Bits of Hoops Recruiting News

There are more players who participated in the shoe camps last week that UCLA is potentially considering, while Fullerton center <b>Brett Hoerner</b> has an inauspicious return to summer basketball Monday, and more news...

Brett Hoerner, the 6-10 senior center from Fullerton (Calif.) High, played yesterday in the Fullcourt Press All-West Camp in Cypress Monday.

But he didn't play "well."

"Well" meaning that he wasn't well physically, having gotten the flu a couple of days ago, and it definitely affected his stamina and ability to play in a sweaty, non-air-conditioned gym yesterday. At one point in his first game, Hoerner ran down the court and just kept running out an open door to throw up.

With UCLA assistant coach Donny Daniels looking on, Hoerner was obviously sick, but he did show some desire, checking himself back into the game later.

He didn't show up for his second game last night.

He's scheduled to play twice today.

It was Hoerner's first day back playing after being out for about a month due to two dislocated fingers, which made him miss the Nike All-American Camp last week.

UCLA is thought to be on the verge of offering Hoerner.

After the Reebok ABCD Camp last week, UCLA could be investigating the possibility of two players from that camp.

Tyrell Biggs, a 6-7, 250-pound senior post player from Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep played well at ABCD, being among the best low-post players at the camp. He's definitely what you would label a wide-body, doesn't play necessarily above the rim, but does have nice skills, particularly a good outside jumper.

Academics have so far kept UCLA off of Jerry Davon-Jefferson, the 6-7 senior forward from Lynwood (Calif.) High, who is easily among the best post players in the west this year. The word, though, is that Davon-Jefferson is making a concerted effort to turn around his academic situation. Davon-Jefferson, even though he's probably just 200 pounds, has one of the livliest bodies in the west, being very active around the basket with his explosiveness, but with also good enough skills that he could eventually develop into a small forward.

A post player UCLA will probably keep an eye on after he played well at the Adidas Superstar Camp last week is Sam Warren, the 6-8 senior center from Denver (Col.) Cherry Creek. We've always written that Warren had some of the tools to possibly develop into a high major prospect and it looks like that's a possibility now. He's being more active and has shown nice skills, but probably still needs to get more aggressive. Warren, interestingly, has been home-schooled for a majority of his high school years.

There is also one more player UCLA could possibly get involved with who participated in the Nike Camp in Indianapolis last week. He's Taylor Griffin, the 6-6 combo forward from Edmond (Okl.) Oklahoma Christian. Griffin is impressive physically, being 227 pounds of muscle. He, up to this point, has been considered an undersized power forward, and he's certainly comfortable around the basket. But he showed at Nike that he has some perimeter skills, being able to handle the ball and slash to the basket while also having a good-looking jump shot, and having the foot quickness to guard threes. He certainly is the tough, physical type of player that head coach Ben Howland likes, and you could see that he relished physically over-powering people at the camp. It was thought more schools would get involved with Griffin after his performance at Nike, since up to now the likes of Kansas State, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State have been his primary suitors. The word was that he has a 3.7 GPA.

Harvey Perry, 6-4 SG, Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, is still an intriging prospect. He was a senior at Henderson (Nev.) Foothill last season, and has opted to go to a prep school. It's uncertain if he's academically qualified, although those close to him say that he is -- that he's attending a prep school just to improve his recruiting level. Perry has a potential pro body, and he's very talented, with very good skills. UCLA will continue to look at him.

Added note of interest: Gabe Pruitt, the 6-3 combo guard who was a senior at Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester last season, had signed a NLI with USC, but was thought to possibly be going to prep school, achieved a qualifying SAT score. It appears he will attend USC next fall.

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