Real Deal: More Detail

Is there a chance that Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson stay together? Take a look at one of the elite guys from the Class of 2007. That and more info in the Real Deal: More Detail.

Villanova has obviously done a terrific job recently and coach Jay Wright and his staff are trying to take advantage in their efforts to land Episcopal (Pa.) and Playaz teammates Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson.

Not that they're greedy and wouldn't gladly welcome one of the two to campus, but there's no chance that they will pull off a Jason Fraser-Curtis Sumpter deal as they did a few years back.

``We've been very successful together, but I don't think it's going to happen," Ellington said. "I dodn't think we'll both go to the same school."

``It probably won't happen," agreed Henderson. "We've done that, but we want to go in different directions and go somewhere we can shine."

Henderson will likely choose from ‘Nova and Duke while Ellington will almost certainly pick either Villanova or North Carolina.

The duo will take an official visit together on April 28-29 to Villanova.

LEGION OF FANS

Alex Legion forgot his sneakers at the airport on Friday, but they were back on his feet Saturday – and that spelled bad news for opponents.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound rising junior shooting guard at Detroit Country Day (Mich.) is smooth and can score in a variety of ways – he can shoot the 3, pull-up from mid-range and also get to the basket and finish.

Legion is the No. 19 player in the Class of 2007 and he could move up even higher based on his play this weekend. He scored more than 25 points in a pair of games on Saturday.

Legion put up 23 points, 7 boards and 7 assists this past season in high school for the same school that produced Shane Battier.

Legion, to no one's surprise, mentioned Michigan and Michigan State – along with Kansas, UConn and UCLA.

``I'm not going to pick a school purely based on the basketball program," Legion said. "I'm going to look at the academics, and whether I feel the coach will stick around or not. I'm also going to look at how much playing time I'll get."

HOLY HERZOG

Legion wasn't the only one on his Michigan Hurricanes squad getting it done.

Flint Powers (Mich.) rising senior 7-footer Tom Herzog has made remarkable strides in his game in the past year.

It all starts with confidence for the mid-mannered Herzog, who put up 16 points, 9 boards and 5 blocks as a junior.

``Last year when I played against big guys, they pushed me around," Herzog said. "This year I want to establish myself."

Herzog did just that.

He was much more assertive on the offensive end, which was definitely behind his shot-blocking a year or so ago. Now instead of looking to pass the ball nearly every time he gets it in the post, his first instinct is to make an offensive move.

One of the things that makes Herzog, who has also gained about 15 pound in the last 12 months, so effective is his ability to keep the ball high at all times.

He also has a nice soft touch, never panics and does a nice job of adjusting his shot.

Herzog is obviously a primary target for both Michigan and Michigan State and he admitted that he'd like to stay close to home, so the Spartans and Wolverines are the two favorites. However, the dark horse is Notre Dame, which is about three hours away. Illinois is also in the mix.

Notes: Earl Clark, a long, versatile 6-foot-7 points guard with the Playaz, is likely headed to prep school next season and could be re-classified. Clark has done a little – no, make that a LOT – of everything this weekend. He scores, rebounds, distributes and can defend virtually any position. Clark mentioned Miami, Villanova, Louisville and Kentucky. … Playaz guard Luis Guzman was close to committing to DePaul until the coaching change. Now he's open. … The word is that former Kansas forward Alex Galindo is headed to Florida International. … Unsigned senior Maurice Thomas, a 6-8 forward, did not commit to UNLV and is looking to visit Tennessee and maybe USC. … Kenneth Cooper, a big man from Richwood High (La.), is playing this weekend – but already signed with Oklahoma State. … Athletes First combo guard Obi Muonelo is hoping to get an offer from North Carolina and Duke, and he's also considering Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma State. … Muonelo's teammate, 6-8 forward Keith Clark, favors Charlotte because of his friendship with DeAngelo Alexander. The others in the mix are Florida, Miami, Texas Tech and Kansas. … Blessed IJN's Richard Semrau says he's got offers from Wake Forest, Illinois and Florida and that "North Carolina would take me when I'm ready to commit." However, the usually sweet-shooting forward wasn't hitting his shots when we saw him and he played with little intensity. He said Kentucky is a long shot right now.


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