It’s only April but the offseason recruiting for college basketball is in full swing, if the gym at the Henderson (Nevada) International School was any indication Thursday night.
Findlay Prep, which plays its home games at the gymnasium, staged a 3-on-3 scrimmage with its Class of 2012 and 2013 standouts and plenty of coaches were on hand to see and be seen.
The schools included: Arizona, Cal, Washington, Stanford, ASU, USC, Oregon, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Virginia, Northern Illinois, Oakland and Memphis. The Wildcats were represented by assistant coach Book Richardson.
Among some of the standouts were Class of 2013 shooting guard Nigel Williams-Goss, Class of 2012 power forward Anthony Bennett, Class of 2012 wing player Winston Shepard and Class of 2012 shooting guard Nazareth Long.
Williams-Goss, 6-4, 180, has verbally committed to UNLV but that could change depending on who Rebels athletic director Jim Livengood hires to replace Lon Kruger, who took the Oklahoma job. Williams-Goss listed Arizona and Washington in his top three before committing to UNLV last November.
Bennett, 6-8, 230, said recently that he has scholarship offers from UConn, Arizona, UNLV, Georgetown and Pittsburgh (among others). Bennett and Long are native Canadians following in the footsteps of former Findlay standouts Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph (both now at Texas).
NOTE: Findlay coach Mike Peck remains a strong candidate for the Arizona assistant coach vacancy created when Archie Miller became the head coach at Dayton. Peck, who recently completed his fourth year with Findlay, has let those close to him know he is hopeful to join Sean Miller‘s staff. … Sean Miller told the media Thursday that he seeks an assistant with West coast recruiting ties and that the hire likely will happen in May.