Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Kevin Love: It's UCLA

By Joe Freeman
The Oregonian

Kevin Love is headed to Hollywood.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center from Lake Oswego, who has generated as much recruiting interest as any prep basketball player in Oregon history, announced Tuesday at a news conference at Foothill High School that he will attend UCLA.

In selecting the Bruins, Love spurned the University of North Carolina and all but ended a feverish recruiting process that has spanned years.

“UCLA just feels right,” Love said. “It’s hard to explain, but I just know, 100 percent, UCLA is the place I want to be. When it came down to it, the things that really matter to me — having my family close, having a great tradition and stuff like that — are all there. I had to pick UCLA.”

Love’s decision will not become official until November, during the NCAA early-signing period, but he said he has no intention of changing his mind. When he signs, the Bruins will land a first-team Parade magazine all-American, a two-time reigning Oregon Class 4A player of the year and a consensus top-five player among the Class of 2007.

Many recruiting experts believe Love — who averaged 29.0 points and nearly 17 rebounds for Lake Oswego as a junior last season, when he led the Lakers to their first state title — is the No. 1 prospect in his class.

Love was in Nevada Tuesday participating in the Reebok Big Time, an Amateur Athletic Union tournament featuring more than 300 teams. His team, the Southern California All-Stars, played a game earlier today and UCLA coach Ben Howland watched from the fifth row.

Coaches cannot discuss recruits before they sign letter of intents, so Howland could not comment on Love’s decision. But for some time, Love has been Howland’s No. 1 target for 2007. Howland started his recruitment of Love when Love was in the eighth grade and took an unofficial visit to the Los Angeles.

Love, who is widely praised for his rebounding, passing ability and strong post play, will attend a school that has a strong history of big men — a fact that was not lost on Love.

“UCLA has featured the two best big men in college basketball history and that tradition is a really big deal to me,” Love said. “If I can fit into that system and be a part of that tradition and be a part of the past legacy, then that’s going to be huge.

“If people are going to mention me in the same breath as Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton, that’s awesome and it’s a blessing. But if I can do half of what those guys did, then I’ll be set. I know the expectations are going to be high, but I’m looking to go in there and play as well as I can and as hard as I can and have some fun.”

Source: The Oregonian
Photo credit: Bruce Ely

(BruinBasketballReport.com)

13 Comments:

At Jul 25, 2006, 1:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wOoo-HOO!!!!!!

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 2:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is huge. I am so happy for Kevin, Howland and UCLA basketball.

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 2:21:00 PM, Blogger Lone Marauder said...

Wow. The crown jewel of 07!!! Thank you for all your updates and info. Can you do anything about him foregoing his senior year?

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 2:35:00 PM, Blogger Bruin Basketball Report said...

Lone,

We could always try. Love would likely be the best player on the court THIS YEAR.

BBR

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 3:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH BABY!!!

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 4:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

howland's been recruiting him since 8th grade...and it finally paid off! go bruins!

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 5:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BBR is the best source for UCLA basketball on the internet. Period.

Great job BBR!!! GO BRUINS!

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 8:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how many scholarships we have to give? I think it's one. How likely is Singler to sign with UCLA? If now, what are the other options?

This is very, very big.

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 8:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how many scholarships we have to give? I think it's one. How likely is Singler to sign with UCLA? If not, what are the other options?

This is very, very big.

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 8:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many more scholarships do we have to give for the class of 07? I think it's one. How likely is Singler to sign with UCLA? It doesn't seem likely. What's the alternative?

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 9:33:00 PM, Blogger Bruin Basketball Report said...

Re: Available Scholarships

UCLA is allowed 13 basketball scholarships.

With 3 incoming freshman this year (Dragovic has not yet officially signed an NLI) and 2 verbally committed in 2007. The Bruins have no scholarships to offer, UNLESS, a player on the current roster either leaves early for the NBA or transfers.

This is the current scholarship breakdown:

Incoming 2007 Class: 2
Love and Chace Stanback

Freshmen: 3
Keefe, Westbrook, and Dragovic

Sophomores: 6
Shipp (redshirt), Collison, Roll, Wright, Aboya, and Mbah a Moute

Juniors: 2
Mata and Afflalo

Seniors: None

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your opinion on the rumor that Mike Roll would give up his scholarship for Singler.

I don't see anyone transfering although a lot of people are down on Wright but I think you gotta give the kid some time to develop

 
At Jul 25, 2006, 10:44:00 PM, Blogger Bruin Basketball Report said...

re: Roll

It's my understanding the Roll rumor was exactly that, an internet rumor.

Seriously doubt Roll would give up his scholarship regardless of his family's financial situation.

It's more of a pride issue than anything else.

Moreover, Roll deserves to be a scholarship player. He will play a big role over the next three years, a matter of fact, he's already contributed greatly as a freshman.

As for a transfer possiblity -- you never know how getting a major recruit like Kevin Love will affect players on a team. Most will obviously welcome him, while some others might feel threatened or slighted. Not to say this will be the situation at UCLA.

-BBR

 

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