With one scholarship given already to Jon Crispin and one earmarked for Michael Fey, UCLA has three to give for this recruiting class.
The three top targets for those scholarships are:
-- Erazem Lorbek, 6-9 PF from Slovenia. Lorbek has now pretty much told UCLA that he intends to be a Bruin. We'll see if this comes to fruition. There could be some snags. For one, we aren't certain that this is true . Secondly, there are always issues with getting foreign players qualified.
-- Evan Burns, 6-7 SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. He had a fantastic Nike Camp and now will take off the rest of the month to work on academics. The general inside word is that he's pretty certain he's going to UCLA if he qualifies, or doesn't go pro. Going pro is unlikely, but I have a hunch he'll qualify and go to UCLA.
-- Hassan Adams, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. With a good performance at Nike in front of the UCLA coaches, he's moved up to the primary target list. The problem here is: UCLA is late getting on him, and there were other coaches also seeing Adams who will now go after him hard. UCLA will camp out at his games this summer.
The Other Targets:
-- Kelenna Azubuike, 6-5 SG/SF, Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian. UCLA is on his list of five and is considered one of the favorites. He said he wants to wait to decide, which could work out well for UCLA. If UCLA can't get Burns or Adams, the timing of Azubuike could work out well.
-- Antione Wright, 6-6 SF, Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy. UCLA coaches were impressed at ABCD, as were many college coaches. He'll probably emerge from the summer as a top 40 national player. He grew up a UCLA fan and UCLA will take a shot with him. The word is that he's tentatively agreed to visit UCLA's campus unofficially.
-- Brandon Bowman, 6-7 SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Played very well at Nike and got a lot of new recruiting attention. He had the best display of defense that I witnessed at the camp, handled and shot the ball well. He has good academics, which could persuade UCLA to step it up for him if Burns/Adams doesn't happen.
-- Ashanti Cook, 6-1 PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Had a nice ABCD camp, where he should his smarts, skills and didn't make many mistakes. Here's the issue: UCLA could wait to take a point guard in the junior class, but in reality, there probably aren't any that are any better than Cook. So, why not take Cook, get him in the program a year earlier than the junior point guards and have a back-up plan in place in case Cedric Bozeman goes pro early?
-- Josh Davis, 6-4 PG/SG, Sacramento (Calif.) Elk Grove. Has looked great this spring and so far looked good in the Pump Camp. He's big and athletic, and can legitimately play the point.
-- C.J. Watson, 6-1 PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Looked like a national-level point guard at the ABCD camp. Watson does everything well and is a good student. Everything that you read under Cook applies here with Watson.
-- Bracey Wright, 6-2 SG, The Colony (Tex.) High. Stock dropped a bit after Nike, where he looked pretty small for a high-major shooting guard. He can, though, really fill it up. UCLA will stay on him, even though it looks like he's going to Indiana.