Inside Word

Arizona looks like they'll lose a player, Harvey Perry picks a new school and Rodrique Benson knows which conference he wants to play in. All this and more in our latest Inside Word...

The Arizona Wildcats have taken several quality guards in the last couple years and some observers were wondering why they would also be pursuing #1 ranked JR PG Ayinde Ubaka, 6-1 Oakland (Calif.) High, from next year's class. The reason is because they expect freshman combo guard Will Bynum to transfer after this season. Several sources have confirmed that Bynum will leave Arizona. No word yet on where he may end up.

Speaking of transfers, Harvey Perry, 6-3 SO SG Las Vegas (Calif.) Green Valley, will be playing for Montclair Prep in Van Nuys, Calif. next year. Perry is extremely talented and could turn into a point guard down the road. The combination of Perry and 6-8 PF Nick Stiggers should make Montclair Prep formidable next year.

Rodrique Benson, 6-9 SR C Torrey Pines (Calif.) High, continues to be coveted by a number of schools throughout the west. Oregon, Oregon St., Pepperdine, Santa Barbara, Washington St. and Cal all have serious interest, while UCLA is still trying to decide if they'll recruit Benson. The Bruins did have Benson in attendance last Saturday for their game against Oregon. Benson was asked recently where he wanted to play and he replied, "in the Pac-10."

Giovanni St. Amant, 6-3 SR SF Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, turned in a number of terrific performances in the CIF playoffs recently and he's accepted a scholarship offer from UTEP.

Rumors of a secret commitment for UCLA, supposedly a junior point guard, are unfounded. We checked with several sources and learned that the Bruins have no junior commitments as of now.

Don't be surprised if Brice Prather, 6-8 SR PF Villa Park (Calif.) High, walks on at Cal. The Bears like Prather very much and, with WCC and Big West schools sleeping on the underrated Prather, it's quite possible he ends up at Cal as a walk-on.

In other other potential walk-on news, we hear that Gonzaga is asking Tyler Hayes, 6-5 SR SF Bend (Ore.) High, and Matt Dlouhy, 6-6 SR SG Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Lake City, to walk-on.


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