Jack attracting more suitors and other UA recruiting newsby Javier Morales on Feb. 11, 2010, under Sports
During Super Bowl Sunday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was not watching football. Pitino and his protege Billy Donovan of Florida were in New York City to catch the Flushing (N.Y.) Christ the King vs. Manhattan (N.Y.) Rice showdown.
Their focus: Rice center Kadeem Jack, who has visited only Arizona to date. Jack’s mentor Damian Leslie has indicated that Jack will take more official visits, although it’s questionable whether the young Trinidad and Tobago native will take his allotment of five.
Jack (6-9 and 205 pounds) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in Rice’s 60-52 loss to Christ the King.
Louisville was not mentioned as part of his list of suitors when Jack visited Tucson last month. Don’t be surprised if Jack visits at least UCLA and Florida after the Rice season is complete. Providence, Miami and UConn are also possibilities
While Arizona considers Jack a priority to help shore up its inside next year, Louisville reportedly views him as a backup if Pitino is unable to land Huntington (W.V.) center Gorgui Dieng.
ASU recruit a McDonald’s All-American possibility. Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, which in the past was a pipeline to Arizona with players like Miles Simon and Reggie Geary, has a player it seems who will make ASU fans forget about James Harden. Keala King, who averages 15 points and nine rebounds for Mater Dei, is one of 24 candidates to be selected to the McDonald’s All-American game.
Three players who have officially visited the Arizona campus but have yet to commit anywhere are also McDonald’s possibilities: Detroit Country Day School guard Ray McCallum Jr., Baltimore Lake Clifton guard Josh Selby and Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy guard Doron Lamb.
Also on the list is Portland (Ore.) Jefferson prospect Terrence Jones, who at one time was recruited by UA coach Sean Miller and his brother/assistant coach Archie Miller. Although Jones is 6-9, he is not a prototypical power forward. He likes to handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter. He is not a post up player down low and he does not have the quickness in the open court to be a point guard at the collegiate level.
If Arizona must sign a 6-9 player, it needs a talent who can be a factor on the boards and score from his positioning inside.
Jones, however, is a talent any program should seriously consider no matter the circumstance. To boot: Los Angeles Westchester guard Jordin Mayes grew up in Portland close to Jones. Damon and Salim Stoudamire are friends with the Mayes family, but they are family with Jones. They are Jones’ distant cousins.
“Terrence and Jordin know each other well,” Mayes’ father Darryel Mayes told me. “They’re from that close circle of family and friends in Portland.”
Too bad that it seems they will not be collegiate teammates.
Potential UA recruits to represent U.S. A few potential Arizona recruits from the Class of 2011 and 2012 were selected members of the 2009-10 USA Basketball Developmental National Team this. San Diego Herbert Hoover forward Angelo Chol (Class of 2011) is one of the standouts on the team. Perry Ellis, a Class of 2012 forward from Wichita Heights (Kansas), is another.
Chol, another power forward prospect at 6-9, has blocked a San Diego Section-record 759 shots during his career at Hoover. The national record of 1,187 blocks held by Emeryville (Calif.) star Darnell Robinson is well within Chol’s range.
Speaking of records, Micah Behrens, a 6-foot Phoenix Moon Valley sophomore, scored a school-record 47 points as his team rolled past Prescott, 85-55, recently. The record of 46 was held by NBA standout and former UA player Richard Jefferson.
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