Sunday, June 03, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (6/4)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Archbishop Mitty junior
Drew Gordon will compete in the state track and field championships in
the discus and shot put beginning Friday in Sacramento. But after this
weekend, his athletic focus will return to basketball where he will
attempt to make the U.S. junior national team. Gordon, who recently committed to UCLA, was the youngest player invited
to last year's tryouts and surprised many by lasting until the final
cuts. Now 16, Gordon begins camp June 28 in Dallas, with the opportunity to
play for the U.S. team that will compete for the under-19 world title
in Serbia July 12-22. San Jose Mercury News 5/31

Featuring nine players possessing prior USA Basketball experience, and seven who collected conference honors in 2006-07, 20 of the nation's top basketball players 19 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) have accepted invitations to participate in the June 28-30 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team Trials
that will be held at the Dallas Mavericks' practice facility. The Trials will be used to select the finalists for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team...Drew Gordon. USA Basketball 5/31

For the first time, as part of Reebok's RBK U grassroots basketball program, Rbk Eurocamp will host a high school All-Star team from the United States. Some of the brightest prep players from the United States including standouts William Buford (Ohio State commitment), Isaiah Thomas (Washington commitment), Kenny Frease (Xavier commitment) and Malcolm Lee (UCLA commitment) are slated to test their skills against Europes finest. Reebok Eurocamp 5/31


Campbell Hall of North Hollywood junior Jrue Holiday,
the nation's top shooting guard according to, has narrowed
his college basketball choices to UCLA and Washington. LA Daily News 5/30

A group of Southland players have been invited to participate in the National Basketball Players Assn.'s Top 100 High School Camp, June 19-24 at the University of Virginia.
Among the players expected to participate are Larry Drew Jr. from Woodland Hills Taft, Jordan Hamilton from Los Angeles Dorsey, DeMar DeRozan from Compton, Renaldo Woolridge from North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, Klay Thompson from Santa Margarita and Malik Story from Lakewood Artesia. LA Times 6/1

Demar DeRozan, 6-5 wing, Compton
(Compton, Calif.): The AAU teammate of Lil’ Romeo has always been
considered one of the best athletes in the class. Now, he’s also one of
the nation’s best shooters (and might be wavering on his spring
commitment to USC). SLAM Magazine 6/1

Jrue Holiday, 6-4 combo guard,
Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.): Holiday, the top player on the
West Coast in 2008, can simply do it all. Strong enough to finish,
defend and rebound over bigger players, he can also run an offense, get
hot from the outside and get to the basket at will. SLAM Magazine 6/1

Pangos Camp: Demar DeRozan 6-foot-7 WF Compton, CA - Had 22 and 21 points in the two games we watched today.  He hit open jumper with regularity and showed his ability to pass the ball especially on the break.  USC verbal was back to his old form and looked like a top thirty candidate again. CSTV 6/3

Pangos Camp: Hollis Thompson 6-foot-7 (2009) WF Los Angeles, CA Loyola - Showed he can really hoop it up with the best here on Saturday.  He's long and quick off the dribble with good bounce off the floor.  He will be among nation's top sophomores when we update rankings. Already has UCLA and Georgetown among early suitors. CSTV 6/3

Pangos Top 20 All-Star Game:
This was a wide open affair.  The Blue squad jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead as Brandon Jennings (Arizona) and Demar DeRozan (USC) hooked up in the early going.  The lead expanded to 19-4 before the White squad righted the ship and came back behind the early play of Dequan Jones and Anthony Jones to narrow the gap to 40-32 at the intermission.
The Blue squad was led by 6-foot-6 Demar DeRozan who had 12 points at the half.  He got solid support from 6-foot-7 sophomore Hollis Thompson. CSTV 6/3

(photo credit: USA Basketball)



At Jun 4, 2007, 2:17:00 AM, Anonymous Fliv said...

Do you think the Bruins can steal DeRozan from U$C?

At Jun 4, 2007, 3:04:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

If DeRozan signs with any school besides USC in the upcoming future, it wouldn't be 'stealing'. DeRozan has publicly stated that although he had given a verbal commitment to USC, he would continue to entertain interest and offers from other schools. DeRozan gave USC what is termed a 'soft' verbal.
As the above article mentions, DeRozan was recently on a unofficial visit to North Carolina and reportedly was offered by Roy Williams.

At Jun 4, 2007, 5:16:00 AM, Anonymous Big Woof! said...

We know we have to keep options open in regard to future signees - never know when kids will leave early for pros, transfer, or have serious career-ending injuries.
What I would like to see more info on in the future is how some of these kids do academically. Coach Wooden would agree with me that character and intelligence - both in the classroom and on the court are of extreme importance. We had many a player in the past who was not in the top 100 or even 500 skill-wise, but was clever enough to be a major contributor within the team framework (i.e. Tyus Edney was a prime example.) And we know that Coach Howland has a history of finding players that fit his "ideal mode," which I'm sure include those non-playing attributes. I've always felt that a kid should be listed with height, weight, some basic performance stats, and GPA!
Please try in the future to update us with any information you can provide on the academic standing of the kids on our recruiting radar.

At Jun 4, 2007, 9:58:00 AM, Anonymous Damon said...

This is a good point, and I get the impression that Howland recruits players with intelligence and good attitudes to fit his system.
SC can have Lil'Romeo and Mayo, I'll take guys like Matta and Afflalo who'll work hard to improve the team, not just their stats.
What is the over-under on Mayo staying out of trouble next season?

At Jun 4, 2007, 11:38:00 AM, Anonymous Big Woof! said...

Could be about the same as the odds of Mayo being eligible to even play a game for the Trojans. Check with the Vegas books - maybe they have a line. Hold the Mayo, I'll 'Chase' after a corned beef on rye from Fairfax Ave, easy on the mustard but made with lots of 'Love.'

At Jun 5, 2007, 3:52:00 PM, Anonymous clyde said...

I suppose it would be nice to see grades/gpa and stuff ... I suppose for me it falls under privacy which I'll have to respect.
I'm definitely on board with how Howland (and company) have turned the program around with excellent results the last two years and certainly the promising road ahead for all us Bruin fans.
It sure seems like he is starting to get the pick of the litter. This bodes well for taking it to the next level and all those cliches that will come with the territory.
In Howland we trust ...

At Jun 5, 2007, 3:56:00 PM, Anonymous clyde said...

That being said ...
Off season being a time to blow off smoke.
What I WOULD like to see next year is an improvement in the use of timeouts. Anybody else notice the same thing. Seems like we burn an awful lot of timeouts early and lack them at crucial times near the end of ballgames.
A small criticism for sure ... but that's what early June is all about - haha.
Oh and Howland can't win the big game. Nevermind losing to the eventual champ and back to back winner of the ncaa tournament. That was a joke btw. Tell that to memphis, kansas, gonzaga, etc.


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