September 30, 2010
College recruiting interest picks up for Play Hard, Play Smart players

By Bill Paterson
bpaterson@sacbee.com

It was a good spring and summer for coach Brian Hamilton's Play Hard, Play Smart Amateur Athletic Union program boys basketball team that competed in several major national showcase events.

Among the highlights included wins in Long Beach and Las Vegas over a talent-loaded Team Odom squad that featured Sheldon stars Darius Nelson and Ramon Eaton.

Here's Hamilton's brief rundown of the college recruitment of several of his players:

• Robert Garrett, 6-foot-11, center, Class of 2011 (Sacramento HS) - After a breakout spring and summer, he has scholarship offers from USC, Cal, USF, UConn, Texas Christian, Iowa State, St. Mary's, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Tulsa, and Washington State.

• Chris Carvin, 5-10, point guard, 2011 (Laguna Creek HS) - Now hearing from Santa Clara, SMU, Tulsa, Leigh, Bucknell, Sacramento State, UC Davis, CSU-Bakersfield and Chico State.

• Shawn Smith, 6-6 SF, 2012 (McClatchy HS) - Had a good All-West Camp and he played extremely well in the Cream of the Crop Challenge in Long Beach. Washington, Fresno State, Cal, St. Mary's, USF, UC Irvine, CSU-Bakersfield and Cal Poly, SLO, among those showing interest.

• D'Erryl Williams II, 6-3 combo guard, 2013 (Sheldon HS) - Lefty guard, although bothered by Osgood-Schlatter's knee issues this summer that limited minutes, still has earned offers from USF and Long Beach State. Washington, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Notre Dame, TCU, Tulsa, UC Irvine, UOP and UC Riverside among those showing strong interest.

• Dakarai Allen, 6-4, shooting guard, 2013 (Sheldon HS) - Is hearing from UC Irvine, Bakersfield, Tulsa, Oregon, USF and Santa Clara, among others.



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