May 8, 2008

Arizona Cactus Classic Preview: Pool G

The third annual Arizona Cactus Classic tips off on Friday, May 9, 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.

Pool G

NorCal Pharaohs

Schedule:

POOL PLAY GAME 1: Team Jones - Friday 9:30pm - Bear Down Court 2
POOL PLAY GAME 2: Texas D-1 Ambassadors - Saturday 10:10am - Bear Down Court 1
POOL PLAY GAME 3: REACH Legends - Saturday 2:50pm - McKale Court 2

Notes:

  • 6-foot-10 2009 forward Kyryl Natyazhko is a good looking prospect from Ukraine.

  • 6-foot-3 shooting guard Nick Markovich is getting Pac-10 interest.

    REACH Legends

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Texas D-1 Ambassadors - Friday 6:00pm - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Team Jones - Saturday 11:20am - Bear Down Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: NorCal Pharaohs - Saturday 2:50pm - McKale Court 2

    Notes:

  • 6-foot-9 2009 center Derrick Nix is committed to Michigan State.

  • 6-foot-5 2009 small forward Dion Sims holds offers from Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.

    Team Jones

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: NorCal Pharaohs - Friday 9:30pm - Bear Down Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: REACH Legends - Saturday 11:20am - Bear Down Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Texas D-1 Ambassadors - Saturday 2:50pm - McKale Court 3

    Notes:

  • Team Jones made the title game of the Houston Kingwood Classic and won the Texas Spring Showcase, so there are few AAU teams in the country as hot as this one.

  • 6-foot-6 small forward Terrance Jones has emerged as one of the West Coast's top 2010 prospects after a terrific spring. California and Oregon State have already offered.

  • Another 2010 prospect with big time upside is 6-foot-5 shooting guard Terrance Ross, who also has Cal and Oregon State offers.

    Texas D-1 Ambassadors

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: REACH Legends -Friday 6:00pm - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: NorCal Pharaohs - Saturday 10:10am - Bear Down Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Team Jones - Saturday 2:50pm - McKale Court 3

    Notes:

  • 6-foot-9 2009 power forward Cory Jefferson is ranked 41st in the 2009 class and is committed to Baylor.

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