Kevin Love Has A Top Two

Kevin Love hasn't picked a school yet, but the highly sought after 6-9, 275 pound power forward/center from Lake Oswego H.S. in Oregon has a clear pecking order in mind.

UCLA and North Carolina are tied atop his list, with another ACC program nipping at their heels.

"Coach [Ben] Howland and Coach [Roy] Williams are both great, so I really can't go wrong with either school," Love said. "Those are my two leaders and Duke is in a real close third."

UNC assistant coach Joe Holladay was in attendance recently as Love collected 29 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in Lake Oswego's 72-49 throttling of Our Savior Lutheran H.S.

"I told Kevin before the game that the North Carolina assistant was here," Lake Oswego Head Coach Mark Shoff said. "I took him aside and told him that he was having a 'C' game, and to show everyone his 'A' game."

Love responded by scoring 21 points and hauling down 10 rebounds in the second half alone.

Because he has yet to take the SAT or ACT exam, Love has been unable to take official visits as a junior. He did have a chance to make an unofficial visit to UCLA for a November practice, but admitted that he probably won't do much between now and the spring.

He figures he'll get a chance to take a closer look at both Duke and North Carolina when he travels to play in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions Memorial Day weekend. He expects to participate in that event with the Southern California All-Stars.

"I am trying to get Kyle Singler to come play with SCA at the Gibbons Tournament," Love said. "We would like to attend the same college."

Singler is regarded as one of the top wings in the Class of 2007 and is also an Oregon native.

Duke got off to a strong start in the Class of 2007 by securing commitments from guard Nolan Smith and wing Taylor King.

"Duke went up on my list after getting those players," Love said. "I have a good relationship with Jordan Farmar and Josh Shipp at UCLA, and I also am friends with the UNC recruiting class of Tywon Lawson and Brandan Wright."

In addition to his top three, Love also listed Kansas, Arizona, Washington and Ohio State. But even Coach Shoff feels it will eventually come down to UCLA and North Carolina.

"I will probably make my decision by the end of the summer," Love said. "I'll have some off time in August, so I will sit down with my family and make a decision."

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