Is there any better time for recruiting enthusiasts?
With three huge tournaments coming up tomorrow in Las Vegas, the desert will be crawling with college coaches looking to find the next star for their program. The Main Event is one of the three tournaments taking place this week and it will be a huge spectacle, with 9 different age groups with kids from 9 years old and up competing for the Main Event title.
Mark Few and the coaching staff will be watching many Gonzaga targets in Las Vegas this week and a few of them will be showcasing their skills in this particular event. For a closer look, The Kennel Report is happy to break down who's in and when they play.
There is one main pool to watch in the 17U competition and that is Pool C. The teams battling it out are California Supreme, Portland Legends, King James Shooting Stars, and Friends of Hoop (Seattle).
California Supreme schedule: vs. King James Shooting Stars 7/22 @ 4:40 PM
vs. Friends of Hoop (Seattle) 7/23 @10:10 AM
vs. Portland Legends 7/24 @11:15 AM
Friends of Hoop (Seattle) schedule: vs. California Supreme 7/23 @ 10:10 AM
vs. King James Shooting Stars 7/23 @ 6:50 PM
vs. Portland Legends 7/24 @ 10:10 AM
There is no doubt that the coaching staff will be checking out group C of the Main Event tournament. This ground includes potential Zag recruits Solomon Hill and Chris Cunningham, both of who are on California Supreme. Friends of Hoop in Seattle also has a Gonzaga player of interest in Aaron Dotson. Solomon Hill is the big prize here, but he seems to be cooled on Gonzaga and should be headed to the PAC-10 unless Few can do some convincing. Cunningham is a skilled power forward who holds offers from Santa Clara and UC-Riverside but don't be surprised to see the PAC-10 jump all over this kid soon. Aaron Dotson is a personal favorite and someone who Gonzaga has extended an offer to. He also holds offers from the Washingtons, USC, and Miami (FL). Dotson is a Seattle boy so staying close to home may be a big piece of his recruiting, hopefully this talented shooting guard doesn't wind up too close to home at UW.
Oh...and the Portland Legends will be featuring one time Gonzaga commit Brock Osweiler who reneged on his verbal commitment to chase down glory as a college football player at Arizona State
In the 16U category, Gonzaga eyes will have a close eye on group A and G.
Group A includes Team Chandler, North Texas Bulls, The Force, and KC Heat.
Team Chandler schedule: vs. KC Heat 7/22 @ 2:30 PM
vs. The Force 7/23 @ 12:20 PM
vs. North Texas Bulls 7/24 @ 10:10 AM
Team Chandler is led by DeAndre Daniels. The 6 foot 8 power forward screams upside at everyone who sees him. His recruiting is really starting to pick up now as he has been contacted by main major programs. Contacts include Texas, UCLA, and Georgetown but no offers have been given to the Louisiana native. The Zags are one of the teams of interest and I'm sure Few will be watching this young man who is bursting on the scene.
Group G is another group of interest for Gonzaga fans. This group includes Friends of Hoop (Seattle), Houston Clippers, J Sierra High School, and North Texas Heat 2010.
Friends of Hoop (Seattle) schedule: vs. North Texas Heat 2010 7/23 @ 8 AM
vs. J Sierra High School 7/23 @ 3:30 PM
vs. Houston Clippers 7/24 @3:35
Joe Harris leads Friends of Hoop into Las Vegas. Harris, who plays his high school basketball in Chelan, WA is a rising star in Washington prep sports. As a sophomore, Harris averaged 22 points and 4.5 assists. Harris is looking to continue his stellar play this summer during the AAU circuit. Harris is a guard who does a little bit of everything and has superior court vision, something Zag fans love. His recruiting is just beginning to blossom and his Chelan team was at Gonzaga's team camp this summer. Needless to say he should be a major blip on the radar of Gonzaga.
Enjoy the tournament and check in for updates!