Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (3/30)

By Bruin Basketball Report 

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday 


There is much debate about whether Rocklin's Brendan Lane can be an impact freshman next season at UCLA. Many scouting reports say the same thing: The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Lane is going to have to get stronger and tougher. But there are no arguments that Lane is a skilled player with enough all-around ability to play power forward, small forward or even center in a pinch. With the core of coach Ben Howland's team - seniors Darren Collison, Josh Shipp and Alfred Aboya - departing and freshman guard Jrue Holiday possibly headed for the NBA, next season could be a rare rebuilding year for UCLA. Sac Bee 3/26 

L.A. Times Boy All-Star Team: Tyler Lamb, Mater Dei, 6-5, G, Jr.: Top shooting guard averaged 14 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 steals for Southern Section Division I-AA runner-up. Committed to UCLA. LA Times 3/29 

Reeves Nelson has played in his share of big games in his four years at Modesto Christian High School.
His teams won four Sac-Joaquin Section titles and advanced to the CIF NorCal Championship game three times. This year, the Crusaders lost to St. Mary's of Berkeley in a NorCal semifinal.
But ask the UCLA-bound forward what one game he'll remember the most, and he can't think of it. Instead, he'll remember the journey.
Nelson, who averaged 24.7 points and 14.0 rebounds a game for Modesto Christian, is The Bee's 2009 Boys Basketball Player of the Year. It's the second consecutive year Nelson has won this honor. Modesto Bee 3/29 


It doesn’t take any basketball fan long to notice that Trey Zeigler is a special player.
The junior guard for Mt. Pleasant has been turning heads since he first became a teenager, making a name for himself with his strong performances in basketball camps across the country.
In his first two seasons as an Oiler, Zeigler helped Mt. Pleasant get to two regional finals. But in each instance he was sidelined with injuries that forced him to miss a good portion of the season.
This season he took the next step, emerging as a dominant player while leading Mt. Pleasant to yet another regional final. Morning Sun 3/28 

The Parade All-America team has reaffirmed what became obvious this winter: Washington had some great boys basketball players this year.
Three players from the Seattle-Tacoma area, and another with local ties, made this year's team, which will be released in the April 5 issue. Bellarmine Prep senior guard Abdul Gaddy and Kentwood junior forward Josh Smith made the second team....So did Kentwood, even with Josh Smith in the middle. The 6-foot-10 center's No. 1 junior recruit in the country, led area big schools with 24.3 points per game, and he averaged more than 16 rebounds. He has yet to decide on a college, though UCLA and Washington are among the many schools on his list. Seattle Times 3/29