According to the media book, fifty-six AAU teams visited the
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.
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
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
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.
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
A player that had gotten interest from the Bearcats in the past, Stacy
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
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.