Eyes on SoCal Camps

Gonzaga University coaches have been at the Adidas Three Stripes Tournament in Los Angeles, scouting some top recruiting priorities, like Jerime Anderson, Luke Babbitt, Malcolm Lee and Larry Drew, along with watching Zag commit Austin Daye. Meanwhile, up the coast a ways Gonzaga was tracking Steven Gray and Robert Sacre at Bellevue Community College, along with some promising young Seattle talent.

Thursday Gonzaga watched 6-1 junior point guard Jerime Anderson and 6-9 senior commit Austin Daye and 5'11" point guard Larry Drew play with Pump teams on adjacent courts.

Many other coaches were there watching the two Pump teams, including Louisville's Rick Pitino, who watched the Anderson game, as well as coaches from Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford.

Friday morning, Luke Babbitt was the center of attention. The 6-8 junior forward in the morning. Babbitt didn't play his best game, looking pretty fatigued, as are many kids at this point. Gonzaga was in the gym again, watching Babbitt, as well as coaches from the schools listed above.

Bulldog coaches kept an eye on Anderson on one court, and 6-3 point guard Malcolm Lee on another court. Lee didn't have a great game – not bad, but not great. He had a few nice passes where he split a seam, but struggled with his usually sharp shot, and penetrated out of control a couple of times.


6'3" Combo Forward Malcolm Lee

For 2008, if the attendance at events by Mark Few and his assistants is any indication Anderson, Lee, Andy Poling, Babbitt, Larry Drew and Clarence Trent look to be the prospects that GU is spending its time scouting the most.


5'11" Point Guard Larry Drew, Jr.

At the midway point of July, there isn't a clear-cut leader in the race for superiority between the 2008 point guards, Anderson, Lee and Larry Drew. If you had to pick, Drew has probably shown better in the first couple of weeks of the evaluation period, with a superior handle and quickness. He's been more effective because of it, able to create more for himself and his teammates. Anderson probably makes the best decisions. Lee might be the best combination of size, athleticism and skill. UCLA is always a player with elite SoCal recruits, so Gonzaga will recruit each prospect hard, and wait and see how things unfold.


6'1" Point Guard Jerime Anderson

The Pump tourney concludes Saturday, with the final at 3:30.

There are six days off until the three marquee tournaments of summer – the Reebok Big Time, the Main Event, and the Adidas Super 64 – take over Las Vegas July 22-26.


6'7" Combo Forward Clarence Trent

At Bellevue Community College, Gonzaga was on hand to watch guard phenom Steven Gray and big Robert Sacre, both already verbally committed to the Zags. Gray averaged a nice 25 ppg while the 7'0" Sacre showed glimpses of brilliance and a tremendous, Adonis-type physique, but unpolished skills at times, something that should change upon enrolling at Gonzaga a year from now.

A few young talents were also on hand for Gonzaga coaches to keep an eye on. It appears that the state of Washington is far from any dry spell in high major talent in coming years.

The GU Nation Staff contributed to this article.


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