UCLA Guide to Vegas Tourneys

How does this sound: Driving around Las Vegas in 108 degree heat, going to dozens of gyms spread out by hundreds of miles, watching high school boys play basketball? That's what's on the agenda, as the three big AAU tournaments take over Vegas in the second half of the July evaluation period. Here's your primer on the UCLA recruits playing in Vegas...

C'mon UCLA fans! What could sound more pleasant than a five-day, whirwind trip to Las Vegas in late July to watch a bunch of high school boys play basketball?

It's what is on the agenda for the second half of the July basketball recruiting evaluation period that starts this Saturday, July 22nd, and goes through next Wednesday, July 26th. Thousands of high school basketball prospects and college coaches converge on Vegas to make for the single biggest phenomenon in AAU basketball when three tournaments – the Reebok Big Time, the Adidas Super 64 and the Main Event -- all take place simultaneously in dozens of high school gyms across Las Vegas.

The week's weather forecast, for Vegas, is practically chilly, projected to average 108 degrees a day.

If you, in fact, can somehow can rationalize to your wife that you're going to Vegas primarily to primarily watch boys in shorts run around a basketball court, then we have a Vegas tour guide for you. This is essentially the players you should be watching, since they're the ones UCLA coaches will be watching:

2007 Prospects

Kevin Love, 6-9 center, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High. Plays for: The So-Cal All-Stars. In the: Reebok Big Time. #2 player nationally

Chace Stanback, 6-6 small forward, Los Angeles Fairfax. Plays for: Rising Stars of America. In the: Reebok Big Time. #52 player nationally

Kyle Singler, the 6-8 small forward from Medford (Ore.) South Medford, won't be in Las Vegas. #4 player nationally

Possibly Other 2008 Prospect to Watch:

Justin Holiday, 6-6 small forward, North Hollywood Campbell Hall. Plays for: Double Pump Elite. In the: Adidas Super 64. One of top wings in west for 2007 and older brother of Jrue Holiday.

Clint Chapman, 6-10 center, Canby (Ore.) High. Plays for: Portland Panthers In the: Reebok Big Time. Top three center in west for 2007

Scott Thompson, 6-11 center, Meridien (Ida.) Mountain View. Plays for: Friends of Hoop. In the: Adidas Super 64. Top three center in west for 2007.

Darnell Gant, 6-8 power forward, Los Angeles Crenshaw. Plays for: Rising Stars of America. In the: Reebok Big Time. #91 player nationally. (Potentially out with injury)

2008 Prospects

Jrue Holiday, 6-2 shooting guard, North Hollywood Campbell Hall. Plays for: Double Pump Elite. In the: Adidas Super 64. #2 player in class nationally

Larry Drew, 5-11 point guard, Woodland Hills Taft. Plays for: Pump N Run Elite. In the: Adidas Super 64. Top 25 national caliber player.

Jerime Anderson, 6-1 point guard, Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon. Plays for: Double Pump Elite. In the: Adidas Super 64. One of elite point guards in west.

Malcolm Lee, 6-3 point guard, Riverside (Calif.) North. Plays for: Inland.In the: Reebok Big Time. One of elite guards in west.

Brandon Jennings, 6-0 point guard, Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill Academy. Plays for: The So-Cal All-Stars. In the: Reebok Big Time. Ranked #2 player in class by Dave Telep of Scout.com.

Luke Babbitt, 6-8 power forward, Reno (Nev.) Galena. Plays for: Las Vegas Prospects. In the: Adidas Super 64. #24 player in class nationally

Drew Gordon, 6-8 post, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. Plays for: Oakland Soldiers.In the: Reebok Big Time. #9 player in class nationally

Andy Poling, 6-11 center, Portland (Ore.) Westview. Plays for: Portland Panthers In the: Reebok Big Time. Potential High Major.

Elston Turner, 6-4 shooting guard, Roseville (Calif.) High. Plays for: Nor-Cal PharoahsIn the: Reebok Big Time. Potential High Major.

Patrick McCollum, 6-1 guard, Tacoma (Wash.) Mt. Tahoma. Plays for: Emerald City Pioneers. In the: Main Event. High Major.

Jeff Withey, 6-10 center, San Diego (Calif.) Horizon. Plays for: EBO. In the: Adidas Super 64. High Major.

Corbin Moore, 6-9 center, Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Plays for: Double Pump Elite. In the: Adidas Super 64. Potential High Major.

Edgar Garibay, 6-9 center, Compton (Calif.) High. Plays for: Unknown. Was though he would play with Double Pump Elite. Potential High Major.

2009 Prospects

Travis Wear, 6-8 post, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Plays for: Mater Dei. In the: Main Event. A top ten caliber player in class nationally.

David Wear, 6-8 power forward, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Plays for: Mater Dei. In the: Main Event A top ten caliber player in class nationally.

Reeves Nelson, 6-6 small forward, Modesto (Calif.) Christian. Plays for: Oakland Soldiers.In the: Reebok Big Time. A top 25 caliber player nationally.

Renardo Sidney, 6-8 forward, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia. Plays for: The So-Cal All-Stars. In the: Reebok Big Time. The #1 ranked player in class nationally

Tim Harris, 6-3 shooting guard, San Jose Valley Christian. Plays for: Oakland Soldiers #2.In the: Reebok Big Time. Potential High Major.

Joe Burton, 6-7 post, Hemet (Calif.) West Valley. Plays for: Compton Magic. In the: Adidas Super 64. Potential High Major.

Colin Borchert, 6-6 power forward, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge. Plays for: Southwest Rebels Elite.In the: Reebok Big Time. Potential High Major.

Keegan Hornbuckle, 6-5 small forward, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Plays for: Unknown. Potential High Major.

Jared Cunningham, 6-1 point guard, San Leandro (Calif.) High. Plays for: Oakland Soldiers #2.In the: Reebok Big Time. Potential High Major.

Rome Draper, 6-4 shooting guard, Etiwanda (Calif.) High. Plays for: Compton Magic #2. In the: Adidas Super 64. Potential High Major.


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