Sunday, August 03, 2008

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (8/4)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


For what it's worth, I spoke briefly to Moreno Valley Rancho Verde guard Michael Snaer this afternoon, and he continues to list UCLA as a school he's considering in addition to Washington, Florida State, Missouri, Marquette and a host of others. The senior-to-be said he will start paring down his list next week and still hopes to have a decision by the end of August. As I've reported previously, the primary stumbling block for UCLA with Snaer is he wants to go to a school where he can play immediately, something that is not a sure thing if he chooses the Bruins. The UCLA coaching staff may be sensing Snaer's a long shot at this point because they did not spend much time watching the Inland Reebok team in Las Vegas last week. Snaer emphatically shot down the idea that he has already decided on Missouri, but there is reason to believe the Tigers could have a good shot at him. Not only was Missouri one of the first schools to offer Snaer a scholarship, his AAU coach, Elvert Perry, is also close friends with Tigers assistant Melvin Watkins. Press Enterprise 7/28

If UCLA is unable to land seniors-to-be Michael Snaer and Avery Bradley, it appears Anthony Marshall from Las Vegas Mojave High may be next on the shooting guard wish list. Marshall does not have a UCLA scholarship offer yet, but the coaches have evaluated the 6-foot-2 guard extensively the past few weeks and could make an offer soon if they feel neither Snaer nor Bradley are likely to accept."I explained to Anthony, 'Don't take it as a knock," said Anthony Brown, Marshall's AAU coach with the Las Vegas Prospects. "They've been recruiting those guys for a long time and it makes sense they would want to wait for them. Russell Westbrook was their fourth option too and now he's a lottery pick." A versatile guard with long arms and a 35-inch standing vertical, Marshall has a quick first step to the basket and enough of a jump shot to keep defenders honest. Press Enterprise 7/28

Renardo Sidney, Lance Stephenson and Jeremy Tyler? It’s too early to write these kids off, simply because they possess far too much natural ability, but we might one day see them listed in the “too much hype too soon” category. 7/28

Abdul Gaddy is the steadiest, most cerebral point guard out there, but judging from his serious struggles against Wall and the Boynton/Knight duo, he needs to take his game to another level before he can be mentioned in that elite group. His teammate Avery Bradley is an explosive scorer, but about 3-4 inches too short to be an ideal 2-guard. 7/28

Avery Bradley, 6-3, SG, Bellarmine (Wash.); Bradley and teammate Abdul Gaddy were outstanding in Las Vegas and complement one another extremely well. Bradley is arguably the top perimeter defender in the country, but he is a versatile offensive player as well. Bradley was the top player on the court for the first half against Team Breakdown. Recruiting Buzz: Word is that Texas is in the best shape. Fox Sports 7/29

Moser could have company on the front line if Anthony Stover of the Renaissance Academy in southern California opts for UA. The 6-10 Stover likes Arizona, UCLA and ASU, but as of now the Cats are his leader. Other players considering UA include combo-forward Andy Brown of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, point guard Michael Dixon of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Franklin, who seems the furthest away from narrowing his list of schools. Although Gaddy's teammate Avery Bradley is still trying to get to the Elite Camp, UA seems to be slipping, with Texas being the slight leader at this point. Guard Michael Snaer of Moreno Valley, Calif., and forward Tyler Honeycutt of Sylmar, Calif., do not seem to be headed for UA. Tucson Citizen 7/30

Keith Gallon, 6-9 post, 2009: “Tiny” could still use some conditioning work, but his guard-like quickness, ballhandling and passing, ability to utilize his wide frame in the post and on the boards, soft touch and solid athleticism make the Tractor Traylor (think the Michigan version) clone near-unstoppable when motivated. SLAM 7/29

Xavier Henry, 6-7 wing, 2009: The newest SLAM diarist got buckets at will in Orlando and while I wish the outrageously-talented lefty didn’t take so many degree-of-difficulty shots, it’s hard to argue with the results (his team won the chip), as the 230-pound (at least; no way he’s still at his listed 215) monster scored in the post, on the break, from deep and going to the rack. SLAM 7/29

Daniel Orton, 6-10 post, 2009: Orton has always looked the part of a high-major player, but the flashes of potential are starting to turn into production, as the strong and athletic Oklahoma native’s rebounding, shotblocking and finishing ability kept improving as the games went on. SLAM 7/29

Harrison Barnes may be considered a small forward by recruiting Web sites because of his 6-foot-6, 196 pound frame. But ask him what “position” he plays and the Ames (Iowa) High junior-to-be has a better answer. “I’d just describe myself as a basketball player,” Barnes said. “Position-wise, I can bring it up, I can be on the wing and sometimes I can post up the small guys. I think that will help me in college because I’ll be put in different situations and have to play different positions. I’m already doing that now, so I can get used to it.” It’s that versatility that has Barnes ranked No. 6 overall in the class of 2010 by LJ World 7/30

Bill Self, Kentucky’s Billy Gillispie and Memphis’ John Calipari were in Las Vegas on Tuesday to watch Oklahoma Athletes First players Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton compete in the National Youth Basketball Championships. Henry, a 6-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, told he will choose either KU, Memphis, Texas or UCLA after visiting all four schools this fall. Orton, a 6-10 center from Oklahoma City McGuinness, told the Web site he’s considering KU, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Ohio State and Kentucky. LJ World 7/30

Jeremy Tyler is using the AAU circuit to work on his mental game. “I just see it as a chance to play hard,” he said. “It doesn't matter who's in the stands watching me. This is just for me. I need to keep my temper, keep my cool just for me. I'm not staying calm for anybody but me. I already know the pressure of performing, the kind of people who are going to come at me.” Franklin said Tyler has done a good job of handling the accompanying pressure, of staying within himself and not letting his frustration – or the hype – get to him.
“I think he's responded to it well,” Franklin said. “For the most part, when other people try to look at it as he's trying too hard or he wants it too bad, I don't even think it's that. I think it's him, himself, wanting to compete.” Union Tribune 7/30

Except for Raymond Penn, who is slotted for our No. 1 slot for Top Surprises, no one scored at as high a level as Avery Bradley over the course of the week. Before faltering with a 12-point performance against Team Breakdown in the quarterfinals of the Reebok Summer Championships, Bradley hit for 40 points in one game and had three games with over 35 points to end the tournament as the second leading scorer with an average of 29.4 points per game. Not only is Bradley a scoring machine with the ball in his hands, he is also a terrific defender. As one of the top talents in the tournament, his competitive fire right out of the gate propelled all the other competitors in the event to a higher level. Gator Bait 7/30

Talk about consistent scoring, in six games Michael Snaer scored at least 20 points in each of them to finish the Reebok tournament with an average of 24.3 points per game, placing him third in scoring for the tournament.
Snaer, however, did a lot more than just score the ball. Playing for an undersized squad, he was a beast on the defensive boards and displayed a creativeness and explosiveness off the dribble that caught us by surprise. Bottom line: Snaer made a strong statement to make a sizeable jump in the Rivals150. Gator Bait 7/30

Tyler Honeycutt headlined a talented team that made it to the semifinals of the adidas Super 64 before running into a juggernaut from Canada. Along the way, Honeycutt impressed with his high skill level and feel for the game. If the long wing wasn't draining threes, he was making high basketball IQ plays with his movement without the ball and savvy passing. He also demonstrated an ability to make plays inside despite his thin frame. Gator Bait 7/30

Keith “Tiny” Gallon had a much more inspired outing in this AAU setting than he did the last time we saw him—in an (extra extra large) Oak Hill jersey at the Spalding HoopHall Classic. Gallon is still the incredibly big, out of shape, super long and strong big man he was back then, but he was able to be a lot more productive than he was last time out. Gallon is a true load in the low-post when he puts his mind to it, as he has very nimble feet, the ability to finish with either hand, good footwork, enough girth to establish position deep in the post, great hands, and excellent scoring instincts. He’s very quick off his feet, dunks absolutely everything around the rim, and is a force on the offensive glass at this level. Gallon struggles to get up and down the floor due to his terrible conditioning, and therefore will at times spend entire possessions back on the defensive end just to conserve any energy he can. He looks a bit lazy out on the floor and plays absolutely no defense as you can probably imagine. Gallon has some perimeter skills even-- he can knock down a catch and shoot 3-pointer and is even a pretty good passer. Draft Express 7/30

When Oseye Gaddy placed down the phone at her desk, she was unable to contain her excitement. She had just gotten off the phone with the CEO of her company. Out of 190,000 employees throughout the world, FedEx Express president and CEO David Bronczek, one of the company's most influential executives, had chosen to reach out to an ordinary customer service representative, working across the country in Tacoma, Wash. But Gaddy is hardly your average customer service rep these days. She's also the mother of one of the most highly-sought-after and uncommitted basketball recruits in the country, Abdul Gaddy. And Bronczek is not merely a CEO. He is also a booster of the University of Memphis basketball program. FedEx Express President and CEO David Bronczek is a member of the University of Memphis' 32-member Ambassador's Athletic Foundation. And according to an NCAA source, their brief conversation has led to an NCAA investigation. Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson told on Thursday afternoon he was "unaware of the call" but acknowledged that Bronczek was a booster and said "we'll absolutely look into it."They won't be the only ones. "We're aware of the issue," said Stacey Osburn, NCAA associate director of public and media relations. Fox Sports 8/1

At 7 feet, Bawa Muniru, who came to the United States from Ghana five years ago, has a body that has been compared to Hakeem Olajuwon -- and has landed on many college coaches' speed dials."Because of the lack of quality post prospects available, Bawa has become a popular name," analyst Evan Daniels said. Numerous coaches, including several from the University of Louisville, watched Muniru last week at the Nike Main Event. U of L head coach Rick Pitino saw several games, as did assistants Richard Pitino and Steve Masiello. Oklahoma State, Louisiana State, UCLA, Duke, Southern California, Tulane and Tulsa were also represented. Courier Journal8/1

Daniel Orton is one of the top big men in the Class of 2009 and has drawn plenty of interest from UConn. He said Sunday that he's unsure about returning to Storrs for an official visit but does include the Huskies on his seven-member list of potential schools. He's also considering UCLA, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Kentucky. Many have speculated that Orton will leave early for the NBA after he arrives on a campus, and the 6-foot-10, 265-pound, 17-year-old confirmed that idea. "Right now I'm looking to stay one year. Two years isn't bad," said Orton, who will turn 18 this week. "But I'm looking for a college where I can see myself for four years. You never what can happen." ConnPost 8/2

“I’ve talked to a lot of the coaches, really just about recruiting and stuff,” said Daniel Orton, who attends Bishop McGuinness High School. “They told me they’re really interested in my game and really interested in what I do. The development of the big men, I really like that (about UConn). I take bits and pieces, from Charlie Villanueva, Emeka Okafor, Hilton Armstrong, just a bunch of them.” Orton — the No. 10-ranked prospect in his class and No. 2 center, according to — has pared his list of suitors down to seven, including UCLA, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Kentucky and, of course, UConn. He’s aiming to make a final decision in the spring, in turn bypassing the early signing period in November. But Orton, 17, said he’s unsure if he’ll include the Huskies on his short list of official visits. Norwich Bulletin 8/4

(photo credit Courier Journal)


At Aug 4, 2008, 1:58:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

UCLA is always in the running with the big names - gotta love it...thanks BBR

At Aug 4, 2008, 3:12:00 AM, Anonymous Dexter Fishmore said...

BBR, is UCLA actually recruiting Harrison Barnes? I haven't seen us listed among the schools he's considering, and the article you link to doesn't actually mention UCLA.
Thanks in advance for any additional details.

At Aug 4, 2008, 3:33:00 AM, Anonymous ask said...

If Xavier Henry wants to make himself a lottery pick he should come to UCLA and learn defense from Coach Howland. He is NBA ready on offense but he lacks severly on the defensive side of the ball. Just like KLove, it would be in his best intrest to come to UCLA.

At Aug 4, 2008, 7:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evan Daniels at Scout said UCLA offered Harrison Barnes....he would be a nice get for the Bruins.

At Aug 5, 2008, 2:21:00 AM, Anonymous Dexter Fishmore said...

Thanks to the unnamed commenter. I guess Rivals (which hasn't listed UCLA as among Barnes's schools) is a bit behind on this one.

At Aug 5, 2008, 3:21:00 AM, Anonymous David G. said...

There's a plethora of candidates, but who do we have a realistic shot at seeing in Westwood? Should we expect a lull in perimeter players considering the monster class we have coming in next year?

At Aug 5, 2008, 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Topic: Pick up games at UCLA
Where: 3pm on...3 full courts upstairs in the "Old Gym" at UCLA
When...starting next week 8/11 Mon. through Thursday (as they have a volleyball summer camp in the same place)
Who I saw today:
Derrick Martin, Earl Watson, Tobey Bailey, Jimmy Jackson, Lamont Murray, Cutino Mobley, Andre Miller.
Mitchell Butler even showed up to watch...Baron Davis hasn't come yet this summer.
UCLA guys: Darren Collson, Jrue Holiday, Mustafa Abdul Rahim, Jerime Anderson, James Keefe...Gordon and Morgan were no shows today but I heard they usually come... Holiday and DC looked gr8!! They hit everything.
Cheers, BruinFAN like no other

At Aug 5, 2008, 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous Memphis ScumBag U said...

This is turning into a EVEN BIGGER story.
The corporation relationship between Fed Ex and the NCAA is rather "healthy one".
So, with this nice $$$ relationship, the NCAA has NO option but, to have some heavy set sanctions on Memphis Scumbag U. Anything else would suggest some corporate partnership.
There is NO WAY in this world anything like this should of happened and should NEVER happen again. Thus, deter the possiblility by heavy sanctions.
We are also interested in the Fed Ex actions.
What actions are Fed Ex taking.
There CEO has clearly and admittedly violated its Code of Conduct. The CEO is on the record as talking about the employees son and that was the sole reason for the call. Major Fed Ex violations by the CEO. Should he resign? He is surely considering it and it has been suggested by Fed Ex internal personnel.
The Fed Ex ethical board should also review the "other Memphis Fed Ex" boosters. They will discover more irregular conduct, to say the least.
The NCAA needs to issue its penalities IMMEDIATELY.
Due to special circumstances,(corporate contract with Fed Ex), Memphis Scumbag U is expected some severe penalites. And rightfully so. Do the Right thing NCAA!

At Aug 5, 2008, 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous Memphis ScumBag U said...

This is turning into a EVEN BIGGER story.
The corporation relationship between Fed Ex and the NCAA is rather "healthy one".
So, with this nice $$$ relationship, the NCAA has NO option but, to have some heavy set sanctions on Memphis Scumbag U. Anything else would suggest some corporate partnership.
There is NO WAY in this world anything like this should of happened and should NEVER happen again. Thus, deter the possiblility by heavy sanctions.
We are also interested in the Fed Ex actions.
What actions are Fed Ex taking.
There CEO has clearly and admittedly violated its Code of Conduct. The CEO is on the record as talking about the employees son and that was the sole reason for the call. Major Fed Ex violations by the CEO. Should he resign? He is surely considering it and it has been suggested by Fed Ex internal personnel.
The Fed Ex ethical board should also review the "other Memphis Fed Ex" boosters. They will discover more irregular conduct, to say the least.
The NCAA needs to issue its penalities IMMEDIATELY.
Due to special circumstances,(corporate contract with Fed Ex), Memphis Scumbag U is expected some severe penalites. And rightfully so. Do the Right thing NCAA!

At Aug 5, 2008, 3:08:00 PM, Anonymous bruin66 said...

Hey BruinFan - how did Keefe look?

At Aug 5, 2008, 4:38:00 PM, Anonymous UclaChampions said...

Memphis coach Calipari spoke without his attorney present and his statements will be used to Terminate the Fed Ex CEO.
This is what Coach Calipari had to say:
""I think in this case, he was talking to an employee, who is a longtime employee," Calipari said. "I don't think he did it with any intention of anything except to say, 'Hey, I'm excited about you and your son.' There was no intention of anything else, from what Dave said to me, so I think it was an innocent thing. If you want to take a shot at me, or our program, you make a huge deal out of it. But in reality you're talking about an innocent call from a boss to an employee."
And WNBC followed with...
"Sure, because customers service reps at FedEx often get the random phone call from the CEO just to see how things are going. That's just how they roll. Nope, nothing to see here."
So, combine the aforementioned statements by Coach Calipari and the self admission by the CEO of his illegal contact, no wonder the Fed Ex legal department is in some serious trouble with the termination of Fed Ex CEO.
This is a MAJOR legal issue for the FedEx Counsel department because the Fed Ex CEO has admitted to his actions and it is a CLEAR vioaltion of the Fed Ex code of conduct. Thus, the Legal department has no choice for termination.
[U]Fed Ex employees will benefit[/U]:
If there is not termination of the Fed Ex CEO;then, the Fed Ex legal department will have NO enforcement of termination of ANY Fed Ex employee. The Fed Ex attorneys will have no defense in terminating any Fed Ex employee. If the top official of Fed Ex is allowed to grossly violated its code of conduct;then, no one else will be required to follow such codes.
Thus, if you are a Fed Ex employee ;then, you can NEVER be terminated. You have your job for life, if you like.
If you are a Fed Ex employee and facing a termination;then, hire a labor attorney.
Your attorney will win and you will have your job back.

At Aug 5, 2008, 6:03:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Keefe walked out as I walked in (I was 50 min. into their pickup game schedule). He got poked in the eye and will be fine. They play to 7 by ones and then rotate courts (3 of them). is free and open to the security guards....just don't bring a machete and slash my ballplayas who will take us to the Final Four again (fingers crossed even though we r young...believe in Howland cuz we will win the Pac 10 by 3 games)
Oh, I forgot to add, Lil Bow Wow aka Juliet was'd that punk get a scholarship....Derozen is riding his coattails.....the SUC standard of life across town is simply....pathetic
I left this paragraph out earlier on purpose...but I was laughing too hard....
I'm out....

At Aug 5, 2008, 6:07:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Keefe, to answer your question...It was hard to tell if he added muscle...If he did, I would have said to myself, that guy added muscle....let's hope if he hasn't, he's increased his scoring moves...mystery man....
Go to the 2nd level at UCLA's old gym my fellow Bruin Fans....
3pm Mon. to Thurs. starting next week....Holiday and Collison....stellar shut down defensive/offensive scoring frontcourt...if we get points from our bigs and play Howland Defense, we will be fine!!

At Aug 5, 2008, 6:08:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

P.S. don't worry about other programs...

At Aug 6, 2008, 8:41:00 AM, Anonymous Bee said...

I appreciate your reports on the summer pickup games. We lost a lot of talent this year, so it's great to get an early impression about the shape of our team this year. Thank you!
I also agree that Keefe will play an important role this year. In some of the games down the stretch last year, he was very impressive on both ends of the court.
Kind of jealous you get to see these games! :) Thanks again for the reports.

At Aug 6, 2008, 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Yeah Bruinfan, add me to the jealousy group. I think you now need to treat US to the brewskis and nachos...
But in all seriousness, keep those summer game reports comin' in. We really do appreciate the info/updates!!!

At Aug 6, 2008, 3:45:00 PM, Anonymous KDL1984 said...

I must be living in a hole or something, but what's up with Memphis and Fed Ex? From what I read, it looks like the Fed Ex CEO contacted an employee? Who was the employee? What was the NCAA violation?
I gotta get out more often!! ha ha!
Any info would be much appreciated!

At Aug 7, 2008, 1:57:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Agreed. Great contribution BruinFan!

At Aug 7, 2008, 6:40:00 AM, Anonymous David G. said...

KDL... IIRC, the FedEx CEO/Memphis booster made a call to Abdul Gaddy's mother, a FedEx employee.

At Aug 7, 2008, 6:55:00 AM, Anonymous KDL1984 said...

OK Bruin Fans! Time to weigh in...which would you rather have...
At SG-
Avery Bradley, Michael Snaer, Xavier Henry or Anthony Marshall?
At C-
Daniel Orton or Anthony Stover?
At SF-
Tyler Honeycutt or Lance Stephenson?
At Coach-
Ben Howland or Ben Howland?
Weigh in and say why!

At Aug 7, 2008, 7:22:00 AM, Anonymous george said...

KDL, here are my choices:
SG - Jrue Holiday/Lee/Anderson/Shipp/Roll
C - Morgan/Aboya
SF - Shipp/Lee/Anderson/Roll/Keefe
o/w known as "Howland's call"

At Aug 8, 2008, 2:10:00 AM, Anonymous Dan-O said...

Here you go KDL. Mind you this is what I think is most realizable, not a dream team:
At SG: Anthony Marshall
Bradley looks to be Texas bound. My only criticism of Bradley is he is a little short. I think his backcourt mate Gaddy is an inch taller. Then again Marshall is the same height. Henry looks to be going to Kansas, but I would have loved for him to play at UCLA. From what I have read he has a solid head on his shoulders and has good pedigree (his dad played for Kansas). Snaer just doesn't do anything for me. He doesn't seem like a Howland guy. Don't know why. I figure Marshall can be molded. Heck we're not too bad at player development.
At C: Anthony Stover
Daniel Orton is sticking to East of the Mississippi. Besides I like the idea of having Josh Smith (or maybe Jeremy Tyler) coming the following year. We're set with Morgan right now anyway. A solid front court player who plays defense and funnels the ball to the back court players would be great.
At SF-Tyler Honeycutt
Honeycutt has been just shooting up ranking boards. He'd be stoked to attend UCLA and be humbled by it. He would be perfectly molded to play well for Howland. Also he's 6'7. Stephenson, a lot of uglieness and 2 inches shorter than Honeycutt. If we have to get one and dones lets avoid head cases. Plus those guys out of Lincoln High haven't been setting the world on fire as of late (e.g. Marbury,Telfair, etc.).
While my picks are what I think is going to happen I also think it is what is best. I like the back bone of teams being guys who are high four stars and will stay for multiple years. They would seem to relish the opportunity to play for historical UCLA and know that if they put the effort in they could be a player like Russell Westbrook.
At Coach-Ben Howland
I would have put Steve Lavin here but the choice wasn't given to me. For shame.

At Aug 8, 2008, 5:12:00 AM, Anonymous bruin66 said...

Coach Howland said it best: "I am caretaker of John Wooden's program." Until Gentleman Johnny comes out of retirement, Ben's the man.

At Aug 8, 2008, 6:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice comments Dan-O. I'd have to agree with you on your comment about liking high four stars that are going to stick around! Amen to that!
For me, I think I'd rather have Avery Bradley first before Anthony Marshall. Not because of his offensive skills, but more from a defensive standpoint. He's got pretty long arms and has exceptional defensive abilities. Very athletic too! I agree, Snaer just doesn't do anything for me either. Personally, I would have liked for UCLA to have offered Marshall before Snaer.
At C- I like Stover, but what I'm really waiting on is Josh Smith, like you. Stover and Bobo would be a decent 1-2 tandem, but Smith is the real deal both offensively and defensively. I don't think I would want Tyler at all, as he seems to show up some days and not on others. No consistency from the young man.
SF- I totally agree with you on Tyler Honeycutt. He looks to me like a rock solid SF who likes UCLA a lot. And solid defensively. Stephenson kind of rubs me the wrong way, just like the big head case at Fairfax! As far as I'm concerned, they can both go across town to play if they like. They're just gonna leave after a year anyways. Like you said....head cases, but a perfect fit for Snotty U.
As far as the coach is concerned, unless the Wizard comes back, there are no other choices. Ben Howland is it! Steve Laving makes a decent commentator though! Just a little nasaly!
Anybody else want to weigh in? BBR?

At Aug 8, 2008, 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous george said...

to paraphrase Baron:
"We should have a banner up there - team to go furthest in the tournament without a coach."
BTW, I think he's a lousy commentator as well.

At Aug 9, 2008, 1:02:00 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Is Tyler Honeycutt now the most over-rated under-rated player out there? Maybe it's just me.......


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