SoCal wing working hard

James Harden is starting to make himself known. The young win looks like he has the potential to be a pretty good prospect down the line. He is an athletic wing that is slowly making a name for himself.

Cat Tracks first caught up with James Harden at the Pangos All-American Camp. He caught our eyes with his length and athleticism. Since then he has camped at the Arizona Elite Camp and at the Reebok ABCD camp. He still isn't a household name, but coaches are starting to take notice.

Right now a few teams are calling, but programs are not knocking down his door.

"I just want to do my best," Harden said. "You've just got to play hard every game."

Harden played well at ABCD. He was ranked among the top-10 juniors in steals and free throw shooting. At the Arizona Elite Camp he presumably showed enough to keep the Wildcat coaches contacting him.

Arizona, Georgia Tech and Cal are his current leaders, though he's mentioned UCLA in interviews just last month.

Harden claims that no one school leads and that they are all on him "about the same".

He enjoyed his trip to Tucson for the Elite Camp, although he is not thrilled with his performance.

"It was all right," Harden said of the way he played. " I mean I didn't really have a great camp, but I had a good camp. I got to see the weight room, the facilities, the gym."

He seemed to like almost everything basketball related, there was only one real draw back in his eyes.

"The weather," Harden chuckled. "It was a little hot." Only if you call 110 degrees hot.

Right now Harden's stock is not hot, but he is a player with some upside. Considering there are at least three other D-I prospects on his high school team at Artesia, you can bet he'll be seen by college coaches. He's done enough in recent weeks to pique teams' interest, now he just has to lure them in.

Wildcat Authority Top Stories