Nike Extravaganza: Notebook

The 2012 Nike Extravaganza had several top prospects but two of the best players in attendance were emerging unsigned seniors. Notes on them as well as two West Coast prospects with leaders in their recruitments.

Harris emerging in 2012

There aren't too many available players in the west like 6-foot-3, 180-pound Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower shooting guard Marvelle Harris.

The 2012 prospect is known as a scorer and didn't disappoint at the Nike Extravaganza, scoring 25 points on 7 of 17 shooting, including knocking down 4 of 9 three-point attempts. Harris also contributed five boards in the game.

Harris has a football background – he caught 36 passes for 908 yards and 9 touchdowns this past season – but likely will play basketball on the next level.

"He's a very good wide receiver," said Eisenhower head coach Steve Johnson. "Basketball has picked up and I think he's leaning in that direction but you never know."

Fresno State has showed Harris the most attention, with U.C. Riverside and Wyoming also recruiting the unsigned senior.

Look for Harris to garner attention from all levels before he finally makes a decision.

"I think it will come down to the end," Johnson said.

Clifford keeps improving

While Marvelle Harris is one of the top unsigned wings out west, there may not be an available post as good as 7-foot, 255-pound Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View center Connor Clifford.

The big man has dropped 40 pounds over the past year and a half and his skill set has quickly improved. The result is a big, skilled center with very good hands and feet who is becoming an automatic two points whenever he gets the ball deep in the paint.

"I've been working on my mobility and my footwork and it's been paying off," Clifford said. "I'm trying to get a lot stronger and continue to work on my mobility."

Clifford scored 26 points with 13 rebounds in a 92-80 victory over Mission Viejo at the Nike Extravaganza.

Two leaders for January

One of the most debated prospects on the West Coast is 6-foot-7, 210-pound Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft small forward Anthony January.

School transfers and academic questions have clouded January's situation at times, but the bottom line is that he's made significant progress as a player and from a talent perspective is someone that makes a great case to be nationally ranked.

The 2012 prospect committed to UTEP last July but has recently opened things up, and several schools have been recruiting him lately.

Memphis, UNLV, San Diego State, Washington, UCLA, USC, Providence and Seton Hall are amongst the schools he's hearing from, with two standing out.

"My favorites right now are San Diego State and UNLV and that's because they're closer to my home so my family can come and see me," January said. "They're real good programs at the same time."

Prince eyeing Aztecs

The San Diego State basketball program has emerged as one the best on the West Coast due to the Aztecs coaching staff doing a very good job on the recruiting trail.

In 2013, San Diego State is targeting a pair of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly forwards in Roschon Prince and Jordan Bell.

On Saturday, Prince said that he's leaning towards SDSU.

"San Diego State is pretty much the highest," Prince said, adding that he's also hearing from schools such as California, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Texas.

The Aztecs' early interest is a big reason why he's high on SDSU.

"They were one of the first to recruit me besides UCLA," Prince said. "They offered me and I went to visit with my teammate Jordan Bell and I really liked it."

* Inna Lazarev contributed to this notebook.


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