Gophers basketball recruiting diary

What The Insiders' scouts are seeing and hearing regarding Gopher basketball interests around the country during camp season. Notes on seven prospects.

by Greg Hicks of, July 15, 2004 at 11:26am ET

Seketoure Henry, a 6-2 rising senior shooting guard from Lynwood (Calif.) High, had coaches from Washington, USC, San Diego State, UNLV and Arizona State, among others, out to watch him yesterday at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp. Minnesota is one of at least 11 teams believed to have offered him a scholarship, but he lists only a low interest in the Gophers.

by Greg Hicks of, July 15, 2004 at 11:18am ET

Jerry-Davon Jefferson, a 6-7 rising senior power forward from Lynwood (Calif.) High, had coaches from USC, Washington, Arizona State and San Diego State, among others, watching him yesterday at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp. Jefferson has a medium interest in Minnesota, but the Gophers have not offered him yet. Only Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Washington are known to have offered him a scholarship.

by Greg Hicks of, July 15, 2004 at 11:14am ET

San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Colorado State, Pacific and UC Santa Barbara were among the schools with coaches watching James Powell yesterday at the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp.

Powell, a 6-1 rising senior point guard from Glendora (Calif.) High, has really improved his outside shot in the last year and he's drawing interest from many schools in the west. He has a medium interest in the Gophers, but he isn't thought to be holding any Division I offers.

by Greg Hicks of, July 14, 2004 at 12:45pm ET

Ike Okoye, 6-8 SR C/PF Roseville (Calif.) Woodcreek, told us yesterday that he's hearing from Utah State, San Francisco, Pacific, St. Mary's, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, Santa Clara, Portland, Yale, Pepperdine, Penn State and Washington State, among others.

Asked if any schools stand out from the pack, Okoye said, "I like Penn State and Washington State."

Given that those two schools are in major conferences, we asked Okoye if he wants to play at the highest level possible.

"Yes, I want to play at a high level," said Okoye.

Okoye, a raw but promising young big man, said he might decide at the end of August. "It could be at the end of August," said Okoye. "But, if not, then I might wait until the spring."

He has a medium interest in Minnesota but hasn't received any big offers to date.

by Greg Hicks of, July 14, 2004 at 12:28pm ET

We spoke with Harvey Perry, Jr., a 6-5 senior guard from Las Vegas, at the Fullcourt Press All-West camp and asked him which schools are at the top of his list.

"Oregon State, Minnesota, Florida, Miami and Arizona State," said Perry.

Perry took an official visit to Oregon State already and said he wants to visit Miami. He plans on choosing a college at the end of the summer.

Anthony Ray, who runs the Arizona Magic program, told us that Perry just received an offer from Arizona. However, Perry didn't mention the Wildcats in our conversation.

Perry will attend Brewster Academy next year.

The Gophers are one of only three D-I programs to have offered Perry at this point.

by Tracy Pierson of, July 13, 2004 at 11:16am ET

Ryan Thornton, the 6-0 senior point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian, has heard mostly from Minnesota, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, San Diego, Colgate and Idaho.

San Diego, who could be the school showing the most interest, was impressed after Thornton had a good performance at their camp in late June.

Thornton has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 910 on the SAT. He hasn't received an offer yet.

by Greg Hicks of, July 10, 2004 at 12:18pm ET

Arturas Lazdauskas, a 6-6 rising senior power forward/small forward from Hollywood (Calif.) High, played very well yesterday at the West Coast All-Star camp in front of numerous coaches.

We asked Lazdauskas about his latest list of schools and he replied, "Colorado State, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Pepperdine, Fullerton and some others."

Minnesota is one of them.

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