Recruiting Guide to Las Vegas

Here's a rundown of the UCLA prospects that will participate in any of three big AAU tournaments in Las Vegas starting Thursday, including <b>Brandon Costner</b>, <B>Jon Brockman</b>, <b>Alfred Aboya</b> and <b>Derrick Jasper</b>...

Here's a reference list of UCLA prospects that we believe will be in Las Vegas participating in one among three tournaments – the Reebok Big Time, the Adidas Super 64 and the Nike-sponsored Main Event. In parentheses are the player's AAU team and what even they'll participate in.


Jon Brockman, 6-7 SR PF, Snohomish (Wash.) High. He's still at the top of UCLA's wish list. Rumors are swirling that Duke has offered, but we haven't gotten it confirmed. Many close to the situation believe he'll choose between UCLA, Washington and Gonzaga. (Friends of Hoop – Main Event)

Also on Friends of Hoop: Martell Webster, 6-6 SR SF, Seattle (Wash.) Prep; Mitch Johnson, 6-0 SR PG, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea; Spencer Hawes, 6-10 JR C, Seattle (Wash.) Prep

Brett Hoerner, 6-10 SR C/PF, Fullerton (Calif.) High. Hoerner played for the first time in a month last week, recovering from two dislocated fingers, and then got the flu. He didn't show the same aggressiveness he did in April, but flashed some of it at the end of last week. It will be critical that he shows well in Vegas for UCLA to potentially offer him. (Belmont Shore – Main Event)

Darren Collison, 5-11 SR PG, Etiwanda (Calif.). UCLA's committed point guard sat out last week after being injured at the Adidas Superstar Camp, but is supposed to be back in action in Vegas. (IEBP – Super 64)

Brandon Costner, 6-8 SR PF, West Orang (NJ) Seton Hall Prep. Costner is having a great summer so far and will be moving up the national rankings. UCLA is on him heavily. (PLayaz – Super 64)

Ryan Wright, 6-8 SR PF, Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Loyola Catholic. Wright will be on the list of recruits UCLA coaches follow around all week. (Ontario Cyclones -- Big Time)

Alfred Aboya, 6-7 SR PF, Tilton (NH) Tilton School. Aboya is one of the names that emerged from the shoe camps last week that is now definitely on UCLA's list. He hasn't been offered a scholarship yet, and it's unknown if UCLA would have a real chance with him, but the coaches will be scouting him more this week. (Indiana Red -- Big Time)

Tyrell Biggs, 6-7 SR PF, Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep. Really did well at the ABCD Camp last week, which stepped up his recruitment. UCLA will scout more and could get seriously involved. (Metro Hawks – Big Time)

Eric Boateng, 6-10 SR C, Middletown (Del.) St. Andrews. Rumors persist that he's sewn up for Duke, but still no verbal commitment. (Juice All-Stars – Super 64).

Sam Warren, 6-8 SR PF/C, Denver (Col.) Cherry Creek. Warren was thought to be a mid-major previously but has steadily improved, having a very good Adidas camp last week. He's on the to-scout list for UCLA. (Colorado Pump N Run – Super 64).

Another on Colorado Pump N Run: Ray Hall, 6-9 JR C, Denver (Col.) Mullen

Jordan Wilkes, 6-11 SR C, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. While it looks like it's down to California, Stanford and Washington, UCLA is still scouting and considering Wilkes. (Pump N Run – Super 64)

Another on Pump N Run: Alex Stepheson, 6-8 JR PF/C, Studio City (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake.

Brandon Smith, 6-5 SR SF, Minneapolis (Minn.) Henry. A new name to add to the wing list for 2005, Smith is skilled and athletic. He'll be scouted more in Vegas, but reports that he's been offered are almost certainly premature. (Team Minnesota – Big Time)

Marcus Williams, 6-5 SR SG/SF, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt. UCLA's chances with Williams aren't fantastic, but they're better than what has been characterized in many reports. (Seattle Rotary – Super 64)

D'Andre Bell, 6-4 SR SG/SF, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades. The problem could be that UCLA is looking for more of a small forward and Bell could be more of a shooting guard. But Bell has played very well this summer so far, looking great last week in L.A. (I Can – Main Event)

Brayden Bell, 6-8 SR C/PF, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Still the most skilled big man in the west, but doesn't play hard, which could be turning off UCLA. (Salt Lake Metro – Main Event)

Dior Lowhorn, 6-6 SR PF, Berkeley (Calif.) High. A springy stud, he's on the list of under-sized but athletic, hard-playing power forwards UCLA is scouting. (Oakland Soldiers – Super 64)

Ricky Sanchez, 6-10 SR PF, Puerto Rico. There's only a slight chance UCLA would recruit him, due to many complicated issues attached to him. (Pump N Run Puerto Rico – Super 64)

Jeff Pendergraph, 6-8 SR C/PF, Etiwanda (Calif.) High. With how scarce big men are, Pendergraph is looking better and better. He's a great athlete, his skills are improving, and he has a body that looks like it could fill out well. UCLA is scouting. ( Inland –Big Time)

Davon Jefferson, 6-7 SR PF, Lynwood (Calif.) High. It's still a longshot UCLA will recruit him, but someone you have to watch. (H Squad – Big Time)

Diamon Simpson, 6-7 SR PF, Hayward (Calif.) High. Someone to definitely keep an eye on, Simpson has had a great summer and is moving on to many high major lists. UCLA is scouting. (H Squad – Big Time)

Chris Oakes, 6-8 SR PF/C, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont. Another having a summer that will improve his stock, Oakes could still be too narrow physically, but UCLA is scouting. (NorCal Elite – Main Event)

UCLA senior prospects not playing in Las Vegas:

Ben McCauley, 6-8 SR PF, Hermine (Penn.) Yough.
Jeff Adrien, 6-6 SR PF, Brookline (Mass.) High
Luc Mbahaboute, 6-6 SR SF, Montverde (Flor.) Montverde Academy Unknown as to where they are as of yet:

Theo Davis, 6-9 SR C, Bayside (NY) Benjamin Cardozo
Andrew Bynum, 6-11 SR C, Metuchen (NJ) St. Joseph UNDERCLASSMEN:

Arizona Magic #2 (Main Event):

Christian Polk, 6-2 JR SG, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
Jerryd Bayless, 6-1 SO CG, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley

California All-Stars:

Taylor King, 6-6 SO CF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Chase Budinger, 6-6 JR SF, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon

California Elite (Main Event):

James Keefe, 6-8 JR PF, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita

EBO (Super 64):

Derrick Jasper, 6-4 JR SG, Paso Robles (Calif.) High. Now getting attention nationally. Ranked #1 SG in the west for 2006.
Tre'Von Willis, 6-2 JR SG, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Brook Lopez, 6-10 JR C, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial
Robin Lopez, 6-10 JR C, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial

Oregon Select (Main Event):

Kyle Singler, 6-6 SO SF, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
Kevin Love, 6-8 SO C, Lake Oswego (Ore.) High

Portland Panthers (Big Time):

Seth Tarver, 6-3 JR SG, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Phil Nelson, 6-6 JR SF, Keizer (Ore.) McNary
Artem Wallace, 6-8 SR PF, Toledo (Wash.) High

Los Angeles Rockfish (Super 64):

Taylor Harrison, 6-8 JR C, San Clemente (Calif.) High

Pump N Run #2 (Super 64):

Andreas Schreiber, 6-8 JR PF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Brentwood School
Blake Wallace, 6-6 JR SF, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Blessed IJN (Big Time):

Marques Johnson, 6-4 CG, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snyder
Richard Semrau, 6-8 JR PF, Rocky River (Ohio) Lutheran West

Utah Pump N Run (Super 64):

Daniel Deane, 6-7 JR PF, Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge

Las Vegas Prospects (Big Time):

Marcus Lawrence, 5-10 JR PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Not playing in Las Vegas:

Alex Tyus, 6-6 JR SF, Florissant (Missouri) Hazelwood Central
Jeremiah Rivers, 6-2 CG, Winter Park (Flor.) High
Brian Zoubek, 7-0 JR C, Haddonfield (NJ) Haddonfield Memorial

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