Sunday, October 15, 2006

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/16)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Though NCAA rules prohibit Calipari from commenting on unsigned recruits, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Commercial Appeal that Derrick Rose, the No. 3-ranked high school senior in the country by Rivals scouting service, is scheduled to attend Memphis Madness. Memphis Commerical Appeal 10/11

As the coach of a team typically overshadowed by tradition-rich UCLA in its own city and by the dominant football program on its own campus, USC's Tim Floyd hopes to use Galen Center to help jumpstart recruiting and breathe new life into Trojan basketball. "Just picturing myself on that court in front of all those fans is very exciting," Malcolm Lee said. "I've never played in an arena that nice. To have that chance would be really special." That a prospect as coveted as Lee is so enamored with USC shows the allure of a state-of-the-art, on-campus arena. Press-Enterprise 10/11

Kyle Singler has eliminated UCLA from his list of college candidates, ending the possibility that he and Kevin Love will roam the Pacific-10 Conference on the same team. Singler, a South Medford senior, called UCLA coach Ben Howland last week with the news, informing the Bruins coach that he had trimmed his finalists to Duke, Arizona and Kansas. The Oregonian 10/11

Malcolm Lee: Although he can be a bit on the wild side, few guards in the class of 2008 can match the 6-3 Lee’s overall arsenal of skills. Long and skinny, he handles the ball extremely well and uses those dribbling skills in combination with a lightning quick first step to embarrass defenders looking to stay in front of him. On top of his creativity with the ball, Lee is a dangerous outside shooter who elevates quickly for high arching and quick rotating jumpers that more often than not find the bottom of the net. Talent wise, he’s got the potential to be a McDonald’s All-American but he has to get stronger, slow things down a little, and make better decisions. Among the schools joining Kansas on his early list are UCLA, USC, Washington, Arizona State, Florida, Cal and others  10/13

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, UCLA's Ben Howland, Arizona's Lute Olson and North Carolina's Roy Williams are among the many basketball coaches who have visited Mater Dei in the past few weeks to take a look at sophomores David and Travis Wear, and Andy Brown. Jamal Trice, a junior, is also getting recruiting attention, Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said. O.C. Register 10/13

Also on hand at Late Night in the Phog: Senior Tyrel Reed, 6-3, Burlington; juniors J’Mison Morgan, 6-10, Dallas; Travis Releford, 6-4, Overland Park; Jeff Withey, 7-0, San Diego; Tyler Zeller, 6-10, Washington, Ind.. as well as sophomores Tyler Griffey, 6-8, Ballwin, Mo.; Jordan Dumars, a forward from Detroit. Lawrence Journal World 10/14

Having pulled on the same jersey for the first time, nine new players and four returning players - were paraded onto the Gampel Pavilion court before about 9,000 fans for the Men's Basketball Madness portion of UConn's First Night celebration...Add these names to the list UConn is recruiting heavily: Bawa Maniru, a 6-10 center from Madison Academy in Alabama. Courant 10/14

Rival's 30 Best Cagers We Saw This Summer; The following list and writeups are of the most impressive performers we saw on the 2006 spring and summer AAU circuit at least twice. This is not a list consisting of the top players in the state regardless of class or the order in which we feel California's best players would fall on the Student Sports Hot 100 or various national recruiting listsincluding Renardo Sidney, Drew Gordon, Jrue Holiday, Matt Simpkins, and Jerime Anderson Gator Bait 10/15

Simeon standout Derrick Rose has trimmed UCLA from his list of college finalists, his brother Reggie confirmed Saturday, due to concerns that Los Angeles was too far from home. Rose's final visit is the one he took to Memphis this weekend for the school's Midnight Madness festivities. DePaul, Indiana and Kansas are the guard's other remaining finalists. Chicago Tribune 10/15



At Oct 16, 2006, 12:07:00 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Wish UCLA fans would forget about Singler and Rose they were such long shots it isnt worth the heart attack some are having. Jrue Holiday and Gordon should be the top priorties and this point.

At Oct 16, 2006, 2:32:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Both players are extremely talented and the Bruins would have been fortunate to have either one of them. And yes, they were both long-shots, especially Rose.
Although of the two, Rose would have fit a team need more than Singler in 2007-08 considering the Bruins strength at SF/PF but thinner options at PG.
Considering most of the 2007 recruiting questions have been settled, moving on to 2008 makes good sense.

At Oct 17, 2006, 1:08:00 AM, Anonymous Seitz said...

Rose was never even a longshot in my opinion. UCLA was on his list because they're an Adidas school, and they're national. UCLA was on that list to keep the national press interested, and Depaul is on the list to keep the local press interested. I'd bet every cent I have that Rose will not go to Depaul. It will either by Memphis or Indiana.

At Oct 17, 2006, 3:17:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Good comments.
Seitz wrote: "UCLA was on the list to keep the national press interested"
It demontrates how far Ben Howland has brought the program back to national prominence.
Seitz wrote: It will either be Memphis or Indiana.
With Gordon going to Indiana and Memphis a long-time favorite of Rose's brother, it would not be a surprise at this point.
Seitz wrote: "I'd bet every cent I have that Rose will not go to Depaul."
Considering you're an L.A. fan living in Chicago, I'll trust your instincts here.

At Oct 17, 2006, 1:45:00 PM, Anonymous Jon said...

Didn't the Wears attend Ucla's summer BBall camp? I wonder how the staff and Ucla is doing with the recruitment of those guys.

At Oct 17, 2006, 2:49:00 PM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

The Wear boys did attend the UCLA skills camp over the summer.
They're only sophomores this year, and from what I understand, they have not identified any school favorites up to this point.
The UCLA coaching staff has a good relationship with the boys and their parents; and the word is the parents would prefer for them to attend a school close to home.

At Oct 18, 2006, 1:20:00 AM, Anonymous Seitz said...

It demontrates how far Ben Howland has brought the program back to national prominence.
No argument here. I was just making the point that he never seriously considered UCLA. It's nice to get mentioned, though.


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