Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Former Bruin Gerald Madkins Joins Sonics

By Bruin Basketball Report

Former UCLA guard Gerald Madkins was hired as Director of West Coast Scouting for the NBA Seattle SuperSonics, General Manager Sam Presti announced today. 

joining the SuperSonics, Madkins was a scout with the New York Knicks for four seasons and served as an assistant coach at UCLA from 2001-03.

Madkins was named the Continental Basketball
Association’s Rookie of the Year in 1993, and played three years in the
NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. He also
played professionally overseas in Spain and France

Madkins played for the Bruins during the 1988 and 1990-92 campaigns  He suffered injuries from an automobile accident which forced him to redshirt the 1989 season; however, he returned strong and started for the team in his final three season. 

While at UCLA Madkins was known as a solid defensive player and team leader.   With a roster full of talented shooters and scorers, Madkins played unselfishly and sacrificed his own offensive game for the sake of the team.  He still ranks in the top ten in career assists and steals in UCLA history

Madkins finished his collegiate career at UCLA averaging 7.6 points, 3.3 assists while shooting 52% from the field in 123 games.  As a senior, he helped the Bruins win the Pac-10 title (28-5) and reach the regional final of the NCAA Tournament.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (8/27)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Assuming everything turns out as expected, Demar DeRozan and Jrue Holiday will square off in the 2008-2009 season. I'd fully expect Holiday to guard DeRozan, since Holiday will likely guard the top perimeter threat on the opposing team. However, I'm not so sure DeRozan would guard Holiday. One of DeRozan's deficiencies at this point is his defense. He will probably be more suited to guarding a small forward at the start of his college career. But with the likelihood of USC playing a smaller, guard-oriented lineup, DeRozan just might find himself head to head with Holiday. Rivals 8/24

Elite 24 Hoops Classic: On Friday, Stone will do it again. He'll assemble 24 of this year's top high school players on the steps of a stoop off Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Lance Stephenson, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Luke Babbitt (four out of the five Dime magazine "Dream Team" members), Devin Ebanks, John Riek, B.J. Mullens, Renardo Sidney, Brandon Jennings and more. They're here to play against each other one day and one day only, Friday night. Untouched by shoe companies and college coaches, unprotected by the AAU and the NCAA. Together for the game, not stardom or fame. Together because basketball, not the NBA, is in their DNA. ESPN 8/25

ELITE 24 Hoops Classic: The UCLA-bound Jrue Holiday chipped in 24 points and a team-high four assists. “The top 24 came in here and put on a
show,” said Holiday. “Yesterday in practice, the game wasn’t like that.
In Rucker, everybody stepped up. It showed that the West Coast is just
as good as the East Coast. I thought I could have done better. I know
it was my first time out there, but if I got another chance, I think
I’d do a whole lot better." RISE 8/25

ELITE 24 Hoops Classic: Brandon Jennings and Jrue Holiday did the same thing. It was Arizona vs. UCLA out
there. The Wildcat would rise up with the leg-kick from deep and bury a
pair, then come down and hook Demar DeRozan up with a lob out of
nowhere. Holiday would get by Jennings no problem and then meet the
traffic with a change of gear and some english on the lay-in that was
elementary for him but dreamed about by those in the crowd eating
sausage and peppers. CSTV 8/25

ELITE 24 Hoops Classic:
Not much defense going on, as the White team beat the Orange team 169-164. Seriously, they hit 80 before halftime....Brandon Jennings (19 pts, 23 asts) is worth the price of admission alone; Lance Stephenson (38 pts) has LeBron-like potential as a powerhouse wing, and his jumper might be better; Jrue Holiday (24 pts) is gonna keep UCLA in the title picture even if Kevin Love isn’t around to do it with him.  Fox Sports 8/25

Jerime Anderson
, 6-2 point guard, Canyon (CA): The future UCLA Bruin is a solid, if mostly unspectacular true point who excels at doing the little things. Quicker and more athletic than he first appears, Anderson is a more than competent setup man, a determined defender and uses his strength and savvy to get by defenders. SLAM 8/24

Jrue Holiday, 6-4 combo guard, Campbell Hall (CA): Arguably the best all-around perimeter player in the nation, Holiday’s understanding of the game, lockdown D and willingness to give all-out effort every time on the court made him stand out from the crowd. Headed to UCLA with his AAU teammate Anderson, Holiday showed the ability to dominate the action as a defender, playmaker and scorer. SLAM 8/24

Adding to the concern is the fact that many coaches, parents and young athletes themselves don't appreciate the dangers. "Everybody thinks a concussion is just about your head hurting," said
Archbishop Mitty basketball star Drew Gordon, who was plagued by them
in his middle-school years. "Until you experience a serious one, you
don't get the true meaning of a concussion." San Jose Mercury News 8/26


Kansas University recruiting target J’Mison Morgan has sliced his list of schools to six. Morgan, a 6-foot-10, 275-pound senior out of Dallas’ South Oak Cliff
High, tells he will attend either Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama,
LSU, UCLA or Louisville. Lawrence Journal World 8/21

How good was the talent at the Advanced skills camp? I have heard that if the Cats could land the five best 2009 players at the camp there 2009 class would exceed expectations. Siva, Gaddy along with Hollis Thompson, David Wear and Travis Wear would give them a lot of talent and athleticism. Sports Washington 8/22

Ralph Sampson III
, the outstanding 6-11 center from Duluth (Ga.) Northview, will make an official visit to the Gophers campus on Sept. 7. He already had a non-official visit in May.  MN Star Tribune 8/22

Renardo Sidney
, who is rated the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2009 by RISE, will be transferring to Fairfax (Los Angeles, Calif.) from Artesia (Lakewood, Calif.) for his junior year, according to his father, Renardo Sr.
Sidney's father shared the news with RISE at Thursday afternoon's practice for this year's Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic. This will be third school in as many years for the power forward, who spent his freshman year at Piney Woods (Piney Woods, Miss.). RISE Magazine 8/23

Two of the top prospects in the country, Renardo Sidney and Derrick Favors have contrasting styles despite their similar size. Both prospects are 6 feet 9. When Sidney is in shape, he weighs about 225 pounds, about five pounds heavier than Favors. One of the main issues with Sidney is the way his weight fluctuates. When watched him early in the spring in Arkansas, he was down around 225 pounds and looked great. When we saw him at the end of July in Las Vegas, he was around 240 pounds - and it wasn't good weight. Rivals 8/24


Mbah a Moute Leads Cameroon To Silver Medal Finish

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA junior Luc Richard Mbah a Moute helped lead a youthful Cameroon squad to a silver medal finish in the FIBA Africa Championship held in Angola.

Mbah a Moute sparkled in the semifinal game against Egypt by going for 20 points and 9 rebounds in a 58-52 victory to advance to the championship game. 

In the finals, defending champion Angola defeated the upstart Cameroonians  86-72 to win the FIBA Africa championship and receive an automatic bid to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing China.

Mbah a Moute played in 5 of the 6 contests and started the final three games of the tournament.  He averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists while shooting 48.6% from the field.  He was 3 of 10 from three-point distance.

The Bruin forward has been a standout defender and rebounder at UCLA during his first two seasons.  With the graduation of All-American guard Arron Afflalo, Mbah a Moute will be looked upon this upcoming season to expand his offensive repertoire and perhaps play major minutes at the wing position for Ben Howland's Bruins.

Last season at UCLA Mbah a Moute averaged 8.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 49.2% from the field.

(photo credit: Jack Rosenfeld)