Recruiting Primer for Evaluation Period

The second April Evaluation Period starts today, so here's a quick primer on the guys UCLA might see out on the recruiting trail over the weekend...

Heading into the second April Evaluation Period this weekend, here's a quick primer on the prospects UCLA is recruiting and scouting.


UCLA will be involved with probably at least a couple of transfers by the end of the school year. We're not at liberty to talk specifically about who they are at this point.

Savon Goodman, 6-6 SF, Bryn Athyn (Penn.) Academy of the New Church Boys. An athletic wing, he apparently has qualified by NCAA standards, but there is the issue of him qualifying by UCLA standards. We're hearing that UCLA has a chance, and the currently committed UCLA recruiting class is recruiting him. He could very well be re-classified to the 2013 class.

Tony Trocha, 6-10 post, Houston (Tex.) St. Thomas Episcopal. An import from Columbia who came to the U.S. in March, the word is out on him and programs like Texas, Kentucky, and Florida, as well as UCLA, are checking him out. He came to the U.S. as part of the 2013 class but he could be re-classified to 2012 and be eligible this fall.


Zach Lavine, 6-1 CG, Bothell (Wash.) High. Apparently UCLA is doing very well with him. He's a huge get for the Bruins, since they lack guards overall in the program and Lavine could play two positions.

Ishmail Wainright, 6-5 SF, Rockville (Maryland) Montrose Christian. He remains one of UCLA's top targets for 2013.

Semi Ojeleye, 6-6 SF, Ottawa (Kans.) High. UCLA is among his few favorites.

Isaac Hamilton, 6-4 SG, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Remains a primary target for UCLA, but we haven't heard that Hamilton has warmed up to the Bruins.

Marcus Lee, 6-8 C, Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley. Emerging as one of few elite high major bigs in west. UCLA is on him big, but now his recruitment has gone national.

Devin Williams, 6-7 PF, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winthrow. He's become a main UCLA target.

Allerik Freeman, 6-4 SG, Charlotte (NC) Olympic.

Dakarai Allen, 6-5 SF, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. Ben Howland did, in fact, see Allen play last Sunday in Las Vegas, and Allen is a guy the Bruins could get serious about.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 6-2 SG, Huntington (West Virginia) Huntington Prep. A big-time scorer, UCLA saw him during the first April Evaluation Perid and has now offered him.

Tyler Ennis, 6-2 PG, Newark (New Jersey) St. Benedict. The #4-ranked point guard nationally for 2013, UCLA saw him and is now on him, hoping its new Jersey connections can pay off.

Kendrick Nunn, 6-1 SG, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon. Great-shooting athlete.

Jaron Hopkins, 6-3 guard from Chandler (Ariz.) Basha. One of the best athletes in the west, he was recently offered by Arizona, and UCLA is getting interested.

Nigel Williams-Goss, 6-3 PG, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay-Prep. UCLA is considering him.

London Perrantes, 6-0 PG, Encino (Calif.) Crespi. A true point who isn't a great athlete UCLA is scouting.

Brandon Randolph, 2013, 6-0, CG, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. A great athlete who isn't a true point guard.

Elliot Pitts, 6-4 SG, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. Kind of a more skilled Tyler Lamb that UCLA is watching.

Tre'Shaun Lexing, 6-6 SF, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln. He'll probably end up being one of the elite prospects in the west and UCLA is starting to check him out.


Parker Jackson-Cartwright, 5-7 PG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. He's been a top priority for UCLA in this class and remains that way. Sources are indicating UCLA is dong well with him.

Jordan McLaughlin, 5-11 PG, Etiwanda (Calif.) High. The other elite PG in 2014, UCLA's challenge will be to convince him and Jackson-Cartwright that they can play alongside each other.

Stanley Johnson, 6-4 SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. An elite wing UCLA has coveted for a while.

Namon Wright, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Pacific Hills. Very talented prospect who will be a national recruit.

Malik Pope, 6-6 SF Sacramento (Calif.) Capitol Christian. After last weekend Pope received a wave of scholarship offers.

Jack Williams, 6-8 post, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. He'll be one of the best posts in the west in this class.

Justise Winslow, 6-5 SF, Houston (Tex.) St. John's. One of the elite wings in the 2014 class nationally that UCLA has targeted.

Payton Daystrup, 6-8 C, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. Will be a highly-sought post, but UCLA could have a hard time since he's Mormon.


Here are just a few of the elite prospects in the west for 2015, which is shaping up to be a talented class. While it's tough, in such a shortened Evaluation Period, for UCL coaches to see these guys since they're only freshmene, UCLA coaches have already made it a priority to see Zimmerman.

Stephen Zimmerman, 6-10 C Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. As we've said, Zimmerman is a nationally elite prospect for 2015, and he comes from a UCLA family.

Marcus LoVett, 5-10 PG, Burbank (Calif.) Providence

Tyler Dorsey, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Ribet

Brodricks Jones, 6-9 Post, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard

Chance Comanche, 6-9 post, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard

Aaron Holiday, 5-10 SG, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall

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