West Coast Recruiting Update

Afer the July evaluation period, and a flurry of phone calls in August, the recruiting landscape begins to take shape for a number of top prospects. We have news on Justin Holiday, Kamyron Brown and Darnell Gant, among others...

The recruiting lists for a number of West Coast players are starting to take shape. Prior to the summer, most recruits have a long list of schools that are "recruiting" them. However, once July ends, reality sets in and the schools that are really serious about a recruit become much clearer. Here's an update on some notable West Coast prospects.

Justin Holiday, 6-5 SR SF North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, has a current list of six schools. SMU, Washington, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Nevada and USC are all in the mix for the athletic wing. Bob Knight and Lorenzo Romar were in the Holiday home on Saturday for visits. Holiday will visit SMU on the 16th and Washington on the 23rd. We understand Texas Tech and Arizona will get official visits, but we don't have dates yet on those visits. The fifth official visit may go to Nevada if Holiday decides to take an unofficial to local school USC.

Holiday's younger brother Jrue, 6-2 JR SG North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, is one of the elite players in the class of 2008 and his name is inevitably brought up in any discussion concerning Justin. We've heard that Washington and USC would be the two schools on Justin's list that might also have a chance at Jrue. However, Jrue is reportedly nowhere close to making a decision and one source said "he's probably a year away from deciding." In addition to Washington and USC, UCLA, North Carolina and Arizona are considered to be among the frontrunners for the younger Holiday.

Darnell Gant, 6-8 SR PF Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, is reportedly looking at Oregon, Washington, Kentucky and Nevada. A very intriguing prospect due to his high upside, Gant is scheduled to be in Washington and Oregon for visits over the next two weekends. We haven't heard yet whether he's set up visits for the other schools on his list.

In addition to having Gant visit over the weekend of September 23rd, the Oregon Ducks will also be hosting Kamyron Brown, 6-2 SR PG Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. While there was some talk during July about Brown possibly walking on at Arizona (Wildcat assistant Miles Simon is Brown's cousin), we were recently told that scenario is unlikely. In addition to Oregon, Utah is reportedly in the mix for Brown.

A year ago, Garrett Green, 6-8 SR PF Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, was getting a lot of attention from a number of high major programs. Green has the potential to be a very good player, but that potential was mostly unrealized during a somewhat disappointing junior season and his recruitment fell off a bit. However, as we've written before, different players mature at different rates and sometimes you need to be patient (especially with big kids). Green showed flashes of his ability during June and July, and he was impressive again when we saw him play briefly over the weekend in a fall league. Wyoming and LSU are two schools that reportedly have heavy interest in Green.

The recent commitment of Jerime Anderson, 6-1 JR PG Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, was notable for a couple reasons. It was obviously big for the Bruins, as they secured one of the top point guards in the class of 2008. But the commitment in all probability means that UCLA will no longer be involved with Larry Drew, 6-0 JR PG Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. With the hometown Bruins out of the picture, Drew's recruitment could go in a number of different directions. West Coast programs like Washington, Arizona, Cal and Stanford are all recruiting Drew, but there will definitely be some top national programs in the picture as well. We heard from one source that North Carolina might be the favorite if it were to offer.

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