Rick Pitino left ABCD after Wednesday's session and travelled to Nike in Indianapolis to check in on 6-foot-2 point guard commit Edgar Sosa. Assistant Steve Masiello will pull ABCD duty the rest the week, and spent Thursday afternoon tracking several underclass stars, inlcuding Corey Stokes, a 6-5 guard/forward from Bayonne, NJ, and Eric Wallace, a 6-6 small forward from Winston-Salem, NC. Masiello also watched Earl Clark, O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker, Keenan Ellis and Derrick Caracter's afternoon games.
Two Big East programs got significant verbal commitments prior to the start of Thursday's afternoon session. Will Harris, a 6-5 guard from Corona, NY chose Connecticut, while Casiem Drummond, a 6-10 center from West Orange, NJ picked Villanova.
After three games, O.J. Mayo is the camps second-leading scorer (16.7), behind Damion James, a 6-8 forward who has verbally committed to Oklahoma. Derrick Caracter is currently the camps top shot blocker, averaging 2.7 per game.
Martez Walker continues to struggle with his shooting on the camps second day, though he's been doing the little things to help his team. Through three games, Walker has made just 7-24 shots from the field, and is 0-6 from three-point range. Walker complained of tendonititis in his knees following Thursday's afternoon game.
Derrick Caracter had his best game thus far against 6-9 Alex Stevenson, finishing with 13 points, 4 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead his team to a hard fought two-point win.
Earl Clark again confirmed his top two schools as Villanova and Louisville. Clark had 12 points, 3 boards, 5 turnovers and one assist Thursday afternoon. He's averaging 9.7 points but shooting only 39.1 percent from the field (9-23) through three games. His 1.3-2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio also needs improvement.
Eric Wallace's AAU coach confirmed that Louisville had recently begun recruiting the athletic 2007 prospect. Wallace told Inside The Ville that he has interest in the Cardinals program.
Corey Stokes listed UCONN, Rutgers, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke and Louisville as his favorite colleges. "I like Louisville," Stokes said. "I like their program, how they move the ball, and my friend, Taquan Dean, goes there. I like them a lot." Stokes said that UCONN and Rutgers are his early favorites.
Memphis coach John Calipari watched Derrick Caracter intently Thursday afternoon. Caracter told Inside The Ville Wednesday night that Louisville was his current favorite over the Tigers.
Stay tuned for exclusive interviews with junior wing prospects Corey Stokes and Eric Wallace.