UA Invitational: Notebook

ARLINGTON, Texas - Myles Turner has a long list of suitors, but who was there first? How is Diamond Stone's development coming along? When will Malik Pope return to action? And how is Seventh Woods dealing with being a YouTube sensation at just 14?

Baylor got in early with Turner

Myles Turner has a number of schools tracking his every move.

Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, SMU, USC, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, UNLV and Vanderbilt have all stepped up with scholarships.

But one school was in the mix before the others – Baylor.

"The very first school to come after me was Baylor in my sophomore year when I really wasn't on the map as far as AAU," Turner told Scout.com. "They came after me first. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff over there."

Will Turner factor that into his decision making?

"I definitely will," he responded. "Throughout this whole process there's going to be bandwagoners and people that stuck with me and the person I am."

Turner said the schools that tracked him the most during his high school season were Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and UT-Arlington.

The future top 50 big man is scheduled to visit UCLA next week. He's also working to schedule a trip to Arizona.

Stone dominates in loss

Diamond Stone's Young Legend squad may have lost to the Carolina Wolves, but he was certainly the most dominant player on the floor.

Scout.com's top player in the 2015 class didn't disappoint posting a triple-double with points, rebounds and blocked shots. Offensively the Wolves couldn't contain Stone on the block when he got touches.

"I'm just working out pretty much and getting my lower body stronger so I can post up bigger guys," Stone said about his offensive game.

"[I have a] left and right hand jump hook," he added. "My strength is improving and I'm willing to pass."

As good as Stone, a 6-foot-10 big man out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Dominican, was on the offensive end, he was equally impressive on the defensive end, where he blocked over 10 shots and altered others.

"I'm the biggest guy on our team so I just need to be active and I'm well known for blocking shots so I should do that," Stone said.

Spring decision for Pope?

There's something sorely missing on Team Superstar – its superstar. While the AAU squad is in Texas competing, its star player is still home recovering.

Six-foot-9, 210-pound Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek 2014 small forward Malik Pope missed most of his junior season with a fractured tibia and remains on the sideline indefinitely.

"We're hoping he'll be good by July but we don't have a specific date," said Team Superstar coach LeRohn Dodson. "He's rehabbing three times a week and isn't running yet but he's shooting. "

The injury hasn't prevented schools from continuing their pursuit of the five-star prospect. Dodson listed Kansas, Gonzaga, San Diego State, USC, UCLA, Colorado, Georgetown and Arizona as programs recruiting Pope the hardest.

Whoever ultimately lands Pope will earn it. With the injury setting everything back, it looks like a decision won't be coming anytime soon.

"I would think he'll probably sign in the spring," Dodson said. "He's not even close."

Woods ignoring the hype

Seventh Woods showed up to the USA Basketball Developmental Camp in the fall as a ridiculous athlete still learning to play the point guard position.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Columbia (S.C.) Hammond 2016 point guard has made progress and is no doubt a player with a very high upside, but the process is still underway.

"We're working on developing him into a true point," said Zach Norris, who coaches on Woods' Carolina Wolves 16U AAU squad. "Right now he's more of a combo but he's getting better and better at it."

With the help of a popular YouTube video, all of the sudden Woods has become a national name.

Dealing with that hype as a 14-year old kid while still working on his game is something that Woods hasn't struggled with yet.

"It's not something I even think about," Woods said. "It's been a little different [since the mixtape], but it doesn't faze me at all."

*Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this notebook.


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