1. After missing on point guard Quentin Snider to Illinois on Thursday, UCLA bounced back with some very upbeat news this afternoon. The Bruins reeled in 2013 McDonald's All-American and former UTEP signee Isaac Hamilton, a sensationally talented scorer with excellent quickness, ball-handling skills and shooting touch.
Hamilton inked with the Miners but cited his grandmother's failing health as a reason he needed to play closer to home. His attempt to obtain a release has failed, however — and UTEP has refused to release him — and thus he'll likely sit out this season and begin play in 2014-15.
2. Elite center Cliff Alexander has scheduled a visit for October 26 to Illinois. As mentioned above, the Fighting Illini received welcome news last night when Snider committed, and now they'll try to pull the coup with Alexander.