A good start to Easter Tourney

The Las Vegas Classic tipped off on Wednesday, but the top teams were in action on Thursday. A number of top recruits were in action.

Construction issues outside of Wikieup delayed our arrival, but we were on hand to watch the unheralded Southwest Rebels pull off an upset over the hot Houston Hoops. Despite a late flurry, the team from Phoenix held on for the win.

Wildcat recruit Gary Johnson was not to blame for the surprising loss. The power forward led the Hoops with 21 points and showed off his athleticism.

2009 guard prospect Tommy Morrison-Griffin pumped in 18 points in the loss.

We've been on the Harper Kamp bandwagon ever since the Wildcat Elite Camp last summer. We liked his physicality and fundamentals and were interested to see if he could regain the interest of the Wildcats over the summer. That won't happen. Kamp committed to Cal on Thursday morning.

Kamp scored 19 points against the Las Vegas Prospects but was not overly impressive. He had some trouble against the taller, more athletic Prospects front line, especially on the defensive end.

Kamp was far more aggressive in the second half. He scored 13 of his 19 in the second frame and helped pace the Arizona Stars' comeback attempt.

I n the end the Prospects were just too athletic. They led by as many as 15 but wound up with just a 65-58 win…if it holds. Late in the game the Prospects were told that they may have to forfeit the game. They had two players who had previously signed Letters of Intent, which is against the rules of the tournament. One player, guard P'Allen Stinnett, had received his release, but there was a question whether guard Davell Jackson was eligible. Turns out Jackson signed an LOI to play football at UNLV.

Stinnett may have been the most impressive player in the game. The 6-4 guard is back on the market after the coaching change at Iowa State. He's been reclassified as a 2007 prospect and is on his way to prep school. He's wide open and would like to stay in the west. He'd be very open to hearing from the Wildcats and if they need another guard in the class don't be shocked if they don't go after the high flyer.

Stinnett had the two biggest highlights of the night. In the first half he threw down an impressive one-handed slam. He followed that up with an alley-oop slam that had everyone in attendance up on their feet.

Another prep schooler was impressive. 6-10 Craig Brackens has great length and nice athleticism. He was solid on the offensive end, and altered his share of shots. He has been attending prep school in California, but may be headed east next fall.

The Prospects were without Luke Babbitt and Andre McFarland. Both players are in Germany playing on an under-18 national team.

Another intriguing player in the game was Nick Markowich. Markowich is a 2009 prospect from Basha High School in Phoenix. The 6-3 combo guard has a nice build and a good feel for the game. He's a decent shooter and looks like he has some room to grow and develop.

Markowich is already hearing from Arizona and Wisconsin. The Cats have invited him down for an unofficial visit on a game day and the Badger staff has told him that he should expect to hear from them for the next few years. He has no offers, and it still remains to be seen if he can develop into a high-major prospect.

NOTES:

*Houston Hoops head coach Greg Wise, father of future Wildcat Nic Wise, was sporting his Arizona cap after the Hoops' game.

*Former NBA player and coach John Lucas was on hand to watch his son Jai play for the Hoops.

*The Arizona Stars are coached by former Phoenix Suns player Eddie Johnson.


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