Monday, May 08, 2006


Some Monday Nuggets

Demetri McCamey has recently received an offer from Indiana. His list today shows Wake Forest, DePaul, Miami, Virginia and Clemson. McCamey and his St. Joe's teammate, Evan Turner, plan to make an unofficial visit to Wake Forest in May.


Over the weekend, the Illinois Warriors played in the Sabes Foundation Invitational in Minneapolis. Warrior F Demond Watt of TF North made the first team all-tournament team. Young D'Mitri Riggs of Team Illinois was on the second team. No mention of Bill Cole.

Tommy Amaker and the Michigan Wolverines add a late signee, F Ekpe Udoh from Oklahoma. Udoh is a long, lean forward in the mold of Luol Deng.

Add Georgia Tech to the list of schools pursuing E'Twaun Moore. As Moore solidifies his status as a national top 50 player, expect more schools to get involved, not less.

Illinois is still a player in the Scottie Reynolds recruitment. However, Reynolds is not planning to visit Illinois, and cancelled his visit that was scheduled a couple weeks ago. Reynolds is also considering Villanova, which he's visiting in the next week, Wake Forest, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma. plans to come out with its updated Class of 2007 rankings later this week. Expect to see all of the Illini's 2007 commitments to fall in the rankings. Eric Gordon will likely remain in the top 10, but it's rumored that he has been passed up by some players in the class. Mike Tisdale has not shown the weight gain that scouts were hoping for, and some say he's been less impressive than younger teammate John Brandenburg, class of 2008 forward from St. Louis DeSmet. Bill Cole has not played much AAU ball this year, and is splitting action in the Illinois Warriors' frontcourt with Demond Watt, Manuel Cass and Crane forward Brandon McGee. Cole had a nice showing at the Sabes Invitational over the weekend, according to this report from the Minnesota Rivals site. In particular, his outside shot drew raves, while he was noted for being very thin.

Rumblings from the Indiana message boards are that Eric Gordon may still be open to schools besides Illinois. While Gordon has publicly denied this, he will be playing in an AAU tournament next weekend in Bloomington, IN. Expect Indiana fans to be at his games wearing red, looking to influence him to join his dad's ex-coach, assistant Jeff Meyer, at IU.

Interesting news coming out of Indiana re: Kelvin Sampson's new contract. Apparently, IU can fire Sampson and face no financial penalty should his recruiting violations at Oklahoma be more serious than originally thought.

Brian Stinnette provides an update on AAU play from over the past weekend. Check out the blurbs on DJ Richardson and Angel Garcia. You can expect Garcia to be listed when comes out with its initial Class of 2008 rankings.

The Schmidt Brothers from Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye also have a feature on Garcia today.

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