With the proverbial grind of the prep hoops season over for many unsigned prospects here on the West Coast, multiple recruits are still attempting to make the most of their time on the high school circuit while guiding their respective teams during the playoffs.
For those alive and well, this period of time is critical when it comes to recruiting. When you have the opportunity to impress college coaches and scouts, it opens up options, of course. That said, let's take a look at some of the nation's premier uncommitted players whose stock has presumably increased with some particularly impressive play during the recent postseason.
Without further ado, here's a comprehensive list of who's who.
CLASS OF 2013
Aaron Gordon, SF, San Jose (CA) Archbishop Mitty: Everyone wants to know where he's going to end up. Problem is: Gordon said a decision will not be made until the Spring. The waiting game continues. Four programs remain in the hunt for the country's No. 3 player at his position in the 247 Composite Rankings and No. 3 overall. Kentucky is competing with Pac-12 Conference schools Arizona, Oregon and Washington for the 6-foot-8 and 210-pound forward.
Gavin Schilling, PF, Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep: In terms of landing a commitment, it appeared as if UCLA had the inside track after a Feb. 9 visit from the 6-9 and 240-pound post. Times have changed, however. Schilling plans to explore his options and check out Michigan State on March. 10. A trip to Villanova beforehand is also in the works. Minnesota is the other school in the running and he had the chance to see what the Golden Gophers had to offer months ago.
Kendal Yancy-Harris, PG, Richardson (TX) Berkner: The 6-3 floor general does not necessarily have roots on the West Coast. For the purposes of this story however, the Lone Star State is geographically close enough. Yancy-Harris does have some ties to the left side of the country, considering he initially committed to USC. A recent release from the scholarship was granted after the Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill was fired. Gonzaga, Missouri and UNLV have offered.
CLASS OF 2014
Stanley Johnson, SF, Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: The list of schools offering him goes on and on. No doubt about it, the 6-6 and 190-pound forward is one of the more sought-after individuals in the country. Accordingly, Johnson (pictured) is the nation's No. 12 player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He recently decided to narrow down his choices of potential college destinations to 10 places. Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse, Arizona and UCLA are among the finalists.
Jordan McLaughlin, PG, Etiwanda (CA): Provided he does not commit anytime soon, the 5-10 guard figures to be one of the nation's most desirable players at his position next season. Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas (TX) Prime Prep Academy, Tyus Jones of Saint Paul (MN) Apple Valley and Joel Berry of Orlando (FL) Lake Highland Prep are his competition for top point guard status. McLaughlin has offers from UCLA and Arizona. Indiana and UConn are interested too.
Payton Dastrup, PF, Mesa, (AZ) Mountain View: There's no disputing the 6-9 forward is talented. For those searching for proof, look no further than the 10-plus scholarship offers Dastrup has on the table. Thing is, his potential suitors will have to wait a while to see him in uniform at the college level. It is well documented that Dastrup plans to go on an LDS Mormon Mission after his days are done on the prep scene. In the meantime, colleges must remain patient.
CLASS OF 2015
Ivan Raab, PF, Oakland (CA) Bishop O' Dowd: In the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, the 6-8 forward recently made a jump to No. 1 overall in the nation. Rightfully so, given his well-rounded skill set and immense upside. Powerhouse programs such as UConn, Kansas and North Carolina have offered and it figures to be a mere matter of time before the rest of the country's top teams follow suit. A bit closer to home, Pac-12 Conference schools Arizona and Cal are interested.
Stephen Zimmerman, C, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman: The 6-11 and 225-pounder is one of the best in the business at his position and he will likely battle Diamond Stone of Milwaukee (WI) Dominican for big man bragging rights until both are seniors. In the meantime, the recruiting process shows little, or no, signs of slowing down. Signs point to Arizona being one of the front-runners for a commitment from Zimmerman. UCLA is among the others in the mix.
Marcus LoVett, PG, Burbank (CA) Providence: There are some concerns about his path considering he appears to be in the midst of transferring schools. One thing is certain: LoVett is the complete package from a running-the-team standpoint. The 5-10 playmaker is willing to make the extra pass, but also not afraid to take over a game if the situation calls for the move. UCLA was the first well-known college to step with an offer. Indiana and Kansas are interested as well.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky
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