Dribbles: Perry Ellis, two Tays and more

The interest in Perry Ellis certainly isn’t dying down any.

My “people” – yep, I’ve got people – tell me that Texas A&M was at an open gym workout at Heights last week. The Aggies were represented by assistant coach Pooh Williamson, not head coach Mark Turgeon, who, of course, spent some major, major time in the ‘Ta.

Next week, Kansas State assistants Dalonte Hill and Brad Underwood are expected to visit. My “people” also said Oklahoma, which – I think – has landed more McDonald’s All-Americans in the past three seasons than any school in the Big 12, will be passing through next week as well.

As first reported Wednesday by gopowercat.com, the Wildcats are pursuing Martavious Irving, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

But it’s the chase of another “Tay” – Latavious Williams – that really bears following.

Williams, a 6-foot-8 forward who played this past season at Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas, was recently ranked the No. 17 prospect in Rivals’ Top 150 in the Class of 2009. He’s considering Georgetown, Memphis, Baylor and K-State.

The five-star recruit flirted with the Wildcats before, supposedly close to a commitment last summer while in town for the Manhattan Classic, an AAU showcase. But he never pulled the trigger. It was thought K-State cooled its interest, in part because of his academic standing, but apparently not.

According to a Wednesday report on Rivals.com, Williams is taking the SAT for the first time this week. 

A source told me that Irving and Williams are the last two targets for the Class of 2009, an impressive group that already includes Wally Judge, a McDonald’s All-American who will be action this weekend in the Jordan Brand Classic, Rodney McGruder and Nick Russell. 

Imagine Williams joining that group. Or don’t – remain pessimistic about this staff’s ability to close the deal on such elite kids. By the way, assistant coach Matt Figger and head coach Frank Martin are heading up the effort.

And finally, the Manhattan Classic will be coming back to Manhattan in late May for its second run.

Some of the big names will be returning – the D.C. Assault (of course) and King Texas Elite are notables. But the event organizers are excited about the addition of the Colorado Chaos, which has at least one Top 150 player in the Class of 2010 on its roster – 6-foot-8 forward Damian Terry, a four-star kid from Sand Creek in Colorado Springs.

The showcase has grown. There were 36 teams a year ago, but this year, between 50-60 are expected. More information will be released shortly. Keep checking the Web site.