Monday, October 02, 2006

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/2)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Camps will survive when shoe drops : Vaccaro has long been the most visible personality on the summer basketball circuit, consistently outrecruiting and outfoxing his shoe company rivals to attract the best prep prospects to his camps. This summer he lured 6-10 Kevin Love of Lake Oswego, Ore., and guard O.J. Mayo of Huntington, W. Va. - the two most highly publicized senior prospects in the country - to ABCD and had seven of the Top 12. Those numbers figure to escalate if he maintains his new found monopoly. New York Daily News 10/1


UCLA coach Ben Howland paid in-home visits to two highly ranked student athletes last week, Kevin Love and Kyle Singler. Love committed to UCLA over this past summer and SF Kyle Singler is still undecided. In addition to his meeting with Howland, Singler had an in-home visit with both Mike Kryzewski and his top assistant Steve Wojciechowski last week. Singler then made a trip to Duke this past weekend for a visit. Singler is believed to be one of Duke’s top targets for the 2007 class. The 6’8” sharp-shooter also has recently taken a visit to Kansas. NBA 9/26

It's not every day that college basketball coaches Roy Williams of North Carolina, Lute Olson of Arizona, Mark Few of Gonzaga and Mark Gottfried of Alabama are in the San Fernando Valley, looking at a prospect for their respective programs. However, all four prominent Division I figures made appearances in the area during the past week, taking in practice at Taft High of Woodland Hills and paying extra close attention to junior Larry Drew, who's rapidly becoming one of the more sought-after point guards in the nation. L.A. Daily News 9/27

Kyle Singler officially visited Duke over the weekend, and, despite Internet speculation and rumor, he insists he's no closer to picking a college than he was last week. "I'm still looking at four schools," Singler said Tuesday. "That's just the way I want to go. I don't want to persuade myself that a certain college is best for me until I check out all my options. I'm going to take my visits and then make a decision." Singler, one of the top remaining uncommitted basketball prospects in the class of 2007, is deciding from among Duke, Arizona, UCLA and Kansas. The Oregonian 9/27

Jeff Withey, a 7-foot junior from Horizon High in San Diego, told he’d trimmed his list of schools to KU, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, Syracuse and Washington. He will visit KU unofficially for the Oct. 13 Late Night in the Phog. “Kansas and Louisville are my leaders,” he told Lawrence Journal-World 9/28

A sixth opening would have had to come from another early departure, a transfer or a roster move. The Wildcats still are pursuing Oregon forward Kyle Singler, who is expected to choose Duke, Kansas or Arizona. UA coaches visited him at his home in Medford, Ore., on Monday. Singler is taking a campus visit to Kansas on Oct. 13-14. Arizona Daily Star 9/29

Elston Turner Jr., a 6-foot-5, 185-pound swingman from Roseville, Calif., entering his junior year of high school, has committed to Washington."I went over all of it and decided that Washington was the school I wanted to go to," Turner said. Seattle Times 9/29

The LSU men’s basketball program collected another basketball commitment Thursday when 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward Garrett Green said he’ll play for the Tigers. Green, a senior at Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif., chose LSU over Southern California, Oregon, Arizona State and Texas A&M. 9/29

The best may be yet to come as Simeon High School point guard Derrick Rose, the 6th best player in the class of 2007 according to, has announced that DePaul is among the finalists for his commitment. With three promising players already in the fold for next season, the future looks bright for DePaul’s men’s basketball program. The DePaulia 9/30


(photo credit: CBS Sportsline)


At Oct 9, 2006, 7:03:00 AM, Blogger TIGGER1 said...

Does Howland really beleive that Kyle Singler has any upwards

At Oct 9, 2006, 9:06:00 AM, Blogger BBR said...

Reports over the summer indicate Singler has continued to improve his game, especially his ballhandling skills. In addition, many experts project him to be a player at the next level.

How high he may reach up to his potential will be up to him and how hard he works on his game over the next few years.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland has shown he develops players through fundamental training and hard work. Singler would definitely help himself by going to Westwood.

However, most reports indicate he will likely end up at Duke.



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