Two of the top frontcourt players in the recruiting Class of 2008 say they will pare their lists of colleges after this week's Reebok Championships in Las Vegas and the Price Chopper/K.C. Prep Invitational set for Saturday through Tuesday at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee.
¢ J'Mison Morgan, a 6-foot-10, 275-pounder from Dallas South Oak Cliff High, on Tuesday told Rivals.com the schools after him the hardest are Kansas University, Alabama, Baylor, Georgetown, LSU, Texas and UCLA. He also has Kentucky, Texas A&M;, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Nebraska on his list.
"It's all open right now," said Morgan, a former high school teammate of KU sophomore Darrell Arthur currently playing for Urban DFW Select. "I'm going to make a list of schools after this week. I want to decide on five schools and take my visits. The overall environment and playing time will be deciding factors."
¢ Olek Czyz, 6-7, 235, from Reno (Nev.) High, has a list of KU, Nevada, UCLA, UNLV, Kentucky, Duke, Florida, Louisville, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State.
Czyz, who was born and raised in Poland, has emerged as a top recruit while playing for the Las Vegas Prospects.
"I'm trying to put my mind on where I'm not going to go and not going to consider," Czyz told Rivals.com. "After this tournament we go to Kansas City, and then I'll be back in Reno for a day, and that's when I'll pick my top schools."
McDonald on radar: Phillip McDonald, a 6-5 senior shooting guard from Cypress Springs High in Texas, says his top four schools in no particular order are KU, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Cincinnati.
"I'm looking for a school that plays up-tempo that can offer playing time and a place where I fit in," McDonald told Rivals.com from the Adidas Super 64 tourney. "Distance isn't really a factor."
Warren thriving: KU target Willie Warren scored 23 points in Team Texas' 69-67 victory over Missouri's Titans Monday at the Main Event in Vegas. The 6-4 point guard reiterated to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Oklahoma currently leads Texas, KU, Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette, Kentucky and Arizona.
"I want to go somewhere where they run and gun. I can run a set offense, but I feel run-and-gun will help me get to the league," Warren said. "I know I'm good, so I want to hear everything I need to work on to get to the league. I don't want to hear, 'You're a very good scorer and you can jump.' I want to hear you criticizing my game. A college coach is not going to be all nice to me once I go there, so I don't want to hear the good stuff," he added to the R-J.