Looks like Washington is zeroing in on its first 2012 commitment. According to several recruiting sites, the Huskies are competing with San Diego State for Skylar Spencer, a 6 foot 8 forward from Los Angeles.
Spencer is expected to visit the Aztecs this weekend and has reportedly not scheduled an official trip to Washington.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Spencer received offers from Cal, Gonzaga, USC and Colorado. Washington State and Nevada reportedly made his final four.
Spencer is a three-star recruit rated by Rivals and Scout while ESPN considers him a two-star prospect.
In other news, it appears as if Washington has targeted junior college center Waverly Austin. Here’s his profile on JucoRecruiting.com.
Mark Knight at Husky Haul spoke with Austin this week and confirmed the 6-11, 255-pound big man has an interest in UW. He’s also considering Kansas, Miami, Oklahoma, Missouri, Washington State and South Florida.
Many believe Austin the Huskies have targeted Austin to replace junior center Aziz N’Diaye who leaves in 2013.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— After landing highly touted big man Brandon Ashley, many are singing the praises of Arizona coach Sean Miller.
— Utah landed a big prize when Jordan Loveridge, the top recruit in the state, verbally committed to the Utes. The 6-6, 225-pound forward is considered a four-star recruit by ESPN and was given three stars by Scout and Rivals.
— New conference, new tradition. Unlike past years, the Pac-12 teams will remain on the court for the national anthem, according to the Arizona Republic.
— Oregon completes its exhibition tour of Italy tonight against Casale Monferrato. The Ducks are 2-2 on the trip. Looks like Oregon will be led by freshman Jabari Brown, who has led them in scoring in every game.
— Stanford prepares for its 11-day trip to Spain next week. Here’s a look at their schedule.
— California finished 4-1 on a 10-day tour of Northern Europe. Coach Mike Montgomery said he learned a lot about the Golden Bears, especially junior walk-on center Robert Thurman who twice led the team in scoring.
— USC posted a 2-2 record on its trip to Brazil. Coach Kevin O’Neill lost starting point guard Jio Fontan to injury and he’s moving freshman Alexis Moore into Fontan’s spot. O’Neill has also designated sophomore guard Maurice Jones as captain.
— And finally, congrats to Bud Withers who launched a new blog Pac-12 Confidential. He’s going to write about the conference and college sports. Can’t wait to get his take on college basketball.
TRACKING 2012 VERBAL COMMITMENTS
F Brandon Ashley … 6-8/190 … Henderson, Nevada
C Grant Jerrett …….. 6-9/220 … LaVerne, Calif.
G Gabe York ……….. 6-2/170 … Orange, Calif.
F Kenny Martin ………. 6-10/220 … Glendale, Ariz.
C Eric Jacobsen ……… 6-10/235 … Chandler, Ariz.
G Calaen Robinson …. 6-2/175 … Chandler, Ariz.
F Kaileb Rodriguez ….. 6-8/195 … Highlands Ranch, Colo.
F Wesley Gordon ……. 6-8/205 … Colorado Springs, Colo.
F Josh Scott …………… 6-9/210 … Colorado Springs, Colo.
C Maika Ostling ……… 6-10/230 … Dayton, Ore.
G/F Jordan Adams …. 6-5/205 …. Mouth of Wilson, Va.
G Dominic Artis ……… 5-11/170 … Henderson, Nevada
G Larry Lewis ………… 6-2/175 … Phoenix
F Jordan Loveridge … 6-6/225 … West Jordan, Utah