In the class of 2007, a name to remember is Harper Kamp, out of Mountain View High School in Mesa, Ariz. Unlike most young big men, this 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward can score with his back to the basket, has polished footwork and is also effective on the perimeter. Several schools in the Pac-10 have been aware of Kamp, and now more schools are getting into the mix.
Going into this season, Kamp already had offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA.
"Texas has been here to see him," said one of Kamp's AAU coaches Earl Flaggs of the Arizona Magic. "Arizona heard about and has now seen him twice. They love him. Plus you have the guys already in on him, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Miami."
Not overly athletic, but large, aggressive and skilled, Kamp could step on the court right now as a sophomore and compete at the high-major level. In fact, he is a regular at Arizona State pick-up games during the off season, where he does much more than hold his own.
Coach Flaggs feels certain that Kamp will jump to national prominence during the upcoming AAU season.
"Harper is the best big man in the state regardless of class," said Flaggs. "His footwork is extraordinary. He's going to fly up the rankings this summer."