LAS VEGAS – Judging by the nearly full fan section on one side of the Durango High School gym, and a who's-who of college coaches on the other side, Thursday's marquee Las Vegas game was probably between the California Supreme and Oakland Soldiers at the Las Vegas Classic.
The Supreme, coached by former UA player and coach Miles Simon, beat the Soldiers 77-70 despite the absence of UA guard target Parker Jackson-Cartwright (injured ankle).
Not only did Sean Miller take the game in, sitting about six rows behind the Soldiers' bench, but others on hand included Steve Fisher, Tim Floyd, Dana Altman, Kevin O’Neill, Tad Boyle, Lorenzo Romar, Mike Montgomery, Steve Alford and Craig Robinson.
The game had significant Arizona implications. Not only was Simon guiding the Supreme but the Supreme has two UA targets (Jackson-Cartwright and forward/center Marcus Lee) while the Soldiers (as usual) have several players UA has been looking at: Aaron Gordon, Jabari Bird, Stanley Johnson and Ivan Rabb. (The Soldiers already produced three UA signees in the previous two years – Nick Johnson, Josiah Turner and Brandon Ashley).
In his second season of coaching the Supreme, Simon said the experience is making him think again about coaching. He’s currently a television analyst but also works privately with aspiring pros and has also worked the travel-ball scene.
"I’ve had a great experience,” he said. “Honestly it’s some of the best kids that you could possibly ever coach. They listen, they’re hard working, they bring it every game and they really bring a professional attitude.”
Tried to watch wing Elliott Pitts play for the Bay Area Hoosiers in the Fab 48 this afternoon but it turns out he’s playing with his high school team (De La Salle) under the “Greenline” name in the Las Vegas Classic.
Pitts may join the Hoosiers if Greenline is eliminated from its tournament first.
Top 2015 guard prospect Tyler Dorsey sat out much of the second half of Thursday night's Belmont Shore game with a foot injury, saying he may rest Friday and wait for elimination play to come back.
Just a sophomore, Dorsey has yet to be deluged under the NCAA’s new recruiting contact, which allows unlimited private conversation between coaches and high school juniors and seniors.
“Right now people are sending me letters, but they can’t talk to me,” Dorsey said, adding that he has no favorites in his recruitment yet.