Analysis of Jon Brockman Recruitment

<b>Jon Brockman</b>, the 6-7 power forward from Snohomish (Wash.) High, continues to be a prime recruiting target for UCLA in the class of 2005. In the aftermath of the July evaluation period, how do UCLA's chances with him look now? Here's the most recent scuttlebutt...

Jon Brockman, 6-7 power forward, Snohomish (Wash.) High. The big UCLA target had a great July, out-playing and out-working opponents in leading his Friends of Hoop team to the championship of the Main Event in Las Vegas. He then played a day in the L.A. Best of Summer tourney, and then shut it down. Brockman's performance this July will probably secure him a place among the top 20 players in the country.

Big developments in Brockman's recruitment this July were Duke and North Carolina offering him. He now has a list of schools that includes UCLA, Washington, Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga and Arizona, all of which have offered.

What we're hearing from good sources is that UCLA is still doing very well with Brockman, despite some intense recruiting interest from the likes of Duke and others. In fact, there are those close to the situation that believe UCLA holds a lead with Brockman, with Washington and Duke the other main contenders. It's still believed that Brockman doesn't want to leave the west coast, and that it will take a great deal of persuasion from Duke to get him to cross the country. But then again, when he takes his official visit to Durham sometime in the next couple of months, you really can't underestimate the appeal of Duke and Coach K. Washington is definitely in the mix, but it's believed that the big deciding factor for Brockman with Washington is if his FOH teammate and friend, point guard Mitchell Johnson, decides to go to Washington. It's thought that Brockman will probably only opt for Washington if Johnson does. Right now, the two main leaders for Johnson are Stanford and Washington and, from what we've heard, he's leaning to Stanford. So, if Johnson decides on Stanford, that helps UCLA's chances with Brockman considerably. UCLA likes Johnson and there is still a possibility that UCLA could offer Johnson and want to take him with Brockman. Johnson attended UCLA's camp in late June.

The commitment of Jamal Boykin to Duke probably doesn't impact Brockman's opinion of Duke too drastically, just muddying the waters a bit. It's thought that Duke intends to take four post players, and they still have a place for Brockman. Taking so many, and already having commitments from Josh McRoberts and Boykin and thought to be close to one from Eric Boateng, wouldn't necessarily dissuade Brockman from considering Duke altogether but probably does make him think about potential playing time among so many posts in one class.

Even though Brockman has said he'll wait until at least November, there are some close to the situation that think he might not. While he hasn't taken any other official visit besides the one to UCLA, it's thought he could still possibly want to get his recruiting over with soon. So, while it very well could last through November, there is a chance Brockman could make a decision soon, too.

A complete post-July evaluation analysis of UCLA's recruiting efforts for the 2005 class is on the way...


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