The first thing we noticed at Midnight Madness was Wayne Ellington. Maybe it's the time change and post midnight tip-off that got to us, but Ellington looks like he's pushing 6-foot-5. In fact, he said that a number of people have commented about what appears to have been a recent growth spurt.
While it was hard to take the 30 minute series of games seriously, it was a chance for college coaches to show their favorite prospect some love. In this case, that prospect was Spencer Hawes.
The 6-foot-11 Seattle Prep big man told Scout.com that he has officially trimmed his list to five schools. The finalists are UConn, North Carolina, Washington, Stanford and UCLA. The dream is over for Arizona, Kansas and Duke, three schools that were trimmed.
"It's one thing to say it, it's another to pick up the phone and do it," Hawes said of the difficult conversations he's had with some of America's finest coaches who did not make the cut.
Stanford, Washington, UCLA and UNC each had the head coach and the rest of the recruiting staff in the gym watching Hawes in action at Pangos.
Scout.com will provided – at different times – coverage of all three tournaments in Las Vegas during the next five days. Here are the official tournament websites for each event.
Hope you enjoy the coverage!