Took a little break from the blog and I’m catching up on my reading today. Thought I’d pass along a few links of interest.
The most pertinent information comes from San Diego where the Aztecs secured a verbal commitment this weekend from visiting recruit Skylar Spencer. According to the Union Tribune, “the 6-foot-9 power forward from Price High in Los Angeles, was scheduled to take an official recruiting visit to Washington later this month.”
The Huskies have yet to receive a verbal commitment from a 2012 recruit.
Demarquise Johnson, a 2012 target, reportedly made an official visit to Washington State over the weekend, according to Husky Haul.
UW also appears to have made the final nine list for Anthony Bennett, a consensus four-star 2012 power forward from Henderson, Nevada.
In other news, former Washington stars Brandon Roy and Will Conroy held an event yesterday in the parking lot of the Central District-area Red Apple supermarket in which they gave away 350 backpacks to kids returning to school.
The event attracted over 500 participants who were given free food, haircuts and got to mingle with current and former Huskies including junior co-captain Abdul Gaddy, freshman Tony Wroten Jr., Nate Robinson, Tre Simmons and Eldridge Recasner.
Coach Lorenzo Romar also made an appearance as well as Jamal Crawford and Terrence Williams.
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne has scrapped plans to build a downtown arena for the basketball team and is now focusing on renovating the McKale Center.
— Oregon ended their exhibition tour of Italy 2-3 following a 72-63 defeat at the hands of former Duck Michael Dunigan.
— Oregon State received its second verbal commitment and landed forward Jarmal Reid, a 6-7 forward from Columbia, Georgia.
— The Arena Pulse has been rolling out a several stories previewing the 2011-12 season. In the latest installment, Paul Seaver takes a look at the top sophomores and includes UW’s Terrence Ross. Seaver started the series with a peak at the top 5 freshman point guards, which included Wroten.
— Apparently Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott didn’t meet with Oklahoma officials days ago when he was in Dallas for the Oregon-LSU football game, but that doesn’t mean both sides won’t someday join forces to form a Pac-16. Reportedly the conference is interested in OU, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech.
— Jon Wilner says the Pac-12 CEOs are against expansion.
— Cool story about former Arizona star Luke Walton who is working at a Memphis assistant under coach Josh Panter his old Wildcats teammate.