Sunday, February 05, 2006

Bruin Recruiting Targets Enjoy Win

UCLA's student section included Kevin Love and Kyle Singler in their pregame roll call, and a group of students painted letters on their chest spelling out their names.

Saturday was a big day for UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, and not just because No. 14 UCLA completed its first regular-season series sweep of Arizona since 1997 with an 84-73 victory.

It was because Love and Singler, both from Oregon and the Bruins' top two targets for the 2007 recruiting class, were on unofficial visits.

The visit took on added importance since both prospects, who would like to go to college together, likely will make their choices before the fall, when they can begin taking official visits.

"Kyle and I are considering three schools, which are North Carolina, Duke and UCLA," said Love, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Lake Oswego High. "So there's a 33 percent chance we'll go to the same place, so it's pretty high. We're good friends, so if it works out, we definitely would like to do it."

Love, who is the nephew of Mike Love of the Beach Boys, is considered the premier power forward in the West. His dad, Stan, played at Oregon, but the Ducks recently were ruled out.

"I think we'll talk before we make our decisions," said Love, who plays AAU ball with Singler for the Oregon Select. "What fits him best, and whatever fits me best is where we'll end up. But I think with the chemistry we have on the court, that we need to be together. We're such good friends, so if things work out, it would just be an honor to play with Kyle." L.A. Daily News


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