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May 6, 2008

Arizona Cactus Classic Preview: Pool D

The third annual Arizona Cactus Classic tips off on Friday, May 9, 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.

Pool D

Belmont Shore

Schedule:

POOL PLAY GAME 1: FBC Perris - Friday 9:30PM - Bear Down Court 1
POOL PLAY GAME 2: D-One Sports - Saturday 11:20AM - McKale Court 2
POOL PLAY GAME 3: Northwest Panthers - Saturday 1:40PM - Bear Down Court 3

Notes:

  • 2009 point guard Darius Morris holds offers from Michigan and Washington State. He is getting attention from a host of other schools, including Kentucky, and is vital to Belmont's success.

  • 2011 guard Cezar Guerrero got himself a ton of attention with a solid spring. Word is that he likes Texas and Arizona, but there are plenty of other schools that will get involved when all is said and done.

  • 2012 guard Michael Avery recently committed to Kentucky. The commitment was a bit of a surprise because of his age, thus Avery will have a lot to prove this summer.

    D-One Sports

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Northwest Panthers - Friday 9:30PM - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Belmont Shore - Saturday 11:20AM - McKale Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: FBC Perris - Saturday 2:50PM - Bear Down Court 3

    Notes:

  • Considered to be the best point guard in his class, John Wall is one of the fastest players in the country and certainly one of the best offensively as well. Rivals.com ranks him 9th in 2009.

  • 2009 power forward Ryan Kelly has offers from Stanford, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Davidson. Kelly is known for his ability to face up and hit the mid-range jumper.

  • 2010 shooting guard J.T. Terrell is one of the more balanced players in the class. With offers from Miami, Charlotte, Virginia, and Wake Forest, Terrell should be one of the more highly recruited players in the class.

    FBC Perris

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Belmont Shore - Friday 9:30PM - Bear Down Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Northwest Panthers - Saturday 10:10AM - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: D-One Sports - Saturday 2:50PM - Bear Down Court 3

    Notes:

  • 2009 point guard Robert Smith is considered to be one of the better point guards in the west. He recently committed to Santa Clara after forming a strong relationship with Kerry Keating but then decided to re-open his recruitment.

  • 2009 shooting guard Rodney Black is considered to be one of the better shooters in the west and is currently open in his recruitment.

    Northwest Panthers

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: D-One Sports - Friday 9:30PM - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: FBC Perris - Saturday 10:10AM - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Belmont Shore - Saturday 1:40PM - Bear Down Court 3

    Notes:

  • 2009 Arizona commit Abdul Gaddy will continue making a name for himself as possibly the best point guard in the country. This is not the first time that Gaddy has been to McKale Center, as he has previously participated in Arizona's Elite Camp.

  • 2009 guard Avery Bradley is one of the best players in the country. For all the attention Gaddy gets, Bradley may be right there with him.

  • Anthony Brown is committed to Washington State and currently attends Shadle Park high School in Washington.

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