May 30, 2008
Top talent, USC targets camping at Galen
While Tim Floyd and the men's basketball staff will not be involved this weekend, some of the nation's top talent is scheduled to be on campus.
The nation's top player in the 2009 and 2010 class are scheduled to take part in the sixth annual Pangos All-American Camp, beginning Friday at the Galen Center.
Here's a look at some of the names USC fans should keep in mind as the top prep players in the country go at it on the Trojans home floor.
Wall, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., has been favorably compared to ex-Memphis guard Derrick Rose. He's the top prospect in the 2009 class and will try out for the U.S. Under-18 National Team. Wall has a long list of suitors, and it appears USC isn't in the mix. However, the Trojans weren't considered in the mix for O.J. Mayo until late.
He's a 6-foot-9, 240 pound power forward - solid numbers for a Division I prospect. But, it's his immense skill and huge upside, though, that has Tyler atop Rivals 2010 class. Tyler, from San Diego, is quick off the ground and explosive around the basket. He already has scholarship offers from USC and UCLA.
Snaer's ranked as the No. 74 prospect in the 2009 class. He's already got plenty of offers, including one from the Trojans. At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Snaer, the 17th0rnked shooting guard for his class from Moreno Valley, has the right kind of frame for Pac-10 basketball.
Hamilton is regarded as the top small forward in the 2009 class. The five-star forward from Los Angeles already has an impressive offer list, including one from the Trojans. Texas could be the team to beat for the 6-foot-7 wing's commitment. USC is a late addition to Hamilton's top five, replacing Cal.
The 64th-ranked player in the 2009 class, the four-star point guard's attracting plenty of interest from national programs. He's already been offered by Michigan and Washington State, and he's been hearing from Kentucky. The Trojans also appear to be in on Morris' recruitment. Morris, from Los Angeles, plays for Belmont Shores - the AAU team coached by Pangos camp director Dinos Trigonis.
Nelson, a four-star shooting guard from Santa Barbara, is ranked No. 71 in the 2009 class. He's been receiving plenty of interest from programs like USC, Ohio State, Washington and Florida. Nelson's range extends well past NBA range and is his best asset.
Thompson, a four-star forward from Los Angeles, committed to Georgetown in November, but had offers from UCLA and USC.
Smith is a 6-foot point guard from Perris, Calif. He's already been offered by Santa Clara, and he's on USC's and Cal's radar.
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