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October 30, 2007
Arizona Prep Showcase recap
The 9th Annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase drew 225 prospects to compete at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix over the weekend. Prospect throughout four different class stood out during the event. At the top of that list is 2009 wing prospect Givon Crump of Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy.
Givon Crump- This versatile wing player is a smooth ball handler with a soft touch. He scored the ball from deep and also used his frame to work his way inside to score. At 6-foot-6, 205-pounds he is a difficult match up. Best suited to guard a small forward, Crump must improve his foot speed in order to defend a shooting guard at the next level.
Presently Crump has offers from UNLV, Iowa State, Providence, Rhode Island, UMass and Fordham. He is also receiving interest from SMU, UConn and Wake Forest, whom he considers his favorite.
"I went on an unofficial visit to Wake Forest," said Crump. "It was a nice visit, and the coaches really showed me a lot of attention. A lot has gone on there lately and their still recruiting me. They just haven't offered yet."
Colin Borchert- A combo forward, Borchert worked primarily on the perimeter during the showcase. He made his share of jumpers and showed an ability to get his shot off the dribble. In regards to stretching his game away from the interior and becoming more of a wing player, he must improve his ability to distribute the ball to open teammates.
Plenty of schools are serious about the four-star prospect. Borchert claims offers from USC, Nebraska, UNLV, California and Kentucky with USC as his leader.
"USC is my leader because they have the perfect situation," said Borchert. "They have a brand new gym, a great coach and a very good team."
Borchert expects to have a decision at the end of the high school season.
Marcus Rupple- Not as heralded as Crump and Borchert coming into the event, Rupple certainly put himself on the same level as the other top 2009 prospects at the event. Athletic and rangy at 6-foot-7, Rupple knocked down jumpers over defenders in the half court and attacked the basket in transition. He also has the length and bounce to be a dangerous offensive rebounder.
At the moment, Rupple only has an offer from San Francisco, but Oregon State, Utah, UNLV and Arizona State are showing interest.
"I really like Oregon State because they run on offense and play an up tempo style," said Rupple. "I also love California and it's academic situation, but they aren't recruiting me."
Royce Woolridge- The younger brother of Renaldo Woolridge put on a scoring display over the weekend. Physically strong at 6-foot-1, Woolridge consistently created separation for his pull up jumper going either left or right. Along with his scoring ability, he was also strong on the defensive end. More in the mold of a scoring shooting guard than a point guard, Woolridge expects to grow late in his high school career and be a wing player in college.
UCLA, California, Arizona State, Arizona and Georgetown are the main schools showing interest.
Terrell Stoglin- A 6-foot-1, left handed point guard, Stoglin was quite impressive in the Underclassmen All Star Game. With a reputation as a pure point guard built on leading his high school team to the state tournament as a freshman, Stoglin stood out as a scorer at the showcase. His deep range off the dribble was impressive.
Stoglin has a top three of UCLA, Arizona and Stanford while Arizona State, San Diego and Brown are also on his list.
George Matthews- An athletic, 6-foot-5 wing, Matthews is a slightly raw talent with a lot of upside. His skills with the basketball have plenty of room for improvement, but he did knock down three consecutive three-pointers in the Underclassmen All Star Game. He is certainly a prospect to keep track of.
John Bailey- At 6-foot-8, Bailey is a skilled post player with potential. He has a sound knowledge of the game, adequate footwork and good touch. His one problem at this stage of his development is a lack of physical strength.
Robert Selmon- A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Selmon was one of the two freshman to standout in the Underclassmen All Star Game. He should grow into the body of a high-major shooting guard prospect. And in the game he handled the ball well and knocked down open shots.
Judd Welfringer- A 6-foot-4 wing who is expected to continuing growing, Welfringer has a solid feel for the game and plays with a physical edge. He made plays on the defensive end and took the ball to the rack with authority in the all star game.