Inside Word, July 16th

Things are happening pretty quickly in recruiting during July, and rumors are, of course, making the rounds. Arizona has its wing targets, UCLA gets a commitment (sort of), and a big national recruit is rumored to be transferring out west...

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson has been scouting with some renewed vigor so far this July. The word is that Arizona has a pretty tight list of wings they're looking at in the senior class, and that Olson is also spending a great deal of his time out scouting juniors. It appears Arizona's two top targets now among the senior wings are Antione Wright, 6-6, Groton (Mas.) Lawrence Academy, and Andre Iguodala, 6-6, Springfield (Ill.) Lanphier. They are still scouting and watching Bryson Krueger, 6-4, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe, and Reggie Butler, 6-5, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. They will also stay in touch with Bryant Markson, 6-6, Monrovia (Calif.) High, who is sitting out the summer with a knee injury.

The word is that one of the juniors Olson has his eye on is Ayinde Ubaka, 6-1 PG, Oakland (Calif.) High. Just as we reported after the Memorial Day Tournament in Fresno, Ubaka confirmed at the Pump Camp II that he's among the very small list of the best junior point guards on the west coast, if not the best.

Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery has also done his share of scouting juniors, being present at every one of the games of David Padgett, 6-10 JR C, Reno (Nev.) High. Olson also has a good personal connection that goes back a long ways with Padgett's father.

Mike Fey, the 6-11 center from Olympia (Wash.) Capital, who signed with UCLA last fall but didn't qualify this spring, will sign another NLI with UCLA in November, sources indicate.

Probably the hottest transfer rumor circulating is that Antonio Lawrence, 6-3 SR SG, Jacksonville (Fla.) Jackson, a top 40 national recruit, will transfer to Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial, along with a very talented supportive cast. The rumor also has the very talented 6-7 JR SF, Nick Stiggers, from Tennessee, joining Lawrence at San Joaquin, along with two talented west coast youngsters: Maurice Shaw, 6-9 JR C (who has been at Fresno Washington Union but also rumored to be going to Tacoma Lincoln), and Dwain Williams, a 5-11 FR PG from Murrieta, who was rumored to be attending Santa Ana Mater Dei. If true, Stiggers will immediately be among the best rising juniors on the west coast.

We hear that probably the one primary target Kansas has on the west coast is Moulaye Niang, 6-9 C, El Cajon (Calif.) Christian. Niang is raw, but college coaches like his quickness, feet and hands, and the fact he plays his butt off.

Derek Stockalper, 6-5 SR SG, Carlsbad (Calif.) High, is shaping up to be subject of a good-sized recruiting battle. Gonzaga has him as a priority, but hometown San Diego State is trying to get it done, while Stanford looks to possibly be stepping it up in hopes of stepping in.

Two west coast kids who are continuing to gain national reps: Hassan Adams, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, and Bobby Jones, 6-6 SF, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Both created buzzes at the Nike Peach jam, with Adams leading the tournament in scoring with a 23.8 average and Jones displaying his great athleticism.


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