Hoops Recruiting: 2014, 2015

Here are the prospects in the 2014 and 2015 classes at this time that UCLA will be watching, scouting and recruiting during the July Evaluation Period...

It's unusual that UCLA will have about five scholarships to give to one class (2013) and then might have five again to give to the next class (2014). That's an uncommon amount of turnover in a program, but that looks likely to happen with UCLA and its recruiting.

For the 2014 class, UCLA will have at least four scholarships to give, and possibly more. So much with scholarship availability is dependent on a few things playing out, particularly with players going early to the NBA, or how many recruits UCLA brings in for 2013. But suffice it to say, UCLA will have at least four and possibly more to give to 2014.

Like with the 2013 class, it's clear that UCLA will have bigs as its priority for 2014. UCLA will be losing four bigs (Josh Smith, David Wear, Travis Wear, Anthony Stover) to graduation in two years, and that would leave only one true big on the roster (Tony Parker). You can probably expect the Bruins to bring in a couple of bigs with the 2013 class, but even with that it's still under-stocked. Expect UCLA to target at least two bigs in the 2014 class, even if it does get two in 2013.

So, here are the 2014 prospects UCLA will be watching this July:


UCLA will take one, and has an unusual luxury of having at least a couple elite prospects in the Los Angeles area.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, 5-8, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Clearly a big target for the Bruins, having been offered and up to campus a number of times. He's one of the elite point guards in the nation, and the word is that UCLA leads for him.

Jordan McLaughlin, 5-11, Etiwanda (Calif.). Another elite point guard prospect that UCLA has offered. The emerging issue is that UCLA is trying to bring in both Jackson-Cartwright and McLaughlin, and it's probably going to be a difficult sell. It could be one or the other and it very well might be McLaughlin, who could have the better upside. That is, unless Jackson-Cartwright commits first.

Shaquile Carr, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs. After the top two in the west, Carr is next, and not too far away. He's a Pac-12 level player and UCLA would probably be all over him in any other class other than the one that has Jackson-Cartwright and McLaughlin (especially the 2013 class).

Tyus Jones, 6-0, Apple Valley (Minn.) The #1 point guard in the nation, UCLA is recruiting him, and Jones lists the Bruins, but it's considered a longshot. Plus, Jackson-Cartwright or McLaughlin will commit long before Jones even considers making a decision.

Kevin Zabo, 6-2, Rockville (Maryland) Montrose. A scoring point guard who is also a good athlete, Zabo is making a name for himself nationally. UCLA has seen a lot of him with him playing in the Nike EYBL, and has actively been recruiting him since the spring.


UCLA might only need one wing in this class and they have a plethora of recruits they're already involved with, and many from the west coast, which is unusual.

Stanley Johnson, 6-5, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. A talented player, with a good body and skills, UCLA has been on him hard for a long time.

Justise Winslow, 6-6, Houston (Tex.) St. John's. One of the elite players in the 2014 class nationally, UCLA is trying but it's a longshot.

Shaqquan Aaron, 6-7, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. A talented kid who's bounced around from various high school and AAU teams. UCLA has been recruiting him for a while.

Isaiah Bailey, 6-5, Compton (Calif.). One of the elite players in the west for 2014, a big-time athlete with skills.

Kameron Chatman, 6-6, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Emerging as an elite prospect, Chatman has a young body with length, and a very good skill set. He transferred from Oregon to Poly, which will help UCLA. The Bruins have a connection with the family, too.

Namon Wright, 6-4, Los Angeles Pacific. Could be the best all-around wing in the west for 2014. He's a very good athlete, that looks like he could guard any perimeter position, and has both point guard and shooting guard skills.

Daniel Hamilton, 6-6, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. The younger brother of Isaac Hamilton, Daniel is bigger and longer and probably a bit more athletic.

Iziahiah Sweeney, 6-2, Compton (Calif.) An athletic two-guard, Sweeney is emerging as someone to definitely watch. The west is loaded with wing talent in 2014 so UCLA might not get to him.

Isaiah Whitehead, 6-4, Brooklyn (New York) Lincoln. A nationally recruited prospect who has consistently listed UCLA.

Chris Sandifer, 6-3, Gardena (Calif.) Serra. A nice athlete with a good feel for the game. He's a top 100 national player.


While there are plenty of point guards and wings in the west for 2014, the class is severely lacking in posts. UCLA is already looking nationally.

Chris McCullough, 6-9, Salisbury (Conn.) Salisbury School. One of the elite posts in the class, UCLA is trying but will obviously have some stiff national competition.

Noah Vonleh, 6-8, Houston (Tex.) St. John's. Another nationally elite big that UCLA is trying with.

Malik Pope, 6-7, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian. A 4/3 right now, Pope is a great athlete with developing skills, but looks like a baby and has a huge upside. We're hearing that UCLA just offered Pope, who also has offers from Washington, Cal, UNLV, and Baylor.

Payton Dastrup, 6-9, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. Easily the best pure big in the west for 2014 right now. UCLA, though, will have a tough time -- mostly because they haven't recruited him yet, he's in Arizona and the Pac-12 is already on him, and he's Mormon.

Zylan Cheatham, 6-7, Phoenix (Ariz.) South Mountain. A developing big to watch, with an offer already from Arizona State.

Thomas Welsh, 6-10, Los Angeles Loyola. This is one of those situations where it would make it very easy on UCLA if Welsh developed into a high-major prospect. Right now he's not, but he's improved and has a chance to be. We know he likes UCLA and has been on campus for an unofficial visit.

Jack Williams, 6-8, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Not a UCLA-level prospect at this point, but with the lack of bigs in the west for 2014 we included him here as someone to watch.


It's far too difficult to project UCLA's needs for 2015, but with some good talent in the west it's already pretty easy to project who will be -- or already is -- a clear UCLA target in the 2015 class.

Stephen Zimmerman 6-10 center, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. The best post prospect in the west since Kevin Love, Zimmerman is big, long, surprisingly athletic for his size and age, and skilled. He also comes from a UCLA family and it's known that UCLA is his early leader.

Marcus LoVett, 5-10 point guard, Burbank (Calif.) Providence. A very talented prospect that UCLA is already recruiting heavily. He was just on campus within the last couple of weeks.

Ivan Rabb, 6-9 post, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. He's shown that he's going to be among the elite bigs in the nation. The upside for UCLA is that he has indicated Cal and UCLA were his longtime favorites; the downside is he comes from an AAU team, the Oakland Soldiers, that UCLA hasn't had a great history recruiting.

Brodricks Jones, 6-9 post, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. It's been accepted that Jones is going to be an elite prospect for some time and he hasn't wavered in his development from that projection. UCLA is on him.

Tyler Dorsey, 6-4 shooting guard, Los Angeles Ribet Academy. Even though he wants to play point guard, Dorsey is talented no matter what, with good athleticism and skills.

Chance Comanche, 6-9 center, Playa Del Rey St. Bernard. A great-looking young prospect who looks like he could grow to 7-0.

Johnathan Ross, 6-8 C, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. Developing post player who has a chance with good athleticism and skills at this stage.

Cameron High, 6-0 PG, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. Quick and athletic point guard prospect with upside.

Chimezie Metu, 6-8 post, Lawndale (Calif.) An African import who really has a chance, with very good athleticism.

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