Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (11/8)
By Bruin Basketball Report
Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.
The highest-rated newcomer to the ESPNU 100 is DeAndre Daniels (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy), who debuts at No. 35. When we last put out the rankings, we didn't have enough information as to Daniels' whereabouts or current class. He was kind of in limbo, so we waited and wanted to learn a little more about where he'd end up and his grade status. Now that it's cleared up, his talents as an athlete, perimeter player and combo forward warrant ranking him among our top 50 talents. ESPN 11/3
Quinn Cook, the No. 12 player in MaxPreps' ranking of the nation's top 100 seniors, has made a commitment to Duke University, according to the Fayetteville Observer. His second choice was UCLA. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 20 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds last year while leading DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) to a 32-4 record. MaxPreps 11/4
"I have Shabazz Muhammad at the top of my list," Hicks said. "He plays with the kind of aggressiveness that Jrue Holiday did a couple of years ago but he's bigger, stronger and a better shooter than Jrue was at the same time," he added, alluding to the former UCLA player and current starting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, who finished atop the balloting for the 29th (2007-08) BIW squad. Press Telegram 11/6
Six-foot-8 Brandon Ashley (Oakland Bishop O'Dowd) is their choice as the No. 1 junior in Northern California, 6-9 Grant Jarrett (La Verne Lutheran) is their pick as the best 11th grader in Southern California and 6-4 Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas Bishop Gorman) gets their nods as the best non-Californian among West region juniors. "Ashley and Jarrett are each `elite-level' recruits," Francisco said, the inference being that Ashley and Jarrett will, in essence, be able to choose a college from among any of the national powers, regardless of region. Press Telegram 11/6