Houston players faring well in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Houston Hoops have been the talk of the town. The Las Vegas Easter Classic is being run by Hoops founder Hal Pastner and his teams have fared well. At least three players being considered by the Wildcats are competing for Houston Hoops' teams.

Wildcat recruit Jawann McClellan chose to play with the Hoops and not the Houston Select team he had been with in the past. McClellan has been a force and led the 17 & Under squad to their bracket championship. McClellan has had to pick up the slack in the absence of Daniel Gibson. Gibson, one of the nation's best point guards, is out for the tournament with a broken bone in his hand. Gibson has give Texas a verbal commitment.

The Wildcats are also looking at two of the younger Hoops' stars. Both Nic Wise and Fendi Onobun have led their respective clubs to the top record in their brackets. Onobun, a 6-7 wing forward from Alief Taylor High School, has been great in the 16 & Under division while Wise has doninated the 15 & Under players. Both players have taken unofficial visits to Tucson. (See the accompanying story on Wise).

*Wildcat assistant coach Josh Pastner arrived in Las Vegas Friday night, the first night coaches could observe players. Assistant coach Rodney Tention was slated to be in Houston to watch the Adidas tournament there.

*Two players from the Phoenix area who have taken unofficial visits are in Vegas. Lawrence Hill and Darren Jordan are playing for the Arizona Magic. Hill is a 6-8 forward from Deer Valley and Jordan is a 6-0 guard from Trevor Browne. Both players are sophomores competing in the 17 & Under division.

*Several Wildcat recruits are at the Houston event. Jordan Farmar, Darius Washington and Joseph Jones are among the player the Cats are courting.

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