Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (4/23)

By Bruin Basketball Report


Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Commits



Kevin Love leads way on 2007 All-USA boys hoops team: 6-10 Center, Lake Oswego, Ore. By the numbers: Oregon's all-time leading scorer with 2,628 points. Averaged 33.9 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4.2 blocked shots as Lake Oswego went 26-2 and finished runner-up in Class 6A. Played in McDonald's and Roundball all-star games. Consensus national player of the year. As a junior, led team to state title. Father played in NBA, uncle is a member of the Beach Boys. USA Today 4/17


Chace Stanback, a 6-foot-8 senior guard who led Los Angeles Fairfax to its second Division I state title in four years this season, leads a contingent of six Southland players selected to the all-state boys' basketball first team by CalHiSports.com. Stanback, who was earlier selected The Times' player of the year and is headed to UCLA, is joined on the first team by senior forward Taylor King of Santa Ana Mater Dei, senior guard James Harden of Lakewood Artesia, senior guard Austin Daye of Irvine Woodbridge, junior guard Jrue Holiday of North Hollywood Campbell Hall and sophomore center Renardo Sidney of Artesia. LA Times 4/17


9th Annual Collision Southern Section vs. L.A. City All-star Basketball Games BIW first-team choices Austin Daye (Woodbridge), Drew Viney (Villa Park) and Kamyron Brown (Mater Dei) are set to play for the Southern Section in the boys' game, while fellow BIW first-team selections Chace Stanback (Fairfax) and Darnell Gant (Crenshaw), headed for UCLA the University of Washington, respectively, are on the L.A. City roster. Press Telegram 4/21


The L.A. City Section Boys All-Stars basketball team started slow, but sprinted down the stretch to beat the Southern Section, 104-95, in the Collision IX High School All-Star Game Saturday night at El Camino College....Fairfax's Chace Stanback, heading to UCLA, took home the MVP award with his game-high 22-point effort. "It's a great honor to win the MVP, but I just really wanted the 'W,' " Stanback said. "It didn't matter how we got it, I just wanted a win." Daily Breeze 4/22


Kingwood Classic: Malcolm Lee – The UCLA commit played a heady game from his point guard position and did most of his scoring damage from behind the arc. Jackets Online 4/22


Recruits


The recruiting process has begun again for Alex Legion of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, and it might take two weeks or two months for him to decide where to go to school.Legion, released from his letter-of-intent Monday by Michigan, is considering Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and, yes, Michigan. Legion said he wanted to discuss his options with his family before deciding on what schools to pursue. Tuesday, his mother, Annette Williams, a teacher in Detroit, said the process could take some time. Detroit News 4/17


Now Percy Lil' Romeo has become USC's second-most-famous basketball recruit O.J. Mayo. Miller, who's finishing his junior year at Beverly Hills High, reportedly committed to the Trojans on Friday. It may have helped the 6-foot Miller that he appears to be something of a package deal with 6-6 swingman Demar Derozan of Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High. Derozan, one of the top-ranked players on the West Coast, is Lil' Romeo's best friend and plays AAU ball for his dad's P. Miller Ballers in the spring and summer. Sports Illistrated 4/17



Arizona’s basketball recruiting weekend didn’t yield a commitment from Drew Gordon or Brendon Lavender, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would have been a shock had Gordon committed. His unofficial visit was a bonus in and of itself. The UA had ground to make up with Gordon’s other favorites – Washington, UCLA, Duke and North Carolina – but it appears that they did. Arizona Star 4/17


The Demar DeRozan recruiting saga may not be quite done yet after all. The 6-foot-6 junior small forward from Compton High in Compton, Calif., told Scout.com’s Jeff Goodman last week that he had committed to USC. However, DeRozan’s high school coach, Tony Thomas, told the Los Angeles Times yesterday that DeRozan has not given a verbal commitment to USC. Inside the Ville 4/19


Kingwood Classic: The majority of Demar DeRozan's points came in the second half as he dominated action from his wing position. Not only did the 6-foot-5 DeRozan display a nice mid-range game, he also was able to connect from beyond the arc and drive to the basket and score on the interior. A natural scorer and exceptional athlete, DeRozan has the makings of a potential five-star shooting guard in the 2008 class. He does need to improve on the defensive side of the ball but there is still no denying his tremendous upside and potential to follow in the steps of former Trojan standout Nick Young, who recently declared for the NBA Draft. Irish Illustrated 4/21


Kingwood Classic: The talented Pump-N-Run squad simply struggled against the more athletic Georgia Stars. They never got in a rhythm against the Stars' extended 1-3-1 zone and did not match the physical intensity of the Stars. Jrue Holiday, Jerime Anderson (committed to UCLA) and Reeves Nelson had their moments, but the Stars were clearly the better team on this night.  Irish Illustrated 4/21


Kingwood Classic: The champions of the Real Deal on the Hill have found the going tougher in Houston, but have survived behind the leadership of Jrue Holiday, Larry Drew, and Jerime Anderson (committed to UCLA).  Plus the relentless inside play of 6-foot 7 Reaves Nelson has had the coaches buzzing all weekend! CSTV 4/21


Drew Gordon, one of the top high school basketball prospects in the country, liked the University of Kentucky’s program. But that was when Tubby Smith was the coach. “I was really hoping Tubby would be the coach,” said Gordon, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. Gordon, who is playing for the Oakland Soldiers AAU team this weekend in the Kingwood Classic, said he has not heard from new UK coach Billy Gillispie. In fact, Gordon wasn’t aware who the new coach was at UK. Courier Journal 4/21


Alex Legion, a 6-foot-5 senior guard out of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who visited the University of Kentucky from Thursday through Saturday, told Rivals.com he’s down to Kentucky, UCLA and Michigan. Sources told the Journal-World that Legion was unwilling to wait for KU’s scholarship situation to clear. Sophomore guard Brandon Rush has until midnight Sunday to declare for the NBA Draft or elect to return to KU for his junior season. Lawrence Journal World 4/23


Jackson showed off his dazzling ballhandling and passing ability Sunday, leading his Amateur Athletic Union team, the Indiana Elite, to a 78-58 victory over Pump-N-Run Elite in the 17-and-under platinum division championship game at the 13th annual Houston Kingwood Classic at Westfield High School. Jackson stole the show from Pump-N-Run guard Jrue Holiday, a 6-2 junior from Campbell Hall High in North Hollywood, Calif., who is ranked second overall in the nation by Rivals.com. Though Holiday put up 17 points to Jackson's four Houston Chonicle 4/23


(photo credit: USA Today and Courier Journal)

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4 Comments:

At Apr 23, 2007, 3:21:00 AM, Anonymous clyde devins said...

With all of these sponsored "amatuer" summer basketball clubs/teams what brand of sneaker does UCLA pair with and what impact on recruiting does this have if any?

 
At Apr 23, 2007, 3:22:00 AM, Anonymous clyde devins said...

What would you consider the priority for the 2008 recruiting class. You have verbals from 2 guards (Lee/Anderson) but also the potential of landing the prize guard of Jrue Holiday. Do you have any insight on where UCLA stands in his recruitment and how that affects signing the other two fellows? Drew Gordon would also be a priority - where are they with him in the scheme of things?

 
At Apr 23, 2007, 8:56:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

This is all speculation of course, but considering UCLA has already signed Malcolm Lee and Jerime Anderson and will be thin along the frontcourt in 2008, a big man is a big priority. It wouldn't be surprising to see UCLA begin making multiple offers to other big men, besides Drew Gordon, and see which big man signs first - ala Jerime Anderson vs. Larry Drew.
As for Jrue Holiday, he is such an exceptional talent that the Bruins will likely make room for him regardless. However, if UCLA happens to get Alex Legion this year - the situation with Holiday may change as well.
- BBR

 
At Apr 23, 2007, 9:02:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

I'm not sure I understand the question regarding sneaker affiliations. UCLA is an Adidas school, however, UCLA is not associated with the AAU summer tournaments. Thus whether the tournament is sponsored by Nike, Adidas, or some other shoe company, it has no bearing on UCLA athletics. Bruin Coaches do attend the games to watch recruited players though.
- BBR

 

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