Some Kingwood Evaluations

The Houston Kingwood Classic was so huge it was almost impossible to be able to see every prospect you wanted. Here are just a few quick opinions of some of the UCLA junior targets that participated, including Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley...

I was in Houston for the Kingwood Classic this weekend, primarily to cover West Coast prospects, so I didn't see all of the UCLA recruits. But here are some thoughts on a few of the juniors I saw.

Ben McCauley, the junior power forward from Herminie (Penn.) Yough, was impressive. Around 6-8, good size, and very skilled with the ball, and a great passer. He seemed to wear down in second half – probably could be in better shape. But he's definitely someone UCLA would be interested in if he wants to come.

I only saw a half of one game played by Brandon Costner, 6-8 JR PF, West Orange (New Jersey) Seton Hall Prep. He's another kid who is more of a skilled, perimeter-oriented four man. He has a young face and body, and looks like he could get bigger and stronger.

Artem Wallace, 6-8 JR PF, Toledo (Wash.) High, struggled in the games I saw. He doesn't look as good physically as he did last summer and may have added some weight. He isn't nearly as explosive or mobile as he was last July. He also was hindered by an offensive plan that kept him exclusively in the low block -- he never got to show his perimeter skills. It will be interesting to see how he looks at the Memorial Day tournament at UCLA and then again in July. Head Coach Ben Howland was in attendance when Wallace didn't play particularly well.

Anthony Goods, 6-2 JR CG, Corona (Calif.) Centennial, had a very average weekend, hurt in part by playing on a dysfunctional Compton Magic team. Goods is an example of a kid who shows much better on his high school team.

Brett Hoerner, 6-10 JR C, Fullerton (Calif.) High, had a good couple games. His footwork is continuing to get better and he's becoming more aggressive. He's got excellent timing as a shot-blocker. The one concern is still whether he can add any weight to a slender frame.

Howland and assistant Kerry Keating was in attendance at least one game of every player mentioned, along with many more juniors and younger prospects.

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