Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/29)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Woodland Hills Taft boys' basketball Coach Derrick Taylor is predicting a big season for UCLA-bound guard Jrue Holiday of North Hollywood Campbell Hall. "You're going to see a high school version of Kobe Bryant," Taylor said. As for how he's going to deal with 6-10 center Renardo Sidney of Los Angeles Fairfax, Taylor suggested that Sidney's coach, Harvey Kitani, encourage him to shoot lots of "threes." LA Times 10/27


Morgan visits Cincy: J’Mison Morgan, a 6-10 senior center from Dallas South Oak Cliff High, told he had fun on his official visit to Cincinnati over the weekend. He now has completed his NCAA-allotted five visits: to KU, Cincy, UCLA, LSU and Alabama. “It’s a nice campus,” Morgan told of Cincy. “Everything is real close together, and I was able to watch the team practice and hang out with the players. Coach (Mick) Cronin was telling me I should be an automatic force if I work hard, and there should be immediate playing time. I want to get minutes my freshman year but I don't have to start.” Morgan will announce his college choice on his birthday, Nov. 2. LJ World 10/22

“I like North Carolina a lot,” Stephen Van Treese said. “They didn’t offer me. Roy hasn’t seen me play yet and he said he doesn’t offer players that he hasn’t seen yet. He said he was going to come see me play the first couple weeks of our season.” A week prior to his visits to Wake Forest and UNC, Van Treese made the two-hour drive from Indianapolis to Louisville to check out Louisville’s campus and meet with Rick Pitino. “I enjoyed it,” said Van Treese, who has a scholarship offer from the Cards. “Their facilities are amazing. Everything there was real nice.” To go with offers from Wake Forest and Louisville, he also claims offers from Xavier, UCLA, Indiana, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue. Van Treese said Kansas, Florida, Duke and North Carolina round out his list of 13 schools. Deacon Sports 10/23

But KU also is in the running for 6-7 point forward Jordan Hamilton (No. 8), 6-3 guard John Wall, 6-9 forward Daniel Orton (No. 11) and 6-10 center DaShonte Riley (No. 13). Between now and 2009, the Jayhawks are sure to lose eight players off the current roster, not including sophomores Darell Arthur and Sherron Collins, both potential NBA defections. Topeka Capital-Journal 10/26

Another piece of the 2009 graduating class put himself into the Arizona State men’s basketball puzzle on Thursday, as point guard Jared Cunningham made a verbal commitment to the Sun Devils, less than a week after making an official visit to the school. The 6-foot-3, 155-pound junior from San Leandro (Calif.) High School also drew interest from California, Gonzaga, Washington State and San Diego State, but made up his mind when he and his father returned home from Tempe last weekend. lists Cunningham as the No. 8 point guard and No. 56 overall prospect among this year’s junior class. East Valley Tribune 10/26

(photo credit: LJ World)



At Oct 29, 2007, 4:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mr. BBR ... what are the odds/chances of J'Mison Morgan declaring to UCLA? If UCLA doesn't sign him ... aren't we leaving ourselves quite thin on the front line with Mata graduating and Love likely enticed to leave early ??? Most of the better 09 centers seemed to have been recruited so doesn't appear to be much left? What is your take on future big bodies for the bruins?

At Oct 29, 2007, 3:27:00 PM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Can't give odds, since no one except for J'Mison Morgan and his family know which way he's leaning.
In some ways the odds are against him coming to UCLA. First, the Bruins were late in recruiting him; second he's a player with southern ties and significant influences from friends and confidants from the competing schools.
On the other hand, UCLA offers Morgan an opportunity the other schools under consideration, except perhaps for Kansas, can not offer - a chance to play with elite players on a team that will challenge for the championship each and every year.
Without Morgan, UCLA will definitely be thin along the front line if Kevin Love leaves for the NBA after a single season.
Aboya, 6'8 Sr
Keefe, 6'8 Jr
*Gordon 6'8, Fr
*Stanback 6'8, So
*Dragovic, 6'8 Jr
*Mbah a Moute 6'8 Sr
Gordon will be a frosh. Stanback will be a soph likely with limited experience, a move to the 4 spot is a possibility based upon his size but not assured.
Dragovic is an experiment at the four spot this season. Its not his natural position on either end of the court. His progress and willingness to play at that spot will be watched closely. Most likely he'll play the 4 on defense but the 3 on offense.
For Mbah a Moute, there is a chance he may leave for the professional ranks after this season. He considered it seriously last summer after what most thought was a subpar season for him.
If the Bruins don't get Morgan, the transfer of Ryan Wright over the summer becomes much more significant.

At Oct 29, 2007, 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous miltk said...

what was morgan's itinerary when he visited UCLA. i know he went to a fball game.

At Oct 30, 2007, 5:27:00 AM, Anonymous clyde said...

Thanks BBR for your thoughts on the center position. I definitely see tweeners and guys more suited in playing the 4 and more the 3 than the 5. Best case scenario is Love staying for 3 years (knock on wood). Might give us time to get a kid in the pipeline and develop him they way say Hollis did in his time here.


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