Pump N Run Wins Catcus Classic

The Los Angeles-based AAU team, Pump N Run, which features two UCLA recruits -- junior guard James Harden and sophomore point guard Larry Drew, won the inaugural Cactus Classic this last weekend...

The Pump N Run won the first Cactus Classic in Tucson Sunday, behind the play of James Harden, the 6-4 junior guard from Lakewood Artesia; Larry Drew, the 5-11 sophomore point guard from Woodland Hills Taft, and 6-9 forward Austin Daye from Irvine Woodbridge.

Harden was named the MVP and he deserved it. He was outstanding all weekend long. Drew was very good, except for a few too many turnovers, and Daye had his best game in the championship game when Pump blew out the very good Houston Hoops team. Daye's offense is way ahead of his defense at this time. He made a terrific choice in Gonzaga -- that's the right school for him.

Pump N Run also included Elston Turner, the 6-4 sophomore wing from Roseville (Calif.) High.

The team was coached by former UCLA head coach Jim Harrick.

Jerime Anderson, the 6-2 sophomore point guard from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, and Jrue Holiday, the 6-3 soph shooting guard from North Hollywood Campbell hall, were both very good on a Double Pump team that was knocked out by Pump N Run.

After Renardo Sidney, an outstanding prospect from Mississippi playing for the P Miller team, Holiday was the best prospect I saw.

UCLA is recruiting Harden, the junior, and the elite sophomores -- Anderson, Holiday, and Drew.

We'll have a write-up this morning on the individual players, as well as an interview with James Harden.

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