Cactus Classic: Day 2 Pt. 2

More action from the Cactus Classic, adding to what appeared in the story from earlier today. I took additional looks at some big time recruits and got my first look at a few others.

As I noted last night, Arizona's top two point guard recruits are in town. Brandon Jennings and Larry Drew are both taking unofficial visits on Monday and I caught up with both of them.

Jennings has dropped USC and Kansas and barring a late run by a new school, it should come down to Arizona, UConn and Kentucky. Kentucky is getting a push from Oak Hill teammate Alex Legion and newly signed Patrick Patterson.

After enjoying the year on the East Coast, Jennings is even more serious about the Huskies. Add to that the fact that there have been rumors of a package deal with the likes of Ed Davis and Samardo Samuels.

Arizona gets the next crack at him and he mentioned that he planned on hanging out with former SoCal All-Stars teammate Chase Budinger while making the unofficial.

The nation's top point guard indicated that he'd like to make a public announcement about his commitment at the end of July.

Jennings continued his great play with 74 points in his first three games of the day.

Like Jennings, Larry Drew will stick around in town an extra day to check out the Wildcats. He reiterated that he is down to Arizona and North Carolina.

Unlike Jennings, Drew wants to make a decision very soon. He said after he leaves Tucson he'd like to make a decision as soon as possible. Expect word from Drew in the next two weeks.

Drew, who's had an up and down spring so far, played a little bit better each time out. By the time his Pump N Run team opened tournament play, he looked like a far more confident player. In the opening round win over Arizona Premier, Drew was credited with 22 points and five assists.

In that game, Phoenix phenom Matt Carlino continued his strong play. He was the best player for an the overmatched Premier, never backing down against a Pump team that probably has no fewer than seven D-I prospects on the roster.

Peyton Siva continues to impress. The Seattle area guard plays hard all the time and has no fear attacking the rim. He throws his body around with reckless abandon, but has also shown a nice stroke from the outside. I'd still like to see him playing the point for Seattle Rotary Select, but he's acquitting himself quite well at the two.

Right now the Cats and Washington are still in the lead, but he's listing Oregon State and Arizona State as two programs coming at him very hard.

It's hard to believe that Jeremy Tyler is only a freshman. He's one of the best big men at the event regardless of age. If he keeps developing over the next few years expect just about every program to try and get involved. The good news is that he was a high school teammate of Jamelle Horne.

Jordan Hamilton is Hassan Adams' cousin and the L.A. area wing is an intriguing prospect. He's got great length and athleticism and could be a top prospect in the 2009 class. The Cats are in the mix along with teams from every corner of the country including North Carolina State, Syracuse and about half the Pac-10.

Elijah Johnson is another 2009 combo guard who is turning heads. His college position seems to be at the point, although he has to play both guard spots on the Houston Hoops. The Cats are in the mix at this time, but it is very early and he is attracting a lot of attention.

Keith Gallon may be nicknamed "Tiny" but he is anything but. At 6-9 and well over 300 pounds, the bulky big man is surprisingly nimble. He needs to shed a lot of weight to be taken seriously, but there is a lot of talent at play.

Budinger, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise were all on hand. Wildcat signee Zane Johnson was also on hand to watch the Arizona Magic play.


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