as a sophomore. A consensus First Team All-America selection. Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a freshman. Guided Texas to its first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1947 as a sophomore. Named First Team All-Big 12 Conference by coaches and media as a sophomore after earning Second Team accolades as a freshman. Named National Freshman of the Year in 2001-02 by United States Basketball Writers Association and cnnsi.com. Became the first freshman to lead the NCAA in assists per game (8.27 apg). In eight career NCAA Tournament games, averaged 14.0 points and 8.6 assists. Led team to 48-19 record (.716) in his two seasons.
Reece Gaines | 6-6 | 205 lbs | Louisville
Career Highlights: Named Third Team All-America by AP as a senior. Named First Team All-Conference USA following junior and senior seasons. Finished career as Louisville’s fourth all-time leading scorer, trailing only Darrell Griffith, DeJuan Wheat and Pervis Ellison. Also ranks second all-time in three-point field goals made (225), fifth in assists (475), and fifth in steals (191). Was a finalist for the 2003 Naismith and Wooden Awards.
Jarvis James Hayes | 6-7 | 220 lbs | Georgia
Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP after sophomore and junior seasons at Georgia. Was Georgia’s first two-time consensus First Team All-SEC honoree since Dominique Wilkins in 1981-82. Played two seasons at Georgia after starting collegiate career at Western Carolina. Sat out 2000-01 season under NCAA transfer rules. Holds the rare distinction of having led two different conferences (Southern Conference & Southeastern Conference) in scoring. Reached the career 1,000-point mark in only 55 games, the second fastest in school history after Litterial Green.
Kirk Hinrich | 6-3 | 190 lbs | Kansas
Career Highlights: Named Third Team All-America by AP as a senior after earning Honorable Mention acclaim as a junior. Led team to Final Four final two seasons at Kansas. As a senior, named to NCAA All-Final Four Team, All-Big 12 Conference First Team (coaches and media), Big 12 All-Defense Team, Wooden All-America Team, NABC All-District 12 First Team and NABC All-America Third Team. Concluded career third at Kansas in assists behind Jacque Vaughn and Cedric Hunter and third in steals behind Darnell Valentine and Danny Manning. Also finished eighth in scoring and third in three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goals made.
Joshua Jay Howard | 6-6 | 203 lbs | Wake Forest
Career Highlights: Named First Team All-America by AP as a senior. Earned unanimous Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year award (the first unanimous pick since David Thompson in 1975). Led Wake Forest to its first outright ACC regular season title in 41 seasons. Is one of only two ACC players in history (Shane Battier is the other) to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 steals, 100 blocks and 100 three-pointers. Ranks second in school history in steals, third in games started, fifth in blocks, sixth in double-doubles (22) and games played, seventh in rebounds and 10th in scoring.
LeBron James | 6-8 | 240 lbs | St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (Akron, OH)
Career Highlights: An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Consensus 2003 National High School Player of the Year. Named PARADE High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season as a senior, becoming the first repeat winner in the 47-year history of the award. Named USA Today boys’ high school basketball Player of the Year following junior and senior seasons. Named Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
James Jones | 6-8 | 215 lbs | Miami
Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-Big East Conference as a senior and Third Team as a junior. Became the Hurricanes' first Verizon Academic All-American in 2002-03. Earned Big East All-Academic honors each of his four seasons. Started 89 consecutive games for the Hurricanes over final three seasons, ranking third on UM's career list. Ranks third on Miami's career list for blocked shots (192) and games played (122). Ranks 11th on UM's career scoring list with 1,356 points.
Christopher Zane Kaman | 7-0 | 255 lbs | Central Michigan
Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a junior. Named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year (2002-03). Helped lead Central Michigan to the 2003 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987. Ranks seventh on Central Michigan’s all-time rebounding list (707) and 11th in scoring (1,250). Holds the CMU record for career field goal percentage (60.8%). One of six players in CMU’s 1,000-point, 600-rebound club.
Maciej Boleslaw Lampe | 6-11 | 240 lbs | Universidad Complutense (Spain)
Career Highlights: Signed contract with Spanish League (ACB) powerhouse Real Madrid in 2000 and assigned to minor league teams by Real Madrid since then, with six games last season and five this season for the top-level team as he filled in for injured players. Previously played in Sweden’s second division before moving to Spain. He is a member of the Polish Junior National Team and previously a member of the Cadet Team. Played in the European Championships for Juniors in 2002.
Darko Milicic | 7-0 | 245 lbs | Henofarm Vrsac (Serbia and Montenegro)
Career Highlights: A member of the Yugoslavian team that won the European Cadet Championships in 2001. A member of the team at the Under-20 Championships in 2002, but coaches did not play him in competition. One of the most promising young big men in Europe. Has developed quickly both in terms of skill development and physical stature. He is expected to start out as a forward in the NBA but will likely play center eventually as his body matures.
Ejelu Uche Okafor | 6-11 | 245 lbs | Missouri (Did not play)
Career Highlights: Expected to play for the University of Missouri for the 2001-02 season, but the NCAA denied him eligibility. One of three celebrated Nigerian basketball players who were brought to Russia in 1999 under questionable circumstances and had eligibility problems related to their brief stay there ever since. The other two Nigerians are Benjamin Eze, who also played at the College of Southern Idaho during the 2000-01 season and subsequently applied for early entry into the 2001 NBA Draft; and 2002 NBA Draft early entry candidate Muhammed Lasege, who won a court injunction to play for Louisville during the 2000-01 season but ultimately lost a long-running battle with the NCAA regarding his eligibility and was also forced to sit out the 2001-02 season. Was rated as the No. 2 junior college prospect in the nation by CBS Sportsline.com and No. 6 by PrepStars. Signed to play at and attend Missouri in April 2001.
Travis Marquez Outlaw | 6-9 | 210 lbs | Starkville HS (Starkville, Miss.)
High School Career Highlights: Named to PARADE All-America High School Boys Basketball Second Team. Named to USA Today High School Boys Basketball All-USA Third Team. Named a 2003 McDonald’s High School All-America player and played in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game and the EA Sports Roundball Classic. Named All-State his final three high school seasons in Mississippi. Originally committed to Mississippi State.
Mickael Pietrus | 6-6 | 200 lbs | Pau Orthez (France)
Career Highlights: Played two fine seasons at France’s top level for Pau Orthez before his 21st birthday. Played in France’s Pro A League All-Star Game each of past three seasons. He is now a member of France’s National Team. Previously a member of the French Junior National Team that won the gold medal in the 2000 European Junior Championship.
Hollis Price | 6-1 | 172 lbs | Oklahoma
Career Highlights: Named Second Team All-America by AP as a senior, earning First Team All-America honors from the USBWA and The Sporting News. A finalist for Naismith and Wooden Awards as a senior. Was a consensus First Team All-Big 12 Conference choice for second straight season. Named Big 12 Player of the Year by AP. Finished career as seventh leading scorer in school history (fourth in Big 12 history). Ranks as the school’s all-time leader in free throw percentage (.861), second in three-point field goals made (241), fourth in steals (224), and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.392). Team won 111 games when he participated, a school record.
Lukas Robin Ridnour | 6-2 | 175 lbs | Oregon
Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a sophomore and junior. As a junior, named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and also earned Pac-10 Tournament MVP, joining Sean Elliott (Arizona) as the only two players to earn both awards in same year. Became first Duck to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. Ranks third all-time at Oregon in assists, second in steals, third in three-pointers, ninth in scoring and 10th in free throws made. Also ranks second in free throw percentage and eighth in three-point field goal percentage.
Ronald Sylvester Slay | 6-8 | 240 lbs | Tennessee
Career Highlights: Named Third Team All-America by AP, Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by AP, CollegeInsider.com and Dick Vitale, and was a consensus First Team All-SEC selection as a senior. Ranks 14th all-time at Tennessee in points. Also ranked among UT’s career leaders in three-pointers (11th), three-point attempts (10th), free throws (8th) and free throw attempts (9th).
Michael Damien Sweetney | 6-8 | 260 lbs | Georgetown
Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a junior. Naismith Award finalist and a candidate for the Wooden Award. Despite playing only three seasons, ranks seventh on Georgetown’s career scoring list (1,750), fifth in rebounds (887) and sixth in blocks (180).
Dwayne Tyrone Wade | 6-4 | 210 lbs | Marquette
Career Highlights: In 2003 became the first Marquette player since 1978 to be named First Team All-America by AP. Also named Conference USA Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-C-USA. Scored 1,281 points in two seasons, good for 20th place on the school’s all-time scoring chart. Ranks ninth all-time in steals (150) and blocks (79). Set the single-season scoring record at Marquette with 710 points in 2002-03. Guided Marquette to first NCAA Final Four since 1977 when Marquette won the national championship under the late Al McGuire.
Luke Theodore Walton | 6-8 | 245 lbs | Arizona
Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP following junior and senior seasons. Also garnered All-Pac-10 Conference recognition both seasons. Ranks fourth in school history with 582 assists. One of three players in Pac-10 history to total 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists, joining former NBA players Ron Lee (Oregon) and Pooh Richardson (UCLA). During four-year career, Arizona won 102 of his 129 (.791) games played. He sat out the 1998-99 season as a medical redshirt due to a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot.
David Moorer West | 6-9 | 240 lbs | Xavier
Career Highlights:Named First Team All-America by AP as a senior and Second Team as a junior. Also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from AP as a sophomore. Became the first three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. Only the third player in Xavier history to surpass 2,000 points and only the second to eclipse 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Tyrone Hill (Philadelphia 76ers). Tallied a school record 68 career double-doubles. Led the A-10 in rebounding four consecutive seasons. Scored in double figures 110 times in his career, including 86 of his last 87 games. His 228 blocks are the most in school history. Also ranks first in free throws made (662) and attempted (874). Had his jersey No. 30 retired by the school, joining Hill and Byron Larkin as the only three retired jerseys in school history.