By Brian McInnis
Mount San Antonio College's starting backcourt of 6-foot Corey Allen and 6-2 Garrett Nevels led the Mounties to their first California Community College Athletic Association state championship last week.
If you didn't read Ferd Lewis this week, Hawaii has its eyes on both players. The two averaged about a combined 40 points during a 29-3 season.
UPDATED: The two players are taking visits to UH, but the exact time frame for their visits are unknown. They might be here this weekend or, as a source indicated, as late as Tuesday.
Nevels was the tournament MVP after scoring 32 points in the championship over Chaffey College. Allen added 25.
There could be a Joston Thomas-like situation here with the spelling of Nevels' first name. The Mt. SAC athletics site has it as Garret, while his Twitter account has the more common Garrett spelling.
Here's what Mt. SAC coach Clark Maloney had to say about the recruitment status of both Nevels and Allen on Wednesday.
"Hawaii has always been an interest of both of them. It still remains the same (they're undecided). I think they really like Coach Arnold, his staff. Their families really feel it will be a good situation for Garrett or Corey or both of them. So it hasn't changed. It's still the same."
What sense do you get about the breadth of their recruitment with other schools?
"Well, they're both very quality guys. Quality individuals on and off the court, and then on top of it, you add that they're kind of special basketball players. I mean, that right there is a great combination for coaches to want to have, want to get and make sure that's a part of their program. So it's been quite a few. It's actually been really exciting to see how many schools have gotten interested in all of our guys, not just Garrett and Corey."
Are either Garrett or Corey scheduled to make a visit out in the islands coming up?
"I have to speak to Garrett and Corey tonight. I know that there was something in the works, but definitively, no. I have to speak to them tonight."
Has either player indicated to you when they want to make their decision?
"Well, I know they both want to take a few visits. Definitely have something to prepare. I know they're trying to make a decision in a few weeks for signing day."