Recruiting Buzz from Big Time

Here is the latest on UCLA's recruiting from the Las Vegas Big Time, including a huge performance by Jordan Farmar, a couple of more seniors on UCLA's radar, and a list of potential UCLA targets in the 2005 class...

Here are bits of UCLA recruiting news coming out of the Las Vegas Big Time. This is not comprehensive, so if there is a recruit not mentioned, that doesn't mean UCLA isn't recruiting him.

UCLA's committed recruit, point guard Jordan Farmar from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, went off at the Las Vegas Big Time Wednesday, leading his Pump N Run All-Stars to an easy win. Farmar had 35 points and 9 assists. He hit an astounding 10 threes. His last shot of the game was a three he took from about 30 feet and swished it. On Wednesday Farmar couldn't miss.

Arron Afflalo scored 14 points in an evening game Wednesday, with his team struggling against the loaded Seattle Rotary Select team, which features monster Marvin Williams.

David Burgess, 6-10 SR C, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge, joined the Pump team and played decently. He was admittedly tired, having flown in from Greece. But he was on the receiving end of a few very nice Farmar dishes.

UCLA assistant coach Donny Daniels was present for the Pump game, and has been seen scouting throughout Vegas. Here are a few of the seniors at the Big Time UCLA is involved with to some degree:

Randolph Morris, 6-10 SR C, Fairburn (Geor.) Landmark Christian. looks good – huge and athletic. Daniels has attended his games. It's unlikely UCLA could get Burgess and Morris, but they'd certainly take both. We'll try to talk to him this week and see where UCLA stands.

Al Horford, 6-8 SR PF, Grand Ledge (Mich.) High. A springy, long athlete, UCLA continues to look into him.

Shane Foster, 6-6 SR SF, Kenner (Louisiana) Bonnabel. An athlete with some skills, UCLA has shown interest and Foster is now returning the interest.

Josh Shipp 6-5 SR SG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. He's not putting on the show he did at Nike, and the mystery is: Who is the real Josh Shipp? UCLA is interested, though.

Maarty Leunen, 6-8 SR SF/PF, Redmond (Ore.) High. Oregon State had three assistants at his game, while there was one coach each from Oregon, Cal and Gonzaga, as well as UCLA. We'll try to talk to him and get an update on his recruitment while we're in Vegas.

Jarhon Giddings, 6-8 SR PF, Blacksburg (Vir.) High. A new name that UCLA is scouting, Giddings is long, athletic and moves very well. He's very skinny and raw, but has good grades.

Update on Juniors at the Big Time:

Artem Wallace, 6-8 JR PF, Toledo (Wash.) High. A big, burly kid who likes to bang and has skills. The word is, after he completes his participation in the Best of Summer tournament next week in Los Angeles, there's a possibility that Wallace could visit UCLA's campus unofficially.

Mike Mercer, 6-3 JR SG/PG, Snellville (Geor.) South Gwenett. A talented combo guard with good size and quickness. UCLA needs a combo in the 2005 class and Mercer will probably be on the list of targets.

Josh McRoberts, 6-9 JR PF/C, Carmel (Ind.) High. Considered one of the best post players nationally in the 2005 class, UCLA is making some in-roads.

Theo Davis, 6-9 JR PF, High School Unknown. The Canadian with the hops and the long arms is still in search of a high school to finish off his high school career. UCLA is on him early.

Joe Krabbenhoft, 6-6 JR SF, Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Roosevelt. He's got some buzz going for him after he looked good at the Nike Camp. He's on UCLA's list.


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