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Heels get commitment from coveted recruit

Marvin Williams Jr., a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward who is considered to be Washington state's best high school player and among the nation's top 20 recruits in the class of 2004, said he will enroll at North Carolina.

When coach Roy Williams was at Kansas last winter, he made three trips to see the Bremerton High standout play.

"That was really impressive to me," Marvin Williams said.

Roy Williams left Kansas to replace Matt Doherty as coach of the Tar Heels in April, shortly after guiding the Jayhawks to the NCAA title game.

Marvin Williams, who turned 17 last month, averaged 23.9 points and 12 rebounds as a junior.

His father, Marvin Williams Sr., told the Sun of Bremerton that Washington was his son's second choice and Arizona was third.

"Growing up as a kid, North Carolina was my dream school," Williams Jr. said.

"I just want to fulfill my dreams."

Search still fruitless

WACO, Texas _ Authorities searching for traces of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy near Waco ran out of places to look.

"We don't have new places to check," Waco public information officer Steve Anderson said.

Authorities have conducted several helicopter flights over areas of the county and two searches of a 50-acre parcel of rural land northeast of town with cadaver dogs and thermal-imaging devices.

They are looking for clues in the possible slaying of Dennehy. Friends of the missing player said he and a former teammate reported being threatened and had armed themselves in the days before Dennehy disappeared.

His former teammate, Carlton Dotson, is at home in Hurlock, Md., and an informant told police Dotson had told a relative he had killed Dennehy. He has not been charged with a crime, and police said they are still investigating the disappearance.


MISSISSIPPI STATE: Signee Anthony Perine was indicted on sexual battery charges involving a 13-year-old girl.

Perine, 18 surrendered at the George County's sheriff's office in Lucedale, Miss., after being served with the grand jury indictment Thursday. He was being held on a $10,000 bond. His initial court appearance is scheduled for July 28.

The receiver was arrested May 13 at George County High shortly before graduation. Perine had sexual intercourse with the girl in March in George County, according to an affidavit signed by the girl's mother. He was free on a $5,000 signature bond.

If convicted, Perine could be sentenced from 20 years to life in prison.

Mike Montoro, Southern Mississippi's media relations director, said Thursday he was unaware of the indictment and coach Jeff Bower was out of town and unavailable for comment.

OBITUARY: Joe Moore, an offensive line coach who won an age discrimination lawsuit against Notre Dame died late Thursday of lung cancer. He was 71.

Mr. Moore was an assistant under Lou Holtz from 1988-1996 and was part of the staff that won the 1988 national championship at Notre Dame.

But he took Notre Dame to court over age discrimination after being fired at age 64 in 1996. A jury sided with Mr. Moore.

Mr. Moore also coached at Pitt from 1977-85, developing All-Americans such as Bill Fralic, Mark May, Russ Grimm and Jimbo Covert.

BIGGER THAN A LINEMAN: South Florida athletic director Lee Roy Selmon throws a cantaloupe to Kiboko, a 2,600-pound hippo at Busch Gardens. Selmon and his brothers, Dewey, front, and Lucious, were celebrating a family reunion at the park.