Recruits on display at McKale

The first ever Arizona Cactus Classic kicked off on Friday night and boasted some impressive talent. All three committed players were on hand in addition to a host of Wildcat recruits.

The evening started with Clarence Trent on one court and the Holiday brothers on another.

Trent, a 6-7 forward from Tacoma, was impressive but no one on the opposing team could really match up with him. His mix of athleticism and strength make him a very interesting prospect, one who could be big time by next year at this time.

Trent had a pair of thunderous dunks that got the crowd making some noise.

It's been a year since we saw Jrue Holiday and he has left no doubt that he is an elite prospect in 2008. The guard from Campbell Hall in Hollywood has a very mature body and a great feel for the game. He's a great passer and can fill it up. He has a nice stroke and was able to get to the line.

Right now the UA and UCLA are the clear leaders for Holiday, although he admitted he is a long ways away from deciding.

Jrue's older brother Justin may not be quite the prospect that Jrue is, but he's still a very nice player. He's a little longer than Jrue and is an active athlete.

Drew Viney spends much of the summer sticking with his high school team, so he doesn't get the exposure that other players do on the AAU circuit. Viney can flat out stroke it. He hit back-to-back-to-back threes at one point, none of which touched anything but the bottom of the net. He has nice size, which caused his coach to play him inside on defense.

He is hearing from much of the Pac-10 and is quite interested in Arizona. He is close with Wildcat assistant Miles Simon and has already visited on two other occasions. He does not have an offer but if the Cats are in the market for a pure shooter, Viney could get a look.

Viney's childhood friend, as well as Simon's cousin, is Kamyron Brown. The talented combo guard is playing with SoCal Razorbacks and not the SoCal All-Stars and the difference is shocking. The Razorbacks employ a more guard oriented attack and Brown has the ball in his hands far more than he did last month with the All-Stars. He showed a willingness to attack and a nifty pull-up jumper.

He likes Washington, Arizona and Oregon and is still trying to figure out what Arizona is going to do in terms of an offer.

We got to see a little bit of Harper Kamp. The Mesa power forward is Cal-bound and gives Ben Braun an interesting prospect. He's strong and smart, but a tad lacking in athleticism. He makes up for that with a good feel for the game.

Alex Jacobson did not have a great game, but looked a little more assertive without Kevin Love on hand. Jacobson logged more minutes for the SoCal All-Stars but had just a so-so outing.

Brandon Jennings had a decent outing but the big news is that he is no longer listing a leader. In fact, he is no longer rattling off a list. He wants to take some time and listen to all sales pitches. He did admit that Arizona will be in the mix and that he prefers to play for an up-tempo team.

Jamelle Horne really impressed. He has grown since we last saw him, but showed off the versatile game that first wowed me last summer. He's a legit 6-7, hit the glass and really passed well. His stroke is awkward, but mostly accurate. He does need to quit trying to make the spectacular pass all of the time, but it is evident that the Cats got themselves another good one.

Horne said he is solid to Arizona and has even tried to lure a few kids in the class, most notably, fellow San Diegan Jeff Withey. Withey, a 7-footer, did not play for he and Horne's EBO team do to an injury.

Another EBO player that looked good was freshman Jerry Brown. Brown is a 6-5 freshman from Sacred Heart High School in California and is a player to keep an eye on the next few years.

The biggest news of the night may be the fact that Jerryd Bayless showed up. Bayless is nursing a minor ankle injury and is not expected to play this weekend. He was not speaking to the media, but his AAU coach Anthony Ray believes the fact that he showed up is a very good sign.

"I think he'll wind up here," Ray said. "He's still committed, but I think he just wants to make sure he made the right decision."

His teammate with the Arizona Magic is SF Zane Johnson. Johnson is another big time shooter who is attracting a lot of attention. Florida and Arizona have come on strong in recent weeks and they join USC and ASU in his top-four.

Gary Johnson and the Houston Hoops did not play their best game. Johnson had trouble with fouls, but still managed to impress on lookers.

6-10 sophomore Anthony James continues to intrigue. He's tall, long and has some athletic ability. He really showed off his shot blocking skills Friday night.

Current Wildcats Marcus Williams and Bret Brielmaier were on hand as was former Cat Salim Stoudamire.

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