Friday, April 30, 2010

Terrence Jones Commits To.....UW

By Bruin Basketball Report

Surrounded by baseball caps from Kentucky, Washington, UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Kansas on a table at his press conference, Terrence Jones chose to put on the Washington Huskies black cap on his head to signify his selection to play in Seattle next season.

He follows his childhood friend, Terrence Ross, to Washington. 

Jones a 6'8 power forward from Jefferson Highs School in Oregon chose Washington in order to play close to home and a wish to play with Ross in college.

UCLA has three remaining scholarships for next season if they choose to use them, otherwise the Bruins will enter the 2010-11 season with ten scholarship players.

The current 2010 class of Josh Smith, Tyler Lamb, Lazeric Jones, and Matt Carlino is very solid; however, a Terrence Jones signing would have elevated it to one of the tops in the nation.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bruin Basketball Recruiting: Matt Carlino

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Matt Carlino

PG/SG | 6'2 | 195

Status: Committed to UCLA 4/27/09. Signed LOI 5/7/10
Class: 2010
Hometown: Bloomington, IN
School: Bloomington South HS
Position Rank (aggregate): 30
Schools of Interest: UCLA, Indiana, USC, Arizona, Baylor, Butler


Indiana Prep Star Commits to UCLA for 2010



Indiana Prep Star Commits to UCLA for 2010

By Bruin Basketball Report

Bloomington South high school prep star Matt Carlino has committed to UCLA for the 2010 class, his father, Mark Carlino told The Indy Star today.

The 6'3  guard did well enough on his prep tests to graduate a year early and attend UCLA this upcoming fall. 

He  plays both the point and shooting guard positions. The lefty combo guard is solid at both positions and possesses a high basketball IQ.

“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 had previously committed to Indiana before deciding to de-commit late last year.  

He had visited UCLA last weekend, as well as a host of other Division I schools before choosing to play in Westwood next season.

Monday, April 26, 2010

UCLA Hires Assistant Coach Philip Mathews

By Bruin Basketball Report

From the UCLA Athletic Department

UCLA men’s basketball head coach, Ben Howland, announced today the hiring of Philip Mathews to the post of assistant coach. Mathews replaces Donny Daniels, who left to become Mark Few’s assistant at Gonzaga last month.

Mathews, who spent nine years as the head coach at San Francisco (1995-2004), recently finished a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Nebraska on the Husker bench alongside Head Coach Doc Sadler.

“Philip is a welcome and outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” Howland said. “He has been a successful recruiter at every level. He has great relationships and has built an outstanding network of friends not only throughout southern California but the entire country.”

Mathews holds a wealth of knowledge after serving as a former college head coach at both the Division I and junior college levels. During his career, Mathews recorded nearly 500 wins as a head coach.

Mathews returned to the Division I level in 2006-07 as an assistant coach on Sadler's first staff at Nebraska. It was Mathews' first time at the NCAA's highest level since serving as head coach at San Francisco for nine years from 1995 to 2004.

The experience Mathews provided over the past four years was vital to the Huskers' success. During that stretch with Mathews assisting Sadler, the Huskers posted 70 wins and earned a pair of postseason appearances.

Working primarily with the guards, Mathews helped Sadler turn Nebraska into one of the top ballhandling teams. Nebraska ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin with a +5.8 margin in 2008-09. The Husker guards also helped Nebraska post at least 200 3-pointers three times in the past four years, each time ranking among the top five totals in the Husker record book. Mathews has also helped the Husker point guards become some of the most efficient assistmen in the league. During the past four years, NU's point guard has ranked among the top seven in the Big 12 Conference in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.

In his last stint at the Division I level, Mathews guided the San Francisco Dons program from 1995-96 to 2003-04. His team won at least 16 games in each of his first three seasons and among the early highlights was a 19-11 mark in 1997-98 that led to San Francisco's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 years.

Two years later, Mathews again led USF to another 19-win season. Two of his last three squads posted winning overall records and all three finished in the top four in the West Coast Conference standings. He finished his career with a 139-123 record in nine seasons at San Francisco.

Mathews honed his coaching skills in the junior college ranks as he compiled a combined 349-73 record in 12 years as head coach at the junior college level and his squads won a conference title 11 times during his tenure.

Mathews' first stint as head coach at the junior college level came at Ventura College, where he spent 10 seasons (1986-95) compiling a 298-56 record. His teams won 10 straight Western States Conference titles. Before his arrival, Ventura had not won a league championship in 17 seasons.

All but one of his teams earned at least 20 victories and six times - including each of his last five years in charge - his teams won at least 30 contests. During the 1994-95 campaign, Ventura went 37-1 and ranked second nationally while winning the second California state junior college title under Mathews. Eleven players recruited to Ventura for that season earned Division I scholarships.

Following his stint at San Francisco, Mathews spent the next two seasons as the head coach at San Bernardino Valley College, where he helped the Wolverines to an impressive 51-17 record. In his first season in 2004-05, San Bernardino went 27-5 and won the conference title with a 13-1 record. Mathews' first San Bernardino Valley team saw every player on the roster move on to a four-year school with a scholarship.

Mathews entered the coaching ranks as an assistant at UC Irvine for the 1973 season. He spent the next year at the high school level before returning to Irvine for four years (1975-78). Mathews then served as head coach at Santa Ana Valley High School, where he won two league titles in three years.

Following the 1980-81 campaign, Mathews returned to the college level where he was an assistant for four years at Cal State Fullerton (1982-85) before taking over at Ventura College.

A two-year basketball letterwinner at UC Irvine, Mathews earned his bachelor’s degree in comparative cultures in 1972 and added a master’s degree in education in 1975. Mathews is married to the former Margie Holland. He has four children, Sabrina (40), Akilah (31), Jordan (15) and Jonah (11).

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (4/26)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.  


Kansas has already signed guard Royce Woolridge of Phoenix, leaving one more scholarship to give. Self has said he might not use it. But Kansas appears to still be in the running for Terrence Jones, a 6-8 power forward from Portland who is rated No. 13 in the country by Jones and Selby have said they might want to play together. USA Today 4/19

Oregon prospect Terrence Jones ranks as the nation's top unsigned recruit. Jones plans to announce either April 23 or 30. (He will do so in tandem with Terrence Ross.) He currently lists his finalists as Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas. The belief is that Jones will stay on the West Coast. He says he still is going through the decision process. "I'm not planning on making a decision or even getting down or writing the pros and cons until all my high school games are over." Jones has kept Oregon and Oklahoma on his list, despite some uncertainty at both programs. "It's tough to make a decision like this when a school [Oregon] doesn't have a coach. So I just try to do what I can." ESPN 4/20

Deonte Burton of Compton, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to study and play basketball at the University of Nevada beginning in 2010-11, Wolf Pack head coach David Carter announced Wednesday.  A 6-1, 185-pound guard, Burton comes to Nevada from Compton Centennial High School. He won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award this season after averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Burton was also named the CIF Southern California Division III player of the year and scored more than 2,000 points during his high school career. KTVN Reno 4/21

While nothing has been said recently about the remaining 2010 prospects Alabama is looking at, there was good news for Tide fans when 2011 big man Angelo Chol trimmed his list to five schools, and Alabama was among them. According to, Chol eliminated UCLA and Florida from his list, which leaves Alabama, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas and Washington. The 6′8, 205-pound center is considered one of the elite centers in the entire class, averaging 16 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks per game last season as a junior. Tide Sports 4/21

Jefferson basketball star Terrence Jones will make a recruiting visit to Kansas University on Sunday, Jones’ mother, Linda Mashia-Jones, confirmed Friday. first reported Jones’ plan to visit Kansas. Jones, The Oregonian Class 5A player of the year in 2009 and 2010, plans to announce his college decision Friday, April 30, during a press conference at the North Portland school, Linda Mashia-Jones said Thursday.  Jones, a 6-9 forward and rated by ESPNU as the country's No. 9 recruit for the class of 2010, has long had Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Kentucky and Oklahoma as his final five choices. Jones added Kansas to his finalists Saturday while in New York for the Jordan Brand Classic. After the game, Jones told reporters he was planning to take his fifth and final official visit to Kansas. Oregon Live 4/23

The Wildcats can expect to see a lot of pressing by the Ducks next season with Dana Altman as coach. But then, he may not find it easy to get enough players to do it. But Altman has already landed a recruiting visit from Dwayne Polee. It will be interesting to see if he can get Terrence Jones to take his phone calls. Arizona Daily Star 4/25