Devils Target Pair of Talented Wings

Two of the best high school wings in the state of California from the 2004 class are considering Arizona State among their respective leaders. DevilsDigest brings you the latest update into their recruitment and a sneak peak at what's in store for them in the all-important summer AAU period as they transition into their final year of high school.

Tim Pierce- This top-100 level national prospect from Freemont high school in the Bay Area has been a major player on the national scene for several years, with two appearances at the prestigious invite-only ABCD Adidas camp in consecutive summers and a strong showing at the Las Vegas Bigtime in 2002. An impressive athlete and tremendous jump shooter, Pierce will be among the most coveted West Coast wings in the class.

Henry Pierce, Tim's father, speaking exclusively with DevilsDigest about his son's recruitment said that the primary schools involved are "Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma State and I think that's about it." When asked whether or not new schools will have a chance at breaking into that group, Henry said, "He'd (Tim) consider ‘em, but you give those that have been in for the long haul more attention than someone who wants to jump in late."

While Tim has a pretty set listing of his top 5 or 6 schools, he's apparently content on waiting until after his busy summer schedule to make official visits, despite the fact that he's already posted an SAT score. "He'll have a lot going on. I think they got the Bob Gibbons and I think that's in Durham, North Carolina. Then he goes to ABCD in the beginning of July, the Bigtime, the Elite 8, and that's just about it," said Henry. "He won't do anything [like official visits] until September." Still, an early signing period decision is expected. "I'm pretty sure it will be done by November," the elder Pierce said.

As far as a description of his son's game, Henry is very precise, saying, "Well, his strength is his shooting range. Right now he's good at shooting the long-range shot and then he's good at getting all the way to the basket. He has to work on his mid-range game-the 14, 15-foot range. And his defense." At 6'6 and now weighing in around 210 pounds, it's easy to see why Tim Pierce will be one to watch as the summer recruiting period unfolds.

Josh Shipp- If the name sounds familiar it's because Josh is the younger brother of Joe, the California Golden Bears star whose career just ended in Berkeley this past season. The younger Shipp plays his high school basketball at Fairfax, one of the most successful programs in Los Angeles, and is quick to declare to DevilsDigest that despite Cal's interest being very real, he has no desire to follow in his brother's footsteps. "They're recruiting me but I don't really want to follow my brother."

Widely considered to be an even more athletic specimen than his older brother, at 6'4 and 180 pounds, Shipp is, like Pierce, an elite national prospect commanding interest from some of the best basketball schools from around the country. Shipp lists Washington, Arizona State, Louisville, Oregon, USC and UCLA, but the Huskies currently are his leader, "Yeah, pretty much they are [leading]." And while it's not a foregone conclusion that Shipp will commit to Washington, it will take a lot to sway him in another direction. "It's possible I could [sign elsewhere] but they came at me first. They were the first to offer too."

Shipp knows what he's looking for in his search for a school to play for, saying, "It's basically just style of play. I like to play a fast-break style of ball. With Washington, I get along with Romar real good, and the other schools, I just like the way they get out and run." Official visits will have to wait for now, as Shipp hasn't take the SAT yet, but he does plan to in June and then schedule visits for after the busy summer period. Wherever he winds up, Shipp should continue to make the college basketball world aware of the now-familiar last name he possesses.

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