Big Time Buzz, 7-28

Things are changing by the minute when it comes to recruiting news at the Big Time. Here's the latest from the trenches, with some notes on Brandon Roy, Arizona, Stanford, and junior power forward Sean Phaler, who put on a show Friday...

Arizona's #1 wing target, and thus their #1 target, is Hassan Adams, 6-4 SR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. But the Arizona coaches have been putting a great deal of time watching Brandon Roy, 6-4 SR SF, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, who is easily one of the top five players in the west coast overall (of course, along with Adams). Roy has always preferred Arizona, so if they offer him, he could commit pretty quickly. So, for Arizona, it's a question of whether they would want to offer Roy and pull the trigger, and possibly give up on their shot at Hassan Adams and other targets (including Antoine Wright). The word is that they're doing well with Adams also, so it's a tough decision. Arizona has it rough, don't they?

Coaches from a variety of schools continued to follow around Antoine Wright, 6-6 SR SF Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy (but originally from San Bernardino) Saturday. Coaches from Miami, Tennessee, Cincinnati, UCLA, USC, Arizona,Virginia, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Kansas have been beating a trail to his games.

Brad Buckman, 6-8 SR PF, Westlake (Tex.) High, the adopted son of the west coast, since he plays for Pump N' Run, is pretty much sewn up for Texas. His father is good friends with Texas head coach Rick Barnes, with ties going back a long ways. So, when you hear that other schools might get involved with Buckman, they are recruiting him, but the word is that when it's all said and done there's no way he's not going to Texas.

Matt McKinney, 6-7 SR SF/PF, Santa Ynez (Calif.) High, has had a pretty taxing summer, trying to participate in both basketball and volleyball summer events, which has taken a toll on his body. He currently his nursing a pretty sore ankle. When it comes to recruiting, McKinney still is undecided about what he wants to do – take a basketball scholarship and be able to play both basketball and volleyball as a freshman or take a volleyball scholarship and just play volleyball. But his top schools are still USC, UCLA and UCSB. It's uncertain whether USC or UCLA will offer him a basketball ride, but UCSB is prepared to give him a basketball scholarship so he can play both sports. That could be what sways McKinney to Santa Barbara, but there is still a chance that USC or UCLA would offer him a basketball scholarship.. If he goes to USC or UCLA he would more than likely just take a volleyball ride and then perhaps think about playing basketball in his junior season. The word is that USC could have a slight edge for McKinney right now, since they are intimating that they could offer him a basketball ride.

The word on the commitment of Tim Drisdom, 6-2 SR PG, Downey (Calif.) Calvary Chapel, to Utah is that, well, it isn't quite a done deal. At least that's what some sources close to Drisdom have indicated. It apparently is just a matter of time, but his parents have some questions they want answered.

Stock Risers:

Patrick Haddan, 6-1 SR PG, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge, is playing well, and getting some strong attention, including a look from Stanford, as well as some other Pac-10s.

Brandon Roy, as we mentioned above, is proving he's one of the elite prospects on the west coast, and he's doing it with a partially torn ligament in his knee which will force him to get arthroscopic surgery at the beginning of August.

Matt Haryasz, 6-10 SR C, Page (Ariz.) High. We have mentioned him every day and know it's getting old, but it's an indication of how the buzz on Haryasz keeps increasing every day in Vegas. We had a recruiting update on Haryazs after speaking with him earlier in the week, but with how he's blown up, it's already out-dated. On Wednesday he told us that Santa Clara, USD, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Stanford, Arizona State, Northern Arizona and Oregon State were his list of schools. We're pretty certain those schools are still on his list, but we're hearing that other schools are starting to recruit him, including more Pac-10s and even some national programs. Haryasz, with his athleticism, skills and mobility – along with his good acadmics (3.6 GPA and 1060 SAT), have made him probably the hottest commodity in the west.

C.J. Watson, 6-1 SR PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, is another whose recruitment has changed so quickly we couldn't even report on it because it would be outdated within hours. Watson told us Friday that his list of schools included Iowa State, Minnesota, Oregon, USD and UNLV, but we're hearing that other programs continue to jump on the bandwagon. Watson even admitted that, while he was at the tournament, he hadn't called home or really spoken to his AAU coach or high school coach, so he wasn't aware of what other schools were recruiting him. Watson's long-time favorite school is Arizona, and he'd probably snatch up an Arizona offer in a second (Again, Arizona has it rough). The word is that Arizona loves Watson, but has the point guard position covered for a while. If Arizona didn't, they would almost certainly offer Watson, and there's a slight possibility they still could. Watson did say that he's going to visit UCLA's campus unofficially when he's out in Los Angeles for the Pump tournament this week.

Sean Phaler, 6-9 JR PF, Villa Park (Calif.) High, has probably generated the biggest buzz among west coast juniors at the tournament. He went off for 45 points Friday, which gets him tied for the most points scored in a game during this year's tournament, and tied for eighth on the all-time Big Time single-game scoring list. And he did it against the Prep International team, which is loaded with talent, going up against the likes of one of the best players in the country in Lenny Cooke. Phaler was unstoppable, hitting his outside jumpers, mid-ranges, scoring in the post, basically scoring at will. Comparisons are starting to be made to Keith Van Horn since Phaler is rail-thin (weighs only 165 pounds). The word is that the early leaders for the junior are Stanford and UCLA.

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