Big Hoops Visit This Weekend

While there is a recruit visiting for the men's basketball team, probably the bigger prospect is the one visiting the women's team, top-five national player <b>Charde Houston</b>...

Charde Houston, the 6-1 senior forward from San Diego (Calif.) High, will visit UCLA this weekend, sources told us.

Houston is a multi-talend player who can play both inside and outside. If she stays healthy this season, she is on track to set the all-time California scoring record for high school girls, which is 3,446 points held by Cheryl Miller set at Riverside Poly from 1979-82. Last season Houston scored over 50 points five times and averaged 35 points a game.

She was the first girl to ever play in the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament last summer.

The All Star Girls Report, a well-known recruiting service, has Houston as the #2 prospect in the nation for the class of 2004. She is a consensus top ten national rpsoepct.

Houston has already visited Tennessee, Texas, Rutgers and Connecticut.

A commitment from Houston would add to an already strong recruiting class for the Bruins. UCLA has commitments from two standout recruits: Lindsey Pluimer, a 6-3 power forward/center from San Clemente High School, and Lauren Pedersen, a 5-10 guard from powerhouse Brea-Olinda High School. Pluimer is considered a top 30 national prospect while Pedersen was All-CIF last season and is considered a great outside shooter.

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