Hackett trying to make a name for himself

Daniel Hackett is making a name for himself. He gets a little lost in the shuffle when playing for the SoCal All-Stars because the team is loaded with a number of high D-I prospects. Now that Hackett has played in a few All-Star camps, folks are starting to realize that he is a heck of a player in his own right.

Hackett is a 6-5 swing man from St. John's Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA. The 2007 prospect is an intriguing player who has a chance to be a high major prospect when it is all said in done.

"We like his approach to the game – heady, doesn't force the action – and he's pretty skilled," said West Coast Recruiting expert Greg Hicks. "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."

The knock on Hackett is that he may lack a little athleticism and isn't the most explosive player.

Right now he's looking at USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and Syracuse. The Orangemen may seem a bit strange, but his father Rudy Hackett was an All-American for Syracuse in the 70's.

The rest of the schools on his list are Pac-10 schools, but that is not only due to geography.

"Those are the ones that are interested in me," Hackett explained. "I'm just looking forward and we'll see what happens."

Right now he doesn't have clear leaders but gives a slight edge to USC and Washington and feels that the Trojans, Washington Syracuse and ASU are coming on the hardest.

The Cats have been involved with Hackett and seem to be still evaluating the junior-to-be. He was in Tucson for the Arizona elite camp and really enjoyed the experience.

"It was a good weekend," Hackett said. "We played with a lot of pros, and that was just good basketball."

Right now Arizona does not top his list, but you get the feeling from talking to him that they would be rank higher if they decided to show a lot of interest. It is clear that he is very intrigued by the Wildcats.

"That's a good school," he said Arizona. "That's a guard school, and playing the point guard, playing the two guard, I feel that's a good school for me to improve my game and maybe take it to the next level."

Hackett had a great showing at the ABCD Camp. In New Jersey Hackett averaged 13.3 points a game and was in the top-10 according to the player rankings used by the camp, the fifth highest rated junior at the event. He was ranked in the top-10 for all junior in steals, assists and free throw percentage. He had six points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals in the Underclassman All-Star game.

If he can continue to play this way he could very well be a high D-I prospect. Playing with the likes of Chase Budinger, Taylor King, James Keefe and Taj Gibson on the SoCal All-Stars, touches can be tough to come by. However, if he continues to show his feel for the game and answer questions about his athleticism, then the college coaches can't help but take notice.

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