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UCLA will, of course, pursue Mario Chalmers and Anthony Goods in the 2005 class.
But I think that Darren Collison could very well be an option. I think he could be right behind Chalmers and Goods.
Also, after watching them both in a recent workout, I think Jonathan Gibson has emerged as a better point guard prospect than Kashif Watson. Watson, physically, is really impressive, but his game hasn't developed much. Gibson, on the other hand, is probably the quickest guard in the west for 2005. While he's still a bit out of control, he's continuing to improve, and his skills are very good.
UCLA might not get to Gibson (either taking someone they believe is superior, or not believe he's worthy of offering a scholarship), but I wanted to provide a list of the potential targets in order of preference. -- Tracy Pierson
A source says that the 6-7 junior power forward, Jon Brockman, has UCLA as his current leader.
It's a good sign, but also very early. Washington will be a contender, as will probably Stanford. Also, you can probably expect more competition for Brockman once he gets out nationally this spring and summer. Brockman will probably be a top 50 national player and UCLA has offered him a scholarship. -- Tracy Pierson
Arron Afflalo - the 2004 McDonald's All American's Compton (CA) Centennial H.S. team, which finished second in the CIF Southern Section Division III-A playoffs with a 74-63 loss in the championship game against Harvard-Westlake H.S. on March 6, won the California State Division III Championship on Saturday, March 20, defeating CIF Northern Regional Division III champion Oakland (CA) Bishop O'Dowd H.S., which finished the season with a record of 26-7, 60-36, at ARCO Arena in Sacramento; Afflalo finished with 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead his team to the victory; Centennial, which is ranked #23 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, finished their season with a record of 32-3; Afflalo is scheduled to play in two national all-star games - the EA Sports Roundball Classic (March 24) and the McDonald's All American Game (March 31).
Jordan Farmar - the 2004 McDonald's All American's Taft H.S. team, which won the CIF L.A. City Section Championship with a 64-60 victory in the championship game against Fairfax H.S., 64-60, was seeded #2 in the Southern Regional of the California State Division I Tournament but lost its semifinal regional game against Etiwanda H.S., the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA runnerup, which ran its season record to 30-2, on Thursday, March 11, 57-54; Farmar tallied 38 points in the loss, scoring an amazing 27 of his team's 29 second half points; Taft finished its season with a record of 28-3; Farmar is scheduled to play in three national all-star games - the McDonald's All American Game (March 31), the Nike Hoop Summit (April 4), and the Jordan Capital Classic (April 14).
Lorenzo Mata - his South Gate H.S. team was seeded #8 in the CIF L.A. City Section Championship playoffs and ended its season at 18-8 with a quarterfinal game loss on Wednesday night, February 25, against #1 seed Fairfax H.S., 89-65; Mata tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss; Mata is scheduled to play in one national all-star game - the Adidas High School Classic (March 26).
Josh Shipp - his Fairfax H.S. team, which finished second in the CIF L.A. City Section playoffs with a 64-60 loss in the championship game against Taft H.S. on March 6 and is ranked #24 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, won the California State Division I Championship on Saturday, March 20, defeating CIF Northern Regional Division I champion Concord (CA) De La Salle H.S., which finished the season with a record of 30-3, 51-35, at ARCO Arena in Sacramento; Shipp finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead his team to the victory; Fairfax, which is ranked #19 in the country in the latest USA Today poll, finished their season with a record of 27-5.
Taylor King - his Mater Dei H.S. team, which was seeded #2 in the CIF Southern Section Division II-A playoffs, was upset in its semifinal game against Inglewood H.S. (22-10), 66-56, Tuesday night, March 2, to end its season with a record of 24-5; King tallied 16 points in the loss; Mater Dei shot only 21 out of 38 from the free throw line, missed 17 three-point attempts, and will miss playing in their division final for the first time since 1998.
Note that potential UCLA senior recruit Robert Rothbart and his #4 seed Natomas H.S. squad up in Sacramento ended their season with a record of 23-5 after losing a semifinal CIF Sacramento-San Joaquin Division II playoff game Thursday night, March 4, against #1 seed Valley H.S. (25-6), 64-45; Rothbart was plagued by foul trouble the entier game, playing only 12 minutes total and fouling out in the third quarter after scoring 12 points.
Note that potential UCLA senior recruit Malik Hairston, a 2004 McDonald's All American, and his Detroit (MI) Renaissance H.S. team, which is ranked #3 in the country in the latest USA Today poll as the Detroit Public School League champion, won their Michigan Class B State Tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday, March 23, against Warren (MI) Fitzgerald H.S., which finished the season 20-6, 73-35, to run their season record to 25-0; Hairston led his team to the victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds at the University of Detroit Mercy; Renaissance will take on Wyoming Park H.S. (23-3) and Michigan Mr. Basketball Drew Neitzel, a Michigan State point guard signee, on Friday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. Detroit time, in a semifinal game of the Class B tourney at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University, with the winner advancing to play for the Class B Championship on Saturday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m. Detroit time in the Breslin Center; Hairston is also scheduled to play in three national all-star games - the McDonald's All American Game (March 31), the Nike Hoop Summit (April 4), and the Jordan Capital Classic (April 14).-- The BRO Staff
Malik Hairston, the 6-5 senior wing from Detroit Renaissance, has said he could wait two weeks to announce his decision, but good sources believe it could come sometime during the McDonald's All-American Game festivities.
Hairston has officially visited UCLA, Ohio State and Kansas, while is also considering Oklahoma, Michigan and North Carolina. Hairston, a McDonald's All-American, has been thought to be leaning to UCLA in recent months. He'll play in the McDonald's All-American game next week with UCLA signees Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo. Hometown Michigan is putting on some considerable late pressure on Hairston. -- Tracy Pierson
Head Coach Ben Howland was out on the recruiting trail last week. Early in the week he traveled to Sacramento to observe Robert Rothbart, 7-0 SR PF, Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas. On Wednesday, he was in attendance at the playoff game of UCLA's big target, Malik Hairston, 6-5 SR SF, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance, the McDonald's All-American. On Friday, he was in Arizona to watch 6-8 junior power forward Lawrence Hill work out with his AAU team. Then this weekend, he watched the AAU team from Seattle, Friends of Hoop, work out, which included 6-7 JR PF Jon Brockman and 6-7 JR SF Micah Downs. He also saw 6-8 JR PF Artem Wallace from Toledo, Washington work out with his AAU team on the swing to the northwest. -- The BRO Staff
UCLA's spring football practice begins April 7th. All practices will be open to the public. Here is the complete practice schedule (4:00 p.m. unless noted): April 7, April 8, April 9, April 12, April 13, April 15, April 17 (9:00 a.m.), April 19, April 20, April 22, April 23, April 26, April 28 (this is a change from the original announcement), April 30, May 1 (11:00 a.m.). The BRO Staff