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Wash. guard likes Pac-10 school

Brett Kingma has more than a handful of offers but it's a Pac-10 school that intrigues the Mill Creek (Wash.) Jackson point guard the most - and Kingma plans to camp there this summer.
Kingma, a 6-foot-1 recruit who plays with Friends of Hoop AAU, said Stanford is his favorite school not only because of the program and the coaching staff but that academics are an important factor in his recruitment. He said if the Cardinal offer that's probably where he'd end up.
"I have pretty good grades and have a pretty good SAT, if they offered that's probably where I'd end up going," Kingma said.
"Academics are pretty important to me and it's the best mix you can get on the West Coast. It'd be sweet to go to school in California. With coach (Johnny) Dawkins and coach (Dick) Davey that's one of the best coaching staffs in the country."
What's going to be most important, Kingma said, is that he plays well at Stanford's camp and on the summer circuit when the Cardinal coaches can see him. Maybe his performances can earn him an offer.
"A couple elite camps in the past I haven't played bad but no one is there to help you shine, everyone wants to shine themselves," Kingma said. "I have to make sure I do what they want to see and not sit in the background and not do everything.
"I'm only (at Stanford) for a full day so I want to go out there and show everything I have. It's more to interact with the coaches because they'll be watching in July too but it would be nice to have an impact."
Oregon, Oregon State, Boston College, Harvard and Pepperdine have shown more interest in Kingma, who said Gonzaga is slipping after it received commitments from four-star shooting guard Gary Bell and three-star point guard Kyle Dranginis.
Kingma will visit Pepperdine Tuesday after playing in a NIKE Tournament in the Los Angeles area.
"They're pretty interested," Kingma said of Pepperdine. "They've seen me play but they didn't know I was interested. I contacted them and they heard I wanted to go Pac-10 so they didn't recruit me. I contacted them and said I'm pretty interested and they said they're pretty interested, too."
The Ducks have been on Kingma since the eighth grade, he said, and Oregon State has increased its interest recently. Kingma said he'd like to hear more from the Beavers.
"I've been talking to one of the assistant coaches and he said coach (Craig) Robinson hasn't seen me play so they can't offer but he doesn't want that to get in the way of me going there," Kingma said. "He thinks I'm one of the top shooters on the West Coast and they want to get to know me better."
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