-- I received a text from Max last night about Gonzaga possibly being on Jabari Brown's radar. I immediately chuckled and set my phone down but an hour or so later, I got curious and stumbled upon this tweet from Garrett Tucker who contributes to a number of recruiting sites and runs BluegrassHoops.com
Let me just be very clear that I think there are pipe dreams and then there is this. The odds are very high that Jabari winds up at San Diego State but it is extremely fun to think about Brown coming to Gonzaga. The Oregon transfer definitely will have some questions to answer about why he left the Ducks so abruptly but, as with all off the court issues, I will let the staff do their due diligence in the matter. In case you aren't familiar with Brown, here is his Rivals.com profile.
-- Also from the wonderful world of Twitter, came this nugget from Josh Gershon of Scout.com. Evidently Donny Daniels was down in Redondo Beach, California yesterday taking a look at 2013 prospects Jordan Bell and Roschon Prince. If I had to guess, I would be that Daniels had his eye mostly on Jordan Bell. As a fair warning, prepare to hear Jordan's name a lot on this site as we continue to develop the 2013 prospect list. For those that may have been a bit peeved that the Zags didn't go harder after Skylar Spencer, Richard Longrus, etc., I present Jordan Bell. A 6'7'', 205 lb power forward, Bell is long, lean and an incredible force on the defensive end. His offensive game is coming around as his coach notes he is an extremely underrated passer ($). As with every California recruit, Bell is going to be tough to land. The four-star prospect has been getting plenty of early interest from the Pac-12, most notably Arizona and Oregon. He hasn't narrowed his list down to this point as he still has time to let things develop a bit but by next summer, Bell could be one of the hottest names on the AAU circuit.
-- Similar to Jordan Bell, be prepared to hear Zach Lavine's name a lot in the coming months. Lavine's high school team, Bothell, was ranked 2nd in 4A in the first week of rankings by the Seattle Times. Mason Kelley, who covers prep sports for the Times had this to say about Lavine and Bothell:
In a move that may surprise some, I put Bothell at No. 2 to open the year. The Cougars took their lumps last year, going 4-16. But they were young. Zach LaVine, a 6-foot-2 junior who can play either guard spot, is now a junior and should be one of the most explosive players in the state. He'll have plenty of help.
We'll continue to track Lavine and other Gonzaga recruits as the high school season kicks into high gear. Also, I promise to update our beloved sidebar database in the near future!