College decisions were expected soon from Las Vegas Prospects teammates Andre McFarland and P'Allen Stinnett. Those decisions were announced today by their AAU coach Anthony Brown, with McFarland, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound small forward from Durango High School, headed to the Pac-10 and Stinnett, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound shooting guard headed to the Big 12.
"Andre decided two days ago the he was headed to USC, but he is just making it official today," said Coach Brown. "It came down to USC and Western Illinois because of his relationship with Coach Derrick Thomas. He just felt that for what he wants to do in life after basketball, which is to be a pediatrician, that USC had more to offer."
McFarland, who averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists per game during his junior season, was also being recruited by Arizona State, Oregon State, UNLV, Baylor and Tennessee.
Strong and athletic, McFarland has taken strides this spring in developing his perimeter skills. He is shooting the ball better and with more range and serves as a secondary ball handler. With his size and strength, he can also make things happen around the basket.
Stinnett, who just came off a visit to Iowa State right after his visit to Gonzaga, wasted no time in choosing the Cyclones over the Bulldogs after coming home from his visit.
"P'Allen called me this morning and told me Iowa State was where he wanted to go," said Brown. "Iowa State has been recruiting him for over two years. He felt comfortable with the situation there and with the staff. [Assistant] Coach Archibald did a great job recruiting him.
"He also liked Gonzaga and what they had to offer, but he was most comfortable with the Iowa State staff. He felt good about the Gonzaga staff, too, but it's hard to make up for two years of recruiting."
Stinnett is a wiry athlete who can score in a variety of ways. He has a quick burst to the basket and can finish at the rim. He also has a fluid pull up game and a nice stroke from deep. Added strength will make him very difficult to guard in the Big 12.