Still The One?

One of the prospects the University of Arkansas coaching staff looked at while in Las Vegas last week was Michigan Hurricanes center James Still (6-9, 205), a player who already has mid-major offers and is being evaluated by the high majors now.

LAS VEGAS - One 2009 prospect that got some of the University of Arkansas' recruiting attention in Las Vegas last week was Michigan Hurricanes AAU center James Still.

Razorback assistant coach Tom Ostrom took in at least two games involving Still (6-9, 205) in the Reebok Summer Championships.

Still averaged 14.6 points per game while his team was going 4-1 in the tournament.

"They have a great program with a lot of tradition," Still said. "I like their coaching staff and I like the way they get up and down the floor. I don't know how much they are interested in me, but I am very interested in them."

Still, 16.6 points, 14 rebounds, 2.2 blocks for Detroit Community High School, has been offered by several mid-majors and has drawn the interest of several high majors.

That includes Arkansas, Memphis, Missouri, Xavier, Michigan State and Syracuse, who all had coaches looking at him this week.

"James is a big kid that can run the floor, can shoot from 19 feet out and is real athletic," Michigan Hurricanes head coach Will Smith said. "He is a good kid.

"It's been a situation where he didn't get a lot of exposure this summer because he was playing with another team, but now that he is with us, he has been getting it," Smith said. "I think he is going to see a lot of high major offers be put on the table to go along with the mid-major ones he has got right now."

Smith said that he looks to win, but also to get his kids as good a look as they can in front of college coaches.

"What we do is put these kids on a stage and then try and get everything we can out of them," Smith said. "I think James has really grabbed that opportunity."

Still had games of 16, 10, 25 and 17 points in pool play before having just 5 as his team lost 73-55 to Inland Reebok in a championship bracket contest.

"I am just trying to work on my strength more than anything," Still said. "I can run the floor and I can shoot alright, but I need to get stronger so I can battle down in the post better once I get to college."


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