JUCO Showcase Notebook: High-majors pursue Andre Spight

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

LAS VEGAS -- With at least three AAU events going on in Las Vegas this weekend, it was hard for coaches to be everywhere. But some coaches found the time to follow potential targets at the JUCO All-American Showcase.

That was impressive to Andre Spight, one of the best guards at the junior college level.

"It means everything to me," Spight said. "I'm playing for a scholarship so I don't have to pay for school. It feels really good, man."

Arizona State, Creighton, San Diego State, Tennessee, Oregon and Penn State are involved with the South Plains College guard.

Spight plans to visit Arizona State on September 5.

"They play my type of style of basketball," he said. "That's pretty much the best sales pitch you can get."

Spight averaged 16.0 points last season, but he is working on his passing to be more able to play both backcourt positions.

"I'm trying to become more of a point guard," he said. "My whole life I've been a shooting guard, but in college I'm kind of short, so I have to be more of a point."

Other standouts at the JUCO All-American Showcase West:

Desmond Medder, New Mexico JC: Talented point guard. Has very good speed going to the basket, can beat his defender with ease. Also pulled up and knocked down shots. Has no D-1 schools on him.

Josh Van Weezep, USU Eastern: Doesn't miss from 3-point range. Shot 58 percent from behind the arc last season and made only three 2-pointers. Makes contested shots too.

Jamal Evans, Midland: Made plays at both ends of the court. Could be a high-major prospect if he decides to wait until the spring. Blocked shots, ran the floor, hit a jumper.

Will Ferguson, Howard College: Former Team Takeover guard. Ferguson is very shifty with the ball, keeps defenders off-balance with his change of direction and ability to create.

Xavier Dupree, Paris JC: Didn't put up big numbers last season, but it wouldn't shock me to see him at a high D-1 level. 6-foot-9 combo forward, can face-up and also finish.

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