Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Nevada, Utah State, Fresno State recruiting target

Always remember that recruiting is first and foremost fluid as what was yesterday is not today but could be tomorrow, or not.

With that unctuous line, Nevada is getting a visit this coming weekend from one of SoCal's better frontcourt prepsters, with Utah State and Fresno State getting mentioned but not now on any trip schedule.

Justin Young
Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting
October 7, 2008

One of the top sleepers in the west is ready to take a deeper look at his college options. Devonte Elliott, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward from Paramount (Calif.), will be on the road this weekend for his first official visit of the fall.

Elliott said he will travel to Nevada for an official visit... Go here for the remainder and a Rivals subscription is required.

Here's an ESPN evaluation of Elliott:

July, 2008: Along with Honeycutt, Elliott has improved as much as any prospect in the class of 2009. I had pretty much written him off because of his lack of development and desire. However, his progression over the last six months has been nothing short of spectacular. He has a wiry frame and he needs to get stronger but that should happen over time. He has added a couple of inches to his frame and his skills have improved as well. One west coast scout compared him to a poor man's Robert Horry and I tend to agree. He can step out and hit the 3-point shot and he is getting much better off the bounce. He needs to become stronger on the defensive end, but he runs well in transition and can finish with authority. Overall, Elliott should receive interest from all mid-majors and it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up at the high-major level.

Elliot is a late blooming "big" who is still quite immature and may grow a couple of more inches. He has the prototypical wing frame, however, he is much more a raw "four" at this point. He has an impressive wingspan and overall very good length for the division one level. At this point, his defense is ahead of his offense. He has excellent timing as a shot blocker and is able to grab numerous rebounds utilizing his length. His fundamentals on offense (brings the ball down far too often) need a lot of polishing as well as his post skills. As Elliott gets stronger his productivity should increase immensely which should attract more college attention in the coming year.

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