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The Other Big Winners
Seth Davis
May 31, 2004
These schools fared well too, either in spring signings or in holding on to players who could've jumped to the NBA.
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May 31, 2004

The Other Big Winners

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These schools fared well too, either in spring signings or in holding on to players who could've jumped to the NBA.

TEXAS
Even without 7-footer LaMarcus Aldridge, who declared for the draft (but didn't hire an agent), the Longhorns have the nation's No. 2 recruiting class.

OREGON
Forward Malik Hairston appeared headed elsewhere before the Ducks swooped in at the eleventh hour and pulled off the surprise signing of the spring.

SYRACUSE
Forward Hakim Warrick might have been a mid-first-round NBA pick but chose to return for his senior season.

CONNECTICUT
The Huskies lost Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor to the draft, but 6'8" signee Rudy Gay (left) joins Josh Boone and Charlie Villanueva to form a lethal frontcourt.

NOTRE DAME Senior-to-be Chris Thomas didn't test the draft waters and should be the nation's top point guard in 2004-05.

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