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This is not necessarily for certain, but what I've heard as potential changes from a few sources.
UCLA will release a two-deep soon, in anticipation of spring practice.
I've heard some of the changes we might see are:
-- Justin London moving to Brandon Chillar's spot of weakside linebacker.
-- Wesley Walker moving into the starting middle linebacker position.
-- Robert Chai starting at center.
-- Mike McCloskey moving to the starting left guard position. Eyoseph Efseaff might not start.
-- Ed Blanton moving to left tackle and Steve Vieira moving to right tackle.
Again, I'm not sure how certain these changes are, but just what I've heard from some usually reliable sources. -- Tracy Pierson
Arron Afflalo - the 2004 McDonald's All American's #1 seeded Compton (CA) Centennial H.S. team in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs won their second-round game last night against Oak Park H.S., 58-41; specific statistics for Afflalo were not available; the Apaches, who are now 26-2 and ranked #23 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, play their quarterfinal playoff game away against Chaminade H.S. and UCLA football signee Marcus Everett next Tuesday night.
Jordan Farmar - the 2004 McDonald's All American's Taft H.S. team is seeded #3 in the CIF L.A. City Section Championship playoffs and won its first-round game at home against #14 seed Monroe H.S. last night, 80-66, to run its season record to 24-2; Farmar tallied 22 points and 9 assists in the victory; Taft hosts Crenshaw H.S. next Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.
Lorenzo Mata - his South Gate H.S. team is seeded #8 in the CIF L.A. City Section Championship playoffs and won its first-round game at home against #9 seed Washington H.S. last night, 54-52 in overtime, to run its season record to 18-7; Mata tallied 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots in the victory; South Gate will next play a quarterfinal game against Josh Shipp and Fairfax H.S. next Wednesday at Fairfax.
Josh Shipp - his Fairfax H.S. team is seeded #1 in the CIF L.A. City Section Championship playoffs, as well as ranked #13 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, and won its first-round game at home against #16 seed Wilson H.S. last night, 121-59, to run its season record to 21-4; Shipp talllied 41 points and 6 assists in the victory; Fairfax will next play a quarterfinal game against Lorenzo Mata and South Gate next Wednesday at Fairfax.
Taylor King - his Mater Dei H.S. team, which is seeded #2 in the CIF Southern Section Division II-A playoffs and ranked #18 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, won its first-round game at home last night against Burbank (CA) Burroughs H.S., 82-57, to run its season record to 22-4; King scored 16 points in the victory; Mater Dei plays host to West Torrance H.S. next Tuesday night in the second round.
Note that potential UCLA senior recruit Robert Rothbart and his Natomas H.S. squad up in Sacramento finished their regular season 21-4 (12-0 in league play) with a 54-49 win over Granite Bay H.S. this past Wednesday in which Rothbart tallied 24 points; they will begin the CIF Sacramento-San Joaquin Division II playoffs next Wednesday as the #4 seed, hosting Sacramento H.S.
Note that potential UCLA senior recruit Malik Hairston and his Detroit (MI) Renaissance H.S. team, which is ranked #3 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, won their semifinal game in the Detroit Public School League playoffs last night against Detroit (MI) Finney H.S., 48-34, to go to 18-0; Hairston, a 2004 McDonald's All American, hit a pair of three-pointers to begin the fourth quarter to put the game away; Joe Crawford led the scoring for Renaissance with 15 points; the Phoenix play Detroit (MI) Denby H.S. next Wednesday night for the Detroit Public School League title.-- BRO Staff
Sophomore DT Thomas Patton has left the team for the remainder of the academic year, and is enrolled at a junior college in the Oakland area.
He will reportedly attempt to get back into good academic standing during the spring, so he can return to UCLA in the Summer and play during the 2004 Fall season. -- Brandon Huffman
The word is that there could be some shake-up among the positions and starters on the offensive line. Nothing for certain, though.
Also, I've heard that there is a player who could be leaving school due to academics.-- Tracy Pierson
Jon Brockman Player Profile -- Tracy Pierson
Two of the top quarterback targets for the class of 2005 are Arkelon Hall, 6-2, 200, Fresno (Calif.) Edison and Oskaar Rashaan, 6-3, 185, Pomona (Calif.) Garey.
According to sources, UCLA is trying to get an early commitment from either of the two. Both Hall and Rashaan, reportedly, have UCLA as their current early leader. -- Tracy Pierson