Sunday, June 08, 2008

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (6/9)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


The Huskies could have four scholarships available for the Class of 2009, and Romar has noted he would like to sign a big player or two, as well. Indications are, however, that the Huskies are continuing to recruit the Bellarmine Prep guard duo of Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley — Gaddy announced last week he is no longer committed to Arizona, and the two said they would like to play together in college. Seattle Times 6/3

But neither would confirm, exactly, that they are a package deal. Both players said Monday they would be open to the idea, but would make their decision largely independent of the other. "What was said before got mixed up," Abdul Gaddy said. "They asked if I would like to play with (Avery Bradley) in college, and I said that would be cool. But he's going to sit down and do what's best for him, and I'll do the same. If it ends up we're on the same page, that would be great." Gaddy said he has scholarship offers from Texas, Memphis, Kansas, Oregon, Washington and Gonzaga. He said he is wide open about his choice, and would still consider Arizona. He said a decision may take awhile. Seattle PI 6/3

Derrick Jasper, a 2006 Paso Robles High graduate generally regarded as the best basketball prospect to ever come out of San Luis Obispo County, is transferring to a college closer to home. Wide speculation has been that he’ll land at UNLV, but in an interview with The Tribune that was first reported Tuesday on SanLuis, Jasper said he’s far from cementing any decision. “I don’t know where I’m headed yet,” Jasper said. “I’m just really trying to take my time and be patient, really find out what’s the best for me.” He did give a top five list of schools he’s had contact with: UCLA, San Diego State, Long Beach State, USC and, as speculated, the Runnin’ Rebels. San Luis Obispo 6/4

Avery Bradley, the No. 17 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, is a great scorer off the dribble. He has the athleticism to attack the rim, and he is also terrific in the midrange. Not only is Bradley an impressive scorer, he is also a tenacious defender. Extremely quick laterally, Bradley can use his rangy build to lock down opposing guards. Rivals 6/5

Bill Self will hold a two-day Elite Camp for top high school prospects today and Saturday. It will be closed to the public and media. Xavier Henry, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2009, is expected to attend, as well as No. 29 Elijah Johnson and No. 121 Stephan Van Treese plus unrated Jeff Reid of Topeka Hayden and Dorian Green of Lawrence High. KU Sports 6/6

Johnnies coach Norm Roberts and his staff are continuing to take an aggressive approach in recruiting, getting a commitment from 7-1 Phil Wait, who is originally from Manchester, England, and spent this past year at a sports academy in Spain. NY Daily News 6/6

(photo credit: Seattle Times)



At Jun 9, 2008, 4:06:00 AM, Anonymous jake said...

That's good news on the Avery Bradley front. He seems like he would mesh will with a Howland team. Not sure if we can accommodate both.

At Jun 9, 2008, 5:31:00 AM, Anonymous Don said...

Gaddy is a big time point guard, at the Chris Paul camp he was a standout... Has all the tools, so don't discount him for lack of room.... especially with the high level recruits we have coming in we never know who will be around in a couple of years. Bradley is the real deal for sure... Would love to have both of them

At Jun 9, 2008, 6:30:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Howland's recruiting across the USA makes us that more dangerous....
-gotta love it!!

At Jun 9, 2008, 11:47:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

I see that showed UCLA offering to Lance Stephenson, is this true? If so, it would be a nice addition as he can play all three spots.
After this year the Bruins SF position is pretty much empty so it would be a nice addition to have him play the SF while learning the guard spots.
From what it seems, UCLA have offered both Nolan Dennis and Lance so perhaps that is a good sign. UCLA usually doesnt offer people early nor often so I assume when they do, it is a serious matter.


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