Wing Recruiting for 2013

UCLA has a commitment from Zach LaVine, and has a top other wing target for 2013. Here's where it stands with all of its wing options coming out of the July Evaluation Period...

Zach LaVine, 6-3, Bothell (Wash.) High. As of right now, with the commitment of LaVine, UCLA is targeting to bring in one more wing but LaVine gives UCLA some flexibility, which is good, given UCLA's situation. As we laid out in the analysis of point guard recruiting, UCLA is pursuing a pure point guard, but it looks a little sketchy if they'll get one. LaVine, who has point guard skills, could very well be UCLA's point guard option in the 2013-2014 season if Kyle Anderson goes pro after his freshman season. If that looks evident, UCLA very well could take two more wings. UCLA, however, hopes that they get a point guard and LaVine can play the off-guard. If that works out ideally, UCLA will take one more wing.

Isaac Hamilton, 6-4, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Hamilton looks to be UCLA's #1 wing target at this time. Howland or a UCLA coach caught every one of his games in July. And in Howland's shift in recruiting philosophy -- and his approach to the game (more on that later in a completely different analysis) --Hamilton might fit the mold well. He is a very good outside shooter, best when he catches and steps into his shot. He is an average athlete, with just decent quickness and a lack of lift. In high school and AAU ball, when there is little defense played and the quality of the opponent is so variable, Hamilton can score going to the basket prolifically. But to score while driving he does so at this level with lunging and lay-ups, and almost entirely below the rim, and most of that will probably be taken away from him on the elite high-major level. It's why we've said it before: Hamilton will probably be mostly a very good spot-up shooter if he were to go to a program of UCLA's level, and be a good one. He has indicated he might wait until spring to decide, which would keep UCLA hanging, which could devastate its 2013 recruiting. And we still have some sources who indicate Hamilton won't come to UCLA, even though there are other sources now indicating that might not be the case.

Semi Ojeleye, 6-6, Ottawa (Kans.). UCLA spent a great deal of time and effort following around Ojeleye in July, while the word is that he's leaning toward Duke, after an unofficial visit and offer right before the Evaluation Period. Ojeleye has said he'll take an official visit to UCLA.

Brandon Austin, 6-5, Philadelphia (Penn.) Imhotep Institute. The #44-ranked player in the nation, Austin is a very skilled wing, who would clearly be able to play either wing spot and possibly give you some time at point guard, having those kind of skills. He's very skinny at this time, but athletic and quick. He committed to Penn State back in February, but just de-committed. He has a brother living in the L.A. area and that connection has given UCLA a chance.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 6-3, Huntington (West Virginia) Huntington Prep. One of the best shooters in the nation, Rathan-Mayes, though, isn't a great athlete. He has some point guard capabilities but is considered a shooting guard in college. UCLA has been trying for sometime, and Rathan-Mayes even unofficially visited the UCLA campus in June, but the word is that the Bruins are a longshot, even after spending a great deal of time watching him in July.

Allerik Freeman, 6-4, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. A bit of a combo guard, Freeman is pretty skilled and has developed a good jumper. He will visit UCLA, but we haven't heard anything about UCLA doing particularly well with him, while he's being pursued by Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and others.

Kendrick Nunn, 6-1, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon. Nunn is an athletic combo guard who can shoot and guard either the 1 or 2, it appears UCLA's recruitment of Nunn has slowed down some.

Wayne Selden, 6-4, Tilton (New Hampshire) Tilton School. The #14-ranked player in the country, Selden is built physically but combines that with some skills. He had said before the Evaluation Period that UCLA was among his top four but we haven't heard much since. UCLA didn't make him that high of a priority during July.

Dakarai Allen, 6-5, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. UCLA coaches watched Allen a number of times in July. It's clear they want to see him score more and, while he didn't necessarily show them that he's a shooter (even though he did hit some threes in July), he exploited his ability to get to the rim with a quick first step. From what we know, we don't think it's enough to garner a UCLA offer soon, and while UCLA isn't sure, other programs are going after Allen aggressively, namely San Diego State. Allen came close to verbally committing to SDSU at the end of July, but the word is that he held back in hopes of getting an offer from UCLA or Arizona.

Darin Johnson, 6-4, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin. Johnson emerged this July as one of the best shooting guards in the west, having some Arron Afflalo-like qualities, but better athleticism. He's a good shooter, and plays hard on both ends of the court. High majors are now involved, and UCLA is starting to show interest. We think they'd have to feel like they're striking out with the other guys at the top of this list to offer, however.

Tre'Shaun Lexing, 6-5, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln. A talented wing that has some nice offensive skills, particularly his ability to pass in the half-court and find his teammates. He also has a nice lefty stroke, and combine all that with good athleticism, which will probably enable him to guard either wing spot. UCLA saw him play a couple of times in July but have shown just a little interest up until this point.

Ishmail Wainright, 6-5, Rockville (Maryland) Montrose Christian. Wainright is a well-built small forward with good skills, that UCLA was doing extremely well with, until it now appears Wainright will struggle to qualify, especially for UCLA. There is a chance, if Wainright really improves academically this fall, that UCLA could prioritize him again.

Tim Quarterman, 6-4, Savannah (Georgia) Johnson. A thin but athletic guard/wing with some point guard skills, Quarterman plays for the Atlanta Celtics, the program that UCLA assistant Korey McCray used to coach. At this point, Quarterman is a back-up option.

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