Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic Day 2 BCI Report

There were plenty of AAU teams, college coaches and fans at "the Shoe" on Saturday, and Bearcat Insider was also on the hardwood to witness all the action.

According to the media book, fifty-six AAU teams visited the University of Cincinnati's campus and Shoemaker Center this weekend.  Of the fifty-six squads in attendance, half were in the 17 and under division.  There were sixteen teams in the 16 and under division and twelve in the 15 and under group.  Bruce Pearl, Jim Boeheim, Thad Matta and Roy Williams were among the dozens of recognizable coaches representing their schools and watching the over 50 games played on the day.


Bearcat Insider also watched quite a few games with an eye on players that could eventually be wearing the Paw "C" on their uniform.  The Hoop Planet All-Stars' organization had a few players that Bearcat fans may find interesting.  The 17 and under club had Tony Mitchell and Cashmere Wright. 


Tony Mitchell


The four star Mitchell (6' 6"/185) recently verbally committed to Alabama but was on the Cincinnati campus to get his first look at the place.  There has been some talk that Mitchell may still be open to a change of heart, but he sounded like a pretty solid commitment to me.  Three star point/combo guard Cashmere Wright (6'/160) verbally committed to Clemson back in February, but Wright was very impressed with the Cincinnati facilities.  Either or both could reopen his/their recruitment in the coming months.


Cashmere Wright


The Hoops Planet All-Stars' younger team also has what could be a rising star at the point guard position.  Fifteen-year-old Issaiah Grayson will be a very young junior at Dunwoody High School next season.  His AAU coach, Renaldo Gillis, spoke glowingly about his point man.  "He's a solid Division I kid with a 3.5 grade point average.  He plays hard, needs to improve on his defense but has good court awareness.  He makes us better as a team."  Coach Gillis felt the Adidas Classic was a good but tough experience for his kids.  "The competition level in this tournament is pretty steep.  We're not used to this level of competition.  We usually dominate our level of competition, and this has caused us to raise our level of play."  Grayson is already hearing from the likes of Clemson and Louisiana State University, and after this weekend's play, the Bearcats could be joining that list of suitors.


Some other immediate Bearcat recruiting targets are performing in the tournament.  One is 6' 8" Chris Singleton.  The very athletic four- star forward for the Atlanta Celtics was being closely watched by Tennessee head basketball coach Bruce Pearl in Saturday afternoon's game, but Singleton has recently said he is wide open, and the Bearcats apparently are still in the hunt for his services.


Chris Singleton


Jared Swopshire is a 6' 7"/180 pounder that can shoot the three or take it to the basket and score.  In Saturday afternoon's tournament game against a tough and undefeated Indiana Elite Orange squad, Swopshire led his Florida Rams to a come-from-behind one point victory to advance in the tourney.  Swopshire netted two consecutive threes to cut into Elite's ten point lead in the second half.  Although I didn't get any official stats, Jared looked to have led his team in scoring on the afternoon.  Swopshire visited Cincinnati a couple weeks ago, but that wasn't his first time on the UC campus.


Jared Swopshire


A player that had gotten interest from the Bearcats in the past, Stacy Waters, of Renaissance High School in Detroit plays with the Michigan Mustangs, but Waters has apparently seen his recruitment to Cincinnati cooling, and Stacy was injured for this tournament.  Bearcat recruiting target Paul Williams plays with Waters at Renaissance.


Bearcat verbal, Yancy Gates, saw his Ohio Basketball Club respond from an 0-3 pool play record to win a tournament game over the Ohio Gators.  The Gates (6' 9")/ B. J. Mullens (7' 1") combo proved too much for the Gators as OBC pulled away in the second half.  Now that Yancy has his college choice made, he's participating in the other side of recruiting in an attempt to further strengthen his recruiting class.  "I've talked to a few guys and gotten in their ears, but not too much.  I just play around with some guys and start talking to them, and sometimes they'll ask about the school (Cincinnati)."  Gates took the air out of the crowd with a few dunks in the afternoon victory.  One of Yancy's teammates is Chris Wyse, a 6' 3" shooting guard from Toledo.  Wyse will be attending Hargrave Military Academy next year to improve his grades but is still very interested in eventually becoming a Bearcat.


Yancy Gates


The Carolina Raptors were a part of this weekend's action, but I was told Bearcat point guard recruit Demarquis "Dee" Bost was not in attendance.


Action begins at 9 o'clock on Sunday morning with the final game slated to tipoff at 2:00.             

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