Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/22)
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But despite Collison having one more year of eligibility after this season, Howland received non-binding oral commitments from three guards, all of whom can play the point. Canyon High of Anaheim point guard Jerime Anderson is a natural point guard, and Campbell Hall of North Hollywood guard Jrue Holiday and North High of Riverside guard Malcolm Lee are combo guards, both of whom are capable of playing point guard. LA Daily News 10/17
The Hoyas and UCLA are in a tight race for the top overall spot in the class of 2008 team recruiting rankings, Meyer said. "They really are neck and neck," he said. "The question is how much weight you want to put into the No. 1 player as part of your class." UCLA has a commitment from five-star guard Jrue Holiday, the No. 3 ranked player in the nation, and three four-star players in Jerime Anderson, Drew Gordon and Malcolm Lee. USA Today 10/18
The four recruits who have given oral commitments to UCLA for next season -- guards Jrue Holiday of North Hollywood Campbell Hall High, Jerime Anderson of Anaheim Canyon High and Malcolm Lee of Riverside North High and post player Drew Gordon of San Jose Archbishop Mitty High -- are on campus for the weekend. While Howland can't comment specifically on the players until they officially sign letters of intent, he did lay out their itinerary: Friday the group went to classes, toured campus and ate in the dorms. "Our dorm food is really good," Howland said. The UCLA team and the recruits were to have dinner at Howland's home Friday night. There is a Saturday morning practice from 10 until 11:45, and then a trip to the Rose Bowl to watch the UCLA-California football game. LA Times 10/20
The 6-9 center sat near the court with his father and a host of other recruits. After the public event, he talked with the IU coaches and spent the night in Bloomington....Stephan Van Treese is heading to North Carolina later this week for unofficial visits to UNC and Wake Forest. He already has visited Purdue, Notre Dame, Florida, Louisville and Ohio State. He also is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, UCLA and Wisconsin. Indianapolis Star 10/16
The Morris twins, who visited for Late Night, are scheduled to visit Villanova this week, but Wildeboor said there was a good chance they would commit to Kansas. Willie Warren and J’Mison Morgan, who are both ranked in Rivals’ Top 25, are also strongly considering the Jayhawks. “Knowing the guys they were recruiting, it was going to take a while for them to go through the process,” Telep said. “They’re right there with Morgan and the twins. Kansan.com 10/16
Los Osos also is a destination for NCAA Division I head basketball coaches, thanks to a pair of underclassmen who have bright futures. Sophomore Kendall Williams and junior Cierra Warren are being pressed by various schools to sign early, as if that means anything. Early signees still are bombarded with calls, although not nearly as many as when they are deciding. Williams, a 6-foot-2 point guard, has attracted the attention of national champion Florida, Arizona and UCLA, just to name a few. Warren, a 6-4 post player, has LSU and Baylor, among others, on her list of suitors.San Bernardino Sun 10/16
Verdigris guard Rotnei Clarke and Pawnee guard Keiton Page (already committed to OSU) is among prospects expected to visit campus during a homecoming bash weekend. Others are 6-foot-9 center Daniel Orton of Bishop McGuinness. Tulsa World 10/18
J’Mison “Bobo” Morgan, who at 6-foot-10, 275-pounds is one of the biggest and best true centers in the Recruiting Class of 2008, continues his college tour this weekend.
Morgan, Rivals.com’s No. 23-rated player out of Dallas South Oak Cliff High, is making a campus visit to the University of Cincinnati. He already has visited LSU, Kansas University, UCLA and Alabama, meaning Cincy marks his fifth and final stop. Lawrence Journal World 10/20
Indianapolis Lawrence North junior forward Stephan Van Treese is one of the top 50 players in his class. Van Treese is getting a lot of attention and recently visited Indiana and Louisville. "I'm just taking my time," Van Treese said. The 6-foot-9 Van Treese said Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Purdue and UCLA have offered him a scholarship, and Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas, Wake Forest and Michigan State have also shown interest. Courier-Journal 10/21
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