Under the Radar

While West Virginia didn't get to see a couple of its most anticipated prospects at the Charlie Weber Invitational, one under the radar has caught the eye of John Beilein and staff, and WVU leads his list.

Durham (N.C.) Disciples' forward Guy Tanner, a rising senior, hasn't been noticed by many college basketball powers. But the solidly-built, 6-7 forward has received a letter from WVU, and has them, with smaller schools, at the top of his list.

Tanner, a soft-spoken power player, said he loved WVU's Student Rec. Center, where most of the games were played, and that he likes Morgantown.

"It's quiet," he said. "I like that. I want a college town, and this seems real nice. I am going to be sure and look around more at their facilities because I like WVU, and have gotten a letter from them."

The Mountaineers have not offered him, Tanner said, but have kept in contact.

Tanner, who is a larger prospect than the Richmond Squires' Marcus Sikes, also on campus for the tourney, plays a more inside game and could bang with WVU's Chaz Briggs. Tanner isn't as skilled as Briggs, but his thickness would be a nice addition as an inside force. He has a good jumper from inside 10-12 feet and rebounds well.

"He can ball," Durham head coach Marvin Reed said. "He has good feet, and he moves well. He'll pound you, but probably needs work to refine his skills."

Fellow WVU prospects Anthony Tucker (6-6) and Eddie Green (6-9), are no longer playing with the Disciples, and so did not attend the tournament, Reed said. They are both on the "Gators," a team out of the Raleigh/Durham area.

Each has offers from several ACC schools, including UNC, and a majority of the Big East. Both are wide open right now, leaving WVU with a difficult race in the upcoming months.

A player who did not attend, but is interested in WVU, is Wayne Marshall, a 6-10 center/power forward from Positive Select, in Philadelphia. Select head coach Larry Waiters said his team did not bring any starters because he wanted his reserves to play, as few of them will travel to the major AAU tournament in Las Vegas next week. Waiters was not sure Marshall would attend the Vegas Invitational, either.

The 16-year old Marshall has also began taking summer school classes and could not miss for the Weber Invitational. West Virginia, Connecticut, Syracuse, Villanova and La Salle have been recruiting Marshall, according to Waiters.

"It's still very early in the process for Wayne," Waiters said. "He does not have a frontrunner right now, but I am sure everyone will become involved. He plays above the rim and is a horse. He has all the talent in the world to play at the next level." Marshall's best asset is that he plays light on his feet, Waiters said, and that he is very smooth and has a nice touch. Waiters said Marshall needs to work on his conditioning.

Baltimore Select, expected to bring three Mountaineer prospects, did not bring any. The Select won an Adidas AAU tournament Sunday at 2 p.m. and missed the first day of action. Several starters, including all three WVU prospects, stayed home to rest. That left many to wonder how interested Gerald Brown (6-4) and Tyler Smith (6-2) are in WVU. Select coaches said both are being recruiting by everyone in the nation. The ACC and Big East are especially heavily involved. WVU wants both players as guards, and Brown's size will make him a perfect inside-outside player for head coach John Beilein's offense.

The Select's Sheray Thomas (6-8) is also on WVU's wish-list. He has a solid outside jumper, and getting him on-campus would have been a major coup for the Mountaineers.

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