The Start of Hoops Recruiting

Today is the beginning of the Recruiting Period, so here are the guys in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 class that UCLA will probably go and see pretty quickly...

Today at noon begins the spring "Recruiting Period," which enables college coaches to go out to the high schools of prospects to evaluate them.

UCLA's new coaching staff will, of course, be out like every other staff, and we have a good bead on where they're going to be initially Thursday afternoon.

Here are some of the guys we know UCLA will be targeting initially in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes. Of course, this list isn't comprehensive at this point, but we'll certainly know more in the next few weeks during the Evaluation Periods.

UCLA's top three 2014 priorities are easily:

Jordan McLaughlin, 6-0 PG, Etiwanda (Calif.) -- UCLA hasn't brought in a high school point guard in five years, and if they get one in this class it will be six. McLaughlin is the guy with some tremendous upside, perhaps more than any prospect in the west. He liked UCLA before the coaching change, but also had a relationship with Steve Alford, so UCLA would have to be thought of as the favorite at this point. This is pretty close to a must-get.

Namon Wright, 6-4 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Pacific Hills. Wright is a great athlete with skills and court sense. Like McLaughlin, Alford had established a relationship with him, so that makes the pitch even easier for him now that he's at UCLA.

Stanley Johnson, 6-5 SF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. It might not be clear if Johnson will be a small forward or an undersized four in college, but he's a talented kid, with a great work ethic. UCLA will be at Mater Dei pretty quickly.


Josh Perkins, 6-3, Aurora (Col.) Regis Jesuit. Perhaps the least known elite high major in the west. Perkins will probably blow up nationally this spring and summer. Alford has been recruiting Perkins, so he and his staff will continue to be on him. It would be doubtful that they'd take McLaughlin and Perkins, but don't rule it out completely.

Robert Cartwright, 6-2, La Canada Flintridge Prep. A talented playmaker who hasn't been recruited at the high-major level yet, but will almost certainly soon.


Kameron Chatman, 6-6, Long Beach Poly. A talented all-around scorer who has some tremendous physical upside.

Isaiah Bailey, 6-5, Compton. A great, long athlete, but his development has stagnated some. We'll see how he looks this spring and summer.

Iziahiah Sweeney, 6-2, Compton. A bit undersized for a shooting guard, but a great athlete and a potentially lock-down defender.

Malik Pope, 6-7, Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek. Long athlete with developing skills who has shown flashes of brilliance.

Trevon Bluiett, 6-5, Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor. He attends the high school where new UCLA assistant Ed Schilling was the head coach, so there's obviously a connection. It could be difficult to get him out of the Midwest, but here's a story's Brian Snow did on him yesterday: UCLA Now in Mix for Bluiett


Payton Dastrup, 6-10, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. The best post in the west, UCLA wasn't involved with him previously. We'll see if they can get in with him now.

Brekkott Chapman, 6-8, Roy (Utah). Not many have seen him, but he has Pac-12 offers, and the word is that he's the real deal.

Andre Adams, 6-8, Avondale (Ariz.) Westview. With a very good body and athleticism, Adams is one of the elite posts in the west.

Zylan Cheatham, 6-7, Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Academy. An athlete who has developed in the last year, Cheatham is expected to be considered a clear high-major by the end of the summer. Alford had offered him at New Mexico, and Cheatham has indicated that Alford going to UCLA makes the Bruins very attractive. It will be interesting to see if Alford offers him now that he's in Westwood.


Aaron Holiday, 6-0 SG/PG, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. The younger brother of Jrue Holiday had no interest in UCLA with Ben Howland as coach, but figures to be very open to the Bruins with a new coach. Athletic and very strong, Holiday is more of a two at this time but it's possible he ends up a point guard down the road.

Michael Oguine, 6-0 PG, Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland. Oguine isn't on many school's radar just yet, but he's a very talented prospect. Good quickness and he can score in a variety of ways.

Tyler Dorsey, 6-4 SG, Bellflower (Calif.) St John Bosco. Dorsey is a very talented scorer with solid ball skills overall. He's playing point guard in high school, but projects more as a shooting guard at the next level. He plays AAU ball for Belmont Shore and Dinos Trigonis, who has a very good relationship with the new UCLA staff.

Ivan Rabb, 6-8 PF, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. One of the elite prospects in the country, Raab is a long and bouncy post with a huge upside. The Bruins have struggled getting prospects out of the Oakland Soldiers program, but perhaps a new staff will have better luck.

Brodricks Jones, 6-8 PF, Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park. Jones' development has slowed a bit in the last year, but he's still a very promising prospect. He's more of a face-up four than a low-post guy, but his physical attributes and overall skill level are very intriguing.

Chance Comanche, 6-9 C, Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park. Comanche is a great-looking young prospect, with extremely long arms and a developing low-post game. He's got a terrific upside.

Chase Jeter, 6-8 PF/C, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Jeter has been overshadowed somewhat by teammate Stephen Zimmerman, but he's a big-time prospect in his own right. He's got a great frame, moves well and has a nice low-post game.

Chimezie Metu, 6-8 C, Lawndale (Calif.) High. Metu is another post with really good physical tools. Good frame, long arms and pretty bouncy. He's not a great scorer just yet, but shows promise in that area.

Stephen Zimmerman, 6-10 C, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Zimmerman is one of the elite posts nationally in the class of 2015 and he comes from a UCLA family. Early on he was thought to be a heavy lean to UCLA, but the family apparently had some questions about the direction of the program under Coach Howland. He has participated in Adidas Nations, and he and his family have built a good relationship with new UCLA assistant Ed Schilling. He will no doubt be one of the top targets right away for the new staff.


Lonzo Ball, 6-0 PG/SG, Chino Hills (Calif.) High. A long and slender guard with a terrific stroke, Ball may play the one or the two at the next level. He's one of the best scorers in the class of 2016.

Derryck Thornton, 5-11 PG, Chatsworth (Calif) Sierra Canyon. A baby-faced true point with terrific ball skills, Thornton figures to be one of the more highly recruited players in 2016. He lacks physical strength at this time, but should be fine once he matures. We had heard he wouldn't touch UCLA under the old staff.

Brandon Cyrus, 6-2 SG, San Diego (Calif.) Torrey Pines. A big-time scorer with long arms and a very good frame, Cyrus will likely be recruited by most of the Pac-12.

Michael Cage, Jr., 6-8 C Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. The son of a pro, Cage, Jr. is still very raw and a long way from being an elite prospect. But he's got great bloodlines and several years to develop.

Jayce Johnson, 6-8 C Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson has a terrific frame and huge feet. It's possible he isn't done growing yet. He's got a nice feel for the game, but is still growing into his body and it remains to be seen what kind of athlete he becomes.

Vance Johnson, 6-6 SF/PF Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle. Johnson is a very skilled forward with a nice stroke out to three-point range. He may still be growing and it's possible he ends up being a four. But he's got an advanced feel for the game and figures to be a top recruit at the either forward spot.

Trevor Stanback, 6-10 C, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. The younger brother of former Bruin Chace Stanback, Trevor is another prospect that would not have considered UCLA with Ben Howland at the helm. No word yet on how he feels about the new staff, but he's one of the top big men in the west for 2016. He's got a nice little jump hook and he understands that he's a post player.

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