Sizing up Cali prospects

With a pair of 2011 guards having already committed, Northwestern has set its sites on a trio of California big men. Get the lowdown on the big (and big-time) prospects who Northwestern is recruiting out West.

With a pair of 2011 guards having already committed, Northwestern has set its sites on a trio of California big men, a source confirmed to Purple Reign.

The source said that, with the commitments of 6-1 guard David Sobolewski (Lisle, Ill.) and 6-3 guard Tre Demps (San Antonio, Tex.), Northwestern has filled its needs in the backcourt. While Sobolewski is not yet rated by, Demps is a two-star prospect who spurned offers from Colorado and Minnesota, and was receiving interest from Vanderbilt.

Northwestern is satisfied with where these commitments leave the backcourt, so much so that the Wildcats have ceased recruiting three-star guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

Still, there are five seniors on the Wildcats' 2010-11 roster – including four who are 6-6 or better, and two who are 6-8. Throw in the transfer of would-be junior 7-footer Kyle Rowley, and there is a pending dearth of bigs in Evanston. So even with Demps and Sobolewski in the fold – along with three-star 2010 guard Jershon Cobb – there are future holes looming in Northwestern's roster.

Enter the Cali kids….

We'll go shortest to tallest, even though none of these guys could possibly be considered small.

Ryan Anderson – Weighing just 190 pounds, Anderson, a Long Beach native, is a lanky 6-7. But despite his svelte frame, the three-star recruit is attracting plenty of attention. Miami (Florida) has offered a scholarship, as has Washington State and San Diego State. Anderson told's Greg Hicks* that USC, UCLA, Auburn and Utah were also recruiting him. On the heels of a solid tournament performance earlier this month,'s Evan Daniels wrote, "The 6-foot-8 face up four man has a great set of hands, proved that he can rebound when called upon and is a high level shooter."

* Purple Reign has called all of these players multiple times and hasn't been able to get any of them on the horn. There was a huge tourney in Las Vegas last weekend, which may be one reason that they've been tough to get a hang of, plus one of their voice mails says that they're out of the country. As such, it's tough to gauge where Northwestern stands on any of their lists. Hopefully we'll have a better idea soon.

Kenyatta Smith – A native of Brea and's No. 21 center in the 2011 class, Smith is packing 270 pounds on his 6-8 frame. The La Canada native impressed at last weekend's Vegas tournament, prompting analyst Dave Telep to opine, "He's a true block player with a big body, strength and soft hands. An academic kid, he's got every Ivy option he wants plus other academic minded BCS schools looking." Besides Northwestern, Colgate, Pennsylvania, Princeton and Pepperdine have all offered; California, Stanford, UCLA are showing interest but have yet to offer.

Kyle Caudill – Scout's No. 22 center, the Brea native tips the scales at 6-10, 260. Caudill had committed to Arizona State way back in May of 2009, but a few months later he reopened his recruitment – which may have opened the door for Northwestern. Stanford, Cal, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Oregon State and Washington State are all recruiting Caudill, along with the Cats.

While Northwestern doesn't currently have any California natives on the roster, it's not as though the Wildcats don't recruit nationally. Senior forward Kevin Coble – who figures to assault the Northwestern record books this season – is from Scottsdale, Ariz., and 2010 commit Jershon Cobb is from Decatur, Ga. Throw in a Serbian (Luka Mirkovic) and a Croatian (Ivan Peljusic), and it should be no stunner that Northwestern is trying to mine the Left Coast for talent.

The Wildcats are also making forays into Texas for 2011 recruits…more on that soon.

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