Remaining big man targets?

So, who are we after now? We need some bigs.

Not looking good for getting a contributing freshman in for 05…Guessing we’ll go after 2 JUCO transfers to fill in our frontcourt. Of course it becomes a null point if Withers and Iti stick around, there won’t be anywhere for new guys to play, we will already have 3 starters at SF, PF and C with 2 real solid guys off the bench(under the situation with Withers and Iti coming back). Hopefully that will be the situation and we can work on getting a top 100 for 06.

Also Mullis is in already, all signs are that he will be a good backup, role player at SF and PF. worst case right now for 05: Nance, Drayton, Alexander with Mullis on the bench, not too bad as a WORST case for us.

Lutz was supposedly on the West Coast/Cali recruiting. Here are a few names pulled right off the Rivals database that are still available and not strongly associated with any one school:

Lex James, 6’9 230 PF City College of San Francisco

Chris Oakes 6’8 195 PF Oakland Castlemont

Diamon Simpson 6’7 195 PF/WF Hayward CA (Dayton took a look at him)

Joe Wolfinger 7’0 225 C Aloha OR (He just visited Cincy)

I think Lutz toyed with the idea of signing this guy before he failed to qualify 2 years ago:

DeMarshay Johnson, 6’9 215 PF/WF Diablo Valley College

He originally prep schooled here in NC, even though he’s from Oakland. I think that’s the period we were looking at him.

JC Cali event report

Here is a report from last weeks Ca. Juco event, he could of been looking at Sophs or Frosh.

Nice link. LOTS of info, and I saw us mentioned:

[b]Report from Cal-San Bernardino Showcase -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From Compton Magic:

The JUCO event at Cal State San Bernardino continues to get better and better every year. It gives a early look at most of the top JUCO players in the state of California. Two of the top 10 players in the state were not in attendance. 6’5" Wendall White (Antelope Valley) could be the best wing guard in the state. He was on an official visit to Utah State this weekend. 6’3" Wesley Washington (Compton College) who is only a freshman but is the best combo guard in the state was not there either. Washington is a big time athlete who can finish with the best of them. Scores in bunches in a variety of ways. Leaders for his services are Oregon State, Texas AM and Minnesota (again). The battle could get heavier if he doesn’t commit by the season since most schools haven’t seen him due to injuries this summer. Some of the top sophomores at the event in no particular were 6’9" Joe Johnson (LA Trade Tech), 6’5" Moses Gonzalez (Ventura), 6’6" Peter Brown (Mt San Jacinto) and 6’6" Sam Davis (Cypress). Joe Johnson is a wing forward who can go inside and outside. He prefers the perimeter but can also score from the post. Good athlete who is long and rangy. His top 3 schools are Penn State, Purdue and Pepperdine. Moses Gonzalez was the MVP of his league last year as a freshman averaging over 19 points per game. Great athlete who can score and finish. Great mismatch on the post against smaller guards. Good enough to fit in almost anywhere in the country. Moses is going to sign early and the top schools at this point are UNC Charlotte, Texas AM, UTEP and Utah State. Peter Brown is a good athlete who is very crafty around the basket. If given the opportunity he will dunk on you. New on the scene this year after coming back from Mormon mission. A legitimate mid major player.

Sam Davis can play all three perimeter positions even spells at the point. Adequate shooter and slasher who uses his size to score. Probably the most underrated player in the state. Nevada and Oral Roberts lead for his services. The top freshmen at the event were 6’11" Ephraim Williams (Ventura), 6’1" TJ Smith (Chaffey), 6’2" Tony Sykes (Mt Sac), 5’11 Kenneth Maye (LA Trade Tech), 6’0" Dewayne Green (Mt San Jacinto) and 5’11" KD Rockett (Ventura). You can tell that Ephraim is improving every time you see him. He has unbelieveable size and athleticism. Measured at 6’11" with shoes off. Big time wingspan also. Will be a top 5 player nationally by the summer time. Schools with the early jump for Big E are Kansas, Memphis, Washington, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Villanova. TJ Smith of Chaffey has unbelieveable upside as well. Combo guard with great speed and athleticism. If continues to improve point guard instincts will be a high major player. Tony Sykes is originally from Ohio but is making a name for himself very quickly. Athletic slasher who can finish. Kenneth Maye is probably the best on ball defender in the state regardless of class. As his offensive repertoire improves he should be a mid major prospect. Dewayne Green has all the tools to be the next best point guard since Jamaal Tinsley to come out of San Jacinto. KD Rockett is probably the 2nd best on ball defender in the state regardless of class. As his offensive arsenal improves he could be one of the best point guards in the state. Might be the fastest… [/b]

[b]Report on SoCal JUCO Showcase -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From Fullcourt Press:

Top Freshmen:

  1. Ephraim Williams 6’11" Ventura Measured 6’11" with shoes
    off and still growing. Very raw offensively but can dominate a game defensively.
    Already 230 and never lifted weights. Great shotblocker. Big time athlete who can
    finish. Elite high major prospect.
  2. TJ Smith 6’2" Chaffey Big time combo guard
    who can slash and score at will. Big time athlete who will dunk on guys given the
    opportunity. Solid long range threat. If he continues to improve on his point guard
    instincts he will be an elite high major prospect.
  3. Ranard Robinson 6’11" Fullerton Big body post who really
    knows how to throw his weight around (probably about 260+). Pretty athletic for his
    size. Big hands and ok feet. Runs the floor well. Qualifier originally from
    Tennessee. Still a little raw but with lack of size out there will be an elite high major
  4. Tony Sykes 6’3" Mt. SAC Big time combo guard
    who can slash and finish. Originally from Akron (OH). Strong, athletic wing who can
    really score when needed. Super explosive. High major potential.
  5. Michael Martin 6’7" LA Valley Has added muscle to
    frame. Great size for big guard who can really score. Solid 3 point threat. Good
    athlete who plays really hard. Ballhandling skills have improved. Impact player at
    the mid major level but if he keeps improving could be a high major prospect.
  6. Chandon Siman 6’9" Irvine Valley Skilled post player who
    is really hard to stop down low. Qualified out of high school. Good athlete with a
    good feel for the game. Big upside.
  7. Dewayne Green 6’1" Mt. San Jacinto Has the potential to be
    the next best point guard out of the area since Jamaal Tinsley. Michigan native.
    Big time floor general who loves to compete. If jumpshot becomes more consistent
    he can play at the high major level.
  8. Thurman Sutton 6’4" LA Harbor Super athletic wing who
    can finish with the best of them. Big time slasher who makes things happen. Handle
    and jumpshot need work but definitely a top tier athlete. Had many highlight reel
    dunks during the tournament.
  9. Loren Leath 6’2" LA Valley Super scoring combo
    guard who can really stroke it. Pretty good off the dribble also. Will definitely
    flourish in Glen Hefferman’s offense. Big time competitor.
  10. Chris Minardo 6’9" Citrus This wing forward can
    play inside or outside. Huge upside if he can add strength to slender frame.
    Apparently has committed to Cal State Fullerton. The freshmen rankings are
    largely on potential and he is a guy who is a top 5 talent in that regard.
  11. Terrance Harris 6’5" Saddleback Athletic wing who loves
    to slash and attack the basket. Adequate jumpshot. Solid mid major at this point
    but could potentially play higher.
  12. Ayo Adigun 7’1" Long Beach City Raw in every aspect of
    his game at this point but has an unbelieveable body and frame. Physical specimen.
    Needs tons of skill work but has pro physique.
  13. Dewayne Pettus 6’2" San Bernardino Valley Pittsburgh high school
    player of the year last season. Solid left handed combo guard who can score in
    bunches. Will have to make the transition to the point to be recruited at a high level.
  14. Shaun Caston 6’6" LA Trade Tech Wing slasher who can
    also shoot the open jumper. Big time athlete who can finish. Needs to work on his
    mid range game. Still a mid major player due to athleticism.
  15. David Kinder 6’7" San Diego City Super athletic wing
    forward who can also step out and shoot the jumpshot. Right now is more of a
    4/3 but will need to make the transition to the perimeter to maximize his recruitment.
    Loves to bang and crash the boards.
  16. KD Rockett 5’11" Ventura One of the fastest guards
    in the state. If his floor game continues to improve offensively will be one of the best
    JUCO point guards in the West next year. Along with Kenneth Maye at Trade Tech
    could be the best on ball defender in the state.
  17. Chris Fields 6’6" Long Beach City Big time athlete who
    can finish with the best of them. Uncanny knack for being around the ball. Crafty
    scorer from all over the floor.
  18. Kenneth Maye 5’10" LA Trade Tech Solid floor general who
    gets his whole team involved. Best on ball defender in the state. Super quick feet.
  19. Brandon Lott 6’3" Goldenwest Big guard who can
    really shoot the lights out when he gets hot. Needs to improve ballhandling and
    shot selection. Still a low to mid major prospect at this point.
  20. Armanda Cosio 6’11" Riverside Needs to lose weight
    since he is about 360 lbs or more. Massive guy who has ok offensive skills when
    he is in position. He could go either way and be a basketball star or join the WWF.
  21. Adeola Dagundunro 6’3" Mt SAC Led Inglewood high
    school in scoring last season. Silky smooth combo guard who can really score.
  22. Craig Jackson 5’10" Saddleback Solid point guard with
    strong body. Nothing fancy just runs the team and gets things done.
  23. Justin Williams 6’5" Santa Ana Prepped at Corona
    Centennial. Brother of New Mexico/Washington standout Jamaal Williams.
    Played 4 in high school but has wing skills. Should have the opportunity
    to show people he can play the 3. Full qualifier.
  24. Keith Allen 6’4" Mt SAC May be a Division 1
    clock casualty. Unorthodox style but finds ways to score and get things done.
  25. Michael Earl 6’9" Fullerton Long, rangy post
    player who is an ok athlete. Soft but size can’t be taught. Low major at this
  26. Joe Martinez 6’7" Irvine Valley Forward that gets things
    done on the post. Crafty scorer. Not a great athlete but still can finish.
  27. Faruq Dokovic 6’5" Rio Hondo Wing forward who is
    multi purpose player. Hard to tell what his position is. Division 2 prospect.
  28. Antoine King 6’3" LA Harbor Overweight guard who is
    huge but skilled and can handle to rock. Can also slash and score. Doesn’t look
    like a basketball player but is real effective.
  29. Demetrius Hazel 6’6" Long Beach City Originally from Washington.
    Athletic wing who pounds the offensive glass.
  30. JR Griffin 6’4" Saddleback Strong wing guard who jumps
    out of the gym. Perimeter skills need work though.

Other players of note: Jacob Hill 6’6" Riverside, Tremel Gilot 6’3" Mt San Jacinto, Ken
Long 6’5" Cypress, Will Maple 6’1" Mt SAC.

JC cali report

Repaired link

There is still Kelving Palacios available and we have offered…a 6’7 PF. I wouldn’t forget about him yet.

Palacios is reporting that Lex James (City College of San Francisco) has verballed to St. Bonaventure. He had originally verballed to Rhode Island, but that didn’t work out.

I think Coach said he is on the road everyday in April, he may just be networking with the JC coaches at these events. He must be thinking the long term, not sure we need anyone in the short term.