In this last installment of On the Bounce with Coach Meyer from Las Vegas, Rivals.com National Scout Jerry Meyer reveals some more news & notes and takes a closer look at the top South Florida Heat players.
MORE NEWS & NOTES FROM VEGAS
Look for Arizona along with North Carolina to make a strong push for 2006 power forward prospect Jason Keefe, 6-foot-9, 190-pounds. Keefe listed UCLA, California, and Stanford as his top schools. But that list is certain to change as his stock is rising and many other schools begin to recruit him.
Oregon State is spending a lot of time watching the Belmont Shore squad. 2005 prospects Jamal Boykin, Seketoure Henry, and Brett Hoerner are high on the Beaver's list.
When you bring in a top recruiting class like Texas did in 2004, you have to start recruiting right away to replace those players if they head to the NBA. Texas is of course looking for a long presence inside such as Michael Washington with the expected short stay of LaMarcus Aldridge. They are also preparing for Daniel Gibson to only be around a couple year, so Texas is also looking for a strong combo guard out of the class of 2005.
Schools like Texas, Indiana, and Florida are excited about the skill level of 6-foot-10, 2005 prospect Ricky Sanchez. They would be a lot more excited about Sanchez if he gave a more consistent effort. With his team down around ten points most of the second half to Branch West Team Reebok, Sanchez was content to stand on the three point line on both offense and defense. Blessed with the potential to be a pro, Sanchez will hopefully compete on a more consistent basis the rest of this summer.
SOUTH FLORIDA'S FAB FOUR
Coach Wiley Howard has a foursome of talented 2005 prospects. Assuming that academics are in order, look for high major attention to surround all four. The Las Vegas Spring Showcase was the first national event for all the players on the South Florida Heat. Coaches will get a second look at the group at the Kingwood Classic.
Alonzo Gee- The 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing prospect is making a run at Asbury as the top prospect out of the four. Gee's ability to really shoot the ball from the outside is the reason. A great athlete like the other three, Gee is also a little stronger. Gee won a state championship this past season at Dwyer High School, and after this weekend Coach Howard said Florida, Florida State, South Florida, and Creighton are showing interest.
Brian Asbury- The 6-foot-7, 200-pound wing prospect from South Miami High School did have somewhat of a national rep coming into last weekend. He reportedly out played Memphis bound Darius Washington in the state tournament. Coach Howard said Florida, Florida State, and Miami are on Asbury.
Charlie Coley- The 6-foot-7, 205-pound combo forward is the best leaper out of the group. Right now he is a power forward, but he showed signs with the ball that he might be able to develop into a small forward. His free throw looks solid, but he does not want to shoot the ball from any further than 15 feet right now. Coley is also a track star at J.R. Leonard High School and was unknown before last weekend.
Kyle Marks- At 6-foot-8, 205-pounds, Marks is primarily a back-to-the-basket player. The lefty displayed a solid jump hook, and he has some effective moves in the post. He needs to gain some weight to be effective on the high major level, but he is ready to block shots anytime, anywhere. He is a teammate of Gee at state champions Dwyer High School.
THIS COACH KNEW
Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz came to Vegas aware of the South Florida Heat. After some recent success recruiting in south Florida, Lutz spent a lot of time tracking the south Florida team.
USC is one of those schools that will benefit greatly if the NCAA Board of Directors approves the unanimous vote of the NCAA Division I Management Council to eliminate the 5/8 scholarship rule. There is the possiblility 2004 signees Gariel Pruitt and Nick Young will not qualify academically, and Robert Swift might opt for the NBA. USC also has to replace six seniors on their roster next year.
This weekend's Kingwood Classic is expected to be the daddy of all AAU tournaments. It seems as if every quality team in the country will be in Houston for the event. Even Kingwood organizer Hal Pastner is having difficulty taking it all in.
"This tournament is going to blow people mind," said Pastner to Rivals.com at his Las Vegas Spring Showcase this past weekend. "It is already blowing mine. I haven't slept in three weeks, and one day I had over 1,200 emails."