Brandon Jennings: Notebook

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Isaiah Whitehead names a top two, Shep Garner reveals his dream school, Daquan Cook makes a prediction about Shabazz Muhammad's future, and more in's Brandon Jennings Invitational Notebook.

Two stand out for Whitehead's 19th ranked 2014 prospect, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead has already amassed offers from Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Florida and Arizona.

However, two of those schools stand out to the four-star prospect early.

"Probably Syracuse and UConn," Whitehead said. "I like Syracuse because they're up-tempo, the Carrier Dome is unbelievable and I feel like I'd be part of the family there.

"UConn is the same thing, and I saw what they did with Kemba Walker so I could possibly be like that."

While those two schools are doing the best job with Whitehead right now, he doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon.

"I'll probably decide at the end of my junior year, after AAU," he said.

Garner likes Heels

One of the class of 2014's top shooting guards is 6-foot-2, 165-pound Philadelphia Roman Catholic's Shep Garner.

So far, Garner has picked up offers from Penn State and Rutgers with interest from Texas, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Kansas and Kentucky.

While Garner is happy with the attention given to him so far, he has his eyes set on one program in particular.

"I grew up rooting for North Carolina," Garner said. "I'm still a North Carolina fan. Carolina Blue.

"My idol went to North Carolina, Michael Jordan. They have a great basketball history, they put kids in the pros, I like their style of play and have a future Hall of Fame coach. It's everything you would want in a school."

If North Carolina offered, would Garner accept it?

"Yes," he said, "I would."

Cook optimistic about UNLV

UNLV doesn't often go out to Maryland to recruit but made an exception when it signed 6-foot-1, 165-pound Baltimore St. Frances Academy shooting guard Daquan Cook.

Despite living on the other side of the country, Cook has kept up with the Rebels.

"I have the Mountain West channel and watch every game," Cook said. "I like them. I like the style of offense, how they run and how five people every night score over 10 points. That's the style of play for me."

Cook has been following UNLV's recruiting efforts and has a prediction for a spring signee.

"I think we're going to get Shabazz," Cook said. "He loves Vegas and knows that the up-tempo style of play we're gonna play next year is his style of play. He can fly, he can jump, he can leap and he can really score, and that's the style of play we'll be running."

Price backcourt eyeing Carr matchup

Known as one of the most exciting players in the country, 5-foot-8, 150-pound Baltimore Patterson point guard Aquille Carr draws a crowd everywhere he goes.

His opponent on Saturday night, Los Angeles Price High School, is excited about the opportunity to slow him down.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Price senior point guard Trey Dickerson. "The pressure is on us to get the ball out of his hands. I know he's quick, he's crafty, he can shoot and he gets to the line a lot."

Dickerson is a D-I prospect without a scholarship offer, and knows what a big performance against a player like Carr can mean.

"I think if I play good defense and have a good game, I can make a name for myself," he said.

2013 Price shooting guard Chance Murray welcomes the challenge of helping slow down Carr, but comes into the game with only one real objective.

"It should be fun, but the only thing I'm worried about is getting the win," Murray said. "I think a lot of people are sleeping on our team this year and getting this win would really mean something."

Brandon Jennings Invitational Schedule

Here's the schedule for the Brandon Jennings Invitational, which will take place on Jan. 7 at Marquette University High School:

12:30 pm: Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)
2:15 pm: Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) vs. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
4:00 pm: Lake Central (St. John, Ind.) vs. Menomonee Falls (Wis.)
5:45 pm: Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.) vs. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.)
7:30 pm: Patterson (Baltimore, Md.) vs. Price (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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