The Hoops were killed on the glass 47-17, but kept things even with 50 points off the bench and a 16-3 advantage in steals. Future Wildcat Nic Wise came off the bench and scored 17 points for the Hoops. He added eight assists and four steals.
For the tournament Wise averaged 18.6 points and four assists a game. He shot a solid 48.7% from behind the arc, almost two points higher than he shot from the field.
2007 forward prospect Gary Johnson had 13 points, but only grabbed three rebounds in the game. He averaged 12 points and 5.9 rebounds over the course of the events.
Friends of Hoops could not get a strong game from Spencer Hawes. The big time center scored just four points, but did grab 11 rebounds. He averaged 15.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg. He shot an astounding 66.2% from the field over seven games.
2007 PG prospect Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points, but failed toe dish out an assist.
What else we are hearing:
Chase Budinger and his family have been having discussions about where he wants to go to school. We are hearing that it is down to USC and the Wildcats. Tim Floyd has been selling immediate playing time and a chance to be the cornerstone of the rebuilding project.
Expect Jrue Holiday to be a big time recruit. Apparently the Wildcats have expressed interest in the 2008 prospect. His brother Justin is a very solid player in the 2007 class and the Wildcats will be keeping a close eye out on him.
New assistant coach Reggie Geary's ties to Mater Dei High School may paying off dividends sooner rather than later. The Cats are pursuing a number of Mater Dei players and 2007 standouts Taylor King and Alex Jacobson are both listing the Wildcat favorably.
Jeff Goodman reports:
Spencer Hawes is nearly ready to trim his list to five and the only one he admitted that will definitely be in that mix is hometown Washington. Sources tell us that North Carolina is a lock to make the cut while schools like UConn, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA are in the mix.
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