Sunday, May 02, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (5/3)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.  

Commits

Former Indiana University basketball recruit Matt Carlino has committed to UCLA for the 2010 class, his father, Mark Carlino said. The 6-2 guard will graduate a year early and not return to Bloomington South next year. He had transferred from Arizona before his junior year. “We’re glad that he feels good about it,” Mark Carlino said. “I think it probably helps that he’ll be close to his family in Phoenix. Everything has been a positive for us in Indiana, though. I know I’ll certainly miss it. Carlino visited UCLA last weekend. Several other schools, including Baylor, California, Florida and UNLV, had also expressed interest in signing him for the 2010 class. Butler had gotten involved, recruiting him for the ’11 class. Indy Star 4/27

Matt Carlino's decision to leave Bloomington South and graduate from high school early so he can attend UCLA in the fall has forced a roster change to the Indiana Junior All-Star basketball team. "After speaking with the Carlino family, Matt felt it would be best if another player could maximize the benefit of being a Junior All-Star,'' All-Star games director Charlie Hall said Thursday night. Carlino had committed to Indiana University during his sophomore year and moved to Bloomington from Arizona last summer. He rescinded his commitment to IU in March and was recruited by several schools, some of whom wanted him for their 2010 recruiting classes after Carlino considered graduating early. The guard will complete his high school requirements online this summer and enroll at UCLA in the fall. Indy Star 4/30

Recruits

Another player that figures to receive a great deal of attention from Kansas fans this weekend is Josiah Turner, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard from Sacramento (CA) High School. Listed as a floor general, the No. 56 ranked player in the 2011 class certainly has the ability to distribute the basketball, but his game doesn't begin and end with getting his teammates involved.  As a junior, Turner averaged 27.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He connected on 53 percent of his field goals, 35 percent of his shots from behind the arc and 75 percent of his free-throws.  Recently, Self traveled to Sacramento (CA) High School to check in on Turner, a four-star prospect. The former Arizona State commit will spend the weekend running with Pump 'N Run Elite. Hickory Husker 4/28

Sacramento High School's Josiah Turner received a bevy of awards this week from Cal-Hi Sports. The 6-foot-3 junior guard, The Bee's Player of the Year, was named Cal-Hi's All-State Junior Player of the Year. Turner, who averaged nearly 28 points and helped the Dragons to the CIF Division III Northern California championship game, also landed a second-team spot on Cal-Hi's 30-man All-State team and was one of 20 players named to the All-State D-III team. Sac Bee 5/1

UCLA missed out on another top recruit, as Terrence Jones announced Friday that he will attend Washington, in what became a big day for the Huskies. Jones, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Portland Jefferson High School, was twice named the Oregon 5A player of the year. He averaged 32 points and 13 rebounds in leading Jefferson to its third consecutive state title last season. Jones will be joined by Jefferson teammate Terrence Ross, who also picked Washington on Friday. UCLA had also recruited Ross. “I wanted to go to a school that was ready for next season,” Jones said. “I also wanted to stay close to home. As I have said all along, I want to play with Terrence Ross.” LA Times 5/1

Every coach preaches the notion of never giving up. Every coach wants his players to believe that no deficit is too deep, no comeback too impossible. Down by 15 with 10 minutes to go, every basketball coach will holler to his team, "We've got to ratchet up the defense. We need some stops. Keep grinding. We can win this thing." But there is a time when a coach should give up. There is a time when the clock has run out and a coach should shake a player's hand and admit defeat. Take Friday, for instance, when Terrence Jones and his best friend Terrence Ross announced at a joint news conference, held at their Portland high school, they were going to play basketball for Washington. It was a day for celebration. It was their day, nobody else's. Then after their announcements, according to reports, Jones showed enough class to call Kentucky coach John Calipari to tell Calipari he was going to Washington. Calipari reacted like a coach who hadn't heard the final buzzer. Jones still hadn't signed his letter of intent. To Calipari, that meant the game was still on, and there's no quit in Coach Cal. Who knows what Calipari told Jones? Who knows what suggestions and promises were made? Who knows what game-changing strategy Calipari was employing? With Calipari, there is always room for suspicion. Temporarily, at least, Jones postponed his decision to go to UW.  Seattle Times 5/2

16 Comments:

At May 2, 2010, 5:48:00 PM, Anonymous Larry said...

Another classey move by Calipari.

 
At May 3, 2010, 1:51:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

We need BIGS...
Smith and Stover
Nelson and Lane
I am not satisfied Coach

 
At May 3, 2010, 11:04:00 AM, Anonymous george said...

Do you really thinkg that Coach is going to lose any sleep because you are "not satisfied?"

 
At May 3, 2010, 1:35:00 PM, Anonymous Nor Cal Bruin said...

For the first time ever I have to side with BruinFan on this one. Wish we could have gotten one more big name recruit. As I a said a million of times Collision, Mbah Mute, Westbrook, Roll ect. weren't even top 50 recruits but they turned out to be pretty impressive bruins. So don't put a ton of status in rankings and you never know how a kid will grow from one summer to the next(ala Matt Barnes). However still am bummed we didn't land a great recruiting class considering the year before was average as well.

 
At May 4, 2010, 5:29:00 AM, Anonymous Sandip O'malley said...

I think it's good that we develop our foundation of guards next year...big guys are sometimes a dime a dozen. Also, we should get quality big men not just big men to fill the roster. We saw what happen last year.

 
At May 4, 2010, 11:44:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Jones may not have to wait too long and go back to his gut and team mate at Washington. The weasel Calipari will probably not stay at Kentucky too long as he is being enticed by the vacant Chicgo Bulls coaching job and it is also a way out of the NCAA and his forthcoming violation embarassments!
If I was Jones I'd sit back and wait for that to take shape.

 
At May 6, 2010, 2:04:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

The Wear twins will be decommitting from UNC and hope to get their release. While it means they will sit out the 2010/11 season, CBH and the Bruins are trying to land them and Westwood is considered the frontrunner for the 2011/12 season.
GO BRUINS!!!

 
At May 6, 2010, 2:17:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

I'm iffy on this one...OC players who we get as UNC's leftovers...at least they are big bodies and coachable...

 
At May 6, 2010, 7:29:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Big bodies AND most importantly, coachable. The two have a lot of athleticism and are versatile, so I really don't see a downside here. Remember the kids were not leftovers and CBH tried his darnest to land these kids. I think they may have just gotten home sick along with the fact they could not crack more minutes at UNC. I would like to see their role with us similiar to the Plumlee brothers at Duke. Hmmmmm, what did Duke do this year?
Go Bruins
Go Lee (back at SG)
Go Nelson (you'll have Smith in the middle)
Go Honeycutt (you are a future NBAer)
Go Jones/Carlino (half an effort from each of you will be a PG team improvement)
Go Smith (start working your *ss off and lose some lbs. KLove is watching you)
Go Lane (you can still workout your upper body while injured)
Go...alright, even Go Anderson (CBH is giving you one more chance, re-dedicate yourself this off season)
GO BRUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At May 6, 2010, 12:17:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Mustafa is ahead of Anderson in my book
NAIA pg vs. Intramural pg lol
Smith -overweight and unproven
Stover-raw & unproven
Lane-coming off ankle surgery 5-6 mos
Nelson-In-N-Out double double guy
I need one or two more bigs...get rid of Anderson for me Coach

 
At May 6, 2010, 2:30:00 PM, Anonymous Bruindiehard19 said...

Mustafa is graduating. Great Article:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5167901

 
At May 7, 2010, 12:16:00 AM, Anonymous UCLASteve said...

Ah Man, Anderson was almost gone. Quick, somebody give him a nudge.

 
At May 7, 2010, 4:22:00 AM, Anonymous Bruinreign said...

Our only hope is that JA is a late bloomer-ALA Ced Bozeman, Ryan Hollins etc. Over-thinkers generally don't make good point guards. Maybe CBH can have him specialize in defense(Bozeman) or when Ben goes to a 3 guard line-up against a quicker team...My .02...

 
At May 7, 2010, 5:07:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

I know it is next season not this upcoming, but the Wear twins may be a great fit.
It is funny but if you read the blogs on the UNC forums right before the announcements by the Wears, there were rumors going around they may leave. Just about ALL the comments were why would they leave, these guys can play, great shooters, will be go-to guys in a couple of year, etc...
There is even a post that says "funny how all the UCLA fans said they didn't want the Wears once they picked us (UNC)"? Heck, I'd like to shove those words down that dude's throat as all the nay-sayers are coming out of the UNC woodwork suddenly b*tching about these guys being no good, etc...
I for one, hope we land these kids and reincarnate the Lopez twins in Westwood!!!

 
At May 7, 2010, 5:09:00 AM, Anonymous Salvador Presley said...

The leadership role(s) is up for grabs next year. For those with the inside scoop, who of the potential starters is the most outspoken and intelligent....Lamb, Anderson, Jones, Nelson, Honeycutt, Smith??...

 
At May 7, 2010, 9:17:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

I saw that after my post...he graduated as a Junior...hmmm....thank you 4 that

 

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