Robert Cartwright has been a hot name around recruiting circles on the west coast since the spring, when the La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Preparatory point guard went head-to-head with Jordan McLaughlin on the first day of the spring live period and outplayed the four-star PG.
San Diego State assistant coach Justin Hutson was at that game, and Cartwright has been on SDSU's radar ever since. The three-star point guard has been keeping in contact with Aztec coaches, including head coach Steve Fisher.
"I talked to Coach Fisher, so they've reached out to me," Cartwright said over the weekend. "They want me to come on a visit, but I didn't really have a good opportunity at the end of June and I was just staying local."
Once Fisher got to watch Cartwright play for the first time in person at the Pangos Summer Sweet 16 this past week, it didn't take long for an offer to come. The SDSU head coach spoke to Cartwright just a day after the event finished up and let him know that he had an official scholarship offer to San Diego State.
"They've been telling me that it's a better school than people give it credit for and that they play a very up-tempo system," he said. "I was very impressed with (Steve Fisher); I've watched the Fab Five thing multiple times. He just seems like an awesome guy and a great coach."
Cartwright isn't thinking about his recruitment this month, but towards the end of July he plans to get more serious about it, maybe set up some visits and possibly even make a college decision shortly after the evaluation period finishes up.
In the meantime, however, he's playing his hand close to the vest.
"I would say that there are schools I very much like, schools that have been there for a long time, and then there are some schools that came in a little bit later that I like too," Cartwright said. "Right now I won't say I'm wide open because that's not true, but I'm sort of just waiting it out now and I want to make the best decision when it's time.
"I've said my birthday (Aug. 4) I'd like to commit, but we'll see. I'm not sure what the future holds. Like I said I just want to continue to have a great July and then worry about committing or taking visits, that type of thing."
Superior 2015 targets
Fisher spent last Wednesday, the very first day of the summer live period, up in Anaheim for the Double Pump Summer Tip-off. Among the recruits that Fisher watched at the Double Pump Tourney were 2015 Superior Athletes guards Jeremy Hemsley and Kendall Small.
Both Hemsley and Small noticed Fisher in the stands and are top targets for SDSU's 2015 class.
"I know they're real interested in me so it's really nice for them to come out and see me," Small said of SDSU. "It's pretty special."
"It's really cool," Hemsley added. "It keeps you humble because it's a really big blessing. I got to talk to Coach Fisher on the phone and he told me that I played well. That was something I appreciated a lot."
Hemsley was perhaps the most impressive prospect of the entire tournament, regardless of class. The three-star shooting guard scored in bunches from all three levels, showing off his bounce and athleticism and playing tenacious defense on the other end of the floor. His standout performances over the week earned him offers from USC, Arizona State and Colorado.
"These past few days have been good," Hemsley said. "I've been shooting a lot before my past few games so my jump shot has been falling ... I want to prove that my jump shot has gotten a lot better and that I'm more of a team player than I was last summer. That's what I'm looking to show the coaches this summer."
The third piece of the Superior Athletes' 2015 guard trio, Stephen Thompson, participated in the Reebok Breakout Camp in Philadelphia so he missed the first couple days of the event, but Fisher was able to watch him over the weekend as well. Like Hemsley and Small, Thompson already holds an SDSU offer.
Simon breaks out
2015 guard Justin Simon had a breakout weekend at the Pangos Summer Sweet 16, showing off his versatility on both ends of the floor. Simon was extremely active on defense, slashed to the rim at will and even showed off some developing point guard skills while running the point for his Gamepoint Red squad.
Simon is currently hearing from West Virginia, New Mexico, SDSU, UC Irvine, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Iowa and Penn State, just to name a few.
"Depending on the school, they're seeing as a combo guard, and most of them are saying point guard because they love big guards," Simon said. "So if they have a big guy that can dribble and maybe bring in a little guard and I can slide to the two, that's awesome too."
Simon is familiar with San Diego State, having visited for the UNLV-SDSU game at Viejas Arena last season. He's also been in contact with Aztecs assistant Justin Hutson since June 15.
"(Hutson) knows I've been up there before, and I told him I love the atmosphere," Simon said. "He says hopefully they can get me up there and check out a couple games next year again."
Moore calls SDSU a 'dream school'
San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay point guard Justin Moore may have just finished up his freshman year of high school, but by playing alongside 2014 sharpshooter Trey Kell on the AAU circuit, he's already starting to draw attention from the many college coaches who come to watch Kell and the San Diego All-Stars play.
Moore picked up his first offer from USD last month, and San Diego State coaches have spoken to his AAU coach as well to make sure Moore knows that they are interested.
"They said they really like me but they want to see me play through July and if they like what they see then hopefully they'll offer," Moore said of the Aztecs. "That's one of my dream schools, so (an offer) would be great."