2014 Hoops Recruiting Buzz

The weekend of Aug. 30-Sept. 1st is shaping up to be a big one for UCLA's 2014 recruiting, with Trevon Bluiett being the third official visitor. UCLA's situation with Quentin Snider is also looking fortuitous...

Trevon Bluiett, the 6-5 small forward from Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor, will officially visit UCLA the weekend of Aug. 30th-Sept. 1st.

Blueitt had previously arranged a Michigan visit for that weekend, but the word now is that he will visit Westwood instead.

It's a significant development for UCLA's 2014 recruiting, since it brings in Bluiett on his official visit the same weekend that both Reid Travis, the 6-6 power forward from Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle, and Quentin Snider, the 6-1 point guard from Louisville (Ken.) Ballard, are officially visiting. Bluiett and Snider are close friends and the allure of playing together could be a big factor.

From what we've heard, Bluiett has yet to reschedule his visit with Michigan, and formally arrange the Arizona visit.

Bluiett visiting the weekend of Aug. 30th--Sept. 1st is clearly a good sign for UCLA. It appeared UCLA was trying to convince Bluiett to visit that weekend, and it's a good sign that the Bluietts are agreeable to do what UCLA prefers. It could also compel Bluiett to verbally commit and not even get to his visit to Michigan, which is UCLA's top competition for Bluiett.

Also, Snider's recruitment is an interesting situation. It could very well end up a very fortuitous one for UCLA, in fact. Snider, who had been committed to Louisville since he was 14, recently de-committed and opened up his recruitment. Because he was a long-time commitment to Louisville, not many elite programs have seen Snider play. He played for an AAU team that didn't get that much exposure, Louisville Magic, and for a long time he was the only high-major player on the team so other programs didn't necessarily watch the Magic play. Also, some of the other elite programs are in very deep in their recruitments of other point guards, like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Florida, and Syracuse, and already have point guard recruits they probably lead for and have back-up options they've been working a while. Kansas took two point guards last year; Indiana has Yogi Ferrell. Snider de-committed from Louisville because the Louisville backcourt projects to being pretty crowded.

It may be that so many factors occurred fortuitously for UCLA and Snider to serendipitously come together.

It's not done yet, however. We've heard that Michigan State could end up being a competitor for Snider, since the Spartans need a point guard and aren't currently leading for any they're recruiting.

Snider's official visit to UCLA becomes a big one. If the Bruins could get a commitment from him that could seal the deal for him before Michigan State or other big-named programs potentially miss on other point guard prospects and get on Snider more seriously. Some sources are indicating that Snider and his family intend to go slowly now and take some official visits in addition to the UCLA visit. He's scheduled to visit Memphis unofficially September 7th and Connecticut officially September 21st. He's only visiting Memphis unofficially since the Sniders want to keep official visits for schools that are further away, and they have said they intend to also unofficially visit Cincinnati and Illinois. Many close to the situation consider Illinois the main competition for UCLA at this time. Oklahoma State, Minnesota, West Virginia, USC and Marquette have also all offered and the Sniders have said they could visit those schools also.

Bottom line: The weekend of Aug. 30 – Sept. 1st could be a huge one for UCLA's 2014 recruiting.

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