Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/1)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


UCLA: On the heels of signing current freshman center Kevin Love, perhaps the top newcomer in college basketball, the Bruins have landed four players among virtually everyone's top 60. Leading the way is guard Jrue Holiday, ranked No. 3 by both and Along with shooting guard Malcolm Lee and point guard Jerime Anderson, UCLA also got Archbishop Mitty-San Jose star Drew Gordon, whose rating slipped a bit last summer because of injuries.  Contra Costa Times 9/23

The most recognizable male athlete on the Campbell Hall of North Hollywood campus joined forces Monday with the school's most successful girls' program. Senior Jrue Holiday, one of the nation's top prep basketball players, agreed to become the manager of the Vikings girls' tennis team for the remainder of the fall season, adding even more star power to one of the Southern California's elite groups.  "He's already got enough rings, but we'll see if we can get him another one," Campbell Hall coach Steve Kuechel said. "It's going to be fun to have him around." The UCLA-bound Holiday helped the Vikings capture a Div. IV state championship in March, Campbell Hall's second in three years. The girls' tennis team, which recorded a 15-3 victory Wednesday over Redlands, is seeking its first Div. III title since 2004 following semifinal losses the past two seasons.  LA Daily News 9/25


J’Mison Morgan, a 6-foot-10, 275-pound senior from Dallas South Oak Cliff High, made a recruiting trip to UCLA last weekend. He also has visited LSU and Kansas and is expected to make trips to Alabama and Kentucky. “Los Angeles seemed like a good place,” Morgan told, breaking his recent silence regarding his recruiting. “It reminded me of Dallas with the traffic and all. I could see myself living there. “I plan to make my decision on November 2nd, my birthday. The top five are LSU, Alabama, Kansas, UCLA and Kentucky. There are a couple of more, but I'm not sure that I will end up visiting them.” Morgan averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game last season for the three-time state champs. KU Sports 9/25

A battle of big men and a collection of some of the region's top boys basketball teams will be featured in a pair of Monday mini-tournaments this winter at Hoover High. Arizona recruit Jeff Withey, a 7-footer who led Horizon High to the 2006 state Division IV title, and 6-9 San Diego High sophomore Jeremy Tyler will battle in the 7:30 p.m. game of the Mark Hall Memorial Classic on Jan. 14. Mission Hills and Otay Ranch will meet in the 6 p.m. contest. San Diego Union Tribune 9/26

J’Mison Morgan, 6-10 from Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High tells he will make an official visit to Alabama. He’s already visited KU, LSU and UCLA. Kentucky remains on his list. He will announce his college choice on his birthday, which is Nov. 2. KU Sports 9/27

Greg Monroe, the No. 1 recruit in the 2008 class according to, has eliminated Kansas from his list and will not visit Lawrence, the Web site reported Friday....KU's priority shifts now to 6-10, 275-pound Dallas forward J'Mison Morgan Kansas City Star 9/28

The class of 2008 might be complete, thanks to Vargas, but the Gators are already working hard on the 2009 and 2010 class.
The Gators are getting unofficial visits this weekend from a couple of big time prospects in Ari Stewart (6-7, 190, Marietta, GA Wheeler) and Kendall Williams (6-2, 165, Rancho Cucamonga, CA Los Osos) Gator Country 9/28.

(photo credit: SI)



At Oct 1, 2007, 4:28:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Props to whoever you are BBR for doing this web-site.
U have to be on the bench as an assistant coach to have all this info at your finger tips.
As a season ticket holder (4 of em), I will spread the word.
Jump ball...

At Oct 1, 2007, 10:57:00 PM, Anonymous jrbruin2001 said...

Hey BBR,
I'm wondering if you will have reports on practice when they start in a couple weeks. I'm pretty sure Howland doesn't have open door practices, but maybe some of your contacts will pull through.

At Oct 2, 2007, 12:55:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Jr, gr8 question...
As a season ticket holder, can we watch any practices??? If so, when??

At Oct 2, 2007, 1:02:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Not on the bench or part of the staff, BBR is simply a site dedicated to reporting on UCLA basketball.
We plan to have news on the preseason progress of the team.
It's going to be an exciting season!
With two consecutive FF under their belts and all the cred that comes along with it, UCLA enters the season as a collegiate powerhouse as confirmed by all the preseason press.
On top of it all, Bruin fans finally get to watch Kevin Love play in a UCLA uniform.

At Oct 2, 2007, 1:14:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Practices are closed to the public.
If you're looking for an opportunity to attend a practice, last season (or perhaps its an annual event) the team opened a practice to members of its booster group called the "Bruin Hoopsters". Perhaps a reader who is a current member of the group could elaborate further.

At Oct 3, 2007, 2:01:00 AM, Anonymous Jack B. said...

I was a member of Bruin Hoopsters. I believe the cost is ~$100-150 - I don't remember the exact amount, and it the funds go to support basketball program. The application to renew for this year hasn't yet arrived.
And yes, last year we had the opportunity to go view a practice.


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