LAS VEGAS, NEV. - From sun up to long past sundown, the action doesn't stop at the Main Event tournament. Rivals.com was at Durango High School all day and players like Darrington Hobson continue to put their name on the high-major map while guys like Kosta Koufus check in with their recruitment.
Texas team loaded with prospects
Coaches continue to flock to see the Texas D1 Ambassadors at the Main Event. They should. The squad is filled with prospects.
Prior to the evening showdown featuring Kevin Durant and Obi Muonelo, finding the storyline of the day was a crapshoot. The best one would probably go to Darrington Hobson. The class of 2007 prospect is quickly becoming a guy that high-majors make a top priority.
For the second straight day, the 6-foot-7 small forward has done a little bit of everything. He's not only making believers of all that watch him, he's proving that he might just be one of the top wings in his class nationally. In Saturday's 105-77 Texas D1 Ambassadors victory, Hobson went for 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
As he told us on the first day, Hobson is hearing from Virginia, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Georgetown and Villanova.
Take one look at 6-foot-10, 235-pound center Brandon Webster and you can see a high-major player inside of him. He's long, wears a size 18 shoe and just turned 17. Mix into the fact he scored a 950 (on the old scale) on his SAT and it should come as no surprise that a number of schools are watching the big man closely.
On the sidelines for his Saturday game were coaches from Wyoming, USC, Texas A&M and Boston College. Webster said all four schools have offered him. He said he's also receiving attention from Wake Forest, North Carolina, Utah, Duke, Gonzaga, DePaul and Texas. The Bryan (Texas) High product said he'd like to get out and visit USC, Wyoming, Wake and UNC.
Make no mistake about it, Junior Treasure can flat out score the ball. The 6-foot-2 guard from Houston put in 17 points in his Saturday's work. He's constantly looking to score and has little trouble doing so. But just when you think he's going to lay another shot in, he'll make a crafty pass to a cutting teammate for a score.
On the recruiting front, Treasure said he'd commit to Texas once he takes the SAT and gets a qualifying score. He said the Longhorns are high on his list and would love to run with the Big 12 program. Treasure also said that LSU has offered while Texas A&M, Florida, Texas Tech and DePaul are also interested.
Holding offers from USC, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado State and Texas-Arlington, Leslie Jackson is playing himself into more free rides at the Main Event. He's a good looking prospect with a nice frame, crazy athleticism and a shot that he says is still coming along. Marquette, James Madison and DePaul are also interested, he said.
6-foot-2 guard Jason Ebie said TCU offered him on Friday after watching him play. The Horned Frogs were front and center on Saturday to see and be seen again. Ebie, who has already scored a 1560 on the new SAT, said his other offer is from North Texas. Purdue, Texas, Minnesota and Michigan State have recently inquired, too. The score first guard had 14 points in the blowout win.
2007 forward is high on three
We didn't see Kosta Koufus play but we ran into him as he supported his comrades from the 17 and under King James Shooting Stars squad. The 6-foot-11 forward broke down the latest in his hot recruitment and shed some light on what schools he's liking.
Sitting at the top of his list is Maryland, Ohio State and Illinois. All three have offered, he said. So has Miami, Michigan and Akron while Duke and Notre Dame were also listed. So why did Maryland, Ohio State and Illinois jump to the top?
"I have a lot of family in Maryland and Ohio State is a school that I know a lot about because I've visited them and had a chance to get to know them when I was out there," Koufus said. "With Illinois, I've gotten to know (assistant coach) Jay Price really well. He's a nice guy. I think all three have a nice atmosphere and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them."
Koufus said Ohio State is "real high" on his list and with all of the attention coming his way, his mother, an OSU grad, is helping him stay grounded. Perhaps staying close to family is something he'll really put some stock in when making a decision. He says location will also be a factor too and doesn't want to leave the East Coast.