West Has Some of Best Hoop Prospects Left

The west probably has some of the best basketball talent in the country still left uncommitted. From Hassan Adams to DeAngelo Collins, here are the twelve best prospects left on the board in the west. One will announce his commitment later today...


(Both Academically Eligible and Not)

While it seems that practically every player in the country has already made a college choice, there are, in fact, some very talented players who have yet to make a commitment.

In the west, particularly, there are a number of mid- to high-major players still available. Of course, some of them are still available due to academic concerns. But not all of them are academic question marks. Here's a list of the top players in the west who have yet to commit.

Hassan Adams, 6-4 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

One of the elite players in the west, Adams is rumored to be down to Arizona, UCLA and Cal. The Wildcats and Bruins are probably co-favorites, but Cal will get an official visit the weekend of October 27th. He's already Arizona, and will finish his visits with a trip to UCLA November 10th, the weekend before the signing period begins.

Bobby Jones, 6-6 SF Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

A very athletic wing, with somewhat raw offensive skills, Jones is primarily considering Pepperdine, Boston College and New Mexico. He has talked about the possibility of waiting until spring, which could be a smart move. Jones has high-major athleticism, and more high-majors could come calling in spring after Jones's senior season.

Brandon Heath, 6-2 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

A very quick and athletic combo guard who can fill it up from anywhere. He is rated commonly among the top 75 players in the country and would be the target of a heated recruiting battle, but most college coaches anticipate he won't qualify. If he does qualify by spring, expect him to be the hottest recruit on the west coast.

Matt McKinney, 6-7 PF Santa Ynez (Calif.) High

Somewhat of a sleeper and underrated nationally as a basketball prospect, McKinney is also a big-time volleyball player. In fact, some volleyball scouts have said he could be the best volleyball prospect in the last several years. UCLA is trying to bring him in as first, a volleyball player, and possibly a basketball player, but if he played both sports he'd have to take a basketball scholarship. When UCLA volleyball coach Al Skates came to the McKinney home for a in-home visit, he brought along a little recruiting helper, UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin. USC is recruiting him for vollyeball only, while Arizona State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara want him for both sports.

Adam Zahn, 6-7 PF Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union

The younger brother of Arizona redshirt freshman center Andrew Zahn, Adam is a very athletic front court player who is known for his hops and dunking ability. If he developed more of a perimeter game, including a consistent shot, it was believed he'd be considered an elite prospect, which is still very much a possibility. He's hearing from Pepperdine and Washington St., among others.

Ryan Hollins, 6-10 C Pasadena (Calif.) Muir

One of the biggest sleepers on the west coast. In a year when there just aren't many available big men, Hollins burst on the scene this summer, being a legit 6-10 and having high-major athleticism, but still being pretty raw since he hasn't played basketball very long. He could have some of the best potential of any player in the current west coast senior class. Hollins has made his decision between his three finalist s-- St. Louis, Oregon and Arizona St -- and it will be announced today on Prep West Hoops.

Steven Cobbley, 6-10 C Pocatello (Ida.) Highland

Last spring, Cobbley was considered one of the best frontcourt players in the west, but he hurt his recruiting stock when he decided not to play summer AAU ball and therefore hasn't been seen by many college coaches. He's a very solid post prospect, though, and he'll trip to Utah St. this weekend. BYU is the other finalist in his recruitment.

Armando Surratt, 5-9 PG Oakland (Calif.) Tech

Surratt was the story of the spring in the west; Previously thought to be a mid-major prospect, he blew up at a spring tourney in Fresno. He's the quickest senior guard in the west, has great ball-handling skills, can score from anywhere on the floor and is very athletic for 5-9. He was a last-minute addition to the adidas ABCD camp and more than held his own against the more hyped national point guard. He committed at one point to Georgetown, then changed his mind.

Brandon Roy, 6-5 SF Seattle (Wash.) Garfield

One of the elite prospects in the west and probably the country, Roy is a top 50 player nationally, with one of the best first steps around. But he hasn't received the attention that is worthy of his basketball talents because of a question over his academics. If he were closer to being qualified it might have been a done deal for Arizona by now. Gonzaga, Washington and Boston College are also hanging around, waiting to see if he'll qualify.

Marquis Kately, 6-5 SF San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan

Another top 100 national player, Kately might be just as good as Roy. He's bigger, and already has an NBA-ready body and athleticism, but hasn't had much recruiting attention due to grades. If he were on the east coast he'd probably be ranked among the top 30 in the country. Rumor is that he'll verbal soon to California, then go to prep school next year.

Nate Robinson, 5-9 PG Seattle (Wash.) Rainer Beach

Small, but very quick and strong, Robinson is a stud of an athlete. He practically floats in the air, plays bigger because of his football-ready body, and can throw down serious dunks for a 5-9 player. He's being recruited for football also, but the Pac-10 is waiting due mostly to his academics.

DeAngelo Collins, 6-9 PF/C Inglewood (Calif.) High

Collins is a top 25 national player who showed that he is among the top 2-3 low post players in the country at the adidas ABCD camp, winning the MVP of the ABCD Senior All-Star game. Collins, though, has been trying to live down some considerable off-the-court baggage. That combined with iffy academics have made Collins almost a lock to declare for the NBA draft, although there have been some rumblings about Fresno St. being involved if he qualifies.

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