Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (1/11)

By Bruin Basketball Report 

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday. 


Mater Dei won the Orange Holiday Classic championship by beating Foothill in the championship game Wednesday at Chapman University. The Monarchs' Keala King and Tyler Lamb did not start in the Monarchs' first two games, because they were late for a Saturday practice.  Is that the Mater Dei policy, that a player does not start for two games because he is late for a practice? "It was the policy that day," said Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight, smiling. OC Varsity 1/4

Once inside Laker Fieldhouse, John A. Logan’s dynamic duo could be a problem for Lake Land in a 7:30 p.m. men’s basketball game to follow a 5:30 p.m. women’s contest in Great Rivers Athletic Conference openers. Lazeric Jones, a 6-foot-2 point guard for Logan, recently announced his verbal commitment to UCLA. “I also understand Jesse Perry has an offer from Arizona,” Lake Land coach Cedric Brown said. “They are two very talented young men who really make John A. Logan go. They do a good job both from the defensive and offensive end.  Journal Gazette 1/5

Lazeric Jones led the Vols with 25 points including 12 in the second half and five of his team’s nine overtime points. John A. Logan had two other players in double figures with Harris contributing 16 and Jesse Perry adding 15 points.  Journal Gazette 1/6

Mater Dei mashed Orange Lutheran, 82-46, at Mater Dei in the Trinity League opener....Senior guard Tyler Lamb, a UCLA signee, scored 19. Lamb was confident Mater Dei would win. "But we didn't expect to beat them by this much," he said. One reason Mater Dei rolled in this one was the growing chemistry between King and Lamb. When one has the ball, the other is cutting to the basket. Whoever is making that cut better have his hands up because a pass is on its way. OC Varsity 1/8


Angelo Chol: The lengthy lefty scored in a variety of ways inside and out. His go-to move is a jump hook over his right shoulder. He gets great elevation on it and his release is quick. He can knock down the jump shot at the elbow as well, although it isn't as consistent as it needs to be -- but much improved from a year ago. In addition, he shows his savvy for the game with his passing ability -- he made a number of fine passes out of the paint area. Despite being very wiry, he is a very solid rebounder to boot. Physically he has a slight frame, but he is very quick off his feet, and he can run all day in transition. Defensively, he has the lateral quickness to guard a 4 and the bounce and length to check a 5. ESPN 1/4

Terrence Jones at the Les Schwab Invtational: Video interview. Seattle Times 1/5

Lamont “MoMo” Jones has experienced disciplinary problems off the court and he looks more comfortable as a shooter rather than a passer. The door is open, especially to Josh Selby or Ray McCallum at the point guard position, to join Arizona and start right away. Tucson Citizen 1/5

Mount Pleasant All-Stater Trey Zeigler proved too much for Dow High on Tuesday, as the host Oilers cruised to a 63-41 Saginaw Valley League victory in boys' basketball. Zeigler, who gave the Chargers match-up problems all night, led the Oilers with 20 points while helping them to a 34-16 halftime lead. Zeigler is a 6-foot, 5-inch guard who's being recruited by some of the top college programs in the nation. "They got ahead early, and we had trouble with Zeigler," Dow coach Dave MacDonald said.  Our Midland 1/6

Sacramento's Josiah Turner, one of the top junior guards in the country, put on quite a show for the fans and UCLA coach Ben Howland at the Oaks Christian Holiday Classic in Southern California Dec. 28. With Howland watching from atop the bleachers, Turner had a career-high 48 points, including the game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to lead the Dragons to a 71-70 second-round win over Pasadena. Turner made 17 of 30 shots from the field, including four three-pointers, and also hit 10 of 11 free throws. Howland reportedly is strongly interested in the 6-3 Turner, who watched the Bruins play Delaware State the night before at Pauley Pavilion. Turner, who is averaging 28 points, originally committed to Arizona State but re-opened recruiting during the summer. SacBee 1/10

Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 15 rebounds Friday night in leading the No. 3-ranked Findlay Prep basketball team to a 61-47 victory against host Huntington (W.Va.) Prep...Findlay's Nick Johnson added 15 points and four assists. Las Vegas Sun 1/8

Sacramento's Josiah Turner scored 34 points and Oakland's Jabari Brown 33 points in Oakland's 88-81 win over the Dragons. Brown, a 6-5 wing, was playing his first game for the Wildcats after transferring from national power Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nev., earlier in the week. SacBee 1/10


At Jan 13, 2010, 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Parkman96 said...

We need Terrence Jones. I wish there was someway to convince him that he has the opportunity to play at the most legendary program in all of college basketball. We need to win another national championship and this guy along with Josh Smith & Honneycutt & an older better shooting Malcom Lee could help us move towards that.

At Jan 16, 2010, 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous JFM said...

Sorry, but if you really look at the realities of UCLA Basketball, Ben Howland is not the man for the job to get UCLA to the promised land (NCAA Champions). Yes, he made the NCAA Final 4 3 years in a row, but only by LUCK!!! He was either seeded #1 or #2 in the playoffs and even then, each time it was the other schools mistakes that allowed UCLA to win and make the final 4. However, remember that once they got to the final 4, each time they were completely out played and did not have enough athletisism to keep up with Florida (Twice) and Memphis (Once). Look at each one of thos final 4 games and UCLA was the worst team of all 4 and then getting their took lots of luck. Ben Howland has problems with scouting players. He scouts players that are pretty good, but not great, or at least good enough to become outstanding players. None of his recruiting class were good enough to take the team to the next level. Furthermore, Ben Howland's offense will not make it. He is more concerned about a half court game and completely stays away from a running game that sometimes would be much more effective. I am tired of seeing UCLA being less athletic than other teams and they will never win an NCAA tournament unless they can play both a half court game and a running game. They need better athletes. Ben Howland will never win an NCAA Tournament. Ben messed up in his recruiting the last couple of years and they are where they are because he dropped the ball. NOT ACCEPTABLE THAT A TEAM THAT MADE THE FINAL 4 3 YEARS IN A ROW IS NOW THE WORST TEAM IN THE PAC 10 AND MAYBE THE WORST TEAM IN THE WEST. Next year will be the same beacause he does not have enough recruits to change the current status. I have been a UCLA fan for 35 years and it saddens me to see such a great school have such a horrible basketball program for the next few years. I am tired of seeing the North Carolina's, Duke's, Texas's of basketball to always having a team in the top 10. Look at North Carolina, they lost everyone, but they are still in the top 20. A bad year for UCLA should still have them within the top 25, but this year's team really SUCKS!!

At Jan 18, 2010, 1:19:00 AM, Anonymous hes said...

Maybe you should apply for the next head coaching job. Your 35 years of experience should be enough to bring the bruins back. Let's keep kicking the bruins when they are down. Since you have been a fan for 35 years I bet you were proud when the bruins went to the final four each time. At least cbh is an honest coach. I just hope when they start winning again next year, you don't say anything good.

At Jan 21, 2010, 1:51:00 AM, Anonymous Jammer said...

Hes: I live and die for the Bruins, but no coach at UCLA should get a free pass. It comes wiuth the territory. This is supposed to be a top 20 program every year; no excuses.
He needs to go back and see what made Pitt a success. Losing Love and Hollday killed this team, but having guys on the bench who might not even be the best hoops players in L.A. is something that one cannot ignore.
Josh Smith is injured and it is being hushed up. L Jones has not seen this kind of competition.
I'm not asking for his head ... but he has to change (still remain clean)and rebuild it to a competitive level. No one fears the Bruins anymore. They simply dont have the talent to compete or he has lost control of this team. Either way, he needs to be held accountable.
A quick exit from teh NIT will not land im any recruits either. If he even gets to the NIT. The way ACC, Big 12, SEC and Big East are beating up on each other, two team will come out of Pac 10.
Not having talent is one thing; not having charcter is quite anither story and I dont see any intensity in the team, players or coaches.

At Jan 22, 2010, 9:17:00 AM, Anonymous Bill Koontz said...

Name one other coach that has had three final fours in three years, except Wooden. There isn't a better coach in the countr4y than Ben Howland. He wins with less, he's not some shoe salesman like Floyd, Calapari etc.

At Jan 25, 2010, 1:04:00 AM, Anonymous hes said...

Bill: I couldn't agree with you more. Jammer what will you say next season when things are looking up? I hope I don't see you say anything good about Howland. That would just be disappointing.

At Jan 25, 2010, 8:49:00 AM, Anonymous JFM said...

HES, don't get me wrong, I am and will always by a UCLA Bruin fan, but I am just frustrated to see what is happening this year. Yes, they made it to 3 final 4s, but did not win. That makes them 0 for 3. They should have at least won 1, but what's worse is they got spanked each time. I hope I am wrong about Ben, but I just don't see it happening.


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