Post-Eval Period: 2014 Wings and Bigs

UCLA is recruiting plenty of highly-rated national wings and bigs in the 2014 class, including a handful of local prospects...

UCLA put in a great deal of work following many nationally-ranked wings and bigs in July. They intend to bring in at least two bigs and possibly two wings.


Stanley Johnson, 6-5, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, #8. UCLA is trying hard with Johnson, being at just about every one of his games in July, whenever he played with the Oakland Soldiers or Mater Dei. The feeling is that Kentucky and Arizona are leading. We've heard recently that USC could be fading.

Rashad Vaughn, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay, # 11. Considered the best scorer in the country, Vaughn will narrow his list to six or seven soon. He said he'll definitely visit Kansas and Kentucky, and North Carolina is hitting him hard. We had heard that UCLA had an uphill battle for him, but if they can survive through the next list-narrowing and maybe get an official visit that could give them a chance.

Justise Winslow, Houston (Tex.) St. John's School, #13. Winslow was supposed to be an Arizona lean, and then Kentucky offered and the word is that the Wildcats are right there. Steve Alford has a family connection to the Winslows, and Winslow has family in SoCal. Some close to the recruitment feel UCLA is in third at this point but have a chance.

Isaiah Whitehead, 6-3 CG, Brooklyn (New York) Lincoln, #17. The talented combo guard has said he'll visit Syracuse, Arizona and UCLA, but it's thought local Syracuse has the inside pole position. If UCLA can indeed get an official visit for him then they could have a real shot.

Trevon Bluiett, 6-5 SF, Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor, #49. Bluiett, one of the nation's best shooters, played for UCLA assistant coach Ed Schilling at Park Tudor last season. Some feel UCLA is leading because of that, but other sources feel Michigan is ahead and he'll be difficult to get away from the Midwest.

JaQuan Newton, 6-1 CG, Philadelphia (Penn.) St. John Neumann, #54. Newton improved his stock in July, and while UCLA hasn't offered, they're trying to get involved. Syracuse, Georgetown, Miami, St. John's, and others have been on him for a while.

Namon Wright, 6-3 SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Pacific Hills, #58. Wright didn't play in the last July Eval period and he wasn't getting good reviews for most of the spring and summer. We feel that many programs, including UCLA, have cooled on him.

Jared Terrell, 6-3 SG, Wolfeboro (New Hampshire) Brewster Academy, #71. Terrell really improved his stock with a very good July, and UCLA offered him at the beginning of the third Eval Period. Terrell listed Florida, Connecticut, Providence, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA, St. John's, Rhode Island and Xavier recently.

Brekkott Chapman, 6-7 SF, Roy (Utah). The 6-7 forward claims a UCLA offer, even though we're a little doubtful. At this point, we think he's a fall-back option for the Bruins, and is getting a huge amount of interest from hometown Utah.

Trey Kell, 6-3 SG, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine. The best shooter in the west just received a UCLA offer, along with offers from USC, Arizona and others. While UCLA is on him late, most everyone is, so that might give UCLA a good chance with him.


Myles Turner, 6-10, Euless (Tex.) Trinity, #5. While Turner said his list is 25 right now, we believe UCLA is on his short list of his top five or six, and will be in line for an official visit.

Leron Black, 6-7 PF, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station, #23. One of the best power forward types in the nation, UCLA is trying for him, while it sounds like Indiana, Arizona, Florida, Memphis, Lousville and others are in a better position.

Goodluck Okonoboh, 6-9 C, Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham and Monson Academy, #37. UCLA watched him in July, but we're hearing he's not seriously considering the Bruins.

Reid Travis, 6-6 PF, Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle, #44. Travis had a brilliant July, being one of the best frontcourt scorers in the nation. He just said he wants to visit UCLA and Stanford, and the Bruins have a very good chance. He's already visited Gonzaga. Hometown school Minnesota, Notre Dame and Michigan State are supposed to be his other serious contenders.

Abdul Malik Abu, 6-7 PF, Meriden (New Hampshire) Kimball Union, #51. He plays on the same AAU team as Terrell, and UCLA just offered him a week ago. Abu recently said he's down to ten: Florida, Kentucky, Kansas State, Miami, North Carolina State, Iowa State, Connecticut, St. John's, and UCLA. UCLA is in late, but a source close to the recruitment feels they have a chance at an official visit.

Thomas Welsh, 6-11 C, Los Angeles Loyola, #75. He's emerging as the #1 post in the west for 2014, and quickly becoming the subject of some intense recruiting effort by many programs after an outstanding July. He probably helped his recruiting stock immensely by out-playing Myles Turner head-to-head in Vegas. California and Notre Dame are thought to be the leaders. UCLA offered before July and has been on him this month, and will almost certainly prioritize him. It will be interesting to see, after July, what other programs go after him hard.

Michael Humphrey, 6-9 C, Phoenix (Ariz.) Sunnyslope. Perhaps the guy who blew up the most in July, Humphrey went from being considered a mid-major to an elite high-major, garnering offers from Indiana, UCLA, USC, Arizona and many others. UCLA assistant David Grace used to coach with Humphrey's AAU program, Arizona Magic, so he definitely has a connection. It was believed as of just a couple of days ago that UCLA led for Humphrey, but you can expect some big-named schools to get involved now. Louisville just offered. Hopefully, with Humphrey being an academic kid, UCLA's academics will appeal to him and give the Bruins an edge.

Idrissa Diallo, 6-9 C, Los Angeles Cathedral. Diallo broke his elbow and didn't participate in July. He didn't show well in April, but we've heard UCLA, who offered him, is still recruiting him seriously.

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