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May 5, 2008

Arizona Cactus Classic Preview: Pool B

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 B

Arizona Magic Elite

Schedule:

POOL PLAY GAME 1: Houston Hoops - Friday 8:20 PM - McKale Court 1
POOL PLAY GAME 2: Pump N'Run Elite - Saturday 10:10AM - Bear Down Court 3
POOL PLAY GAME 3: I-5 Elite - Saturday 12:30PM - McKale Court 2

Notes:

  • Royce Woolridge recently committed to Kansas after having an impressive spring. He will be one of the more notable 2010 players in this weekend's tournament.

  • Point guard Jahii Carson has also been impressive, especially when you consider he is just a freshman. He may already be the second best player on the team, if not close to it.

    Houston Hoops

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Arizona Magic Elite - Friday 8:20 PM - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: I-5 Elite - Saturday 10:10AM - Bear Down Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Pump N'Run Elite - Saturday 1:40PM - McKale Court 1

    Notes:

  • J. Mychal Reese is an 8th grader that brings a ton of hype with him. Considered by many to be the top 8th grader in the country, Reese has a ton of pressure on him coming into this weekend.

  • Keith Gallon is considered to be one of the top centers in the country. As he goes, the Hoops go and his success will be vital to Houston's chances.

  • Garlon Green is the brother of Gerald Green and although he may not be as heavily recruited in high school he has seen his recruiting attention increase with a successful spring.

    I-5 Elite

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Pump N'Run Elite - Friday 9:30PM - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Houston Hoops - Saturday 10:10AM - Bear Down Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Arizona Magic Elite - Saturday 12:30PM - McKale Court 2

    Notes:

  • Mike Moser is hoping to get more Pac-10 offers this summer, but still holds offers from Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State, among others. He is a very balanced player and one of the more fundamentally sound prospects in the tournament.

  • One player hoping to make a name for himself is Ameer Shamsud-din. The unsigned senior is currently looking for the best offer available as he hopes to attend a major university.

    Pump N'Run Elite

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: I-5 Elite - Friday 9:30PM - McKale Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Arizona Magic Elite - Saturday 10:10AM - Bear Down Court 3
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Houston Hoops - Saturday 1:40PM - McKale Court 1

    Notes:

  • Pump N'Run Elite won the inaugural Arizona Cactus Classic in 2006. The team has won both Double Pump tournaments this spring.

  • 2009's Elijah Johnson is one of the best guards in the country. His largest offer is currently from Kansas, but he is sure to get plenty more.

  • 2008 wing Tyler Honeycutt recently received an offer from Arizona after having an impressive spring. Honeycutt remains many observers of Gonzaga's Austin Daye and his offer list may increase soon.

  • Tyler Lamb is one of the most complete players in the class of 2010. He may not be superb in any facet of his game but he is very good at just about everything. Lamb is thought to be leaning towards UCLA but currently does not have an offer.

  • 2011 guard Matt Carlino will be joining the team for the weekend. Arizona is heavily involved with Carlino, as are many others.

  • Kendall Williams is one of the better guards in the west and is committed to UCLA.

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