Developments in Hoops Recruiting

We have a good collection of recruiting tidbits, including: Point guard target Josh Perkins sets a date for his announcement, and point guard target Jordan McLaughlin will visit UCLA's campus this weekend...

Jordan McLaughlin, the 5-11 point guard from Etiwanda (Calif.), has plans to take an unofficial visit to campus this weekend. We haven't heard that it's anything more serious than just a visit to see the campus and check in with the coaches.

The other top point guard target for the Bruins, Josh Perkins, the 6-1 prospect who next season will play at Huntington (West Virginia) Huntington Prep, will announce his college decision on August 25th, his birthday. It's been thought that UCLA was the leader for Perkins, but then he began getting interest from the likes of Kentucky and Connecticut. Even Duke has called him. An August 25th announcement gives Perkins plenty of time to visit other schools before that deadline. In fact, we heard Friday that he plans to visit Kentucky and Connecticut before announcing.

With Perkins' date set, point guard recruiting could get interesting. It's been thought that UCLA was also leading for McLaughlin, so you would naturally think that, if UCLA is where McLaughlin wants to be, he'd snap up the UCLA point guard spot before Perkins. McLaughlin, publicly or in recruiting circles, hasn't shown an indication that he's prepared to commit soon.

The word is that UCLA is going to pursue Thomas Welsh, the 6-11 center from Los Angeles Loyola, more aggressively. He recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA's campus with his father, and the family and the UCLA coaching staff have been in contact since. It might very well mean UCLA offers Welsh before July, but even if they don't, I expect them to make Welsh a priority to watch during the July Evaluation Period.

Another prospect I could see UCLA starting to get more serious about is Kameron Chatman, the 6-7 forward who was at Long Beach Poly last season.

I expect UCLA to pay more attention to Zylan Cheatham, the 6-7 forward from Phoenix (Ariz.) Windward Academy, and give him a thorough scouting during July.

From what I've heard, I think among the national prospects UCLA is involved with they have a legitmate chance at Myles Turner, the 6-11 center from Euless (Tex.) Trinity, who was just elevated to the #5 prospect in the nation in Scout.com's recent update on the 2014 rankings.

UCLA has been in contact with Trey Kell, the 6-3 shooting guard from San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. We don't expect UCLA to offer Kell anytime soon, but perhaps are interested as a back-up option if they don't get their other shooting guard targets. Kell is just an average athlete, but a good outside shooter with a good feel for the game.

There is also a JC big man, who would come in the fall of 2014, that is a possibility.


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