The second annual Arizona Cactus Classic tips off on Friday, May 18, and the tournament pools have been released. Throughout the week, we'll break down all the pools and teams, giving a comprehensive look at what to expect at this year's tournament.
Inland Reebok I
POOL PLAY GAME 1: Sporting Chance, Friday 7:10pm - McKale Court 1 POOL PLAY GAME 2: New Mexico Force, Saturday 9:00am - McKale Court 2 POOL PLAY GAME 3: New York Gauchos, Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 1
Inland Reebok is led by UCLA commit Malcolm Lee, whose big spring on the AAU circuit has helped him emerge as a McDonald's All-American candidate. 6-foot-5, Lee can play the one through three and will be one of the best prospects in Tucson this weekend.
6-foot-5 guard Michael Snaer is one of the top West Coast prospects in the 2009 class and he'll have the opportunity to prove himself to the host of national scouts who will be in town for the tournament.
New Mexico Force
POOL PLAY GAME 1: New York Gauchos, Friday 9:30pm - McKale Court 3 POOL PLAY GAME 2: Inland Reebok I, Saturday 9:00am - McKale Court 2 POOL PLAY GAME 3: Sporting Chance, Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 2
All spring long, New Mexico Force was supposed to be led by forward Jeff Taylor of Hobbs. The cousin of ex-Wildcat Chris Dunn, Taylor has yet to show up on the circuit and isn't expected to be in town this weekend either.
New York Gauchos
POOL PLAY GAME 1: New Mexico Force, Friday 9:30pm - McKale Court 3 POOL PLAY GAME 2: Sporting Chance, Saturday 10:10am - McKale Court 2 POOL PLAY GAME 3: Inland Reebok I, Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 1
The Gauchos feature 6-foot-0 point guard Jordan Theodore, who holds offers from schools such as Marquette, Cincinnati and Gonzaga and is ranked 93rd in the country by Rivals.com.
The Gauchos feature one of the top sophomores in the country in Durand Scott, a five-star shooting guard ranked 13th in his class by Rivals.com. Among the colleges involved in his recruitment are North Carolina, Duke, Memphis and Connecticut.
2008 point guard Kemba Walker is ranked 119th in his class by Rivals.com. He's hearing from Cincinnati, Georgetown, Memphis and St. Johns.
2008 6-foot-0 shooting guard Darryl Bryant is being recruited by Pittsburgh and St. John's, among others.
6-foot-2 shooting guard Chris Fouch is from the same high school and the 2008 prospect is another player to watch.
6-foot-9 power forward Devin Hill is from Connecticut but runs with the Gauchos. He holds offers from UMass and Seton Hall.
POOL PLAY GAME 1: Inland Reebok I, Friday 7:10pm - McKale Court 1 POOL PLAY GAME 2: New York Gauchos, Saturday 10:10am - McKale Court 2 POOL PLAY GAME 3: New Mexico Force, Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 2
Believed to be the best Tucson-only AAU team in memory, as evidenced by Sporting Chance's run to the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Spring Showcase two weeks ago.
Star player is Enoch Andoh, a 6-foot-8 forward being courted by a number of mid-majors. Andoh is a fundamentally sound big man that has the chance to get some high major offers by the end of the summer.
6-foot-9 Mountain View forward Austin Smith is the team's best prospect. He's more comfortable outside than inside for now, but has the potential to make a name for himself in college.
Others to watch on Sporting Chance include Tucson High School point guard Kelly Gibson, Salpointe guard Chase Adams and Tucson wing Brian Hill.