Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (3/1)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.  

Commits

Kentwood's 6-foot-10 center Joshua Smith has been selected to play in the elite Jordan Brand Classic in April in New York. Smith, a UCLA signee, is a McDonald's All-American. MaxPreps 2/22

Sophomore guard Lazeric Jones knocked down 22 points, including 12-of-12 from the free-throw line to pace the Logan attack. The Southern 2/23

Joshua Smith, a 6-foot-9 senior, had 22 points and 19 rebounds as seventh-ranked Kentwood beat rival Kentridge Tuesday night, 74-54, in a loser-out game of the West Central 4A District boys basketball tournament at Auburn High School. The Conquerors (15-11) are one win from their first state berth since Smith's freshman year. They play Beamer of Federal Way Friday at 8 p.m. at Foss of Tacoma in one last loser-out game. The Titans (17-7) stayed alive with a wild, 56-55 victory over Mount Tahoma of Tacoma. Smith, who has signed with UCLA and recently was named a McDonald's All-American, doesn't want this season to end the way the last two have, just short of the state tournament. Seattle Times 2/23

Mater Dei's Tyler Lamb made a 3-pointer to put Mater Dei on top, 38-36, King made a jump hook in the key and followed with a finger-roll, and Mater Dei had a six-point lead....Franklin scored 21 points, and Lamb scored 13 and blocked four shots. OC Varsity 2/23

Recruits

The Mt. Pleasant High School boys basketball team won its 13th straight game Tuesday as the Oilers bested host Bay City Central 73-68 in overtime....Trey Zeigler also tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in regulation. Morning Sun 2/24

Another key Kentucky target is big man Terrence Jones, a player from Oregon whom Biancardi coached at the Nike Skills Academy. “He is a power forward body that is chiseled. He possesses small forward skill levels. One of his best attributes is the way he handles the ball facing the basket,” Biancardi said. “With his body and soft touch he can score in the low post and in the mid-post from about 12 feet. AM News 2/25

Detroit Country Day 75, Detroit Denby 64: Ray McCallum scored 22, Amir Williams 19 and Lee Bailey 17 for Country Day (16-1). Derrick Barton scored 21 and Isaiah Sykes 16 for Denby (10-8). Detroit News 2/25

Teammates at Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) and two of the top unsigned 2010 prospects Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross attended the Washington-UCLA game last Saturday on the Husky campus. MaxPreps 2/26

12 Comments:

At Mar 1, 2010, 7:05:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Ray, we need you. Come start for U-C-L-A!!

 
At Mar 1, 2010, 7:52:00 AM, Anonymous Jack Sparrow said...

Honestly, a good solid farmboy who can knock down the open three would be better than what we have now at the PG position!

 
At Mar 2, 2010, 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Tim said...

Has anyone heard of Austin Ramljak? An article from Bruinblitz claims he's intending to walk-on at UCLA.

 
At Mar 3, 2010, 4:50:00 AM, Anonymous Jack Sparrow said...

Ray McCallum ain't nothing special in my book. To be a great PG you just gotta have heart...a bit of a Napolean complex...dagger in the heart mentality (shooting a three when at the right moments...not as your offensive game plan)...There are definitely lots of players like that at the H.S. level.

 
At Mar 3, 2010, 5:05:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

anybody is better than Div 3 Anderson...
He is W.A.C. material if that...he's terrible!! I don't expect him to change over the course of the summer...prove me wrong JA cuz Howland probalby thinks we r stuck with your scholarship

 
At Mar 3, 2010, 11:11:00 AM, Anonymous Jammer said...

JS:
I've seen this kid play. He is not flashy but he won't throw the ball away and makes great decisions. That's what we need right now is a guy to set the table.
He is a scorer at the point position and even if Nelson, Honeycutt and Smith are in the front court, these guys can't get their own shot. Ray McCallum can if Howland can develop a motion offense that can utilize Honeycutt's athleticism.
Jones is a good JCU transfer.
Just having Drags off the roster will be an upgrade.
Being swept in Arizona is a real possibility.
Next year is all we can look forward to.

 
At Mar 5, 2010, 1:06:00 AM, Anonymous d said...

anyone who things honey can't create his own shot is an idiot, hasn't played at a real level, like most of the poser posters on this site. build an offense around him and watch him average 20+.

 
At Mar 5, 2010, 7:57:00 AM, Anonymous Swami Mikey said...

Jammer's including Honeycutt as someone who cannot create his own shot stood out to me too. Clearly Honey can. He is a special player. But, d, do you have to be so insulting? I don't know what "real" level you played at, if any, but I wouldn't have wanted you as my teammate.

 
At Mar 5, 2010, 12:08:00 PM, Anonymous W.KOONTZLAW@VERIZON.NET said...

agree team better with Drag in SERBIA

 
At Mar 6, 2010, 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Jammer said...

I take it you saw the Arizon State game. Love Honeycutt as a player, but he didn't create his shot against a much smaller defender. Not saying he won't get 20+, but those will come by slashing and beating slower 3's who can't stay with him.
"D", I've been called worse and if you read my posts, I predicted 12 victories for this bunch and I was not that far off.
A smaller, more aggressive match up zone by ASU confused the Bruins and they ran no pick and pops or backdoors when they were extending out. when you have 4 guys on the perimeter, never daring to drive (except for Lee, and he got stuffed), it's not that tough to defend, especialy when Bobo is in the middle and has no ablity to seal his defender. That kid # 2 for ASU outworked every single Bruin today. That's heart; that's what's missing.
Saw McCallum play again in Michigan. Kid has game, but he would be wasted under Howland who has been successful at the defensive end, but these kids don't play defense and that leads to a half court offense which is pass around the perimeter and watch Drag let one fly as the shot clock runs dowm. Thank goodness this Sr. is leaving.
No NIT invite either. Thak goodness. That would be another loss.
Next year... let's hope Smith comes to play and is in shape. These guys are soft and need some weight training.
Howland had these bruisers at PITT and was successful; he needs to go National and get the very best from all over.

 
At Mar 6, 2010, 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Jammer said...

Howland suspends Bobo in Arizon for a violation of team rules; after he questions the character of his youngsters last week and then plays him and Drag (another fine example of student-athlete)more minutes than anyone.
Congratulations Mike Roll. Your last game was awful, but you are about the only guy with heart that's an upperclassman. You were not the go to guy and you ended up as the leading scorer. Well done, young man!

 
At Mar 6, 2010, 2:09:00 PM, Anonymous mcintheloin said...

I don't know what people mean by "heart." If they mean a strong work ethic and a desire to win no matter what, then I think that's way over-rated, PG or any position for that matter, to describe greatness or a winner. (However you define "heart" actually doesn't matter, because to me it's just an intangible.) I'm specifically reacting to JS's "To be a great PG you just gotta have heart" comment.
Certainly, great players have "[user-defined] heart," but that's not what makes them great. What makes them truly great is simply a tremendous amount of skill. What made/makes Magic, Bird, Jordan, Kobe the greatest players ever was/is not "just heart," but an unbelievable amount of skill. I don't care if a guy's got a dagger in the heart mentality if he can't consistently knock down his shot, defend the perimeter like an animal or make the perfect cross-court pass through 3 defenders, 2 cheerleaders and a waterboy.
I'm not calling JS out, but really anyone who tells someone (esp those with mediocre talent), if you just. have. more. heart., you can win or do anything. C'mon. What makes someone consistently win is not so-so talent and a bazillion amount of heart - that might get you a win or two or maybe three. To me, it's skill that stands above everything. Give me a bunch of amazingly skilled players (and a coach who knows how to bring them together and drive towards wins) over a bunch of players with king-size hearts and little skill...anytime.
Look at Dennis Rodman. Disruptive, nonchalant, lazy, weird as hell, I wouldn't label him as a guy with "heart" necessarily. But man, he is unquestionably one of the greatest defensive players of all time. NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times; voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice; led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years; five NBA championships. Dude can ball...but not because he just has heart.

 

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