2011 Hoops Recruiting Update

It's getting down to it for UCLA and the 2011 recruiting class. Here are the guys UCLA is still recruiting, and the other prospects they're potentially getting involved with as the November signing period draws closer...

Time is running out for UCLA in recruiting the 2011 class.

At least, there isn't much time left for the 2011 recruits UCLA is currently considering.

The November signing period is about a month away (Wednesday, Nov. 10th). Plus, many of UCLA's targets and recruits could be ending their recruitment fairly soon.

Quinn Cook, the 6-0 point guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill, is the one, lone point guard prospect left uncommitted that UCLA has offered.

UCLA's Ben Howland was at Cook's high school Monday for an open-gym workout. Per NCAA rules, coaches can't have contact with the recruit, but college coaches commonly will use the open gyms to talk to the high school coach and let the recruit know they're there.

Howland is scheduled to go to Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose today to see Adonis Thomas, the elite, 6-6 small forward.

Both Cook and Thomas, who are friends, visited UCLA the weekend of October 2nd/3rd.

Cook, of course, is a huge recruit for UCLA at this point. He is scheduled to take an official visit to Duke this weekend for Midnight Madness. There was some speculation for a long time that Duke hadn't offered Cook, but we have it from good sources that they have, indeed, offered him a scholarship. Most insiders close to the recruitment feel that Duke is the clear leader and there's a very good chance he'll verbally commit to the Blue Devils this weekend.

Cook also has an official visit arranged with Villanova October 22nd. Sources believe that he probably won't get to that Villanova visit, and that UCLA is the school giving Duke any competition for Cook.

Thomas will visit hometown Memphis for this upcoming Midnight Madness weekend. Besides UCLA, he's also officially visited Tennessee and Arkansas, but Memphis is thought to be the leader for Thomas.

UCLA assistant coach Scott Duncan was in New York yesterday at Mount Vernon High School to watch 5-11 point guard Jabarie Hinds. UCLA has yet to offer Hinds a scholarship, and could very well wait to see what happens with Cook before they do. Hinds, who really got the attention of college coaches once he returned from an injury in July, has already officially visited UNLV, Oklahoma State and Connecticut, and plans on going to West Virginia this weekend. After visiting UConn last week, Hinds indicated that Connecticut was his favorite school, despite UConn's impending NCAA sanctions. In fact, Hinds has said that if he does decided to verbally commit to UConn he could wait until spring to sign. Sources also believe West Virginia will be strong after his weekend visit. UCLA will be in an uphill battle coming to the recruitment late, and the level of Hinds' academics are still uncertain. If UCLA does miss on Cook, you can expect them to step it up with Hinds and hopefully get his last official visit. Cook is also considering other schools for that fifth official visit, such as Louisville, Miami or Wake Forest.

Duncan is also scheduled Tuesday to check in on Naadir Tharpe, the 5-11 point guard from Wolfeboro (New Hampshire) Brewster Academy. Ranked the #94 player in the nation for 2011, Tharpe has become quite a hot commodity, with such a scarcity of high-level point guards. He was verbally committed to Providence, but opened up his recruitment in June. He's already officially visited Minnesota, but now some higher-level programs have gotten seriously involved. He'll officially visit Oklahoma this weekend and then Kansas October 22nd. UCLA, again, is late to the party here and, if they miss on Cook, will try to get an official visit from Tharpe, but they'll be competing for it with St. John's, Boston College, North Carolina State and many others.

There is also the lingering possibility of Spencer Dinwiddie, the 6-4 point guard from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. Dinwiddie is a long-time Bruin fan who would have snapped up an early offer to UCLA, but the Bruins didn't pay him much attention for a significant time. UCLA is now back in the picture, spending the last day that coaches are allowed to conduct in-home visits at Dinwiddie's house last Tuesday. Reportedly the visit went well, but UCLA is still trying to make up for lost ground. Dinwiddie has already officially visited Harvard and Oregon, will visit Colorado this weekend, and has plans to visit UNLV next weekend. UCLA, though, could get a visit. Dinwiddie might be someone UCLA could take now regardless of whether they get Cook or another point guard or not. Currently at 6-4, and with a good possibility he could continue to grow, he could develop into a point/wing type, that could end up on the wing but give you some point guard skills.

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