Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (11/17)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Four 2009 high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play next fall at UCLA, Head Coach Ben Howland announced today. The heralded recruiting class, ranked in the top 10 nationally, consists of Reeves Nelson, Brendan Lane, Tyler Honeycutt, and Anthony Stover. All four student athletes are from California high schools. UCLA is likely not done with their recruiting of the 2009 class. The Bruins may sign at least one more to the class. Mike Moser, who recently withdrew his verbal commitment to Arizona, has UCLA high on his list but he may not sign until the spring signing period. Bruin Basketball Report 11/12


UConn recruit Durand Scott, a senior guard out of Rice High School in New York, has said he is nearing a decision on what school he’ll attend. If he’s close, he’s not letting on to UConn freshman Kemba Walker, one of his good friends and a former teammate at Rice. “We’re trying to get him to come,” said Walker, who joked he’s been told he’s doing a poor job recruiting. “I always talk to Durand. But I think it’s down to us and Miami. We’ll have to see. We’ll have to wait it out.” Norwich Bulletin 11/10

On Monday, a source told The Daily Progress that Virginia has a legitimate shot of reeling in one of the jewels of the 2009 class — Renardo Sidney, a 6-foot-10, 250-pounder out of Los Angeles’ Fairfax Senior High. Sidney, considered by many to be a “one-and-done” type player — meaning he will likely turn pro after just one college season — is rated as a 5-star recruit by and as the 10th best prospect in the nation. “He’s the best player in the country,” said Franklin Harris, a NYC-based recruiting guru. “The only reason he’s not [rated] No. 1 is because he can be lazy at times and can sometimes be disinterested. High school basketball is just not competitive for him. “I’ve seen him play maybe 10 times. He can score inside, put it on the floor. He’s a prototypical NBA 4-man.” Charlottesville Daily Progress 11/10

The prize of the local high school basketball scene probably won't be delivered on the first day of the NCAA's early-signing period for sports other than football. Renardo Sidney, Fairfax High's star 6-foot-10 center, is not expected to sign today, his father, Renardo Sr., said in a text message Tuesday night....USC was the early favorite to land Sidney, but Renardo Sr. said last month that the Trojans' attention seemed to be wavering. USC landed a commitment from Derrick Williams, a power forward from La Mirada High whose presence could help cushion the blow if the Trojans lose Sidney.Sidney Sr. said the leading pursuers of his son are St. Louis, Kansas State, Kansas, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Washington and Connecticut. Playing professionally in Europe might also be an option. Sidney and his father had said they were not interested in following the path chosen by Brandon Jennings, a standout who played at Compton Dominguez High and Virginia's Oak Hill Academy before bypassing college to play in Italy. However, sources close to the family -- who were not authorized to comment on the situation publicly -- said pro ball lately has emerged as a viable option. LA Times 11/13

Ever heard of a national signing period where nobody signed? If not, get ready, because it's here, folks. And it's wild. Or tame. Or just plain weird.
"It's not normal, especially compared to last year when there seemed to be a bunch of guys flying off the board on signing day," said recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "There will still be a few guys pop, but it appears the top dogs will wait it out."....Four of the top five products from the Class of 2009 -- namely Derrick Favors, John Wall, Xavier Henry and Renardo Sidney -- seem set to let the period pass without a development, because after pondering their possible college decisions for at least two years they clearly need just a little more time. No sense in rushing things, not in this era. And though I can't honestly say I blame any of them, I do find it all to be a little ridiculous given how pretty much every major decision made in a normal human's life -- which job to take, what person to marry, whether to go with DirecTV or Dish Network, etc. -- is made in less time and with less back-and-forth. CBS Sports 11/13

With the Marbury and Telfair eras long gone, 6-6 senior all-purpose man Lance Stephenson has already built his own. City Champs in all three years of Sir Lancelot’s tenure–and three of the four years prior to his arrival–Lincoln resembles a PSAL version of the 90’s Bulls. This year will be no different for Lincoln and their man-child. Lance is the best high school ball player in New York, as well as one of the Top 10 in the nation, and proves it almost every time he’s on the floor. SLAM 11/13

Michael Snaer thanked coaches from Kansas, Marquette, UCLA, Missouri and Florida State for recruiting him, then ended months of suspense by announcing for FSU one hour into Friday’s two-hour ESPNU College Basketball Signing Day Special. “I think all those schools are really great choices. That makes this decision even harder, but I think the one I’m going to end up playing with is Florida State,” said Snaer, a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif. “I really like coach (Leonard) Hamilton. I like the atmosphere there and being around all the players and coaches,” added Snaer,’s No. 11-rated player. Lawrence Journal World 11/14

Michael Snaer has the prototypical offensive skill set for a two-guard. His forte is scoring, and he can do it off the dribble or with his smooth jumper -- he can make defenders pay for giving him room; he can hit open or contested shots deep behind the arc. Snaer's shot preparation is tight with very little wasted motion. He comes off screening action ready to shoot, and his great size (6-5) allows him to shoot over defenders. His range extends beyond the 3-point arc, where he seems comfortable shooting in catch-and-shoot situations. He also can take one or two hard dribbles into his jumper. Snaer displays a quick first step on his way to the basket and uses dribble penetration to score or make the assist. As a scoring guard, he is unselfish. This makes him dangerous because he can draw defenders and pass to his teammates for open buckets. ESPN 11/14

The question: What do you think when kids go on TV to sign (letters of intent) and make kind of a big deal? Self's answer: "Recruiting, in large part due to (the media), has gotten totally out of control from a media standpoint and all the recruiting services and scouting services and all that stuff. I'm fine with it. I have no problems with it." I do. I don't think an 18-year-old kid choosing a college should be a nationally televised event. And I don't think the list of schools a 15-year-old kid is considering attending should be news. But I, like Self, am a realist. That's the way it is....I feel bad for basketball recruit Xavier Henry for what probably is going to happen to him when he finally chooses Kansas or Memphis. I realize the message board people are the vocal minority, but there are a lot of them who will think of Henry as a bad person for not choosing their school. They anonymously will write terrible things about him. People who have never met him will attack his character. They will do this because some people say he is the best high school basketball player in America. Instant target. Topeka Capital Journal 11/14

(photo credit: SLAM)



At Nov 17, 2008, 1:09:00 AM, Anonymous Justin said...

Too bad about losing Snaer but it sounds like he wanted to be showcased as a player to be a one and done. With the crowded (and talented) backcourt at UCLA, I think he realized that wouldn't be the case.
He would have been a fine addition to our program, but I'm still happy with the class we have and also with the guards that will be returning (hopefully) next year.
Go Bruins!

At Nov 17, 2008, 1:54:00 AM, Anonymous leroi said...

Weeded himself out. Anyone choosing FSU over UCLA (not to mention KU) either knows he's not right for UCLA or is getting paid cold hard cash and lots of it.

At Nov 17, 2008, 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

Ya good luck to them though. You wouldnt want players to be here if they didnt really want to anyways.
Hopefully UCLA can get some Bigs as it is tough to find those. We certainly can use more of a presence down low.
Gordon and Big J will come around as this year progress, but we certainly need to grab at least one more, if not two, bigs in 2010.

At Nov 18, 2008, 3:43:00 AM, Anonymous jojoenglish said...

There are reports that the UCLA 2009 remaining prospect Mike Moser (SF 6-7) will make a decision on or before 11/19 (Wed) and sign a NLOI, and the latest word is that he has cut down his school list from three schools to only two schools which I believe is UCLA and Oregon/Washington.
Once UCLA former prospect - Overall No. 1 2009 prospect Xavier Henry (SG #1) committed to Memphis over Kansas. Apparently, it still does not affect Xavier Henry's decision to commit to Memphis after Nolan Dennis (SG #11) signed with Memphis. But in the past, there were quite some good UCLA prospects (such as recent example - Avery Bradley, Abdul Gaddy & Michael Snaer) turned down the offer by UCLA due to the playing time and loaded talents in some positions.

At Nov 18, 2008, 5:34:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Moser the red carpet is waiting....

At Nov 18, 2008, 8:48:00 AM, Anonymous ASK said...

X Henry is going to be a good one for Memphis. How the heck do you pick FSU over UCLA/Kansa in basketball? Especially being from SoCal? He needs to get his head checked. They must have pushed their best co-eds on him during his visit. It has to be the FSU co-eds.

At Nov 18, 2008, 10:17:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

Perhaps he is trying to be like OJ Mayo and be the biggest thing going to that school who knows. In any case, we need some bigs for future.

At Nov 18, 2008, 1:46:00 PM, Anonymous DW said...

Snaer plays Duke and NC twice each a year, plus the ACC tourney. He can play right away, wont have to take summer school (not at FSU) like our players do, or deal with the academic requirements a UCLA athlete does. I hear he had some sort of connection to that area in FL also. The four guaranteed games against Duke and NC have much more chance to be nationally televised than any UCLA game (West Coast Bias). He wanted to be the centerpiece and he's not good enough to be ours as a frosh, so the best option he had was FS.

At Nov 18, 2008, 4:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appearing on national television with a mediocre team and losing to Duke or NC, or appearing on national television while contributing to a deep NCAA tourney run? *shrug*

At Nov 18, 2008, 7:10:00 PM, Anonymous ASK said...

I can see how being "The Man" and having connections in FL could take him there.
If he had smart people giving him advice, just learning how to do the small "team first" things and playing Howland taught defense will get you a starting gig in the NBA. Just ask LRMM!

At Nov 19, 2008, 12:11:00 AM, Anonymous DW said...

When I say academic requirements, I don't only mean GPA. This includes ALL the seminars, summer school, tutoring sessions and other strict obligations our UCLA athletes have that other schools don't which are mandatory. It's amazing how much work our Bruins put in at this cutting-edge University. They participate in ground-breaking research and solve global issues. This requires hours spent in the academic resource center attached to the athletic dept. If you plan on being a "one-and-done" and don't care about graduating, Ben Howland's track record of developing talent will only go so far. I'm not saying straight out that Snaer was scared away by all the academics, but I heard rumors all summer that he has Brandon Jennings study habits.

At Nov 19, 2008, 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous DW said...

Just as a side note: Even Berkeley is easier to attend now than UCLA as a student athlete. Just ask Marshawn Lynch why he wasn't academically able to attend UCLA as planned, but was able to get into Cal without a hitch.
Bottom line is: We have the best STUDENT athletes in the world. They are smart kids that excel in ALL aspects of life, not just sports. That's why we win more championships at UCLA than any other school.

At Nov 19, 2008, 1:27:00 AM, Anonymous george said...

"We need some bigs for the future."
Look at our current roster and look at who's leaving who's staying and the current 2009 class!! It is HEAVY with bigs!! Believe it or not, we will be light at the guard spot. If Holiday stays - great. If he leaves, that leaves Anderson, Lee and Roll without a true back-up point at all!!
DB - look at the roster and do some analysis. You will see the truth in what George says.

At Nov 19, 2008, 3:04:00 AM, Anonymous LAinNYC said...

First can't wait to see the Bruins at Madison Square Garden this weekend! Second, where are the mea culpas from those who insisted Luc Richard should stay in school. One of the top ten rookies, 15ppg when he starts, playing under old-school coach with high standards! We should be touting him as an example of how a player can develop under Bennie.

At Nov 19, 2008, 9:28:00 AM, Anonymous GEORGE said...


At Nov 19, 2008, 10:49:00 AM, Anonymous jojoenglish said...

BREAKING NEWS - Mike Moser (SF 6-7), average 11.0 Reb, 3.5 Asst 3.5 Blk 15.0 Pts per game last season as a junior, just committed to UCLA at ESPN-U. Mike Moser committment to UCLA will finally round out the 2009 class for UCLA besides Tyler Honeycutt, Reeves Nelson, Brendan Lane, and Anthony Stover signed the LNOI last week.
We are loaded at the forward positon now without any true guards commits to this class. Go Bruins!

At Nov 19, 2008, 10:53:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

I am aware of our current bigs. I dont see the class of 2009 with bigs really since Tyler is SF that is very thin and Nelsen is 6-7. Lane and Stover is a bit under weight but I am sure they will put up some weight.
I should have been more clear. My term in "bigs" means PF and C positions. I am hoping to have a strong big that is physically there like Josh Smith!
Ya we do have lots of tall players coming in for the 09' class, but most seems to either be too short, thin, or playstyle like SF.
Who knows though, maybe they will put on around 30 pounds or so to be a little more stronger.
I just like stockpiling on bigs though since great bigs are so hard to find compared to guards. But ya we can use a sg for 09 as well. We do have 2 guards in 2010 so perhaps we can snag a big or two.
The good thing I like about these classes coming are that they are talented but not quite so to be one and done. We really need talented players that can overlap classes a bit to win championship.
I really dont think Jrue will be one and out since it seems so unlikely compared to his nature. Not to mention I think he needs a full season of being the PG xp at college to take it to the pros. I dont see that happening this year since DC is the PG right now and deservingly so.
I guess I am just thinking of like what-if scenerio had we still had Klove for this year with the young talents we got.

At Nov 19, 2008, 11:20:00 AM, Anonymous gtd said...

Glad we're able to recruit Moser... i think he can play a 2 or 3... he's a talented athlete with great upside... hope he'd be the next Luc... Luc has surprised a lot of NBA analysts with his game... he truly represents UCLA's standard of excellence.
go Bruins!

At Nov 19, 2008, 11:52:00 AM, Anonymous alan said...

It's apparent by Howland's recruiting that he feels pretty safe and set at the PG position for the next 3 years or so.
Before ending up with SF Moser, he was going after other wings, first going after some elite 2's before ending up with a 3 in Moser.
So he apparently feels like between Holiday/Anderson/Lee, and with Williams coming in 2010, that he's comfortable at the point.
Even if Holiday leaves after one year (you never know), I would think he would use Lee both alongside Anderson, and perhaps to play the point when Anderson's out. If I remember right, Lee was a PG in high school? Or at least I remember him being listed as PG on some of the recruiting sites.
I think Lee's a crucial player for us (being the other McDonald All-American besides Holiday), plus it looks like he has the talent and flexibility to play any position from PG to SG to SF.
Despite Reeves Nelson's height, and Lane and Stover's thinness, those three are going to have to show they can play inside, cuz between the guards we have now and wings Honeycutt and now Moser, we are fully stocked on perimeter players.

At Nov 19, 2008, 1:19:00 PM, Anonymous DB said...

exactly alan, which is why I was hoping they will get a dominant big in 2010 if can since the 09 guys are a bit undersized and most likely will take 2 years or so to bulk up and getting used to the new weight.
Nothing personal against those new bigs, it is just we can def. use one thats has those size naturally for years.
Who knows though, Gordon and Morgan has great size and just need to get used to the system and a better offensive game and we are set.
Coach has done a great job recruiting and you never pass up an elite player regardless of position if you can get such a player. I understand him trying to recruit guards and sf if he can get great ones still.
However, hopefully and I believe they will, when Gordon and Morgan come around and become more of a force inside, we will be awfully good especially next year.
BTW watching DRose in the NBA this year... he is just sooo good. I think last year's draft may be the best in the history of NBA based on how many rookies are already impact players.

At Nov 19, 2008, 1:23:00 PM, Anonymous DB said...

BTW dont forget about Lamb too Alan and hopefully Tyler can pack on 25 poundish. Like to see a SF who is supposed to have a great passing game as well. That will certainly help the inside game too.

At Nov 19, 2008, 1:49:00 PM, Anonymous DW said...

Great choice Moser! If you're going to be a 3-4 year player... Come live in Bel Air.


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