Inside Word

Our latest installment of the Inside Word has rumors and news on Brandon Roy, Hassan Adams, Marcus Williams, Travis Hanour and more...

Here's the latest news/rumors that we've been hearing.

Brandon Roy recently told Blue Chip Hoops' Dave Telep that Washington is now his leader and we hear that the Huskies may have a substantial edge. At least one coach involved in the Roy recruitment believes that Washington will get a commitment from the talented wing. However, we also hear that Arizona will step up their efforts for Roy if 1) they miss out on Hassan Adams and, 2) Roy qualifies academically.

Speaking of Adams, it appears that the race for the #1 shooting guard in the west is down to UCLA and Arizona. Adams and his mother will take a second trip to Tucson this weekend and attend the Arizona/EA Sports exhibition game. The following weekend, Adams will take his official visit to UCLA. No predictions on this one, as we've been hearing coflicting information for some time now. We do believe that Adams is genuinely struggling with the decision and anyone who claims to know his decision at this point is probably mistaken.

Regardless of how the Adams recruitment plays out, the Bruins appear to be in very good shape with another guard -- Marcus Williams, a 6-2 junior point guard from Los Angeles Crenshaw. Williams, a high-scoring lefty who might more accurately be characterized as a combo guard, is a heavy lean to UCLA and some believe it may already be a done deal.With improved decision-making and shot selection, Williams has a chance to be among the very best guards in the west next year.

Staying in the Pac-10, we're hearing that UW wings <b>Errol Knight</b> and <b>Doug Wrenn</b> have both been very impressive in practice so far. Knight was somewhat overlooked by the national recruiting sites, but he's a spectacular athlete with a tremendous upside. Wrenn, meanwhile, has never been questioned in the talent department -- it's the off-the-court stuff and attitude issues that have hurt his career. If he's finally ready to fulfill the promise he displayed a couple years ago, the Huskies' fortunes should improve dramatically.

Speaking of players who have made an early impression, remember this name -- Jordan Harris, a 6-5 shooting guard from UC Irvine. Harris, who transferred from Colgate and sat out last year, is apparently destroying people in practice and may be the Anteaters' best player. And that's quite a statement, considering the fact that many observers believe Jerry Green and Adam Parada both have a shot at future pro careers.

And there may be more good news on the way for Pat Douglas and the UC Irvine program. The Anteaters look to be one of the two finalists for Arizona transferee Travis Hanour. The other possibility at this point appears to be Pepperdine. Hanour, who has good size and a very nice stroke, would be an excellent addition to either program. Hanour's high school teammate, Chris Manker, also decided to transfer and he's left Oregon St. Manker is originally from Iowa and we hear he may end up at a junior college in Iowa.

New Portland head coach Michael Holton has landed a couple of juco big men. Dustin Geddis, a 6-7 forward from Phoenix College, and Andreas Gahlman, a 6-9 PF from Fullerton, have committed to the Pilots according to sources. And Montana St. may be on the verge of pulling a couple players out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango. Martrel Johnson, a 6-3  forward, and Frank Brown, an underrated point guard, are both heavy leans to the Bobcats.

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