Sunday, May 09, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (5/10)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.  

Commits

Graduating high school early, or "reclassifying," might not yet qualify as a trend, but it's not an underground movement, either. Once the idea came up -- Matt Carlino's father said it was first suggested by UCLA coaches once his son reopened his recruitment by rescinding a commitment to Indiana in March -- research made the family decision easier. "I don't know a lot of people with kids who would turn that down," Mark Carlino said. "You take a trip to UCLA and see what it is academically and athletically. It was an opportunity knocking, and Matt has chosen to go through that door. "You forgo your senior year, and Bloomington South is a phenomenal school and program. They would have had a very good chance to compete for the state championship, but at the same time Matt's dream has always been to play college basketball at the highest level, and there it was sitting in front of him." ESPN 5/4

Recruits

Oregon might not have won the news conference with its hiring of Dana Altman, but the new coach is reportedly victorious in a recruiting battle that resulted in an important commitment from point guard Johnathan Loyd, who is the state of Nevada's player of the year.  Signing the 5-foot-9 Loyd would give the Ducks another diminutive point guard after losing senior Tajuan Porter. But really, they're in need of players at this point after Ernie Kent didn't bring in anyone in the early signing period and three of his players received scholarship releases.  ESPN 5/3

Branden Dawson, a 6-foot-6 wing from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Ind., flew somewhat under the radar at the star-studded Jayhawk Invitational. He didn’t make the all-tournament team, but did score 26 in one game. “I’d never been to Kansas. The atmosphere here ... I love it,” Dawson said. “The fans here ... they love to win.” He said he’d love to add KU to a list of schools that consists of Purdue, Indiana, Georgetown, UCLA, Marquette and Michigan State. “I want to say, ‘What’s up? Why haven’t you contacted me?’’’ he said with a big smile. LJ World 5/4

Signs indicate Washington will secure elusive five-star basketball recruit Terrence Jones, but it's taking longer than coach Lorenzo Romar anticipated. "We have not gone this long (pursing recruits) since we've been here, with this many options in the spring," he said Monday. "Usually we've been done in the fall." Jones, a McDonald's and Jordan Classic All-American, is worth the wait. Over the past few days, the Huskies received positive news out of Oregon, suggesting the 6-foot-9 forward from Portland's Jefferson High will play at UW next season. Seattle Times 5/5

Forwards David and Travis Wear’s surprise decision to transfer after only one season in Chapel Hill makes the Tar Heels deep on the outside and thin in the middle. "We are extremely disappointed that David and Travis are leaving the program," UNC coach Roy Williams said in a prepared statement. "I love both kids and they would have been very important parts of our team next season. It is a significant blow to our team as we had four post players and now we are down to two." Williams had met with the brothers during mid-April to discuss their off-season development plans, and the twins apparently gave no indication that they planned to return home to Huntington Beach, Calif., after exams and not return. Williams learned the news via a phone call from the Wears’ father on Wednesday night. Charlotte Observer 5/6

David and Travis Wear, twin forwards who helped Santa Ana Mater Dei High win two state championships, are transferring from North Carolina and are expected to draw significant interest from UCLA. The Wears, who are both 6 feet 10, will have three years of remaining eligibility. Both strongly considered UCLA and Arizona out of high school before signing with the Tar Heels. North Carolina announced Thursday the Wears would transfer. Their father, David Sr., said he could not comment on potential landing places for his sons until North Carolina filed paperwork officially releasing them from their scholarships, but he added, "I would imagine UCLA would be interested." LA Times 5/6

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Branden Dawson was stellar on Saturday at Franklin High School, leading his SYF Players team into the quarterfinals of the Indiana State AAU Tournament. “I am just out here trying to get better,” said Dawson, who had games of 19 and 18 points. “I have improved a lot since last year, but I know I need to improve more.” Dawson has a solid list of schools: Purdue, Michigan State, Indiana, Marquette, UCLA and Georgetown. He said that they are “all equal” and that he likely won't make a decision on a school until next spring. “The college thing has been cool,” he said. “I am still open right now. I won't make an early decision.” Journal Courier 5/9


12 Comments:

At May 9, 2010, 6:59:00 PM, Anonymous UCLASteve said...

So the Wear twins couldn't step up and tell Roy of their decision? They had to have their dad call to relay the news? What's that all about? Common' boys, you're no longer in high school - grow up.

 
At May 10, 2010, 4:17:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Hey just so they "don't" disappoint us and sign on with CBH and the Bruins. This is their chance to finalize and make things right. They should have headed to the Bruins the first time around.
A lot of kids decisions end up being that they want to play close to home. In the Wear's case I think they thought they could handle 3,000 miles away but got homesick real fast. Heck one of those humid Carolina summers would do it for me! The O.C. beaches sound like so much of a better option!!!

 
At May 10, 2010, 6:05:00 AM, Anonymous The Guy That Always Bust Our Bubble said...

Hey, I don't want to bust your bubble, but word is, the Wear Twins are signing with Arizona. A have connections so I know.

 
At May 10, 2010, 6:29:00 AM, Anonymous UCLASteve said...

Yeah, cuz that makes WAY more sense than UCLA. Seriously, there really is no other option. The twins want to be near home, they were about to sign with UCLA in the first place, they can play for a proven coach that has produced TOP NBA talent, they will get a chance to play in the "updated" arena (at some point), and (most importantly) UCLA has the immediate NEED (yes, they have to sit for a year). What does AZ offer? A different coach than who recruited them (and an average one at that), a hot (as in temperature) city, on an already loaded (albeit non-power) team.
The Wears will be wearin' blue and gold with the letters "UCLA" on their chest next year and playing the following.

 
At May 10, 2010, 10:43:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Oh but I am scared UCLASteve, that Bubble Bursting Guy says he has "connections". What should we do, go crawl in our beds and keep the covers over our heads?
BTW, all YOUR points are very valid and lend much more credibility than the generalized connections angle!

 
At May 10, 2010, 1:54:00 PM, Anonymous NorCal Bruin said...

IF we could get those twins I would be STOKED!!!! That really would be a great lift to our program and what a deal. Plus they have another Mater Dei guy in Lamb on the team. I am keeping my fingers crossed!!

 
At May 11, 2010, 6:14:00 AM, Anonymous Honus Wagoner said...

Out of all the recruits, I have the most respect for Lamb - a true Bruin from the get go. None of this wishy washy b.s.

 
At May 11, 2010, 9:44:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Sometimes I see Lamb listed at 6'5" and sometimes as low as 6'3". Hope it is the former. I have seen some footage of Lamb and the kid looks really smooth out on the court! Great if the attitude matches the skillset?!
I hope any and all wishy washy evaporates come next season! There is more of that than you think behind the scenes. I do not envy coaching jobs in this day and age. The kids can become such prima donnas if we and the media let them...

 
At May 11, 2010, 12:13:00 PM, Anonymous BB fan said...

From Daily News Jon Gold Q&A , looks like UCLA is preparing their excuse in case Remi Barry does not pick UCLA.
Quote:
" Can you confirm that Remi Barry has been offered a scholarship by UCLA, and reveal what you know about Barry's interest in UCLA? - Blue Bruin
I've heard Barry has some academic issues to sort out, but if they are, the Bruins will make a big push. He's been showing major interest in St. John's and Cal, though, so UCLA will have to do some work on him. I'm not sure the academic issues will be resolved."
I've read that Cal is out of the picture, so it's between St Johns & Ucla. And I'm not sure if that's good news.

 
At May 12, 2010, 2:22:00 AM, Anonymous Jebediah Bush said...

This UCLA! This dude needs to hit the books. Seriously, unless you are ridiculously awesome, then you better have some brain. Idiots can apply to that other school.

 
At May 12, 2010, 7:46:00 AM, Anonymous Jump Shooter said...

Who is going to point out the irony in that last post?

 
At May 16, 2010, 1:52:00 AM, Anonymous BB fan said...

Take it for what it is.
From ZagsBlog.com , May 15:
"Remi Barry, a 6-7 wing from Del Oro (Calif.) High who is projected as a potential NBA player, will visit UCLA beginning Sunday, according to his AAU coach, Doc Haynes.
“Leaving at 10 a.m.,” Haynes texted.
Barry, who is originally from France, also ranks St. John’s and Arizona State among his favorites.
“I don’t have any favorite at all,” he said last week. “I have top three. UCLA, St. John’s and Arizona State.”
Haynes said Kentucky, Texas, Baylor and North Carolina also became recently involved after Barry recently had some coursework approved. But no visits have been set to those schools."
If it is true, I assume he's academics are in order.

 

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