Signing Period Begins Today

Some news could pop today about Thomas Welsh, and Justise Winslow will now announce his decision in the next week...

The Early Signing Period begins today, Wednesday, and UCLA has a few recruits still left on the board.

Thomas Welsh, the 6-11 center from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola, the nation's #45-ranked prospect, is down to UCLA, Cal and Stanford. He visited Stanford last week, and was accepted academically. The word from a source was that UCLA was still leading but Scout.com's Evan Daniels spoke with Loyola coach Jamal Adams, and he said Welsh is still "mulling over" his decision. "He's hoping to make it sooner verse later and then make the appropriate announcement. It's been tough. He's getting closer," Adams said.

The latest buzz on Justise Winslow, the 6-6 small forward from Houston (Tex.) St. John's School, the nation's #10-ranked prospect, is that he's now expected to announce his college choice sometime during the early signing period (which is today through next Wednesday, November 20th). The schools he has visited are UCLA, Arizona, Duke, Florida, Stanford, and Texas A&M. The original plan was for Winslow to wait until the spring signing period, but that has now changed, even though it's uncertain if he'll actually sign during the Early Signing Period.

UCLA is still involved with Jonah Bolden, the 6-8 power forward from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, the nation's #30-ranked prospect. Besides UCLA, he is considering Arizona, Michigan, Louisville, UNLV, Oregon State, Auburn and Vanderbilt. Originally from Australia, the plan is for him to take a standardized test so he can take official visits, and that should happen during the season. Bolden will sign in spring.

Cameron Oliver, the 6-8 post from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, is hearing from Cal, Oregon, Arizona and UCLA, while Oregon and San Jose State have offered. He recently took an unofficial to UCLA. Having come back from a year off due to an ACL tear, Oliver plans to take it slowly and sign in the late period.

UCLA is fully expecting to receive National Letters of Intent from its two verbally committed prospects, 6-8 Kevon Looney, from Milwaukee (Wisc.) Hamilton, the #13-ranked player nationally, and Gyorgy Goloman, the 6-9 power forward from Weston (Fla.) Sagemont, who is originally from Hungary.


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