Big Time Hot News and Notes

LAS VEGAS – In this segment we give you a front row seat at the Big Time, let you in on some scouting secrets and pass along all the great scuttlebutt from Monday's action.

Hot News & Notes

Jackie Butler did not qualify and will attend Laurinburg next season. … Darnell Harris has been offered by Kent State, College of Charleston and South Alabama. Kent's Jim Christian was in the gym today. … Shaun Livingston's crowd: Chris and Doug Collins, Bruce Webber and Wayne McClain of Illinois, Steve Robinson and Roy Williams from North Carolina, Josh Pastner of Arizona and Norm Roberts of Kansas. …

Jason Horton says he's getting closer to pulling the trigger and picking a college. Missouri is the leader. His own words.

Texas had the full staff in the gym for Mike Williams. … Tyler Smith's early crowd: Tubby Smith, Buzz Peterson and John Calipari. … DePaul's Gene Cross watched Cheyenne Moore hard today. … Jason Horton's first game crowd: Tony Harvey of Missouri, Rob Evans of Arizona State, Tim Jankovich of Kansas and Tom Ostrom from Florida. … Goran Sutton has been offered by Michigan State and he's also got offers from West Virginia, Dayton, LSU, Charlotte, Wyoming, Toledo, Purdue and Nebraska. … Kevyn Green of the Inner City Players has Oregon as his first choice. …

Jared Dudley has scholarship offers from New Mexico, Oregon, Creighton and San Diego State. … For J.R. Smith in the morning were coaches from North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas, Villanova and Seton Hall. … Richmond assistant Gary DeCesare watched his latest commitment, Courtney Nelson in the morning. … Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was on hand for Taj Finger. So was Richmond's Jerry Wainright. … Hector Hernandez has offers from Fresno State, UTEP, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah. He's getting interest from Louisville, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. …

Seth Greenberg was on hand to watch Richard Roby. … Evaluating Joakim Noah today were scouts from Duke, St. John's, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Boston College. … Josh Wright of the Long Island Panthers was not here today. … Wright State head coach Paul Biancardi watched Team Detroit PF Rashawn Marshall today. … Josh McRoberts' college crowd: Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas Tech (Bobby Knight) and Notre Dame. …

Houston and Texas were in the gym late night watching Joe Jones in action for the Houston Select team. … Taj Finger said that Stanford and Richmond lead Rhode Island, Yale, Rice, Princeton and Penn. … True Story: a guy walks up to Skip Prosser, who by the way is wearing a Wake Forest polo shirt, and asks him who the head coach at Wake Forest is. C'mon, you've got to be kidding me. … Tim Pierce is one of Arizona State's top targets and assistant Tony Benford was in the gym watching him today. … St. Bonaventure was among a handful of schools watching Deron Washington of D.C. Assault late into the night. …

Scout's Seat

Jackie Butler's wrist was taped heavily and it took him about a half to get used to it before scoring the ball much better in the second half. … Darnell Harris proved he's a very good mid-major recruit when his jumper wouldn't go down in the first half but he trusted it and finished strong in the second half. … Tyler Smith's best work this summer has come with the SE Pump ‘n Run team. He's been good at a few camps but his best work has come with that AAU team. ..

Shaun Livingston first stat line of the event: 19 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists. … Jason Horton does such a nice job of playing within himself, keeping under control and he dictates the tempo for the Michigan Hurricanes. …

Be on the lookout for junior PG Jeremy Lathan of the Inner City Players. The junior is a smart point man who knows the game. His recruitment will start at the mid-major level and could go higher. … Danny Hess of the Michigan Hurricanes had never been to an AAU event. However, today the 6-7 PF played with athleticism and purpose and should blossom as a mid-major recruit. He's got some bounce to his game. …

Rico Tucker is a helluva athlete. He's got a super hesitation dribble and he's very effective when he uses it to blow by guys. That seems like one of his go-to moves. … Hector Hernandez's use of pump fakes at the right time shows the kind of basketball IQ he has. … Sean Ogirri of the Colorado Pump ‘n Run team is an excellent shooter on the move and a fine MM prospect. …

We didn't see the game but word is Willie Morse, the one-time Penn State commitment, had 29 today. … David McClure is going to be a good college player because he'll play with good players at Duke and his passing ability will win him some friends. … Lots of schools are recruiting Richard Roby, a small forward, because of his size and athleticism. … Derrick Caracter's ability to make baseline jumpers is big time. …

Taj Finger continues to improve step by step and he's peaking heading into his senior, a very impressive trait to have. … Joakim Noah is one of those young kids who is growing like a weed. Two years from now is how you have to project him because he keeps getting better. … Xavier landed a good one in shooting guard Stanley Burrell. The prep school-bound Burrell is playing with a ton of confidence. …

A few weeks ago, Tim Pierce's father died of a heart attack. It's amazing he's out here playing and he deserves a ton of credit for being able to come out this summer and play at a high level. You can't help but root for this young man. … Derrick Roberts of Houston Select is a fine wing athlete and he's gotten really good at breaking his man down off the dribble. …


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