Shabazz Muhammad: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 2012 SF:
Undisputed MVP of the tournament, Shabazz Muhammad did not hesitate to prove why he deserved the honor. Mohammad showed exactly what it is the whole country is chasing after.
While the belief is that UCLA is the team to beat, Muhammad stated that his recruitment is still very much open.
"It's absolutely wide open. A lot of people say UCLA, probably because it's close to my home," he explains. "I like UCLA a lot, but it's wide open right now."
When asked which schools stand out and are going after him the hardest, the exceptional small forward listed Arizona, along with Duke, North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky.
Arizona could still opt to make one last run, but as of now, the perception remains that UCLA is the team to beat.
Muhammad intends to focus on AAU for now and deal with recruiting, which he refers to as a "pretty hectic" process, later on. He does not have any visits planned at this time.
Grant Jerrett: La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran 2012 PF:
Although playing with many ball dominant guards, Grant Jerrett did not struggle to stand out this weekend. He impressed on both ends of the court, playing as if he belonged in a different league.
The Division III California State Champion told me that this off-season he's working on getting stronger, as well as his ball-handling skills and defensive ability.
The loss of a previous UA assistant doesn't seem to have much impact on Jerrett.
"It's sad that he left, but I'm happy for him," the Arizona commit says of Archie Miller's new job as the head coach at Dayton.
He had some other words for current AAU teammate, 2013 ASU commit Maurice Kirby.
"Yeah, he picked the wrong school," smiles Jerrett.
Eric Cooper: La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran 2013 SG:
Still coming back from a knee injury, Cooper isn't quite 100% yet. He has however lost quite a bit of weight and is looking much more mobile. As a player, he's still getting adjusted to being back on the court.
The Arizona commit says he has a lot of work to do in the off-season. Getting back into shape, ball-handling skills, shooting ability, and better decision making are the particular aspects of his game that he wants to improve.
Cooper also did not hesitate to participate in the playful words for his AAU teammate.
"I told him today that we're going to smack him," he joked about Kirby.
Isaac Hamilton: Los Angeles Crenshaw 2013 SG:
Though he's being chased by schools all over the nation, Isaac Hamilton was quick to name the one that's standing out - Arizona.
Its Elite Eight tournament run and talented coaching staff are what attracts Hamilton to Arizona.
"I didn't expect them to go this far in the tournament," he says.
His brother, former Texas small forward and NBA-bound Jordan Hamilton is one of the people helping him along with the recruitment process.
"He's been real helpful," says Isaac. "He's telling me to pick the right school and not to lean to a favorite too much."
Hamilton plans on waiting until next summer to make a decision.
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