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May 16, 2007

Arizona Cactus Classic Preview: Pool F

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.

Compton Magic

Schedule:

POOL PLAY GAME 1: NorCal Pharaohs Black, Friday 9:30pm - Bear Down Court 3
POOL PLAY GAME 2: Utah Pump N'Run, Saturday 11:20am - McKale Court 2
POOL PLAY GAME 3: T-Mac All-Stars, Saturday 2:50pm - Bear Down Court 3

Notes:

  • Point guard GJ Vilarino will run with Compton Magic this weekend and the 2009 star made waves earlier in the spring by giving an early commitment to Kentucky.

  • Another big time 2009 player on the Magic is 6-foot-9 Daniel Orton, ranked 12th in his class by Rivals.com.

  • 6-foot-3 2009 guard Xavier Thames is one of NorCal's top prospects and is already hearing from a number of programs from around the country.

  • 6-foot-3 Justin Hawkins is another 2009 prospect on Compton Magic and he stars at Taft High School along with Larry Drew.

    NorCal Pharaohs Black

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Compton Magic, Friday 9:30pm - Bear Down Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: T-Mac All-Stars, Saturday 10:10am - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Utah Pump N'Run, Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 3

    Notes:

  • The biggest name on NorCal Pharaohs Black is 6-foot-4 2008 shooting guard and Washington commitment Elston Turner.

    T-Mac All-Stars

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Utah Pump N'Run, Friday 8:20pm - McKale Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: NorCal Pharaohs, Saturday 10:10am - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Compton Magic, Saturday 2:50pm - Bear Down Court 3

    Notes:

  • Small forward Anthony Jones shot up the national rankings after an impressive spring. He's now ranked 23rd in the 2008 class and Texas leads Texas A&M and Tennessee, among others.

  • 6-foot-2 J'Covan Brown is one of the nation's top guard prospects, as evidenced by his Rivals.com ranking of 37th in the 2008 class. He holds offers from Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma.

  • Another star 2008 prospect is shooting guard Phillip McDonald, ranked 76th nationally by Rivals.com. He's got offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Miami, with interest from many of the nation's top programs.

  • Power forward Steve Tchiengang is ranked 81st in 2008 and holds offers from Baylor, Clemson, UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Miami.

  • 2008 Duncanville power forward Will Brown is ranked 100th in the country by Rivals.com. He has offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Missouri, among others.

  • Joey Brooks is a 2009 small forward that's being recruited by schools such as Texas, Texas A&M, Memphis, Kansas, USC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Stanford.

  • 2009 small forward Erik Williams has offers from Alabama and Texas A&M, with interest coming from Texas, Baylor, Kansas and Georgetown.

    Utah Pump N'Run

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: T-Mac All-Stars, Friday 8:20pm - Bear Down Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Compton Magic, Saturday 11:20am - McKale Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: NorCal Pharaohs, Saturday 12:30pm - McKale Court 3

    Notes:

  • Utah Pump N'Run had one of the biggest upsets of the 2006 AAU circuit, defeating SoCal All-Stars at the Cactus Classic.

  • Players receiving recruiting interest include center Ben Aird, guard Holton Hunsaker, wing Dalton Groskreutz, forward Nick Thompson and shooting guard Taylor Brown.

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