Recruiting Update

July means recruiting. Just because the shoe camps have wrapped up, it does not mean that recruiting goes on hold until Las Vegas. Wildcat coaches are on both coasts checking out recruits.

Wildcat Notes:

According to folks out at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp, new Wildcat assistant Reggie Geary has been front and center for a lot of the action. Geary watched Brandon Jennings play a number of times and it is apparent the Wildcats are making him a priority.

A trio of coaches left the All-Star games at Fullcourt Press left the All-Star games a bit early to watch the SoCal All-Stars practice at an area high school. What schools were represented? UCS, UCLA and Arizona, the same three schools left in the Chase Budinger sweepstakes. Apparently Budinger was on hand to work out and test his injured wrist.

Lute Olson is at Peach Jam and he has been to every game played by Spencer Hawes, Lance Thomas and the Houston Hoops. In addition to watching Wildcat commit Nic Wise, you'd have to think he was there to see 2007 recruits Gary Johnson, Mike Singletary and Jai Lucas. How Wildcat recruits are faring at the event:

NIC WISE (Houston Hoops)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 18-43 10-23 13-17 5-1 13 5 0 12 5 59
Average/Pct.   41.9% 43.5% 76.5% 1.3-0.3 3.3 1.3 0.0 3.0 1.3 14.8

GARY JOHNSON (Houston Hoops)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 13-21 0-0 16-20 29-11 0 2 7 4 8 42
Average/Pct.   61.9% 0.0% 80.0% 7.3-2.8 0.0 0.5 1.8 1.0 2.0 10.5

MIKE SINGLETARY (Houston Hoops)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 13-19 3-4 6-7 20-8 3 1 2 2 8 35
Average/Pct.   68.4% 75.0% 85.7% 5.0-2.0 0.8 0.3 0.5 0.5 2.0 8.8

JAI LUCAS (Houston Hoops)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 9-19 0-3 6-7 7-4 9 3 0 3 10 24
Average/Pct.   47.4% 0.0% 85.7% 1.8-1.0 2.3 0.8 0.0 0.8 2.5 6.0

SETH TARVER (Portland Legends)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 30-51 7-14 4-4 13-5 8 7 0 9 3 71
Average/Pct.   58.8% 50.0% 100.0% 3.3-1.3 2.0 1.8 0.0 2.3 0.8 17.8

LANCE THOMAS (NJ All-Stars)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 28-52 0-1 24-40 34-20 3 1 0 2 0 80
Average/Pct.   53.8% 0.0% 60.0% 8.5-5.0 0.8 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.0 20.0

SPENCER HAWES (Friends Of Hoop)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 30-46 2-3 9-20 34-14 3 1 7 5 0 71
Average/Pct.   65.2% 66.7% 45.0% 8.5-3.5 0.8 0.3 1.8 1.3 0.0 17.8

ISIAH THOMAS (Friends Of Hoop)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 4 13-24 7-12 17-17 8-0 13 5 0 5 0 50
Average/Pct.   54.2% 58.3% 100.0% 2.0-0.0 3.3 1.3 0.0 1.3 0.0 12.5

DARRELL ARTHUR (Team Texas)

  GP FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB-O AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Totals 1 7-8 1-2 2-5 3-1 1 0 0 0 0 17
Average/Pct.   87.5% 50.0% 40.0% 3.0-1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 17.0

Dave Telep, Scout.com's national recruiting director was in Augusta, SC for the Peach Jam:

Spencer Hawes, C, FOH Seattle – America's top college coaches watched in amazement as Hawes turned into a clinician. His left-handed jump hook off the window was the best post move this analyst has seen all summer. When they talk about the summer of 2005, Hawes' game against D.C. (not to mention Lawson's Herculean efforts) are going to be discussed. He went for 32 points (14-for-21 FG) and 12 rebounds. He had 27 points with 7 minutes to go and 40 were within reach but his touches decreased late in the game and the result was a tough loss at the hands of Lawson.

It was a big timers only crowd for Hawes' super summer performance. In the stands was Lorenzo Romar, Bill Self, Lute Olson, Ben Howland, Jim Calhoun, Trent Johnson and UNC assistant Joe Holladay.

"Honestly, by Vegas I'd like to have it down to four or five," Spencer Hawes said of his current list of seven schools. Count on UCLA and Washington making the final list and UCLA has been promised a visit already.

Hawes picks up steam after the first few minutes of games. He's one of those big men who sizes up the competition and then figures out which way he's going to attack his opponent.

Greg Hicks, Scout.com's West Coast recruiting expert was at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp.

Jrue Holiday, 6-2 SO SG North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, is the best shooting guard in the west, regardless of class. A big-time scorer, Holiday plays the game very efficiently and doesn't force the action. While most scorers are looking to shoot the ball at every opportunity, Holiday lets the game come to him and he can have an impact even when he isn't scoring. He's got excellent court awareness and he plays unselfishly. Look for Holiday to be recruited by every top program in the country.

While Jrue is the better prospect at this time, his brother Justin Holiday, a 6-5 junior small forward, is also a terrific player. Justin is incredibly active and he's a great defensive player. He's on the thin side right now, but he should fill out nicely and end up a high major prospect himself.

Patrick Christopher, a 6-3 senior shooting guard from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, recently opened up his commitment after an early verbal to Cal. Christopher showed off his deep range, and quick release, last night with Washington's Cameron Dollar watching the action.

Ben Sherman and J.B. Cissell of INSIDE CAROLINA from the Peach Jam:

Defining a ‘Tweener.' There seems to be a negative connotation that comes with the word "tweener," whereas calling a player a "combo forward" tends to mean the player has both WF and PF skills and thus is more complimentary. Lance Thomas is a tweener, and that's not a knock. Rather, it just describes his lack of a clear position.

He's a lean 6-9, but does his scoring within 10 feet of the basket. He's not a good perimeter shooter, but is quick with the ball and uses it to his advantage against bigger players. His length and athleticism lead to impressive blocks and stick-backs, but he tends to get pushed around in the post and can go long stretches without rebounds. He put up 19 points (9-21 FG), 6 rebounds and 5 blocks against the SC Ravens, looking much better and more assertive in the second half than in the first.

Battle of the Titans. Future UNC point guard Tywon Lawson and his DC Blue Devils went head-to-head against 6-11 Spencer Hawes and his Friends of Hoops team in pool play and pulled off an unlikely 85-83 comeback victory after trailing 72-57 with seven minutes to play.

While Lawson and company continued to plug away, FOH's offense bogged down, due in part to Lawson's on-the-ball defense and Hawes' lack of touches. Hawes spent a stretch on the bench and then never quite got back into the flow once he returned.

"We just hit the open shots," Lawson said. "We got everybody involved, got open shots - nobody was forcing things… That's the thing my dad told me that I need to work on - game control and taking over when I need to."

Even in defeat, Hawes did his part and then some scoring 32 points (14-21 FG) on a large variety of post moves and some offensive put-backs. There were power dribble dunk moves, impressive hooks with both hands and mid-range jumpers, once again showing why many scouts consider him to be one of the most skilled big men in the country.


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