June 29, 2006

2006 Arizona Skill Camp Participants - Part II

On Wednesday, GOAZCATS.com released its first list of participants at the Lute Olson Skill & Developmental Camp. While the majority of the bigger names in the camp were on that list, there are still some notable prospects we haven't talked about yet, including a star 2007 shooting guard.

First, here are the players we've already mentioned that will be in Tucson this weekend for the camp:

2006: Chase Budinger, Nic Wise, Jordan Hill
2007: Kamyron Brown, Zane Johnson, Laval Lucas-Perry
2008: Luke Babbitt, Jeff Withey, Andy Poling, Elston Turner

While a couple big names and several other recruits who we expected to show up can't make it, one big addition is James Harden, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard from Artesia, California. While he is rumored to be leaning towards ASU due to the school's hiring of ex-Artesia head coach Scott Pera, Harden's attendance at camp is significant for Arizona.

The last time Harden was at McKale Center was in May when he won MVP of the Arizona Cactus Classic. Arizona is working hard to make him the replacement of Jerryd Bayless, who decommitted from the Wildcats earlier in the month.

Harden, the 39th ranked player in the country, was actually on ASU's campus Thursday for an unofficial visit and it sounds as if that school will still be tough to beat. However, we'll have a much better feel for whether or not Arizona can make a run at him after this weekend.

Other than 2007 power forward Clint Amberry, the rest of the names are younger prospects who the UA coaches will definitely spend time evaluating this weekend. 6-foot-4, 180-pound Demar DeRozan is one of those kids and as one of the most athletic players in the country regardless of class, he should be a fun camper to watch all weekend.

2009 point guard Tommie Mason-Griffin has impressed us all spring and summer playing with the Houston Hoops. The well-built rising sophomore makes his return to Tucson this weekend for the camp.

Point guard Nick Markovich is one of the best players in the state of Arizona and he's only a freshman. He played well this spring and is definitely someone to watch develop over the next few years.

Another two players from Arizona are brothers Colin and Casey Borchert. The UA is recruiting Colin, who is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound rising sophomore from Mountain Ridge High School.

We've heard good things about 2008 guard Xavier Thames and the Sacramento prospect will have the chance to prove himself this weekend. Master P's son, Percy Miller, Jr. will be in town for the camp as well.

Two intriguing names are the youngest kids at camp. 2010 forward Jeremy Tyler dominated at the Arizona Cactus Classic and will be at McKale along with 2011 guard Matt Carlino, who is a top-five player in his class and a huge Wildcats fan.

There remains a chance that some of the players we were previously expecting to show up do make it to Tucson and we'll provide an update if anyone else makes it.

GOAZCATS.com will have extensive coverage of the Lute Olson Skill & Developmental Camp all weekend long so keep checking back for news and notes from McKale Center.

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