Monday, June 26, 2006

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (6/26)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Forward Chace Stanback, who committed to UCLA last month, was exceptional while leading Fairfax to the Watts Summer Games championship at the Home Depot Center on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus. The Lions knocked off Fremont in a quarterfinal on Saturday and then Campbell Hall, in a semifinal, and Hawthorne, in the title game Sunday. The caveat is that Campbell Hall was playing without brothers Jrue and Justin Holiday and Taft (a loser to Hawthorne in a semifinal) without exceptional point guard, Larry Drew, all of which were playing on teams in the Rose City Showcase in Portland. Press-Telegram 6/20


Still, Mayo has apparently left his options open and said he was looking forward to returning to ABCD for another season. "It's my last year coming so I'm looking forward to making a big impact and having some fun," Mayo said during a phone interview. Mayo also recently made national news when he was suspended from his North College Hill team for allegedly fighting. There had been speculation that he might transfer to another high school for his senior season. He visited with officials at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, but Mayo said he would spend his last year at North College Hill in Cincinnati. "I'll be returning back to North College Hill," he said. Joining Mayo will be his North College Hill teammate Bill Walker and Kevin Love, a 6-9 power forward from Lake Oswego High in Oswego, Ore. North Jersey Media Group 6/20

Porter, Singler face final cut for U.S. team: Kyle Singler said he felt playing well at the opening workout was a key to being chosen among the remaining 16, "but on the other hand it did kind of put a little pressure. I mean, I did have a good first day, but my second day wasn't as good. So if I can get back to that first day, it'd be good. "It's just a great honor to be a part of this team. We all know there is one more cut to 12, so, I mean, it's not over yet. But it's a good honor to get past this first one." The Register-Guard 6/20

The NBA Players Association created a unique event 13 years ago, complete with a limited number of invitations, on-and-off the court lessons taught by former and current players and a focus on what to do when basketball careers come to an end. They also created a scouts' fantasy. The 13th annual NBPA top 100 camp, which begins today at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., features another tremendously talented and deep field. [...] The crop of shooting guards and small forwards is particularly strong and includes; James Harden, Alex Legion, Chace Stanback (UCLA). Scarlet Nation 6/20

With six players in the incoming freshman class and four sophomores, North Carolina will be more selective with its recruiting of rising high school seniors, Williams said. Kevin Love, a 6-foot-9 center from Lake Oswego, Ore., appears to be the top player on a short recruiting list. He plans to choose between the Tar Heels and UCLA, possibly in the fall. "It won't be quantity recruiting," Williams said. "It won't be in bulk like we've had to do the past couple years." Charlotte Observer 6/22

NBA Players Association Camp Tips Off: Alex Legion has also been a consistent scoring threat from the outside. Legion has been very good when he has played his role as a scorer and has kept his ball handling and passing simple. When Legion has tried to play the role of a playmaker, he has turned the ball over more than making productive plays. WV Sports 6/22

Alex Legion - During the spring many analysts were a little down on the slightly mechanical and sometimes stiff moving wing guard. Then at the Tournament of Champions he broke out of what by his standards was a bit of a slump. His excellent play has carried over to NBPA where he’s impressed with his fundamentally sound game and ability to score and defend from the wing. His jumper takes some time, but it’s highly accurate and he’s got just enough bounce to finish over defenders. He’s the kind of kid that ends up leading teams and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him play spot minutes at the point later on his college career. Tiger Rag 6/22

Jeff Withey, a 6-foot-10 sophomore center from Horizon High in San Diego, Calif., is a promising prospect who is receiving attention from high major programs across the country. We spoke with Withey recently, and he told us his current top four schools are UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and Louisville. Kansas and Arizona have both offered him scholarships. Fox Sports 6/22

While Jerryd Bayless won't be here next week, it still should be another star-studded affair for the second annual Lute Olson Elite Camp at McKale Center. The camp begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. Among the high school players expected are 6-foot-7 forward Luke Babbit from Galena High School in Reno, Nev.; 6-10 center Jeff Withey of San Diego Horizon High; and 6-4 forward James Harden from Artesia High in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. Tucson Citizen 6/23

Matt Simpkins still has Arizona and UConn at the top of his list, but now they are joined by North Carolina, who recently contacted Simpkins. Blue Demons Nation 6/23

The final roster for the squad, which competes in the June 28-July 2 FIBA Americas Championship in San Antonio, will feature 12 players. So unless they’re the final two players cut, both local standouts will make the team. Oregon commitment Tajuan Porter of Renaissance, Mich., and Drew Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) were the two players cut by the coaches. Gwinnett Daily Post 6/24


(photo credit: The Register-Guard)


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