Mayes has Cougar offer, and interest

HE'S ONE OF of the most highly recruited guards on the West Coast in the Class of 2010. And Jordin Mayes, rated the No. 7 PG in the nation and one of the top ranked guard prospects overall in the West, counts Washington State among the many programs showing interest.

Last summer, Jordin Mayes emerged as one of the top guard prospects on the West Coast. The 6-foot-1 combo guard has carried that momentum into his junior campaign at Los Angeles (CA) Westchester.

"It's going real well," said Mayes. "Being able to play across the country and compete against the best teams that there are is great. It's very exciting. I like playing competitive games so it really helps us."

Because he's gained some notoriety as a prospect, Mayes finds that more people want to express an opinion. Whether it's a friend at school, or somebody in the crowd trying to tell him what they think, Mayes prefers to ignore them.

"I don't worry about anybody in the crowd or anything like that," said Mayes. "I just look to go out there and play my game."

During the summer, Mayes spent most of his time manning the point. This winter, though, he's played primarily off the ball. According to the junior, he's comfortable with either position but he actually prefers playing the point.

"I like getting out and running, spotting up and shooting," said Mayes of his game. "I can go off the dribble, shoot jump shots or whatever. The two is cool. But, I like playing the one a lot because I can penetrate and kick and I make good decisions."

Not surprisingly, Mayes has emerged as a target for several high major programs.

"It's going real good, I'm real open right now," said Mayes of his list. "Colorado, Utah, Stanford, Washington State and San Diego State have been in there."

As for Stanford's interest, Mayes says that the Cardinal keep in steady contact with him and want him to visit.

"They've been in touch all year," said Mayes of Stanford. "They've told me that they want me to come up there and that they are going to be watching me soon."

Still early in the process, Mayes says that he's focusing most on winning a state championship. Sometime in April or May he'll get a bit more serious about his recruitment and try to narrow things down.

"It's just the program and how well the coaches teach," said Mayes of what he'll look for. "I think I'll make a decision at either the end of my junior year or after the summer."

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