Monday, January 03, 2011

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (1/3)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


With 10 seniors returning from last year’s Division II state champion team, Lincoln has another state title in its sights. The Hornets opened the ESPN iScore Holiday Classic on Monday with a convincing 95-75 win over the Curtis (Wash.) Vikings in the National Division at Torrey Pines High....Norman Powell (19 points), Tyree Robinson (11 points) and Josh Smith (10 points) also finished in double figures for Lincoln. San Diego Reader 12/27

Both teams went scoreless over the next three minutes until Norman Powell drove to the hoop and converted a three-point play to make it 61-56. Powell punctuated Lincoln’s win by finishing an alley oop off the backboard from teammate Tyree Robinson in the game’s closing seconds. “I screamed as loud as I could to throw it off the backboard because I saw No. 24 trying to catch up to Tyree and foul him,” Powell said. “He threw it and I went up and got it.” Powell led all scorers with 19 points, and was one of three Lincoln players in double figures. The UCLA-bound senior shot 7-for-11 from the field and delivered a handful of clutch shots in the second half. “I’ve been going through a shooting slump, but I believed that my shot was going to come and I was going to get buckets and that’s what I did,” Powell said. Lincoln advances to the National Division semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m. where they will meet Long Beach Poly (10-0). San Diego Reader 12/29

Norman Powell (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln), SG, 6-3, 190 pounds, Powell is a diamond in the rough on the offensive end. He gets most of his points in transition and shooting over the top of his defender in the midrange area. His ballhandling and 3-point touch (fades too much) need to tighten up, but he'll add much-needed athleticism to Ben Howland's lineup. ESPN 12/31


Horizon Christian's Jordan Tebbutt produced the best individual performance of the tournament so far after scoring 41 points. The highly recruited junior swingman made 13 of 23 shots while displaying a dazzling variety of shots, sometimes against double- and triple-teams. "Jordan was amazing," Central Catholic coach Mike Petrino said. Oregon Live 12/28

The Gaels from Las Vegas were led by Shabazz Muhammad's 26 points and eight rebounds. The 6-foot-7 Muhammad made 12 of 16 shots and helped the Gaels (6-2) make 37 of 63 shots (58.7 percent). Oregon Live 12/28

Billed as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2012, L J Rose lived up to expectations in controlling every phase of the game, leading his team to a blowout win. Rose finished with a game high 14 points to go along with six assists and three rebounds. He finished as one of three team members in double figures along with Stephen Strachan and Remardo King who each finished with 10. The Tribune 12/28

Anrio Adams, Franklin (Seattle, Wash.) Almost every college in the Pac-10 has offered a scholarship to Adams even though he is still a junior. The 6-foot-3 point guard, who can shoot from three-point land, connected on 5-of-9 from beyond the arc in last week’s game against Cleveland (Seattle, Wash.) and led the Quakers with 40 points in a 76-50 triumph. He was one of the most talked about players in the West last summer. ESPN RISE 12/28

Brandon Ashley, 2012, PF, 6-8, 215, After subpar first half in terms of effort (struggled to finish with contact) and production, Ashley dominated the second half as he led his team to a semifinal battle against an outstanding Long Beach Poly squad. Ashley utilized his length and soft hands to convert numerous baskets in the paint area. Defensively, he had a number of high-level blocks where he was able to keep the ball in play to get spark his team's transition game. Overall, Ashley has an immense upside but his fundamentals (brings the ball down) and skill-set (limited post moves) need to improve immensely for him to maintain his lofty national ranking. ESPN 12/29

Seattle continues to pump out prospects and the next one in line is 6-3 junior Anrio Adams (Franklin). Adams needs to learn how to play (shot selection and overall decision making can be problematic), but he has a terrific body with great length and he's a natural scorer. ESPN 12/29

Another one of Oregon's most heralded basketball prospects is considering leaving the state. Horizon Christian standout Jordan Tebbutt said this week he is considering a move to Virginia's Oak Hill Academy, a renowned high school basketball power. "If I want to go, my parents are 100 percent OK with it," said Tebbutt Wednesday at the Les Schwab Invitational. "But I would say I'm about 80 percent sure I'm going. I'm planning on making a final decision in January." Tebbutt, the 2009-10 Class 3A Player of the Year in Oregon and a highliy-touted basketball prospect, has long drawn interest from the nation's top college programs. As a sophmore, Tebbutt had coaches from all over the country attending his games at Tualatin's Horizon Christian. With over twenty scholarship offers attached to his name already, Tebbutt isn't seeking the exposure Oak Hill Academy would most certainly offer, rather, the experience the school could provide him. "I just have a lot of friends that are going there. It's my senior year and it sounds like it would be fun. I also think it would be good preparation before going to college." Oregon Live 12/30

The Monarchs outscored Foothill by 15 points in the second quarter to take a big lead and cruised to a 69-48 victory in an Orange Holiday Classic semifinal game at Chapman University....Three Monarchs scored in double figures. Junior forward Xavier Johnson had a game-high 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and freshmen Shaqquan Aaron and Stanley Johnson scored 11 and 10, respectively. OC Register 12/30

DeAndre Daniels, a 6-9 senior forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., is expected to choose a school either Monday or Tuesday. It’s believed either KU, Kentucky or Texas will land’s No. 9-rated player. Oregon also is on Daniels’ list. KU Sports 12/31

Brandon Ashley, 2012, PF, 6-8, 215 pounds, Ashley is still raw in many areas of the game (footwork and bringing the ball down) and his motor runs hot and cold, but his overall talent is undeniable. His length is extraordinary and he has some soft hands as well, while finishing in the paint. ESPN 12/31


At Jan 3, 2011, 11:38:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Coach, keep up the recruiting of ELITE prospects. California Division 1 or 2 only. Stover is Div 5, Lane and Anderson canNOT be Div 1 or 2 High School athletes either. I say clear 3 spots and get some other players in. This is
U-C-L-A, not some pansy league. You have a year and a few months to figure it out. You really NEED the roster spots!! What about some more Cameroonians???

At Jan 6, 2011, 2:49:00 AM, Anonymous Sean P. said...

A little history:
Anderson was a dominant player in Div 1, putting up 22.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 5.0 spg and 1.5 spg as a SR. He was ranked among the top 50 players of his class by all of the major recruiting services (ESPN, Rivals, & Scout) and was a finalist for the McDonald's All-American game.
Lane was Div 2 player of the year, averaging 22.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 4.8 bpg and 1.6 apg and leading his team to the state championship game in which he put up a triple-double (29, 14, & 11). He was ranked among the top 75 players of his class by all of the major recruiting services.
The top-ranked player in the state, Brandon Ashley, who is ranked as a top 10 player nationally by all the major recruiting services, plays in Div 3. Are you saying that we shouldn't recruit him?

At Jan 6, 2011, 12:05:00 PM, Anonymous SonnyClusters said...

2008 Rivals UCLA recruiting class:
#2 Jrue Holiday-NBA starter
#25 BOBO Morgan-Fat BUM
#37 Jerime Anderson-Bench
#45 Drew Gordon-Head case transfer
#47 Malcom Lee-Still Hope?
PS-#51 Klay Thompson
UCLA 18-14 NIT

At Jan 9, 2011, 9:21:00 PM, Anonymous Jack Links said...

embarassed fan

At Jan 10, 2011, 8:18:00 PM, Anonymous Jammer said...

What a joke!
How is this guy keeping his job?
Whya are they spending all this money on renovations when no one comes to see these bums?
Save the cash and let some poor kids who want a top flight education come in and do something with the opportunity. These scholarship silver spoon elitists don't deserve the free ride.
I'm sick! They are not a tgop 100 team in Division I and will not be next year.
If Wear Twins are practicing against these goons, why were they manhandled by SC's front line? Are the Wear Twins any good? They must be second guessing their decision to leave Chapel Hill.
I'm done with these guys.
They will finish below .500 again this year.

At Jan 11, 2011, 1:24:00 AM, Anonymous bruin4life said...

I actually think the USC game went ok. At least it was not a blowout. USC is a solid team, they almost beat Kansas except they actually played against a full strength Kansas team whereas the Bruins played a weaker version of Kansas (can't remember the name of the star freshman who had to sit out).
Josh and Reeves both played well against USC. Lazeric has a messed up finger on his shooting hand which is evident. It was mainly Lee and Honeycutt who did not play well and the silver lining is that they will probably HAVE to return next year.
Even Jerime had a decent game, he was actually the difference between UCLA getting blown out by the trojans.
At this point, I'm more worried about the coaching than the talent...but I actually think Howland did a decent job against the Trojans, they just wanted it more.

At Jan 11, 2011, 3:40:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Thanks for the feedback.
Lane, Stover and Anderson should be gone regardless - give me 3 more roster spots....Am I surprised we lost to $UC...NOPE...I called it a long time ago...Howlands seat is definitely one fan said on here, Nikki Caldwell is sitting at the head of the table...

At Jan 13, 2011, 9:22:00 PM, Anonymous Sandip O'malley said...

Reeves is a great player but I do not see him as the main guy at Ucla...could you imagine Reeves in a complimentary role with a player who can bust out close to 20ppg...(errrr....HOneycutt!!)

At Jan 15, 2011, 9:22:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

After watching bi-polar Reeves play tonight he'd be coming off the bench at any Top 10 team...Kudos Mr. Anderson for having the best game as a Bruin...


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