Big Time Notebook, Part IV

HENDERSON, Nev. -- By now, you know the drill. Here's the latest scoop from the sidelines of the Big Time.

Around The Gym

Utah is here looking for a power forward and small forward with extraordinary shooting skills. … In the gym for James Lang were assistants from Louisville, Alabama, Mississippi State and Kentucky. … Mike Montgomery stopped by Green Valley for the morning game to spy on Jai Miller and junior guard Ronnie Steel of the Alabama Ice. Monty only stayed for half the game, probably so he could get to another gym to watch Double Pump. Miller is a football recruit with Stanford on his list. …

Colorado assistant Terry Dunn was up early this morning to watch Minuteman Press forward Kanimba Diarra. … Hofstra's Tom Pecora was in the gym watch Brian Sisti, also of the Minuteman Press. The Dutchmen lead for Sisti's services and he would be a good player in the CAA. James Madison and Rider are in the mix… Valpo head coach Scott Drew was in the gym watching over small forward Oumar Sylla, a commitment to his program. … Brandon Cotton was not in attendance today. Our thoughts go out to he and his family as we learned that his father was in a serious accident this week. …

Mitch Platt, a 6-10 center from Green Valley High, has committed to take official visits to Texas Tech and Oregon. He's also listing Utah, Arizona State, Southern Cal, UNLV and San Diego State. … Xavier assistant Sean Miller watched NE Ohio Shooting Stars junior center Aaron Agnew today. …

Something has to give with Mustafa Shakur. Our preliminary research says that most of the schools recruiting him feel extremely comfortable in terms of where they feel they stand. Fellas, only one program is going to land him but right now, a lot of people think they are that program. …

You won't get them to admit it publicly, but it's the time of the year assistant coaches start recruiting against AAU teams. With tournaments taking place all over the country, it would make their jobs much easier if some of the teams were to get eliminated early from an even and they could move to another venue to watch more prospects. … Celebrity Sightings: George Karl and Tim Thomas. … Jim Boeheim and Pete Gillen were in the gym watching Terrence Roberts today. …

Celebrity Sightings II: Antoine Walker was on the bench of the Illinois Fire team. … Looking for Herb Sendek? Try him at a Mustafa Shakur game. We hear the Wolfpack coach has no plans on leaving Shakur's side this month. … Marquette assistant coach Jeff Strohm was in the gym for Dameon Mason today. So was DePaul assistant Josh Oppenheimer. … Illinois Fire center Justin Williams says he's off to Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy for a fifth season. … Billy Donovan was in the gym watching the Florida Hoopsters tonight. So was assistant coach Stan Jones of Florida State. … Speaking of Jones, we noticed he watched Boubacar Coly for the second day in a row. … Leon Powe committed to California yesterday. He said that North Carolina was his No. 2 choice. Interesting, but we aren't under the impression that UNC recruited him that hard. … Don't expect Florida to cease its recruitment of Trevor Ariza anytime soon. The way we understand it, Billy Donovan isn't flinching and the Gators are in it to win it. …

Jacksonville State's top target in the class appears to be small forward Michael Ford of the Southeast Raptors. … Here's one for the record: there were no head coaches present at Charlie Villanueva's last game. Part of the reason why was that many of them are recruiting kids from Tim Thomas' team and they were playing at the same time. Assistants in the building included Illinois' Norm Roberts, UCLA's Jim Saia, Villanova's Joe Jones and Seton Hall's Brian Nash and Billy Garrett. … West Virginia and Pittsburgh were in the house presumably looking at Art Bowers. After the game, Bowers listed Notre Dame, NC State, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Rutgers, UMass and DePaul. … Villanueva, after his game, listed St. John's, Villanova, Illinois, Seton Hall and UCLA. More than one of the schools recruiting Charlie are using the "one and done" approach.

GAME OF THE DAY

We had to go to Orlando for this one. At the Super Showcase, Brandon Foust caught a lob pass for the winning basket as All-Ohio beat Luol Deng's team. Deng scored 26 in the loss and All-Ohio candidate for player of the summer, Andrew Lavender, scored 46. All-Ohio would then lost to its nemesis, the Houston Hoops, in the semis. HE


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