Dwayne Polk to St. Louis
Junior point guard Dwayne Polk has decided to stay close to home and play basketball for St. Louis University. The 5'9 guard for Vashon (MO) averaged 9.2 points per game after recovering from a broken kneecap during an early season practice. Vashon finished the 2003 season with a 17-10 record, making it to the state quarterfinals where it lost to eventual third-place finisher St. Charles West. Polk helped Vashon to back-to-back state championships in 2001 and 2002.
Polk was being scouted by Purdue and Missouri, and had an offer on the table from Valparaiso.
Colorado center chooses Colorado State
Purdue was showing interest in Colorado 3A Player of the Year Jason Smith of Platte Valley (CO). The 6'11, 205-pound junior center chose Colorado State over an offer from Gonzaga. Purdue, Ball State, Marquette, Oregon, Southern Illinois, Utah and Wyoming were also showing interest.
Smith averaged 19.0 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots a game this past season for Platte Valley, which went 26-1 and won the consolation title in the Class 3A state tournament.
Smith's older brother Craig didn't stop growing until he hit 7'2 and 280-pounds.