Sin City Scuttlebutt

LAS VEGAS – In this segment we give you a front row seat at the Big Time, let you in on some scouting secrets and pass along all the great scuttlebutt from Monday's action, including an update on an elite point guard who is close to committing to Missouri!

Hot News & Notes

Jackie Butler did not qualify and will attend Laurinburg next season. … Darnell Harris has been offered by Kent State, College of Charleston and South Alabama. Kent's Jim Christian was in the gym today. … Shaun Livingston's crowd: Chris and Doug Collins, Bruce Webber and Wayne McClain of Illinois, Steve Robinson and Roy Williams from North Carolina, Josh Pastner of Arizona and Norm Roberts of Kansas. …

Jason Horton says he's getting closer to pulling the trigger and picking a college. Missouri is the leader. His own words.

Texas had the full staff in the gym for Mike Williams. … Tyler Smith's early crowd: Tubby Smith, Buzz Peterson and John Calipari. … DePaul's Gene Cross watched Cheyenne Moore hard today. … Jason Horton's first game crowd: Tony Harvey of Missouri, Rob Evans of Arizona State, Tim Jankovich of Kansas and Tom Ostrom from Florida. … Goran Sutton has been offered by Michigan State and he's also got offers from West Virginia, Dayton, LSU, Charlotte, Wyoming, Toledo, Purdue and Nebraska. … Kevyn Green of the Inner City Players has Oregon as his first choice. …

Jared Dudley has scholarship offers from New Mexico, Oregon, Creighton and San Diego State. … For J.R. Smith in the morning were coaches from North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas, Villanova and Seton Hall. … Richmond assistant Gary DeCesare watched his latest commitment, Courtney Nelson in the morning. … Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was on hand for Taj Finger. So was Richmond's Jerry Wainright. … Hector Hernandez has offers from Fresno State, UTEP, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah. He's getting interest from Louisville, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. …

Seth Greenberg was on hand to watch Richard Roby. … Evaluating Joakim Noah today were scouts from Duke, St. John's, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Boston College. … Josh Wright of the Long Island Panthers was not here today. … Wright State head coach Paul Biancardi watched Team Detroit PF Rashawn Marshall today. … Josh McRoberts' college crowd: Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas Tech (Bobby Knight) and Notre Dame. …

Houston and Texas were in the gym late night watching Joe Jones in action for the Houston Select team. … Taj Finger said that Stanford and Richmond lead Rhode Island, Yale, Rice, Princeton and Penn. … True Story: a guy walks up to Skip Prosser, who by the way is wearing a Wake Forest polo shirt, and asks him who the head coach at Wake Forest is. C'mon, you've got to be kidding me. … Tim Pierce is one of Arizona State's top targets and assistant Tony Benford was in the gym watching him today. … St. Bonaventure was among a handful of schools watching Deron Washington of D.C. Assault late into the night. …

Scout's Seat

Jackie Butler's wrist was taped heavily and it took him about a half to get used to it before scoring the ball much better in the second half. … Darnell Harris proved he's a very good mid-major recruit when his jumper wouldn't go down in the first half but he trusted it and finished strong in the second half. … Tyler Smith's best work this summer has come with the SE Pump ‘n Run team. He's been good at a few camps but his best work has come with that AAU team. ..

Shaun Livingston first stat line of the event: 19 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists. … Jason Horton does such a nice job of playing within himself, keeping under control and he dictates the tempo for the Michigan Hurricanes. …

Be on the lookout for junior PG Jeremy Lathan of the Inner City Players. The junior is a smart point man who knows the game. His recruitment will start at the mid-major level and could go higher. … Danny Hess of the Michigan Hurricanes had never been to an AAU event. However, today the 6-7 PF played with athleticism and purpose and should blossom as a mid-major recruit. He's got some bounce to his game. …

Rico Tucker is a helluva athlete. He's got a super hesitation dribble and he's very effective when he uses it to blow by guys. That seems like one of his go-to moves. … Hector Hernandez's use of pump fakes at the right time shows the kind of basketball IQ he has. … Sean Ogirri of the Colorado Pump ‘n Run team is an excellent shooter on the move and a fine MM prospect. …

We didn't see the game but word is Willie Morse, the one-time Penn State commitment, had 29 today. … David McClure is going to be a good college player because he'll play with good players at Duke and his passing ability will win him some friends. … Lots of schools are recruiting Richard Roby, a small forward, because of his size and athleticism. … Derrick Caracter's ability to make baseline jumpers is big time. …

Taj Finger continues to improve step by step and he's peaking heading into his senior, a very impressive trait to have. … Joakim Noah is one of those young kids who is growing like a weed. Two years from now is how you have to project him because he keeps getting better. … Xavier landed a good one in shooting guard Stanley Burrell. The prep school-bound Burrell is playing with a ton of confidence. …

A few weeks ago, Tim Pierce's father died of a heart attack. It's amazing he's out here playing and he deserves a ton of credit for being able to come out this summer and play at a high level. You can't help but root for this young man. … Derrick Roberts of Houston Select is a fine wing athlete and he's gotten really good at breaking his man down off the dribble. …


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