Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (4/12)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.  

Commits

Two John A. Logan College basketball standouts have been awarded All-American status by the National Junior College Athletic Association based on their performances this past season. Jesse Perry, a 6-foot 8 sophomore power forward out of St. Louis, led the Volunteers in scoring and rebounding at 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was named First Team. Lazeric Jones, a 6-foot 2 sophomore point guard out of Chicago, was second on the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game, tops in assists at five per game and the best free-throw shooter at 77 percent. Last week, Perry gave a verbal commitment to play on scholarship next fall for the University of Arizona. Jones had previously given a verbal commitment to play at UCLA. JALC News 4/5

Although he's not an accomplished shooter by reputation, Poole used a late flurry to tie UCLA-bound Tyler Lamb in the three-point contest. He made only three threes through the first 40 seconds of the one-minute contest. Then after making eight in the final 20 seconds, Poole pounded his chest as he ran toward halfcourt. The largely U of L-partisan crowd filled Freedom Hall with boos. In the shootout to determine the winner, Lamb made five three-pointers in 30 seconds while Poole made four. Kentucky Sports 4/10

Recruits

Terrence Jones, the McDonald's All-American who plays at Jefferson High School, has narrowed his finalists to a list of five (UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Kentucky and Oklahoma). And, given a reason, he'd like to stay close to home. Said Jones on Tuesday: "I'm waiting to see who the coach at Oregon is going to be."
Jones is the kind of player who can make the job better. Is it enough that he's waiting and watching? Is it enough that Oregon continues to aim high to fill the position? Oregon Live 4/7

If Lucas, Summers and Herzog all return for their final year of eligibility, not only would Thornton and Kebler go off scholarship, but there also would be no scholarship space for the one major uncommitted player MSU has offered: Trey Zeigler. The son of Central Michigan coach Ernie Zeigler and a top-30 recruit nationally, Zeigler has said he will make his decision shortly after the April 14 spring signing period begins, which gives MSU just more than a week to gauge some of its players’ plans, in particular Herzog’s. MLive 4/7

Angelo Chol, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound junior center from San Diego’s Hoover High, has sliced his list of schools to eight, Rivals.com reports. The schools: Kansas, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina, UCLA and Washington. He’s eliminated. Arizona State, Wyoming and Virginia. LJ World 4/7

Jefferson's Terrence Jones, the two-time Oregonian Class 5A player of the year, said he will announce his college decision April 23 or April 30 during a news conference.  Jones, speaking Thursday after a United States practice leading to Saturday's Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden, has narrowed his college choices to Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma and Kentucky. He is one of two unsigned players on the 11-man U.S. roster.  The 6-foot-9 Jones, rated No. 9 by ESPNU for the class of 2010, said he wanted to wait until finishing a series of all-star games to make his decision. Jones played in the McDonald's All-American game March 31. After the Nike Hoop Summit is the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17 in New York.  Oregon Live 4/8

Golden and McRae had the misfortune of playing eventual 2-on-2 winners Ray McCallum and Trey Zeigler in the first round. The UT signees rallied from a 7-2 deficit in the first-to-12 game; McRae hit a long jumper and back-to-back treys to give the future Vols a 10-9 lead. Zeigler answered with a drive, but McRae's potential game-winning shot beyond the 3-point arc rimmed out, and Zeigler finished them off with a trey. Golden was unable to dive on McCallum, a McDonald's All-American and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan. McRae was giving up size to Zeigler, a former teammate on the adidas nation squad, leading to some easier baskets inside. GoVols 4/9

Signing day for the late period in basketball is coming up in a month and Trey Zeigler has made it pretty well known that he will make his decision some time in May. His finalists are (in no particular order) Michigan, Central Michigan, UCLA, and Arizona State. Some of you reading this might wonder what a MAC school is doing on a list with ASU, UCLA, and Michigan but Central Michigan is located in Mt. Pleasant and his father Ernie Zeigler is the head coach. So Trey has a difficult discussion to make: play for his dad at Central which has 54 wins in the last four seasons, go west, or play for the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. The wild card in this decision is his dad's future at Central Michigan. Right now, Central is trying to re-negotiate Ernie's contract. Bleacher Report 4/8

Central Michigan men's basketball coach Ernie Zeigler and Athletics Director Dave Heeke have reached a verbal agreement on a new 4-year contract sources close to the situation tell me. The new deal will pay Zeigler just under $200,000 guaranteed this season and will begin immediately. The deal includes a $20,000 annual payment for media obligations and have a base salary over $175,000 in the first year of the deal with an undisclosed percentage raise after each season. Morning Sun 4/9

As the monthlong spring signing period begins this week, Kentucky fans are justifiably anxious about their favorite team's reliance on so-called one-and-done players. Sure, UK can restock. The Cats are involved with such highly rated prospects as Brandon Knight, Josh Selby, C.J. Leslie and Terrence Jones. Kentucky Sports 4/10

Jefferson's boys basketball season ended four weeks ago with a third consecutive Class 5A state championship, but the games continue for Democrats' star Terrence Jones.  The 6-foot-9 Jones is in the middle of a three-week tour of all-star games. On Saturday night, it was the Nike Hoop Summit in the Rose Garden, where Jones scored 15 points to help USA defeat World 101-97 before a crowd of 7,354. Oregon Live 4/11

33 Comments:

At Apr 12, 2010, 6:04:00 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

Ugh... Ray... common already... just announce for UCLA and let's get on with it.

 
At Apr 12, 2010, 7:39:00 AM, Anonymous RG said...

McCallum will be announcing soon, but not for UCLA. He was always a pipe dream for Howland. As is T. Jones and Zeigler.
Better deal with that disappointment now and find some obtainable plan-B recruits that you approve of UCLA signing instead.

 
At Apr 12, 2010, 1:20:00 PM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Even if we don't sign McCallum, Ziegler and T. Jones, I am not ready to throw in the towel next year.
This lineup while thin is quality.
PG L. Jones
SG Lee, Lamb
SF Honeycutt
PF Nelson, Lane
C Smith
Everyone will have to play about 30 minutes per game.
We will have to find some relief at point guard.
L Jones will have to live up to his potential.
Lane will have to get well and bulk up.
Smith will have to bulk down lol
and everyone will have to go to class....

 
At Apr 12, 2010, 6:05:00 PM, Anonymous UCLASteve said...

Word...

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 2:26:00 AM, Anonymous Matt Stairs said...

RG...you're an idiot and obviously a Wildcat loyalist. If McCallum wants to be in the NBA, he'd pick UCLA. 'Zona is a downward spiraling program. Either way, UCLA will be good with or without him. The program itself can take a mediocre PG and make him great...hot chicks, money and beautiful weather will do that!

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 2:52:00 AM, Anonymous RG said...

An idiot or a realist? All I did was brace you for the likely recruiting disappointments and you respond with ignorance, by dismissing me as an "idiot" 'Zona fan.
Look, I'd love to have McCallum come to UCLA but everything I've read says he's not. Choosing UCLA may be a no-brainer to you but these elite recruits apparently aren't feeling the same way.
And you are so wrong, I hate 'Zona almost as much as I hate USC.

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 3:55:00 AM, Anonymous Matt Stairs said...

Fine! You are not an idiot. You are awesome! Let's go R-G! Let's go R-G! Go!!!! RG!!!!!! Goooo!!! R-G!

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 5:59:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

One and done players are less prone to go for the tradition factor of a college as they are usually looking for the shortest path to the NBA. One and done players know they can bring it to any program so they usually are more into looking for one that can help them shine quickly.
I am hoping we get McCallum, Jones, and Ziegler, but truth is, Jones might want to be somewhere with alot of playing time to showcase his talent for the NBA.
The key factors here are Kentucky and Kansas as they also have huge gapes to fill that they can offer immediate playing time to players.
No longer are star players nowadays following tradition and the name of school, but rather coaches and playing opportunity.
Unless the NBA increases from one year to at least two or three, the recruiting landscape is more driven by players than by coaches or colleges.
With that, I am still hoping those three will come or at least two.

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 7:07:00 AM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Well Said DB...
Although, I will point out that UCLA has a great guard tradition regardless of tenure going back to the championship years.
Recently, for every Baron Davis you get Earl Watson. Jrue Holiday --> Darron Collison.
So my message to McCallum. Come to UCLA and dare to be great...
At UCLA character matters ...

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 9:48:00 AM, Anonymous Juju Bee said...

Why doesn't UCLA ever go foreign???See St. Mary's of Moraga, CA. Usually foreign dudes are smarter and have better fundamentals.

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 10:22:00 AM, Anonymous BruinsDieHard19 said...

Well, let's hope 2 out of 3 is enough... Or even 1 out of 3 at this point. Zeigler is gone. http://www.themorningsun.com/articles/2010/04/13/sports/doc4bc4fb65676b8538207603.txt
Hope Mccallum comes to his senses, and Terrence realizes UK won't be the same without Wall and Cousins

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

Probably went there after dad got a bump in pay har har. Well family first you cant blame him.
UK is a little tough right now as if they get Knight, Shelby, Leslie and another, it might tempt a Jones there too.
Anyhow, I am hoping for Jones and McCallum and save the other two scholarships for 2011.

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 1:20:00 PM, Anonymous knucklehead said...

I'm just hoping TJ signs with us. The other recruits are long shots at this point. And I hope Coach does not waste a scholarship on a "role" player
Maybe Coach should concentrate on next year's recruiting class that includes both Joshiah Turner and Angelo Choi. JT is already the best high school point in CA (in my knucklehead opinion).

 
At Apr 13, 2010, 3:27:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

one word Drag-O-Pullin hair-lackin D-fense-Beatch...come on JuJU...If we go foreign from now on, we will get some big strong Cameroonians who will wipe the glass (attack the boards)...no comment, I'm going to church...later Juju Bee...pray CBH gets bigs and a pg next yr....otherwise we r toast

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 1:16:00 AM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Looks like a package deal to me....
Hope Ray M and dad don't have the same deal
Wonder what Knight's dad is doing.

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 2:23:00 AM, Anonymous Paul Orndorf said...

Man, imagine Butler's coach at UCLA. When did Howland get tenure!

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 7:11:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Ray M. will not play for U-C-L-A...according to the latest sporting news article...
Gr8 so we have an intramural league pg and an NAIA pg as his backup...
http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/62741/college_hoops_signing_day_is_all_in_the_family

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 7:21:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

please fix the screen width...cannot read what our fans are posting....

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 7:45:00 AM, Anonymous Pappy Jones said...

Screw Ray and Trey! Sometimes these players are a little overhyped. We can definitely pick up a nice point guard elsewhere. There are plenty of good, fundamentally sound whiteboys in the midwest or Austrialia.

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 8:26:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

courtesy of AZ BRUIN:
This lineup while thin is quality.
PG L. Jones
SG Lee, Lamb
SF Honeycutt
PF Nelson, Lane
C Smith
he left off Stover and Anderson, as we are both hoping they transfer...

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 8:36:00 AM, Anonymous Kirk Greenberg said...

I'll take Lazeric at PG...77% freethrow means he can shoot. Being JUCO transfer means he's a hard worker. Going to a JUCO and playing with street ballers means he's tough. Picking UCLA means he's smart. I think we'll be alright fellas!

 
At Apr 14, 2010, 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Looks like Nelson and Honeycutt are going to have to carry us ala Wicks/Rowe. L. Jones, Smith and Lee just has to be competent (Henry Bibby)
BTW Selby and Joseph are still uncommitted. Since Knight committed to Kentucky they may look elsewhere.

 
At Apr 15, 2010, 1:48:00 AM, Anonymous David Downer said...

Man, I depress guys. Tell me something good about the upcoming UCLA season. I hope someone, aside from Honeycutt and Nelson, step up big time next year. Otherwise, it's another wasted season in Westwood.

 
At Apr 15, 2010, 2:59:00 AM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Selby, Joseph come to UCLA and get some PT!!!
Look at all the UCLA guards in the NBA...
Davis (1999), Watson(2001), Farmar (2006), Afflalo (2007), Westbrook (2008), Holiday (2009), Collison (2009)
All first round except Watson...
All Starters except Farmar...
All you gotta do is go to class and do what CBH's tells you to do...
Check out the scouting report. These two are tailor made for CBH's teams
http://ucla.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1071951

 
At Apr 15, 2010, 3:06:00 AM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

DD - Keep the faith....
This lineup while thin is quality.
PG L. Jones
SG Lee, Lamb
SF Honeycutt
PF Nelson, Lane
C Smith
"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who don't sign are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be basketball that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
Adapted from Tolkien another wizard...

 
At Apr 15, 2010, 1:16:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Bruin Nation:
1) Who the heck are we going after?
2) Do you think we should save our scholarships for nxt year?
If so, how many?

 
At Apr 15, 2010, 2:58:00 PM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

We still need a point guard. Selby or Joseph.
We will have 3-5 scholarships available.
we want Chol (19) C, Dawson (16) SF, and Wiltjer (23) PF, Johnson (51) PG, Josiah Turner (56) PG
PG L. Jones
SG Lee, Lamb
SF Honeycutt
PF Nelson, Lane
C Smith

 
At Apr 16, 2010, 2:24:00 AM, Anonymous fliparch said...

Just read that Terrence Jones has cut his choices
down to UW,Oregon and Kent. Ucla has been eliminated from the running. I think we all knew we had no chance to get him .We need to see who is left and focus on getting a power forward and prob a pt guard and close the books for 2010. hopefully we can pick up some people for 2011.

 
At Apr 16, 2010, 3:14:00 AM, Anonymous Matt Stairs said...

There are always diamonds in the rough. Hopefully Howland can find them. I'm for finding the son of some dude who use to play in the nba...usually their kid can ball...genetics I guess...

 
At Apr 16, 2010, 6:05:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

Unless we can get someone who is a game changer type of player, we should save our scholarships. There is no point in getting more players who need a lot of coaching and fine tunning still as we got enough of those.
unless we get a needed PG or a powerful interior player, its best to just save them for 2011.

 
At Apr 16, 2010, 7:43:00 AM, Anonymous Tony Sapporo said...

I swear this bitch at work is gettign on my nerves...dumbass country bumpkin...sorry....Go Bruins!

 
At Apr 18, 2010, 12:45:00 AM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

Selby committed to Kansas.
Joseph still uncommitted. It appears we are recruiting his teammate for next year (Nick Johnson)
T. Jones waiting til May to commit. I think he will go to Oregon if he likes coach.
CJ Leslie??

 
At Apr 18, 2010, 12:46:00 AM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

BBR should add a Smith weight tracker to the site!! lol

 

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