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May 16, 2007

Arizona Cactus Classic Preview: Pool E

The second annual Arizona Cactus Classic tips off on Friday, May 18, and the tournament pools have been released. Throughout the week, we'll break down all the pools and teams, giving a comprehensive look at what to expect at this year's tournament.

Las Vegas Dogcatchers Elite

Schedule:

POOL PLAY GAME 1: Texas D-1 Ambassadors, Friday 7:10pm - McKale Court 3
POOL PLAY GAME 2: Play Hard Play Smart, Saturday 11:20am - McKale Court 3
POOL PLAY GAME 3: Las Vegas Prospects, Saturday 1:40pm - McKale Court 1

Notes:

  • An impressive performance against Boo Williams in the Las Vegas Spring Showcase helped 5-foot-8 senior point guard Hank Thorns receive some more recruiting attention. He'll be one of the top 2007 players on display this weekend.

    Las Vegas Prospects

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Play Hard Play Smart, Friday 9:30pm - Bear Down Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Texas D-1 Ambassadors, Saturday 11:20am - Bear Down Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Las Vegas Dogcatchers, Saturday 1:40pm - McKale Court 1

    Notes:

  • The star of the Las Vegas Prospects and one of the Cactus Classic's top talents will be 6-foot-8 combo forward Luke Babbitt. The Ohio State commit came in 45th nationally in Rivals.com's latest rankings.

  • Reno power forward Aleksander Czyz is generating interest after an impressive spring. Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State and Nevada are among the schools recruiting the Polish athlete.

  • 5-foot-11 Darian Norris holds offers from Gonzaga and Washington State. The 2008 point guard averaged 19.0 points and 8.0 assists as a junior at Mojave High School in Las Vegas.

  • Some of the nation's top programs are taking a serious look at 6-foot-3 2009 guard Anthony Marshall, who teams with Norris at Mojave.

    Play Hard Play Smart

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Las Vegas Prospects, Friday 9:30pm - Bear Down Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Las Vegas Dogcatchers, Saturday 11:20am - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Texas D-1 Ambassadors, Saturday 2:50pm - McKale Court 1

    Notes:

  • Play Hard Play Smart features Terrence Jennings, a 6-foot-10 center from Mt. Zion Academy. Jennings is drawing comparisons to Amare Stoudemire and is now ranked 9th in the country.

  • Nate Garth, the squad's 6-foot-2 point guard, committed to Minnesota on Tuesday. Garth is the first commitment that new head coach Tubby Smith has landed as Golden Gophers head coach.

  • PHPS has two eighth graders to watch in 6-foot-7 forward Ramon Eaton and 6-foot-4 shooting guard Darrius Nelson.

    Texas D1 Ambassadors

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Las Vegas Dogcatchers, Friday 7:10pm - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Las Vegas Prospects, Saturday 11:20am - Bear Down Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Play Hard Play Smart, Saturday 2:50pm - McKale Court 1

    Notes:

  • The biggest name on Texas D1 Ambassadors is J. Mychal Reese, considered to be the best 7th grader (2012 class) in the country. He stars for Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan, Texas.

  • 2008 point guard Tre Nichols has made an early commitment to Texas State. The Killeen High School standout chose Texas State over an offer from Oral Roberts. On Tuesday, Corey Jefferson committed to the school as well.

  • 2008 power forward Travis Jackson, small forward Patrick Moore and point guard Allyn Cooks are all receiving college interest, as is 2009 power forward John Henson.

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