UCLA assistant coach Kerry Keating spent over 13 hours in the gym Monday, watching every game.
Here's a look at some of the players who will be of UCLA interest that impressed us yesterday.
Anthony Goods, 6-2 JR PG Corona (Calif.) Centennial. We hadn't seen Goods in some time and we were extremely impressed with his development. Very good, live body with a solid frame and very good athleticism. Excellent stroke with range beyond the stripe. We didn't get a great look at his ball-handling abilities, as he went against a very disciplined and well-coached zone from Santa Margarita and there were few opportunities for penetration. But, based on what we saw, Goods looks to be one of the elite point guard prospects in the West Coast class of 2005. Goods has excellent academics, and will very likely be getting some serious interest from UCLA. A recruiting update on Goods is forthcoming.
Darren Collison, 5-11 JR PG Etiwanda (Calif.) High. We've seen Collison three times this year and he's gotten better with each outing. He's very slender and will need to add weight/strength for the next level. But he's got a terrific feel for the position. Great demeanor on the court, with no wasted motion or nonsense. Sees the court well, finds teammates off penetration. He doesn't have a textbook shot, but he's pretty accurate from three-point range. Collison also figures to be ranked among our top point guards for 2005. He'll be on UCLA's list of guard prospects to watch closely for 2005, and the Bruin coaching staff has a connection with the family.
James Keefe, 6-8 SO PF, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita. Good frame and shoulders, moves very well and skills are getting better every time we see him. Shoots it fairly well to 15-17 feet. Plays hard and unselfishly. One of the top power forwards in 2006. Early on, he's expressed interest in UCLA.
Shane Hanson, 6-5 SO SF/PF Temescal Canyon (Calif.) High. Terrific shooter with a very nice feel for the game. Body is a little thick and question will be how he develops physically over the next couple years. He does have big feet – ideally, you'd like to see him grow into a really skilled four man. Among the best shooters we've seen in the 2006 class so far.
Quinton Watkins, 6-2 FR SG Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. One of several impressive young prospects on Bosco, we think Watkins has a chance to be among the top players in his class. Great body and very explosive. Outside shot and ball skills are still coming, but pretty good for a frosh. Could be a lockdown defender if he puts his mind to it. With development, an elite prospect.
Deandre Robinson, 6-4 SR SG, Riverside (Calif.) King, participated, and while he didn't necessarily have a great outing, he has shown us in the past that he's a prospect with some great upside. He has a great body, one that is very flexible and particularly springy, and still physically looks very young. His lateral quickness for his size is exceptional. He is still developing his skills, while his outside jumper has nice form and great lift. He is easily a D-1 prospect, in our opinion, and with his potential it's not hard to see him developing into a contributor at the mid- to high-major level. He is of interest to UCLA since he is an excellent student, with around a 4.0 GPA, and has expressed interest in walking on, which would be fine with the Bruins.