July Eval Period #3: Day 2

We saw Michael Humphrey, the 6-9 post from Arizona, for the first time in July, UCLA point guard target Josh Perkins gets hurt, and UCLA coaches religiously follow Stanley Johnson...

Josh Perkins, UCLA's point guard target, injured his shoulder toward the end of his first game Thursday. UCLA assistant David Grace and Ed Schilling were in attendance, as were Kentucky head coach John Calipari, USC's Andy Enfield and assistant Tony Bland, Gonzaga's Mark Few and an assistant, two Connecticut assistants, and many more. We've heard Perkins won't play Friday, which could help UCLA chances, giving Calipari less chances to see him and decide to offer him. There are rumors circulating that Gonzaga has improved its chances significantly with Perkins, but UCLA certainly still has a very good chance to get the elite point guard.

UCLA assistant Grace continued to follow Stanley Johnson, the elite wing, religiously. Johnson is double-dipping, playing with his Mater Dei High School team and the Oakland Soldiers, in two different tournaments.

Michael Humphrey, the 6-9 post, looked good Thursday, in front of Grace and many coaches from around the country. He has a good body, with fairly wide shoulders, and at about 205 pounds right now, he could easily put on a good amount of weight. He moved very well for his size (possibly approaching 6-10), and is already a fairly good post defender, with those good feet and shot-blocking instincts. Offensively, he's still a work in progress, without developed footwork with his back to the basket, but he showed a nice stroke (actually hit a three) and the potential to have an offensive game. After talking to him, Humphrey came off like a great kid, a very good fit for UCLA. The word is that UCLA is leading for him, even though we have to assume that he's still very early in his recruitment, having just blown up and with so many programs just getting interested in him. Again, remember, Humphrey plays for the AAU program, Arizona Magic, where Grace used to coach, and we're hearing that Humphrey is in contact with UCLA's Grace very consistently.

Schilling watched some of Humphrey's game, but then moved over to take in Jordan McLaughlin, the 5-11 point guard from Etiwanda, who reportedly played well. Schilling was also seen watching Trevon Bluiett, the 6-4 small forward prospect from Indiana, 6-11 post Thomas Welsh and 6-2 point guard Robert Cartwright.

Trey Kell, the 6-3 shooting guard from San Diego, played well Thursday and clearly improved his stock, garnering an offer from Arizona. Grace watched Kell's game.

Myles Turner, the 6-10 center prospect from Texas, continued to show Friday why he's the #5-ranked prospect in the nation.

Tyler Dorsey, the 6-3 2015 combo guard, went up against UCLA target, 2014 combo guard Isaiah Whitehead, and both played very well. At one point the two were exchanging three-pointers. Whitehead is very good, on both ends of the floor, with a developing feel for playing point guard. With his size and athleticism, he definitely has the potential to be a pro point guard.

UCLA offered two 2014 prospects from back east, Abdul Malik Abu, a 6-7 power forward,and Jared Terrell, a 6-3 shooting guard. Both are playing in a tournament in Atlantic City, so UCLA assistant Duane Broussard will be dispatched today to watch them.

UCLA hasn't yet offered 2014 Philadelphia point guard JaQuan Newton, but could be on the verge.

Grace was also seen at the game of 2015 prospects Cameron Walker, Rex Pflueger and Sedrick Barefield. A UCLA assistant has caught their games pretty consistently in the last two Eval periods. Walker is a 6-6 shooter; Pflueger is a bouncy two guard and Barefield, a big-bodied point guard. Grace has a connection to their AAU program, the Compton Magic. Thursday they went up against Carlton Bragg, the elite 2015 post that UCLA is pursuing.

Steve Alford is coming to Las Vegas Friday, and Grace will take his place in Orlando, to watch Newton, Justise Winslow, Leron Black and Reid Travis.

**Note: If we don't list every last prospect that the UCLA assistants watch it doesn't mean they weren't watching prospects.


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