Mount SAC duo (updated with visit confirmed)

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.”


  1. chawan_cut March 27, 2013 5:49 pm

    Crossing my fingers!!!

  2. poorboy March 27, 2013 6:38 pm

    If Garrett and Corey, are “legit”, hope one or both sign with UH! The guys that can create, with athleticism, quicks, BBIQ and win games come crunch time will help UH MBB team compete for NCAA bids!

    chawan, agree with you, can’t wait for April LOI day, if coach can land a couple or one, of the missing pieces, PG or super scoring combo, UH with Isaac and Christian, Brandon S, and Shamburger leading the way, should be very good team next year!!

  3. fan4m2b March 27, 2013 7:02 pm

    Thanks BM, for the timely info. Keep it up.
    These two, who might make & break Gib’s future with UH MBB.

  4. seasider March 27, 2013 7:26 pm

    Presently no more scholarship for the 2013 class.

    If coach Gib is actively recruiting, Nevels and Allen, what two scholarship athletes will be leaving the program after this semester?

  5. poorboy March 27, 2013 7:44 pm


    That is the million dollar question all MBB fans have. I guess we will know in a few weeks!! What one or possibly two spots on roster open up for 2013-14?!!!

  6. gobows March 27, 2013 9:22 pm

    as long as that player doesn’t have a 4 or 2 on their jersey, they can go

  7. fan4m2b March 28, 2013 4:13 am

    Two double-digits with 3!

  8. poorboy March 28, 2013 7:42 am

    fan4m2b: Hmmm, there are three players on roster, double digit numbers with one of them being “3”. Possibly? I think official word comes out on signing date April. I don’t know when Awards Banquet, usually, for probable signee(s), sometimes coaches have mentioned they have a lock on an incoming player. NCAA rules state, HC’s , UH cannot comment on names. I know talk shows, or even Brian’s excellent sight, with interview of JC, HS coaches gives a real heads up on recrutiting.

    So far, no player, except for Vander, who just left the program literally walked out, hope the guy gets his college degree, very costly investment for UH and Hawaii taxpayers.

    So, fan4, we wait and see, and Check blogs from Brian McInnis!!

  9. jeezy33 March 28, 2013 9:36 pm

    Both are visiting this weekend

  10. hon2255 March 29, 2013 8:23 am

    Hope we get some good news on April 3, Banquet Night at the Hilton ! Be there!

  11. fan4m2b March 29, 2013 9:13 am

    Come early on Tuesday, take a dip and/or surfing with Gib at Waikiki then,
    had a short scrimage with the TEAM for compatability?
    Join the benquet party and enjoy your meal,
    You are in paradise! No better place to make a name for youselves, guys!

  12. Biggestuhfan March 31, 2013 7:26 am

    Does anyone know if Ronnie Stevens is coming to UH?

  13. rumors April 1, 2013 3:51 pm

    I thought a freshman point/2/3 european player was turning pro. I though I heard BC last broadcast, he said there were rumors.

    there might be 1

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