Senior Sleepers

Here are a handful of guys that we have written much about that we now believe are D-1 prospects, including some good-sized, athletic wings from Utah and Idaho...

Michael Hubbard, 6-3 SG Bellflower (Calif.) High. Hubbard wasn't seen by many people prior to this year, but his play during his senior season has had mid- and low-majors in the west flocking to see him. UC Santa Barbara, Irvine, Pacific, UC Riverside and Portland, among others, have all been out to see him. Riverside might have the edge at this point. Hubbard is a good athlete who can score in a number of ways. Needs to add strength, but he's got a nice frame and projects to being a solid player at the mid-major level. He averaged 19 points a game this season.

Nick Hammer, 6-5 SG, St. George (Utah) Snow Canyon, has lifted himself to a D-1 prospect during his senior season. Averaging, 23 points a game, second best in the state of Utah, he was known as an athlete/slasher who could really get up and dunk the ball. But this year the lefty has developed a nice outside shooting touch. He put on a show at the Utah state tournament recently. He needs to add muscle and his ballhandling needs to improve, but Hammer has the athleticism and developing shooting ability of at least a low-major D-1 prospect. He also has a 3.95 GPA.

Matt Dlouhy, 6-6 SG, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Lake City, is another along the same lines as Hammer, with good athleticism and shooting ability. He's wowed a few crowds with some impressive dunks this year, including an occasional 360, while putting up great numbers, averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds a game. He was pretty unknown mainly since last summer he suffered a stress fracture in his tibia and couldn't play at the Las Vegas Big Time Tourney. And then playing high school ball in Idaho won't also get you noticed too well, which is also no fault of his own. He's had looks from Northern Arizona, Boise State, Portland State, St. Mary's and others.

Marvin Lea, 6-3 CG, Riverside (Calif.) M.L. King. Lea led his team to the finals of the Southern Section Division II-A finals this year. And he's become a credible prospect mainly because he has improved his ballhandling and play-making ability so that some college coaches project him as a point guard on the next level. Even though he's pretty thin, he has good size, and when you combine that with point guard skills, it makes for a prospect with a good shot at playing D-1 ball. Lea is pretty tough to stop, given that size, especially when penetrating. He can also shoot over other point guards pretty easily, and has the quickness to stay with smaller opponents on defense. The question is whether Lea will qualify academically.

Tyler Hayes, 6-6 SF, Bend (Ore.) High. Hayes, as of a few weeks ago, was the leading scorer in the state of Oregon for the season. He's got good size, a very nice stroke and can score in bunches. He lacks some athleticism, which has limited his recruitment, but in spring college coaches tend to take second looks at guys who can score, particularly guys who can shoot and are academically qualified. Coaches from Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Riverside have all seriously scouted Hayes this season. He'll more than likely attend the Pump Discovery Camp March 16-17 in Los Angeles.

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