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Nike Camp: Press Room Report I
FROM THE BLEACHERS A litany of high-major coaches were making their presence felt at Jerryd Bayless' games. Arizona's Lute Olson was there and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski seemed to find Bayless at the 3-on-3 contests and during the regular games: Translation: the competition for the guard is getting strong. … Spencer Hawes, one of the elite big men in America, drew a crowd worthy of his status. Roy Williams, Bill Self, Jim Calhoun, Ben Howland, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski and Washington assistant Jim Shaw were visible at his games. …. The crowd for Top 50 recruit Duke Crews was thick. St. John's coach Norm Roberts was there, so was Skip Prosser of Wake Forest, Roy Williams of UNC and Sean Miller of Xavier, the program that had him on campus for an official visit this spring. … Ramar Smith, Scout.com's No. 25 prospect, had Jim Calhoun trailing him during the 3-on-3 sessions in the morning. Then, later in the day Calhoun, Tom Izzo, Frank Haith of Miami, Stan Heath of Arkansas and Bruce Pearl of Tennessee were courtside. … Maryland head coach Gary Williams and assistant Rob Moxley was working it. Williams was spotted watching 2008 stud Chris Braswell, 2007 power forward Donte Green and 2006 Top 100 guard Jerome Dyson. … During the morning 3-on-3 session, Bill Self, Bruce Weber and Jim Calhoun stood courtside for the nation's No. 2 ranked point guard, Sherron Collins. We believe Steve Alford was in the building as well for the session. … Brandan Wright drew Kentucky's Tubby Smith and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski for the morning 3-on-3 session. Wright is on the same camp team as Bayless so a few elite schools get the opportunity to see both of them in one shot during games. … Ben Braun was noticeable during a skill session workout by Patrick Christopher. The guard was once committed to the Golden Bears and Braun wants him back. … FROM THE PRESS ROOM Kyle Singer, a small forward from Oregon and the nation's No. 6 2007 prospect, is out for the week here at Nike Camp. Singler said that he twisted his knee and that an MRI was going to likely be done on Friday. The right knee could have some meniscus damage so the MRI was ordered. His status for events later this month remains up in the air. … Jeremy Price (pictured), Scout.com's No. 30 prospect in the Class of 2007, said that Georgia and Indiana were recruiting him the hardest. Alabama and Kansas have made it known they like him as well. … Sherron Collins finally revealed a few schools in front of a media throng. Illinois, Iowa, Virginia, Indiana and Kansas were mentioned. This is the first time in a quite a while that Collins has made public statements about his school list or at least gave an indication as to who had made some in roads. … Spencer Hawes, one lists UNC, Duke, UConn, Kansas, Arizona, Washington and UCLA. "I'd love to get it to four once we get back from the Peach Jam," Hawes said. "I don't know if that's reality." "No one has offered me," Devin Brennan-McBride said. "I'm still wide open." Brennan-McBride couldn't really rattle off much of a list of schools at this point. Clearly he's looking for someone to fall in love with. … Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser was in attendance laying a set of eyes on freshly committed guard Anthony Gurley. … Raymar Morgan (Scout.com No. 33, pictured) said during an impromptu press conference that he'd prefer to stay close to home. Ohio State (no offer yet) and Michigan State (offer) both dispatched their head coaches to lay eyes on him Thursday evening. … LaRon Dendy is changing high schools. He's going to Prince Avenue Prep in Pickens, S.C. … Josh Chichester, an excellent two-sport product, verballed to Ohio State for football. … The South Carolina Gamecocks have added Augusta Butler star Austin Steed to their 2006 recruiting class. The 6-foot-8 Butler averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds last season. … SCHOOL LISTS Patrick Christopher, a Scout.com Top 60 player, has fielded recent interest from Washington, Arizona, Southern Cal and Texas. Top 100 recruit Jonathan Mitchell visited Marquette and Miami early. The Hurricanes are no longer under consideration. Georgia Tech, the Golden Eagles, Georgia, Virginia and Cal are recruiting him. He would like to hear from Kentucky. … Maryland seems to be doing well with 2007's Donte Green. The Terps rolled off his tongue, so did Georgetown and Syracuse. … Big man Jamie Vanderbeken will run with Toronto Mission at the Main Event in Vegas. So far, he has offers from Oregon State and California. UCLA has shown preliminary interest and he likes Minnesota, Pepperdine and Utah. … The early list for LaRon Dendy reads North Carolina, Clemson, Oklahoma, Cincinnati and South Carolina. … Kyle Singler said that Arizona, Illinois, UNC and Duke were hitting him the hardest. Kansas is in the picture as well and Oregon is there too. However, Singler indicated that while Oregon has been there and will always be on his list, "they haven't been hitting me that hard as of late." The Ducks Ernie Kent was in the building to see Singler but the small forward was a DNP due to injury. … Vernon Macklin is blowing up his school list and beginning all over. He says UNC, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Ohio State are interested. The Buckeyes? Yep, OSU is getting greedy. "They told me that Oden and Conley said they want me to be the power forward," Macklin said. Gani Lawal, Scout.com's No. 10 prospect in 2007, said that he'll take care of business next spring. "I'm going to commit in May sometime," Lawal said. Georgia and Georgia Tech are on him the hardest with Duke, UNC and Kentucky in the picture.
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