LV Easter Classic: Young Guns

With Arizona almost done with their 2007 class a lot of attention can be paid to some of the young guns. A number of 2008 and 2009 prospects were on hand at the Las Vegas Easter Classic.

2008 point guard prospect Nathan Garth suited up for the Arizona Magic, but saw all of his minutes on the wing and really didn't get to strut his stuff with Bayless and Thomas running the show. He has grown since we saw him last summer and all indications are that he is going to be one of the west's best point guard for 2008 but we did not see him get to do enough to really see what Garth can do.

The SoCal All-Stars are loaded again. Kevin Love has ruled out Arizona and it is too bad. Love is in the best shape he's been in in years and he's playing very well. Duke-bound Taylor King and future USC Trojan Daniel Hackett should make their future teams very happy.

Point guard Brandon Jennings tries too hard to make the spectacular play, but he has the size, athleticism and skills to be an elite player. Right now Arizona and UCLA are in the thick of things but UConn appears to have the current lead for his services.

A second SoCal point guard, Mater Dei's Kamyron Brown has an offer to join the Wildcats. No, not a scholarship offer, but an offer to be a preferred walk-on. He may not be an elite level guard, but he is a D-I guy. He's the cousin of Wildcat assistant Miles Simon and that may be enough to get Brown to join the fold.

Kyle Singler gets the press on the Portland Elite Legends I really liked what I saw from 2008 forward Clarence Trent. He's a 6-8, athletic forward who could be a very nice four down the line. He's got great hops and plays hard. He had a spin, move dunk that brought down the house. He's hearing from Arizona and Louisville right now and will be open to other suitors.

The Houston Hoops have a few intriguing young prospects. Tommy Mason-Griffin is built like a football player, but has a nice stroke. He's only a freshman and it will be interesting to see how he develops. 6-10 sophomore Anthony Jones needs to add a lot of weight, but he can run the floor and could be a big time player a year from now.

Branch West has two interesting players, a pair of prep schoolers from Africa. 6-11 Ibrihima Thomas and 7-1 Bubucar Cylia are both athletic, talented big men. The Cats are not in on them, but big men are hard to find and these two have some upside.

I first saw the Wear twins when they took an unofficial to Arizona and played a little pick-up. They were playing against players their own age and looked solid. They didn't put up big numbers, but showed advanced skills and athleticism that most 6-9 freshmen do not have. They have Arizona offers already and expect the Cats to be in the mix.

The two have indicated that they are a package deal and that a decision may come before their senior year, but not anytime soon.


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