Inside Word

Hassan Adams is still undecided, Cal pulls off a stunning recruiting coup, elite sophomore center Robert Swift is drawing lots of attention and the Bruins focus on guards in next year's class. These stories and more in our latest Inside Word...

Here is some of the news/rumors we've been hearing lately.

The battle for Hassan Adams appears to be going down to the wire. Adams just visited Arizona this past weekend for Midnight Madness and he'll head to UCLA this weekend for an official visit. Despite some rumors to the contray, Cal is still in the mix and Adams will visit the Bears on October 27th. No predictions on this one, as the Adams camp has played things very close to the vest and there is very little real information available regarding his recruitment.

Cal had a very strong recruiting class last year, when they brought in Erik Bond, Jamal Sampson and Julian Sensley (who is still trying to get eligible), and it looks like the Bears will have another very good class this year. They've already received commitments from David Paris and Richard Midgley, and now we're hearing from sources that the Bears have landed Kennedy Winston, an elite wing from Alabama. This is a huge get for the Bears, not only because of Winston's talent level, but also because of where they went to get him. Not many  programs can go into a state like Alabama and lure away a top 25 talent.

More good news may be on the way for the Bears. Leon Powe, who is generally considered to be one of the top 2-3 power forwards in next year's class, is apparently very high on Cal. He's reportedly got some work to do academically, but if he qualifies and commits to Cal, he could set off a chain reaction with other elite recruits, which would perhaps include #1 point guard in the west Ayinde Ubaka. Also, Powe's AAU teammate, Marquis Kately, is supposedly very close to committing to Cal. Kately also has some academic hurdles to clear and he'll probably end up spending a year at prep school before enrolling at Cal.

Robert Swift, 6-10 C Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces, wowed onlookers this past summer with his performance during July. Naturally, he's already drawing interest from some of the top college programs in the country. But while his college recruitment probably won't get serious for at least another year, there's another recruiting battle going on right now between AAU programs vying for his services. Robert played for both the California Select and Rockfish programs last year, and both of those teams would like to have him next year (and don't be surprised if some other programs get involved as well). We're also hearing that there's a possibility Robert could be end up playing for a different high school at some point in the future, with Mater Dei being mentioned as a possible destination.

With Billy Knight and Ray Young graduating this year, UCLA will be looking for guards in next year's class. They're still in the hunt for Hassan Adams, but even if they land Adams, the Bruins would still like to bring in several guards next year. Three of the top early targets, according to our sources, appear to be Marcus Williams, Ayinde Ubaka and Rayshawn Reed. Ubaka is a pure point, while Williams and Reed both play more as combo guards. We're also hearing that point guard <b>Khalif Ford</b> attended a Bruin football game recently and could have UCLA as one of his leaders.

Finally, we're hearing that former Dominguez star guard Steve Moore, who sat out last year and is now enrolled a junior college, could end up at Pepperdine next year. This would be a very nice get for the Waves, as Moore is a high major talent.


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