Oregon is definitely reaping the benefits (recruiting that is) of their Elite Eight run in 2006-07. If you beg to differ, check out how its recruiting landscape has broadened over the years. It has now become commonplace to see Oregon mine the Midwest (see 2007-08 class) for prospects, but now they are venturing into the deep South -- the state of Georgia to be exact.
ESPN 150 recruit Teondre Williams, a 6-5 senior out of Atlanta/Meadowcreek, is the latest prospect to commit to coach Ernie Kent. The state of Georgia is widely known for producing elite-level athletes, and Williams fits that mold to a tee.
Williams is a bouncy two-guard prospect oozing potential. Although his jump shot needs some polishing, he should mesh very well in Kent's up-tempo style. Williams is a tremendous scorer in transition, where he utilizes his lengthy frame and explosiveness to finish at the rim with regularity. Defensively, he has the quickness and wingspan to be devastating defender.
With the addition of Williams, the Ducks' class (Michael Dunigan, Matthew Humphrey, Josh Crittle and Drew Wiley) is approaching top-ten status. Although Oregon will lose three starters in Malik Hairston, Maarty Leunan and Bryce Taylor to graduation, this bevy of recruits should help soften the blow entering the 2008-09 season.
Nor Cal Tip Off Classic Breakdown
The first annual Nor Cal Tip Off Classic will make its debut on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Newark Memorial High School. The event will feature an assortment of Division I talent -- UCLA commitment Drew Gordon comes immediately to mind -- as well as a few West Coast sleepers -- 7-1 senior Greg Somogyi of Woodside Priory would fit that description.
Event director Gerry Freitas has put together a solid field of teams, including arguably one of the top five teams in the state (Archbishop Mitty) taking on traditional power Bishop O'Dowd. Most importantly, other than the action, he'll have accurate rosters -- not to be taken for granted, nowadays.
Drew Gordon (6-8, 215) San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
A poor man's Amare Stoudemire?
Collin Chiverton (6-5,200) San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
St. Mary's got a steal with this scoring thoroughbred.
Enoch Andoh (6-8, 220) San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
Skill and savvy describes this post prospect headed to Bucknell.
Chris Jones (6-4, 190) Newark, Calif./Newark Memorial
Fresno State commitment has that scorer's mentality.
James Albright (6-6, 210) Oakland, Calif./Fremont
Crystal ball forecast: Big West or WCC four-man.
Daymon Warren (6-8, 215) El Cerrito, Calif.
Late-blooming four-man for the Big West and/or WCC.
Ken Rancifer (6-5, 180) El Cerrito, Calif.
Bouncy wing-type needs to tighten up that jump shot.
Jerry Brown, III (6-5, 200) San Francisco/Sacred Heart Cathedral
A mid-major wing who is a "jack of all trades but master of none."
Tim Harris (6-3, 185) San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian
Shot is streaky, but he's one of the more promising two guards out west.
Lucas Devenny (6-8, 230) Santa Rosa, Calif./Piner
Prototypical four for the Big Sky Conference.
Justin Brue (6-4, 180) Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd
Fits the sleeper tag to a tee.
Ifeanyi Ezeofor (6-5, 190) Newark, Calif./Newark Memorial
Division I frame for the wing spot, but skills haven't arrived.
Max Hooper (6-4,190) San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian
Lengthy wing-type with a big-time stroke.
Joseph Slocum (5-11, 160) San Francisco/Sacred Heart Cathedral
Lacks big-time wheels, but his skill set and savvy are solid.
West Coast notes
• Deividas Dulkys, a 6-3 prep school standout out of Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., selected Florida State over San Diego State and Cal-Berkeley. One of the most prolific jump shooters in the nation, he is a great addition to a class that already holds commitments form 6-5 Luke Loucks (Clearwater, Fla.) and 6-9 Xavier Gibson (Dothan, Ala./Northview).
• Hartford picked up one of the better sleepers in the West when 6-4 Drake Uu (Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americano) made his commitment. Uu has a textbook jump shot and an overall great feel for the game. At the next level, he'll be able to play the one or two with equal aplomb.
Joel Francisco has been a high school basketball scout for 15 years. He has written for Hoopscoop Magazine and Basketball Times and organized "So-Cal's Finest," his own scouting service.