Here's our take on the top ten uncommitted players in the west.
1) Lorenzo Wade, 6-5 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. The #1-ranked shooting guard in the west and a terrific athlete with a huge upside, Wade will almost certainly attend a prep school next year. Marquette and ASU have expressed interest, but we hear Tennessee is looking very good for Wade if he ends up at prep school as expected.
2) Nick Fazekas, 6-10 PF Arvada (Col.) Ralston Valley. If not for questions about the structural soundness of his feet, Fazekas would be one of the most highly sought after players in the west. Right now he's the #5-ranked power forward in the west. He's very skilled for a big man, with a nice shooting touch and great hands. Fazekas has a top three of Nevada, Utah and Marquette. Utah was considered by many to be the favorite, but we're hearing that Nevada could now be a strong candidate.
3) Dorell Wright, 6-6 SF Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger. Perhaps the best "run and jump" athlete in the west, Wright just oozes potential. With coaching, and a more dedicated approach to the game, Wright has a chance to one of those players we look at three years from now and say, "how in the world did everyone miss on this guy?" Fresno St., Iowa and Long Beach St. have expressed varying degrees of interest, but academics may be an issue.
4) Wendell White, 6-5 SF Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union. Academics will reportedly keep him from signing out of high school, but White has a chance to be a player down the road. Good shooting touch, with a big, strong body.
5) Sean Phaler, 6-9 PF Villa Park (Calif.) High. A big-time outside shooter, Phaler reportedly focusing on Washington and Indiana, with UCLA apparently fading. However, just a few weeks ago, it was Indiana out of the mix with the Bruins right there along with UW. Phaler was scheduled to visit to UCLA last weekend, but didn't make the trip.
6) Nick Stiggers, 6-7 PF Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep. Stiggers struggled this past summer, but we hear he's working out hard now and has shed twenty pounds. He's very skilled with the ball and has the size, and outside shot, to cause match-up problems. Stiggers will likely wait until the spring before making a decision, with ASU, Fresno St., Miami, Cincinnati and Georgia all reportedly in the mix.
7) Maurice Shaw, 6-8 C Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln. A talented post player, Shaw has long been an intriguing prospect, but his development has been slowed by the fact that he's moved around so much. We hear he's a longshot to sign out of high school.
8) Devon Evertsen, 6-6 SF Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley. Evertsen is an explosive athlete, with good perimeter skills. Focus and intensity can be an issue at times, but he has a chance if he ever puts it all together. He has visits scheduled with Iowa St. (11-1) and Texas Tech (11-8), but he'll likely sign in the spring. Iowa and Washington have also expressed some interest.
9) Eric Lane, 6-0 PG Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Lane tore his ACL last spring and that's obviously affected his recruitment. He's got a nice outside shot and an excellent feel for the game. Nevada, Long Beach St. and UC Riverside have all expressed interest, but don't be surprised to see other schools jump on Lane after his senior season. He will sign in the spring.
10) Bobby Nash, 6-6 SF Honolulu (Haw.) Iolani. Nash is a good athlete who had a fairly good summer. In the past, he'd been somewhat passive, but he was active when we saw him in July and showed the ability to score inside and out. Baylor, West Virginia and Boston University have all reportedly expressed interest, but it would be an upset if Nash went any place other than Hawaii, where his father is an assistant coach.