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May 5, 2008

Arizona Cactus Classic Preview: Pool A

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 A

Colorado Chaos

Schedule:

POOL PLAY GAME 1: New York Gauchos - Friday 6:00pm - McKale Court 1
POOL PLAY GAME 2: Dallas Mustangs - Saturday 9:00am - McKale Court 2
POOL PLAY GAME 3: Compton Magic - Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 2

Notes:

  • 6-foot-1 point guard Kameron Wilhite holds offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Wyoming and Portland. He's one of the point guards to watch on the West Coast in 2009.

    Compton Magic

    Schedule:

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Dallas Mustangs - Friday 8:20pm - McKale Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: New York Gauchos - Saturday 11:20am - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Colorado Chaos - Saturday 1:40pm - Bear Down Court 2

    Notes:

  • Compton Magic is coming off of a championship at the Vision Sports Las Vegas Spring Showcase.

  • 6-foot-7 2009 center Joe Burton has had an impressive spring after dropping some serious weight since last AAU season. He already holds an offer from San Diego State but attention is bound to increase over the coming months.

  • 6-foot-3 shooting guard Roberto Nelson is Rivals.com's 68th ranked prospect in the 2009 class. He has several Pac-10 schools watching him closely.

  • 6-foot-3 2009 combo guard Justin Hawkins has given an early verbal commitment to UNLV.

  • 6-foot-3 2009 point guard Xavier Thames holds offers from Iowa State, San Diego State, UNLV, Santa Clara and St. Mary's.

    Dallas Mustangs

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Compton Magic - Friday 8:20pm - McKale Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Colorado Chaos - Saturday 9:00am - McKale Court 2
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: New York Gauchos - Saturday 2:50pm - Bear Down Court 1

    Notes:

  • The Dallas Mustangs are led by 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard Nolan Dennis, a five-star prospect that is ranked as the 21st best player in the country by Rivals.com. Dennis' offers include Indiana, Memphis, North Carolina, Texas and UCLA.

  • 6-foot-1 2009 shooting guard Marshall Henderson is only a three-star prospect, but holds offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Stanford, Utah, Bradley, Creighton, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Colorado and Marquette.

  • 6-foot-4 2009 point guard Nick Russell is also a three-star prospect who is looking to get ranked this spring. His offer list includes Texas, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Michigan, Baylor, Iowa and Washington State.

  • The Dallas Mustangs feature a couple of 2011 stars in Keaton Miles and LeBryan Nash.

    New York Gauchos

    POOL PLAY GAME 1: Colorado Chaos - Friday 6:00pm - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 2: Compton Magic - Saturday 11:20am - McKale Court 1
    POOL PLAY GAME 3: Dallas Mustangs - Saturday 2:50pm - Bear Down Court 1

    Notes:

  • The New York Gauchos are the Arizona Cactus Classic defending champions.

  • 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard Durand Scott is ranked 64th in 2009 by Rivals.com. He holds offers from Memphis, UConn, Miami, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Xavier.

  • Ranked 79th in 2009 by Rivals.com is 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward Tevin Baskin. He's picked up offers from Auburn, UMass, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Virignia Tech and Xavier.

  • 6-foot-8, 240-pound 2009 power forward Dan Jennings holds offers from Pittsburgh, Memphis, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, West Virginia, Xavier and St. John's, among others. Jennings stars at Oak Hill Academy and is one of the returning members of last year's championship team.

  • One of the Gauchos' younger stars is 6-foot-2, 170-pound 2010 point guard Doron Lamb, who has picked up early offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Rutgers and Xavier.

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