More Kingwood evals

There were so many prospects at the Kingwood Classic that the recruiting analysts are still sifting through all of their notes. Two of's better recruiting writers fill us in on some of the players they watched in Houston.

First's Eric Bossi chimed in with some more evaluations of players that the Cats were looking at.

Kyle Singler (2007) - A terrific wing prospect who is comfortable draining deep jumpers, scoring in transition or setting up teammates with his clever passes, the 6-7 Singler wowed at Kingwood. He's fundamentally sound, has great size and it seems like he gets better each time he takes the court. His recruitment is going to be on the highest level.

Kevin Love (2007) - It's been a while since there has been a young big man who is as fundamentally sound and as complete as Love is on the offensive end. His footwork is impeccable, he is a dangerous shooter to three point range, and Love is strong and plays as hard as anybody on the court. Scoring is never an issue for him because once he sets up shop in the low post and gets a defender on his hip he isn't going to lose his position. On the rare occasions that he does miss, he's got an amazing ability to track down his own rebound. He's going to be recruited by the elite of the elite.

Jerryd Bayless (2007) - After displaying little desire to get his teammates involved the week before in Las Vegas, Bayless was a different player in Houston. He still got his own offense thanks to his jumper, advanced ball handling skills and plentiful athleticism, but more importantly he got others involved. He's still more of a WG than a PG and his strength will always be scoring, but he showed a willingness to help out his teammates and he also used his quick hands and feet to cause trouble on defense. He was watched by coaches from pretty much every major program in the country.

Jamelle Horne (2007) - San Diego doesn't exactly have a reputation as a hotbed of hoops talent, but this exciting 6-7 WF from Hoover High is already packing the gym with high major coaches. Kansas was one of several major programs in to see him earlier this month and after watching him slash to the basket, stick medium range jumpers and play with passion it is easy to see why the Jayhawks and others like Arizona, UCLA and Washington have made him an early priority. His handle still needs a little bit of work and he should probably rely a little less on his athleticism, but all of the tools to be a wing on the elite high major level are there.

West Coast recruiting analyst Greg Hicks adds his evaluations of some younger talents. Note: Not all of these players will be recruited by Arizona, but they look to be some of the west's top talents.

Daniel Hackett (2007), 6-2 SO SG Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Hackett came off the bench for SCA and consequently didn't always get a lot of minutes. We like his approach to the game – heady, doesn't force the action – and he's pretty skilled. He'll make shots out to 18-20 feet and he'll surprise unsuspecting defenders when he takes them off the dribble. He handles the ball well and sees the court. However, he's not real quick and his body is a concern. He's clearly worked hard to improve his body, but he's not explosive and lacks fast-twitch muscles. Whether he can overcome some physical limitations, and play any higher than maybe the mid major level, remains to be seen.

Kamyron Brown (2007), 6-3 SO PG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. If you gave Brown the skill level of Hackett, you'd have quite a player. Brown has a terrific body and he's very quick and explosive. He needs to improve his decision-making, and learn to think more like a point guard, but he has a considerable upside. His shot is just adequate at this time.

Jamelle McMillan (2007), 6-3 SO PG Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea. The son of former NBA player Nate McMillan, Jamelle is a very good prospect in his own right. He's long and rangy, with good quickness. He's a good defender already, but has a chance to be exceptional down the road. His ball skills still have a ways to go, but he knows how to play the game. He made a couple terrific passes to the low-post over the weekend. With continued development, a potential high major prospect.

Isaiah Thomas (2007), 5-7 SO PG Mt. Tahoma (Wash.) Curtis. A little lefty with a nice shot, and ability to penetrate, Thomas appears to be a shoot-first point guard. He put up big numbers this year in Washington and made honorable mention all-state. He's pretty quick and adept at finding space in the lane. From our limited viewing, it looks like he needs to improve his ability to find his teammates. The big question for him, in terms of playing in college, will be his size. He could be an intriguing prospect if he grows a few inches in the next couple years.

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