Thomas Welsh, the 6-11 center from Los Angeles Loyola, has definitely taken all the time he needs to make his decision. As of late last week, the word was that it was between UCLA and Stanford, with the odds on UCLA. California was still involved. But at this point, everyone close to the situation can't say with any certainty where Welsh is going to go. We've heard Welsh is getting closer to a decision, and could announce as soon as tonight.
Justise Winslow, the 6-6 small forward from Houston (Tex.) St. John's, has also maintained some secrecy to his recruitment. He has indicated he'd announce during the signing period, but has also been a little uncertain about it. The latest is that he could announce Wednesday and has said he would sign, on the last day of the signing period. But there is still a possibility of anything -- that he doesn't sign, doesn't verbally commit, or verbally commits and waits until spring. The word is that UCLA definitely has a chance with Winslow. Winslow is close with the two elite prospects who committed to Duke, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, and took his official visit to Duke with them. As of right now, the feeling is that Duke is the team to beat. The fact that Winslow is good friends with Stanley Johnson, who recently committed to Arizona, probably doesn't have an impact either way. UCLA head coach Steve Alford and assistant David Grace traveled to Houston to watch Winslow's high school game this weekend. Also in the gym were Texas A&M coaches.
Jonah Bolden, the 6-8 PF at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, is a talented Australian import. UCLA assistant David Grace recently had an in-home with his parents in Australia. The word is that UCLA and SMU are currently the leaders, but this is going to be a long haul. Bolden hasn't taken a standardized test to date, and won't sign until the spring.
Daniel Hamilton, the 6-6 small forward from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, is the younger brother of Bruin freshman Isaac Hamilton. Hamilton had been verbally committed to Connecticut for a while, and recently announced he'll sign a GIA with the Huskies. Isaac, of course, is ineligible this season because he had signed a NLI with UTEP and the NLI Office wouldn't allow him out of it. This has clearly influenced his younger brother Daniel, and motivated the signing of the GIA. The word around SoCal recruiting circles is that Daniel will end up at UCLA by next fall.
Cameron Oliver, 6-7 power forward, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant. He sat out his junior season due to an ACL, but has been impressive since returning, so he's generating recruiting interest. Oregon, Pepperdine and San Jose State have offered. He recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA. More than likely, UCLA would probably step up its recruitment of Oliver if it missed on Welsh or Bolden.