Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (9/15)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Patrick Murphy, president of Santa Ana Mater Dei High, confirmed Wednesday that 6-foot-4 junior guard Tyler Lamb of Ontario Colony had filed paperwork to enroll at Mater Dei and was going through the admission process. A final decision should come this week. Lamb, who averaged 27 points last season for Colony, committed to UCLA last month. His arrival at Mater Dei would give the Monarchs one of their most talented starting fives in school history. Brothers David and TravisWear have committed to North Carolina. Andy Brown is being recruited by Arizona and junior Gary Franklin is another top prospect. It would be a very formidable team," Coach Gary McKnight said. Lamb would have to change his residence to be eligible immediately. LA Times 9/10

MODESTO CHRISTIAN AT ORESTIMBA: It's the debut for Reeves Nelson, MC's 6-foot-7-inch, 240-pound receiver who has verbally committed to play hoops at UCLA. He's a dream come true for QB Isaiah Burse, a nightmare for defenses. Modesto Bee 9/12


Most Division I scouts are enamored with the 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard from Rancho Verde. In fact, Michael Snaer went from a middle-of-the-road recruit to one of the most sought-after prospects in the nation, right up there with Southern California counterparts Jordan Hamilton, Renardo Sidney and Tyler Honeycutt. And with more than 10 scholarships on the table, it appears as if Snaer is ready to begin narrowing down his list of potential suitors. He took his first official visit over the weekend, according to, making the trip out to Missouri to see what Coach Mike Anderson and the Tigers had to offer. LA Times 9/8

Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, held in-home visits with coaches from Memphis, then Kansas, on Tuesday night. Henry’s father, Carl, told it remains “50-50” between KU and Memphis. Carl Henry said his son will make his college choice after visiting both KU (Oct. 17) and Memphis (Oct. 24). LJ World 9/10

UA coach Lute Olson is making a final effort this week to re-install the potential cornerstone of his 2009 recruiting class, point guard Abdul Gaddy.
Olson was expected to visit the home of the Tacoma (Wash.) point guard this week, and have Gaddy visit the UA this weekend, according to Greg Hicks,'s West Coast recruiting analyst. Gaddy spent last weekend visiting UCLA, his other finalist, and has also entertained Bruins coach Ben Howland for an in-home visit. Gaddy, who committed to the UA in August 2007, decommitted in May largely because of wholesale changes on Olson's staff.
"My sense is he grew up liking Arizona, and then the uncertainty caused by last year caused him to re-evaluate, along with the success UCLA has had, and their guys going pro every year," Hicks said. "I think if Arizona was the program it was five years ago, it would be over." Arizona Daily Star 9/11

Duke’s Mike Krzyewski was one of roughly a dozen head and assistant basketball coaches, including Iowa State’s Greg McDermott, in the Ames High gym to watch Little Cyclone junior Harrison Barnes in action. This week marks the beginning of when coaches can visit players in home and view open gym and weight room sessions. “It does feel nice to have big-time names like Coach K come into your gym and watch you play,” Barnes said. “It does show the interest (coaches) have in me.” Barnes is considered by many scouting services as the top small forward in the country in the Class of 2010. The 6-foot-6 wing boasts an offer list that’s a who’s who of college basketball.
Barnes said he didn’t feel any nerves as he’s been playing in front of an audience of coaches all summer. Go Cyclones 9/11

Avery Bradley, one of the top high school basketball players in the country, will visit the University of Texas on Sept. 27-28, according to his AAU coach, Garry Ward. Bradley was scheduled to visit this weekend but postponed his trip because of Hurricane Ike. Bradley, 6 feet 3 inches and 175 pounds, averaged 25.7 point a game last season at Bellmarine Prep in Tacoma, Wash. He is widely regarded as the top perimeter defender in the senior class. ranks Bradley the eight-best senior in the country. He is rated No. 10 by Scout. com. Bradley has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to Texas and UCLA. “I would say Texas is in the lead,” Ward said. Bradley recently transfered to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., in an attempt to boost his grades. Austin American Statesman 9/11

USC's men's basketball program is using Saturday's Ohio State-USC football game to bring in more top talent on recruiting visits than ever before in the Tim Floyd era. "It's probably the biggest recruiting weekend from a basketball perspective," assistant coach Bob Cantu said. Scheduled for official visits, among others, are 6-foot-5 guard Shaunessy Smith from Macon, Miss., 6-3 guard Kenny Boynton from Plantation, Fla., and 6-6 guard Noel Johnson from Fayetteville, Ga. Among the unofficial visitors expected are Tyler Honeycutt from Sylmar, Renardo Sidney from Fairfax, Jeremy Tyler from San Diego and Kyle Caudill from Brea. LA Times 9/11

The game was short and the body language was minimal. Abdul Gaddy played pick-up ball Friday with a group of Wildcats who had already been through a full week of short drills and training. Two of the Arizona’s best players, Nic Wise and Chase Budinger sat out, with Budinger resting a sore ankle. Before the game, UA assistant coach Mike Dunlap ran four players (the maximum under NCAA early semester rules) through a few drills, with Lute Olson adding instruction. Gaddy wasn’t visible during most of that, though his mother was.
So it was pretty tough to see enough through this tiny window of Gaddy’s official visit to tell whether the Wildcats were gaining ground on him. But these things we do know: UA may be beating the odds just by getting Gaddy on campus, after he decommitted in May because of unfamiliarity with Olson’s all-new staff and opened up to UCLA, Memphis, Oregon and Washington. He has since narrowed it down to UCLA, which he visited last weekend, and Arizona. Arizona Daily Star 9/13

Texan Roger Franklin hasn't made an official visit to Oklahoma State, but the power forward has already made up his mind. Franklin, a 6-foot-6, 217-pound senior at Duncanville High School, committed to OSU on Friday night. It wasn't sight unseen as Franklin was in Gallagher-Iba Arena last year when the Cowboys upset Kansas. The four-star recruit was being recruited by a number of top-tier schools and had plans to visit UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma and Michigan State. The Oklahoman 9/14

Nobody has raised his stock over the summer higher than Lake Forest's Matt Vogrich, according to the City/Suburban Hoop Report. Once a mid-major prospect being pursued by St. Louis and Miami (Ohio), Vogrich's eye-opening performances have piqued the interest of Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Michigan. He has shot up the Hoops Report prospect rankings to No. 4 in the state's senior class. Chicago Tribune 9/14

(photo credit: HS Gametime)



At Sep 14, 2008, 5:28:00 PM, Anonymous SigBruin said...

Class of Lane, Honeycutt, Nelson, and Gaddy would be dominant. Thats all I got to say about that.

At Sep 15, 2008, 12:56:00 AM, Anonymous Jack said...

I like your four but if UCLA can add Anthony Stover in 09 I'll be even more ecstatic.

At Sep 15, 2008, 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous DB said...

Actually wouldnt it be quite something if Nelson went football too and play TE or Linebacker for UCLA football. Wouldnt that mean he will be using up a scholarship there and can also play basketball and free up a bball scholarship.
I have not yet seen Nelson play football, but his physique certainly might be very interesting for football and in fact, might have a better chance to go pro there than basketball.

At Sep 15, 2008, 12:40:00 PM, Anonymous DB said...

I mean think about it. Hes got the body to play football too and should have good speed, agility, reaction time, hand eye coordination and footwork since he plays basketball too.

At Sep 15, 2008, 1:37:00 PM, Anonymous DW said...

Snear is a perfect fit for Ben-ball. It's going to be a long shot though, from what I hear. Gaddy will regret attending to UA if he decides to go in that direction. They have hit a wall in the dessert and are nothing like the teams he grew up watching. Bradley is also a Ben-ball type guard that would help himself out NBA-wise if developed in Westwood. Problem is this '08 class is scaring away guys who want to play now. Howland's answer: R. Westbrook

At Sep 16, 2008, 1:30:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

BruinFan wants another stud guard for 2009...
Recruits: If u like competition and want to develop your game, Coach BH will take u to that level.
Midwest, the desert sun...I think not....Fellas, Los Angeles has a lot ot, women and the #1 NCAA Athletic program in the Nation!!!

At Sep 16, 2008, 1:52:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Gaddy: You have 2 strikes!
Just read about Coach Olson admitting he made a mistake...U of A might go on probation...Gaddy it would be smart to back out for the 2nd time and come to UCLA ...check out

At Sep 16, 2008, 4:24:00 AM, Anonymous BNR said...

Gaddy just recommited to Arizona

At Sep 16, 2008, 12:33:00 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Good points DW. Russell Westbrook had no trouble getting playing time at UCLA. Howland recognizes talent and will always use those players that can help. But you have to be commited to individual and team defense, which is what eventually helped Westbrook soar in the draft. If a player doesn't care about defense or can't stand a little competition, then perhaps he isn't UCLA material. To me, UCLA stands out above the rest for so many reasons. If a player doesn't "get it", he probably wouldn't be a good fit anyway.

At Sep 16, 2008, 1:04:00 PM, Anonymous Brew In said...

I think what hurts me is when Coach Howland lays out an actual offer and a guy like Gaddy doesn't accept.
I can understand someone like Van Treese because we pulled our offer and Louisville made one to him, but Gaddy, your mistake pal.
You will be watching the Bruins take at least the next two or three Pac-10 titles while your AU Wildcats will be duking it out with the rest of the "middle of the pack" teams like that football school thug University across town!

At Sep 17, 2008, 5:13:00 AM, Anonymous davidlee34 said...

tyler honeycutt just committed~! '09 class is looking great

At Sep 17, 2008, 5:57:00 AM, Anonymous KDL1984 said...

Parts are starting to fall into place, aren't they? Tyler Honeycutt was a big time get for UCLA! He soared up the charts and got himself a free ride to Basketball-U!
Too bad for Gaddy. Good kids make bad decisions all the time! Unfortunately, he'll learn the hard way that being in the desert doesn't mean you'll be hot on the trails of an NCAA championship!
Just one more piece to the puzzle and we'll be set! Get Avery Bradley or Michael Snaer! Both would be ideal SG fits for the BH system. Personally, I think I prefer Bradley because of his long arms! Good for intercepting Gaddy passes to Budinger! But, I'd be happy with either one!
Keep up the fine work Coach! You make us proud!

At Sep 17, 2008, 7:52:00 AM, Anonymous joey said...

whats the update with Anthony Stover? heard some interest from ASU, UA and Creighton??

At Sep 17, 2008, 9:36:00 AM, Anonymous jojoenglish said...

Bad news, Good news, and Bad news again.
First, Abdul Gaddy committed to Arizona yesterday, and Tyler Honeycutt committed to UCLA earlier on today, and Avery Bradley just committed to Texas as it was rumor before. What a lost! And I don't see Michael Snaer would committed to UCLA because he concerned about immediate playing time as reported before. Let's make a strong push on Derrick Favors as UCLA already gave him an offer.

At Sep 17, 2008, 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous DW said...

Bradley was a bummer, but we are so loaded right now at those spots. To get a guard out of this 09 class will be tough. Think about Williams and Lamb. If they stay committed it will be just fine in Westwood. Sometimes you can have too many stars at one spot and it can cause problems with the chemistry. Howland is known for having a short rotation at times and guys would wind up transferring (Stanback this year). Honeycutt is a big commit, very excited!


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