Advanced Skills Camp Preview

The UCLA Advanced Skill Camp takes place Saturday and Sunday in Westwood. Among the prospects expected to attend are Zach Lavine, Chance Murray, Chris Sandifer and Rashad Jackson, among others...

The 2011 UCLA Advanced Skills Camp will be held this weekend at UCLA. With Pauley Pavilion closed for renovation, the camp will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Wooden Center and Men's Gym. Unlike past years when the players would spend the night on campus, this year the camp will have two sessions running from 9:00 to 5:00 each day and players may attend for one or both days.

With the proliferation of events that players can participate in these days, it has become more and more difficult to get the elite incoming seniors to attend these kinds of camps. Their schedules are typically very hectic between April and July, with various camps and tournaments all vying for their participation. And, for the most part, these players have already been seen many times by members of the Bruin coaching staff. With that in mind, the emphasis for the Advanced Skills Camp has moved to the younger players that may not have been seen as much as the older players.

After speaking with various sources throughout the AAU/high school community, we have come up with a list of some of the players that are expected to attend.

In the class of 2013, a couple of talented shooters are expected to be on hand. Zach Lavine, 6-1 PG/SG Bothell (Wash.) High and Chance Murray, 6-1 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price, will likely be closely monitored by the coaching staff. Murray was recently offered by UCLA during an unofficial visit, while Lavine was extremely impressive in the recent April evaluation period. We're hearing that Lavine is very interested in UCLA (as evidenced by his making the trip down from Washington for this camp) and it will interesting to see how he plays for the first time in front of the Bruin staff. Also among the 2013 kids expected to attend is Jordan Mathews, 6-2 SG Santa Monica (Calif.) High (son of Bruin assistant Phil Mathews).

In the class of 2014, some of the potential standouts include Chris Sandifer, 6-3 SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price, Rashad Jackson, 6-4 SG Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces, Taelin Webb, 5-10 PG Riverside (Calif.) North (will be attending a different school in the fall), Devin Burleson, 6-7 C/PF West Hollywood (Calif.) Pacific Hills, Tide Osifeso, 5-8 PG La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran and Marsalis Johnson, 6-5 PF Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon.

Sandifer and Jackson, in particular, should be monitored closely by the Bruin staff as each player has the potential to be among the elite prospects in the class of 2014.

In the class of 2015, the top prospect expected to attend is Brodricks Jones, 6-8 C/PF Play Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. We haven't seen Jones play yet, but there has been a lot of buzz about him for the last year even before he plays his first high school game.

There will likely be intriguing prospects show up that we're unaware of at the moment and we will have a full report on the camps on Monday.


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