Basketball recruiting diary

A couple of West Coast guards being courted by the Minnesota Gophers placed high in TheInsidersHoops.com rankings that were released recently. The recruits also gave us an update on their plans for visits and camps.

Ranked Top Ten In West
by Greg Hicks of TheInsiders.com, May 27, 2004 at 8:23pm ET

Kashif Watson, a 6-2 junior shooting guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, was ranked #10 among 2005 West Coast shooting guards in the rankings released yesterday by TheInsidersHoops.com.

Watson has heard from San Diego, Oregon State, San Diego State and Arizona State, along with several other programs.

He lists a medium interest in Minnesota but has not been offered a scholarship from Dan Monson yet.


Among Best In West
by Greg Hicks of TheInsiders.com, May 27, 2004 at 8:21pm ET

Stephen Gilling, a 6-2 junior shooting guard from Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala, was ranked #9 among 2005 West Coast shooting guards in the rankings released yesterday by TheInsidersHoops.com.

Gilling has been hearing from Colorado State, Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, Nevada and Pepperdine, among others.

We asked him about the schools he's heard from lately.

"UConn, Utah, Nevada, Miami, Colorado State and Minnesota," said Gilling. "Colorado State came out to my school during the contact period."

We asked Gilling about his plans for the summer and he said, "Utah wants me to come to their camp and I'm going to Colorado State's camp. I'll be at the Nike camp in July and the Memorial Day tournament at UCLA."


Schedules Official Visit
by Greg Hicks of TheInsiders.com, May 26, 2004 at 6:39pm ET

Harvey Perry, Jr., a 6-5 senior point guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne, will take an official visit to Oregon State the weekend of June 4, according to his father, Harvey Perry, Sr.

Perry, Jr. will be attending Brewster Academy next year and become part of the class of 2005.

He has been offered a scholarship by Minnesota, Boston College and Marquette.

He will not take a visit to Boston College on June 4, as was previously reported.

We spoke with Perry, Sr. informed us that the visit will not take place because Boston College head coach Al Skinner will be out of town at the time. When asked if the visit will be rescheduled, Perry, Sr. said, "I don't think so -- Harvey has a lot on his plate and I don't know when he'd be able to take it."


Moves Up In Rankings
by Greg Hicks of TheInsiders.com, May 26, 2004 at 12:12pm ET

James Powell, a 6-1 junior point guard from Glendora (Calif.) High, was ranked #6 among 2005 West Coast point guards in the recently released rankings from TheInsidersHoops.com.

Minnesota is one of several schools he is interested in, but no colleges are known to have offered him a scholarship yet.

He told us that he plans on taking a couple unofficial visits in June.

"I'll probably go to San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara on unofficial visits," said Powell.



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