Fall Recruiting Preview - Pac-10 (Part II)

Washington State continues rise and refuels with middle-of-conference class ranking

Oct. 27, 2007

By Van Coleman

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Washington State heads the second five, but could challenge for a Top 25 recruiting class in the fall rankings.  A couple of the clubs are still working the available talent, so we could see them strengthen the Pac-10 overall.  With that in mind here's Part II of our look at the Pac-10's fall recruiting.


Washington State (Recruiting Log) starts the college hoops season in the Top 10 of the coaches poll, but they'll have five seniors leaving next spring so they needed to continue to upgrade the talent in Pullman.  And they've done that, landing five commitments headed by a trio of Top 150 talents.




The group is led by 6-foot-3 Michael Harthun from South Medford, OR.  He can really light it up from deep and has combo ball skills. 6-foot-7 wing man Klay Thompson of Santa Margarita, CA Catholic can score and board, while 6-foot-9 insider James Watson of Stringtown, OK will ease some of the loss they incur in the paint. Added perimeter depth will be provided by 6-foot-5 prep schooler Marcus Capers from Montverde, FL Academy and sweet shooting 6-foot-3 Nick Witherall of Phoenix, AZ Saguaro High.  If this group improves as much as Weaver, Low, Cross, and Henry did, then Tony Bennett's club is a threat for a long time in the Pac-10. 


The Cougars are still showing interest in a couple preps and could dabble into the JUCO ranks next spring.


Up front, they have shown interest in 6-foot-9 Edgar Garibay from Compton, CA, 6-foot-10 Corbin Moore of Los Alamitos, CA, 6-foot-8 DeAngelo Castro of Seattle, WA Franklin, and 6-foot-10 Krys Faber of Los Angeles, CA Ribet Academy. 


The Cougars could look to fill Derrick Lowe's shoes with Oscar Bellfield, a 6-foot-1 point from Los Angeles, CA Westchester, or possibly a JUCO point.  Stay tuned to see what develops.


California (Recruiting Log) has received two commitments headed by No. 53 rated D.J. Seeley from Modesto, CA Christian.  He is an explosive scorer who will vie for lots of PT as a freshman.  Joining him in the backcourt is 6-foot-1 Garrett Sims from Portland, OR Sunset High.  They are still looking and will sign at least one more.


Regarding backcourt targets, 6-foot-3 Deividas Dulkys of Henderson, NV Findlay Prep visited last week.  He is considering the Bears along with Florida State, San Diego State, Illinois, Cincinnati, and Miami (Fla.).  They also have shown some interest in spring signee 6-foot-1 Oscar Bellfield from Los Angeles, CA Westchester, who's concentrating on his academics before taking visits.


Up front, they are involved with 6-foot-9 Ater Majok from Carlingford, Australia.  The skilled big man has visited Maryland and also likes Houston and South Carolina.  They also are one of the schools being looked at by 6-foot-9 power forward Matt Simpkins of North Bridgton, ME Bridgton Academy (originally from Nor-Cal).  The No. 63 rated prospect is considering Connecticut, Washington, USC, and the Bears.  6-foot-10 Corbin Moore of Los Alamitos, CA and 6-foot-9 Sam Shaffer of Oregon City, OR have all been checked out too. If they decide to go big, they could look at the JUCO ranks, even though that is rare in Berkeley.


Stanford (Recruiting Log) has received three commitments, headed by Top 100 talent 6-foot-9 power forward Miles Plumlee from Arden, NC Christ School.  He is an aggressive inside scorer with excellent hands and range to face hoop at high post.  Look for him to challenge for major PT next fall.  He will be joined by two athletic perimeter talents in 6-foot-5 Jarrett Mann from Middletown, DE and 6-foot-3 combo guard Jeremy Green out of Austin, TX Bowie.  They will give the Cardinal plenty of depth in the backcourt.  They recently missed on a stellar post addition in No. 80 ranked 6-foot-10 John Brandenburg of St. Louis, MO DeSmet (committed to Virginia), so they are still looking to add size to their frontcourt.


The Cardinal staff may be starting over and there isn't a lot of size with the academic acumen needed to head to Stanford.  They have taken looks at 6-foot-10 Elliott Bullock from Salt Lake City, UT Olympus High and 6-foot-10 Corbin Moore from Los Alamitos, CA.  They could bank the scholarship for the following year as there isn't any panic unless one of the Lopez twins heads to the NBA next spring. 


Arizona State (Recruiting Log) has received two commitments from a pair of skilled forwards in 6-foot-7 wing man Johnny Coy from St. Joseph, MO Benton High and 6-foot-8 power forward Taylor Rhode from Phoenix, AZ Pinnacle.  Coy can flat out score with the jumper and has ball skills to play on the perimeter in the Sun Devils' offense.  Rhode is a smart insider who uses his body and can step out to knock down the face-up jumper.  Look for this duo to be another step to upgrading young talent in the program.  According to our calculations, ASU has moved on to recruiting the junior class.


Just this past week, the Sun Devils scored a verbal from No. 72 ranked 6-foot-1 Jared Cunningham of San Leandro, CA, and they also already had an early commitment from a potential Top 100 talent in athletic 6-foot-5 Midwestern big guard Trent Lockett of Minnetonka, MN Hopkins High. They are involved with a number of the West's top juniors, so look for a strong class next fall.


Oregon State (Recruiting Log) has received two commitments from a duo of backcourt talents.  Both are Midwestern talents who will add immediate depth and firepower off the bench for the Beavers. 


The first is sweet shooting 6-foot-4 swing man Ryan Hare from Chicago, IL Marshall.  He can knock down jumpers and finish in traffic.  The second is a quick and athletic combo in 6-foot-3 Kavon Rose from Detroit, MI Finney High.  He is a tough slasher with combo skills. 


The Beavers aren't done yet, and have a number of recruits still in their sites.


On the perimeter, they are in the hunt for No. 97 rated big-time scorer 6-foot-4 Eshaunte Jones from Chatham, VA Hargrave Military.  He is visiting Tennessee this weekend and is also considering Missouri, Memphis, West Virginia, and Cincinnati along with the Beavers.  Jones is a post-graduate and original member of the Class of 2007, having then committed to Indiana.


They are also watching a couple point guards in 6-foot-1 Oscar Bellfield of Los Angeles, CA Westchester, 6-foot Terrell Holloway of Cincinnati, OH Harmony Community, and 6-foot-3 combo Quintin Daily of Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman. 


Up front, they are following a number of athletic insiders including 6-foot-8 Dwight Miller from Houston, TX Westbury Christian.  He has interest in Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and VCU along with OSU.  They are watching 6-foot-8 DeAngelo Castro from Seattle, WA Franklin, 6-foot-8 power forward Greg Shepard from Portland, OR Sunset, and 6-foot-9 prep schooler Genesis Maciel from Worcester, MA Academy.  They will also be looking into the top JUCO talent over the winter as adding an inside presence could become a priority.



We hope you enjoyed our look at the Pac-10's fall recruiting. We will continue our conference-by-conference breakdowns with the Big 12 and SEC over the next week, right here at Generation Next.