Hoops Recruiting Update

The third weekend of the July Evaluation Period begins, and we have some tidbits on UCLA's big targets, Jaylen Brown, Prince Ali, Eric Davis, and more...

With the third session of the July Evaluation Period beginning tonight (and running through Sunday), we have some quick bits of news on 2015 UCLA prospects.

UCLA has a commitment from Aaron Holiday, the 6-0 guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, of course, and has three scholarships remaining to give to the 2015 class. It would ideally like to fill those with two guards/wings and one big.

Jaylen Brown, the #1 shooting guard in the nation, from Marietta (Ga.) Wheller, intends to take three official visits at this time, to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. It’s thought he’ll more than likely commit soon after he completes the three visits, and the thought is that UCLA leads at this time. Of course, the Bruins will have to compete with two of the most formidable recruiting programs in the country in Kansas and Kentucky, and offset two of the traditionally best official visits.

Prince Ali, the four-star shooting guard from Weston (Fla.) Sagemont Upper School, will officially visit UCLA August 31st, and then Louisville September 6th. UCLA is thought to be the current leader.

UCLA is still trying with two five-star prospects, Carlton Bragg, the 6-8 power forward from Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela – St Joseph, and Allonzo Trier, the five-star shooting guard from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. There are some sources that believe Bragg and Trier want to play their college ball with Brown, but it sounds a bit like a longshot. The word is that Trier is a solid lean to Arizona.

Another top priority is Eric Davis, the shooting guard from Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill. Davis will almost certainly visit UCLA officially, but it’s believed that Michigan State is going to be very hard to beat for him.

UCLA offered Malik Beasley, the 6-4 shooting guard from Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis, this week. Beasley had unofficially visited UCLA earlier this summer.

UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford will be utilizing a private jet this weekend, to go to tournaments in Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Kansas City.

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