Wildcat prospects on display

LAS VEGAS - Although several players who were scheduled to play were no-shows, there were still a number of Wildcat recruits on display at the two events.

LAS VEGAS - Although several players who were scheduled to play were no-shows, there were still a number of Wildcat recruits on display at the two events. Maybe the biggest news is that point guard recruit Larry Drew Jr. is now listing the Wildcats as a co-leader. When asked if North Carolina was still his leader he quickly added "and Arizona".

The pass first point guard said he'd like to make a decision soon and will take an unofficial visit to Arizona after next month's Cactus Classic.

He didn't put up huge numbers on Saturday, but did not have to. His Pump ‘N Run team is flat out loaded, although they were in danger of being knocked out of the event Saturday night because super star left mid day to attend his prom back in Los Angeles.

Holiday claims he is still wide open and not anywhere close to making a decision. He mentioned a number of teams including, but not limited to Arizona, UCLA and Washington.

One thing I really like about Holiday is that he attacks the rim and rarely settles for jump shots. He gets to the line a lot and also gets a lot of good looks.

Of the seven players on Pump ‘N Run, six are being recruited by the Wildcats, the only exception being Malcolm Lee, who is already committed to UCLA.

It was my first opportunity to watch 2009's Reeves Nelson and I was impressed. He got good strength, but is ridiculously explosive. He had four vicious break away dunks in the blow out win that brought the crowd to their feet.

The only question is what position does he play in college? He's built like a power forward, but jumps like a small forward. The game got out of hand early, so I never really saw much variety in his game. Arizona is one of many on his early list of schools.

Orlando Woolrdige impressed me. His game has come a long way since last summer. He's grown a bit and looks to be a legit 6-8 and he thinks he's got a few more inches in him. He's got a build that reminds me a bit of Andre Iguodala, but his game is more inside-out at this point.

The Wear twins continue to impress. They have improved since last year and seem to have a lot more confidence. They weren't dominant, but their mix of size, athleticism and skills make them big time prospects for 2009.

The day actually started with a bit of a disappointment. I had hoped to see a game with a number of 2009 prospects. The only problems was that two of the three players I wanted to see did not show. Jordan Hamilton and Greg Smith did not come to Las Vegas. Hamilton is a 6-8 wing from Dorsey HS, while Smith is a 6-9 forward from Edison HS.

The one player who was on hand was Phoenix's Colin Borchet. The 6-9 power forward has some nice mobility and plays hard, but was not overly impressive. He is clearly a player to keep an eye on, but right now he does not appear to be an elite player.

I liked Jerry Brown last year, but the junior-to-be has stepped up his game. He is now the go-to guy for EBO and is playing with far more aggression and confidence. He scored 23 points in the first game that I saw. He still needs to be a more well-rounded player, but he really attacks the rim, does a nice jobs on the boards and can knock down the outside shot. I expect him to be one of the better wings on the West Coast in 2009.

Right now the Cats are among his favorites, but Cal has the slight lead.

2009 prospects Rome Draper and Xavier Thames were supposed to play for the Compton Magic, but despite being on the roster, neither were here.

I became a huge fan of Terrence Jennings today. The 6-10 big man from Mt. Zion has drawn some comparisons to Amare Stoudemire and I can see where they came from. He's very athletic, but has some strength. He scored 30 points and grabbed at least 15 rebounds. He scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the game and never let up.

How he does not get more attention I do not know. You can't tell me there are 15 better big men in the class. Right now the Cats, Cal and Oklahoma lead, although he also seems to really like Maryland as well.

In my opinion he's as good as any of the other big men the Wildcats are in on.

It was also my first chance to watch Peyton Siva, the combo guard from Washington. Despite scoring 19 points, he just played okay. He's listing the Cats and Washington, but says he is wide open.

In that game Siva and his Seattle Rottary Select team faced Brown and EBO. Brown had another good game, scoring 21, with 11 coming at the free throw line.

Got to see Drew Gordon and Matt Simpkins on the same front line for the Oakland Soldiers. Both are athletic, big and explosive. They scored 22 and 20 respectively, but lost in overtime on a strange sequence of plays.

Gordon does not want to release a school list at this time, but admitted that the Wildcats will be among the finalists. He said his unofficial went very well and that he'd like to make a decision very soon.

Simpkins has a top-four of Arizona, UConn, Florida and Georgetown. He wants to take official visits in the fall before he decides, but he did indicate that he'll probably narrow it down to two schools by that point.

Gordon also told us that PG Brandon Jennings will join the Soldiers next month. Jennings did not play this weekend. Right now he claims to be open, but word is that UConn my have a very slim lead at this point.

Capped off the night by watching Matt Carlino. The young guard is going to be a freshman next season. If you did not know he was in eighth grade you might not think he was anything special but considering he hasn't yet started high school he's very impressive.

He's got a very good build for a young player and really has a feel for the game. He makes good decisions and plays with the confidence of a player who knows he can hang with older, more experienced players.

His dad was once recruited by Olson and his uncle is former Wildcat Brock Brunkhorst. He already has an offer from the Wildcats and could develop into one of the best point guards in the country if he continues to progress.

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