Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (11/24)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Mike Moser from Grant HS in Portland, Oregon, has committed to play at UCLA in 2009. He is ranked in the top 20 among all small forwards and top 100 overall in his recruiting class. The high school senior had committed to Arizona, but decided to re-open his recruitment following head coach Lute Olson's retirement. Moser had also considered USC, Oregon State, Oregon and the Wildcats. Bruin Basketball Report 11/20

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) is the preseason No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today's Super 25 high school basketball rankings. The Monarchs return four starters from a 35-1 team that won the CIF Division II state title last season. Led by twins David Wear and Travis Wear, both of which committed to North Carolina, the Monarchs will fill their starting lineup with junior transfer Tyler Lamb, who has committed to UCLA. Transworld News 11/21


Fairfax senior Renardo Sidney and his family made an unofficial visit to Virginia this past weekend and left impressed by the school's "great campus and academics," the player's father, Renardo Sidney Sr. said in a text message to The Times....Sidney Sr. stopped short of identifying Virginia as the leading candidate to land his son, but did praise how university staff treated the 6-feet-10 standout. "They understand the difference between a Big Mac and a Whopper with cheese," he said in a text message. "Big Macs are good for resumes, Whoppers with cheese bring home gold balls." LA Times 11/18

Xavier Henry, an Oklahoma City shooting guard and ESPN’s No. 1 player in the nation, announced his intentions to attend Memphis next year this morning on ESPN. Henry had narrowed his college choices down to Kansas or Memphis. He said on ESPN he chose Memphis because the chance it provided him to play with his brother, C.J. Henry. Daily Kansan 11/18

Durand Scott, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Rice High in New York, will attend Miami. Scott, at the top of UConn's recruiting wish list for the Class of 2009, had narrowed his choices to Miami, UConn and Pittsburgh. People close to Scott said last week he had ruled out Pitt and was torn between UConn and Miami. Scott apparently expressed a desire to go to school far from home. Hartford Courant 11/20

Renardo Sidney: He took a surprise visit to Virginia, but in a similar vein as Stephenson, the odds are on either Europe or USC if he goes to college. Rivals 11/21

ESPNU's No. 3 center Keith "Tiny" Gallon ended his recruitment on Wednesday when the big man signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma. The 6-foot-9, 300 pounder chose the Sooners over California and Mississippi State. Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith called this morning to confirm that Gallon and his mom had both signed the National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma, and that the papers had been sent to the Sooners basketball office. ESPN 11/23

Dashonte Riley of Country Day (Detroit, Mich.), rated No. 5 among centers and No. 32 overall in Class 2009, has decided to decommit from Georgetown and will re-open his recruitment. The 6-foot-10 prospect was expected to sign with the Hoyas during the early period. He had many offers before chosing Georgetown, including Ohio State, Xavier, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Minnesota, UCLA and Southern California. "[Riley] just said after he returned from his official visit that he didn't feel like it was the right fit for him," his coach, Kurt Keener, told the Washington Times. "I know his mother felt that he had committed a little too early in the process. They discussed the situation after he returned from his official visit, and he called the staff at Georgetown recently and informed them he would be reopening his recruitment."My feeling is that it is now doubtful that he will end up at Georgetown." ESPN 11/23

(photo credit: LA Times)



At Nov 23, 2008, 4:59:00 PM, Anonymous Leroy said...

Ah... Monday morning and Sidney Sr. has once again not let me down. Obviously this guy is being recruited and not his son. Poor Renardo - he's probably a good kid, but his dad is killing him... another gem to add to the MULTIPLE others, "They understand the difference between a Big Mac and a Whopper with cheese," he said in a text message. "Big Macs are good for resumes, Whoppers with cheese bring home gold balls." What does that even mean????

At Nov 23, 2008, 5:35:00 PM, Anonymous Hank said...

Sidney Sr., opps, I mean Renardo, please go to U$C. You would be a perfect fit for that school.

At Nov 23, 2008, 11:10:00 PM, Anonymous Robwash said...

leroy: What he meant was Big Macs are for resumes, but Whoppers with cheese get you gold balls because the cheese is yellow and the gold balls are yellow (well, gold actually). Of course, you can get a Big Mac with cheese so maybe they wouldn't be that good for resumes. But I must agree, the guy really is entertaining and he certainly LOVES the attention.

At Nov 24, 2008, 1:47:00 AM, Anonymous bruin66 said...

We'll have to have overtime games just to get enough PT. Or maybe multiple roundballs.
And what about the scholarship limit? An excess of riches. I'm glad cool Ben is in charge.

At Nov 24, 2008, 2:49:00 AM, Anonymous Bungo999 said...

I think the underlying implication (although I doubt Sidney, Sr. knew it)is that "you can have it your way..."

At Nov 24, 2008, 4:08:00 AM, Anonymous Leroy said...

so, is Renardo a Big Mac or a Whopper? I still don't get which is supposed to be better.

At Nov 24, 2008, 6:11:00 AM, Anonymous David G. said...

Wow. That has to be the most asinine sports-related analogy I've ever heard.

At Nov 24, 2008, 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous george said...

personally, i go for in and out. of course, a double double might be good for common folk but animal style will bring home the hairy balls.

At Nov 24, 2008, 1:39:00 PM, Anonymous JW said...

The only important question right now is: how is Aboya doing???

At Nov 26, 2008, 4:04:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

I think In N' Out hands down...And that's what I want from the Sidneys:
In - the news to tell us they have committed to somewhere (besides UCLA)
Out - of the news and our lives once and for all
He (They) are so not Bruin material! BBR, maybe you can omit him from the recruit page as he and his screwball dad are more than a long shot to come to Westwood...

At Nov 26, 2008, 10:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the Sidney fodder

At Nov 26, 2008, 11:17:00 AM, Anonymous george said...

the sidney stuff is the highlight of the report. nothing written by the SNL staff can compare to the hilarity of what comes out of the buffoon's (dad's) mouth!!

At Nov 27, 2008, 6:23:00 AM, Anonymous Bee said...

How do you determine who makes the Recruiting list? Just curious.
Keep up the great work and Happy Thanksgiving.
a nice little 2009 recruiting nugget:

At Nov 28, 2008, 1:49:00 PM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

Its based upon the various recruit services and own info.


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