Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (6/25)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Moving back to the Class of 2008, the most alarming lack of depth is at
the worst possible position for that to occur: point guard. Outside of
Brandon Jennings (No. 2 in our pre-summer rankings), Jerime Anderson
(No. 13) and Malcolm Lee (No. 14), no other point guard has established
himself as a clear blue-chip talent. Worse, there's yet another dropoff
after the next six or seven players at the position, creating a
seller's market with profound ramifications for schools in need of a
floorman. USA Today 6/20

USA Basketball: The Brazilians were simply overwhelmed by the size and athleticism of their American opponent. Jerime Anderson led the Blue squad in scoring with 25 points and also in assists with 9. Malcolm Lee was second in both categories with 20 points and 5 assists. Forwards Delvon Roe had 19 points, and Scotty Hopson had 16 points. Roe led his team in rebounding with 10 boards. Jrue Holiday only played 14 minutes before he was sidelined with an eye injury. Rivals 6/22

USA Basketball: The Blue Team did not come within single digits of their opponent until Roe’s 3-pointer made the score 69-61 at the 9:55 mark in the third period. However, Drew Gordon’s (Archbishop Mitty H.S. / San Jose, Calif.) jumper and emphatic block halted any Red momentum, and after three quarters the Red owned a 97-85 lead. SFC 6/23

View Individual/Team Statistics from USA Basketball Developmental Festival


With Loren Grover having "resigned" (according to the school's
principal, Sergio Garcia) as Artesia's varsity basketball coach a
couple of weeks ago, the "where is Renardo Sidney going to resurface?"
speculation was in full force during the Mater Dei Tournament this past
weekend. We'll wait until September rolls around and the mega-talented
6-foot-9 Sidney is attending high school classes to comment on where he
will be playing. Press Telegram 6/19

Elijah Johnson
- Another top notch guard in the 2009 class is the ultra-athletic Johnson. All spring Johnson has worked his way to the rim practically at will and that was still the case in St. Louis. What Johnson did better in St. Louis was consistently finish at the rim. A raw talent, Johnson just needs to continue to refine his skills, such as his midrange passing and three-point shooting, and he has a chance to become a five-star prospect. Gator Bait 6/19

San Diego center Jeff Withey was making that monotonous trek from his home to Tucson on Wednesday afternoon when I finally caught him via cellphone.
From the manner Withey spoke, assuming he did not spontaneously combust during a 110-degree Yuma gas stop and managed to keep breathing the triple-digit air upon arrival in Tucson, the chances of Arizona landing him appear to be good.
Withey is making the first, and possibly only, unofficial visit of his re-recruitment after he decommitted to Louisville earlier this month. He said he only wanted to consider West Coast schools and could commit to UA soon if the visit on Thursday and Friday goes well.
“Just when I feel it’s right, I’ll say yes or no,” Withey said. Arizona Daily Star 6/20

NBPA Camp: Demar DeRozan (6-foot-5, SG; Compton, CA) knocked down three-pointers and pull-up jumpers with regularity today. He has the tools to dominate in the open court or off the dribble with the pull-up jumper. DeRozan surprised a couple players with his jumping ability around the hoop, throwing it down in their face.
2009-recruit CSTV 6/21

NBPA Camp: Jordan Hamilton (6-foot-7, WF; Los Angeles, CA Dorsey) really woke up, knocking down a 17-footer off the dribble and attacking the rim in a hurry, finishing with a couple highlight dunks in traffic. Hamilton is one of 2009's top wing talents for sure. CSTV 6/21

USA Basketball: Jrue Holiday put together an impressive triple double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists with only 2 turnovers. And Delvon Roe pumped in a team high 32 points and grabbed a game high 15 rebounds. Cardinal Sports 6/23

USA Basketball: Jrue Holiday, who led the event in assists per game, dished out seven assists to just one turnover. A player who is strong in every aspect of the game, Holiday also blocked three shots, grabbed six rebounds and scored 19 points on 9-18 shooting. Jackets Online 6/23

(photo credit: USA Basketball)



At Jun 24, 2007, 4:08:00 PM, Anonymous clyde said...

Tis time to announce Holiday and UCLA a done deal. Come on now ... let it be jrue.

At Jun 26, 2007, 7:18:00 AM, Anonymous Richard Stalder said...

As nice as it may be to play on the same
team as your brother, give a lot of
thought to UCLA Bruin tradition and the
last two years' performance in the NCAA

At Jun 27, 2007, 12:58:00 AM, Anonymous Don said...

I think if he wanted to play with his brother, he probably would have had more than a stopover visit to UW... Probably more of a healthy rivalry than anything else.... Come on Jrue, make the 2008 ucla class of guards one of the best in recent memory

At Jun 27, 2007, 2:22:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Mr. Holiday - soon to be the man in Westwood, listen up:
Short term:
National Title, while playing basketball in sunny California where all your family can come watch you play.
Long term:
You will have met all kinds of Hollywood agents by the time you go pro! Cha-Ching...Endorsement $$$
It is time to rock the UCLA jersey across your chest...if you are better than your bro, you'll be a Bruin
To be a Bruin, is a priviledge...

At Jun 27, 2007, 4:09:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

PRIVILEGE...obviously, I didn't graduate from UCLA...but I do have handicapped stickers for the players to park next to class...joking...

At Jun 28, 2007, 1:55:00 AM, Anonymous Damon said...

BruinFan, we got the joke the first time.
Ease up on handicap parking jokes.
Why even go there?


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