Cats recruiting LA this weekend

It was a busy weekend for the Wildcat staff. Not only did they have to coach against the two LA schools, but they were out on the recruiting trail. They learned that one of their targets was headed elsewhere but watched a lot of younger prospects.

On Friday night the Lute Olson was out to watch 2006 wing prospect Landry Fields. The Los Alamitos prospect scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. That performance solidified an offer from the Wildcats. He also learned that he had been cleared by Stanford admissions.

Fields did not take long to weigh the two options, Sunday night he committed to Stanford.

"I just committed to Stanford 10 minutes ago," Fields told The Bootleg the Scout.com Stanford site.

The Cats also took a look at 2008 point guard prospect Larry Drew Jr. Drew is a five-star player and currently the third rated point guard in the class. His Taft team defeated Sylmar 98-72 and he did nothing to diminish his stock.

The staff also got some one-stop shopping at the Nike Extravaganza at the Anaheim Convention Center. They missed some of the early action which occurred during the UCLA game. The main Wildcat prospects playing in the early game was Drew Viney and Sean Williams of Villa Park.

Viney led the way with had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Villa Park won 72-56 over Mission Viejo. Williams scored 10.

Later in the day Campbell Hall faced off against Santa Margarita. The Wildcats are interested in both Justin and Jrue Holiday of Campbell Hall and it was the younger Holiday who scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a losing effort. UCLA-bound James Keefe scored 15 points and ripped down 18 boards in the win.

Chace Stanback is the only Wildcat prospect playing for traditional power Fairfax. Stanback played well but it was Temple-bound Matt Shaw and Jarren Shipp who led Fairfax to the win.

The main event of the evening was a battle between traditional powers Westchester and Mater Dei. It took two overtimes for Mater Dei to pull out a 91-89 win over Hassan Adams' alma mater.

Duke-bound Taylor King scored 38 points to lead the Monarchs, but it was Wildcat commit Alex Jacobson and the recently offered Wear twins that the coaches were on hand to watch.

Isaiah Jenkins may be Westchester's best prospect. He recently listed Kentucky, Kansas and Georgia Tech as his leaders and it does not look as if he is in the Cats' plans as they already have Jerryd Bayless committed for the 2007 class.

2008's Brandon Jennings was on display as his Compton Dominguez team squared off against St. Patrick's of New Jersey in the nightcap. Jenkins is on the same team as Cal-bound Patrick Christopher and USC commit Quinton Watkins.


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