UCLA Hoops Recruiting for 2015

Coming out of the July Evaluation Period, these are the 2015 prospects UCLA is recruiting and watching. It's early, since they'll only be sophomores, but the west coast is loaded with bigs for 2015...

It's near impossible to predict how many scholarships UCLA will have available to give to the 2015 class. There are just too many things that have to play out before that can be determined.

UCLA, though, has never filled its 13-scholarship limit in the entire time Ben Howland has been its coach, so it's probably safe to assume UCLA will have at least three available.

On one hand, it's tremendous for UCLA that there are so many elite high-major post prospects in the 2015 class already. On the other hand, it's regrettable and almost bizarre that there are so few in the 2013 and 2014 class in the west (maybe a few between the two classes?) and then, conservatively, at least five in the 2015 class. In fact, it's so early, with 2015 prospects just going into their sophomore seasons, that it's very possible that even more emerge in the next three years.

POINT GUARDS

Good point guards in the west have become as scarce as post players, but 2014 and 2015 look to have a good amount of elite high majors already.

Marcus LoVett, Jr., 5-10, Burbank (Calif.) Providence. Very talented, with a combo of skills and athleticism, he's already ranked the #1 point guard in the nation for 2015. He's been to UCLA's campus and the Bruins are on him hard early.

Cameron High, 6-0, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard. High is a quick athlete who gets to the rim and is still developing his point guard skills. He's already getting recruited at the Pac-12 level.

Kendall Small, 5-11, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View. More of a true point, with a good feel, Small gets his teammates involved well.

Max Hazzard, 5-11, Los Angeles Loyola. The grandson of UCLA great Walt Hazzard, Max has a chance. More of a combo right now, Hazzard has a good feel, though, and upside with his athleticism.

WINGS

Tyler Dorsey, 6-4, Los Angeles Ribet. A good athlete with a good body and good skills, Dorsey might be considered a guard also, since he plays on the ball quite a bit, but he probably projects to play the 2 or 3 in college. Arizona has already offered.

Roman Davis, 6-5, Los Angeles Windward. A prospect who looks the part, with a good body, length and athleticism.

Jeremy Hemsley, 6-3, LaVerne (Calif.) Damien. A slasher who can score, Hemsley plays for Dream Vision, the same AAU team as Shabazz Muhammad, Isaac Hamilton and Stephen Zimmerman. He recently said in a Scout.com interview that UCLA is his dream school.

POSTS

Stephen Zimmerman, 6-10, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Post prospects like Zimmerman don't come along too often. He has remarkable agility for his size and age, but also combines that with a good skill set for a 15 year old. He's a top ten national prospect at this time, and he comes from a UCLA family. The word is that he's UCLA's to lose.

Brodricks Jones, 6-9, Playa Del Rey St. Bernard's. A long athlete who moves well and has a good, developing skill set, Jones is a potential top 25 national player. UCLA has been on him a while.

Chance Comanche, 6-9, Play Del Rey St. Bernard's. He looks very young, and continues to grow, and could end up 6-11 in two years. He's more of a back-to-the-basket player than Jones and has the beginning of good post moves and footwork. Another potential top 25 national prospect.

Ivan Rabb, 6-9, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. A springy athlete with some skills, Rabb had a big summer, and will probably actually improve his stock, which is something since he's already ranked the #10 prospect in the nation for 2015.

Chimezie Metu, Lawndale (Calif.), 6-8, A very good body, looks young, who is a good athlete that has decent ball skills for his age, Metu is another 2015 big that could be among the top 25 players in the nation. He visited UCLA Wednesday.

Levi Cook, 6-9, Clarksburg (West Virginia) Liberty. A big kid at about 285 pounds, he brings some nice skills to the court. He's already getting recruited at a fairly high level and has UCLA among his early favorites.

Jonathan Ross, 6-7, Long Beach (Calif.) St. Anthony's. He has a young-looking body and good athleticism for a sophomore-to-be.

Roy Hemsley, 6-6, Santa Monica (Calif.) Windward. He looks like Deon Thompson at the same age -- big and round, but skilled around the basket. If he grows to 6-7+ and slims down a bit he'll have a chance.

Chase Jeter, 6-8, Las Vegas (Calif.) Bishop Gorman. He has the physical attributes to potential prospect, with a good body and moving well.


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