Hoops Recruiting Update

There are bits of news about various UCLA recruits, including some in-home and official visits having been arranged. UCLA is also showing interest in a few new names, both in the west and back east, like <b>Adrian Thomas</b>...

Here's a quick basketball recruiting update based on various things we've heard recently.

If a player isn't mentioned here, it doesn't necessarily mean UCLA isn't recruiting him, just that we might not have heard anything recent recruiting news about him.

The story really is that UCLA continues to concentrate on the recruits it's offered, while it is also making some plans for other recruits. UCLA, though, will probably wait mostly until October for its official visits, wanting to bring kids to campus once school has started.

UCLA is indeed recruiting Adrian Thomas, 6-6 SF/PF, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan. Thomas has a great body, weighing probably 215. He's a nice athlete, with good explosion and strength, who is quick enough to guard a three but tough enough to defend inside. He plays hard, and apparently has good academics. UCLA is trying to set up an official visit, and it could come as early as September 4th.

One of UCLA's prime frontcourt targets is Ryan Wright, 6-8 PF/C, Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Loyola Catholic. The word is that Wright, as of right now, has plans to visit four schools officially – Wisconsin, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and UCLA, with UCLA getting the last visit, which should probably be sometime in October.

The situation with Brandon Costner, 6-8 CF, West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall Prep, has gotten interesting. It was thought that Connecticut would be the major competition for Costner, but the Huskies just received a commitment from Jeff Adrien, who is a similar type of player to Costner. So, UCLA's competition might be North Carolina State and Seton Hall.

UCLA has plans for an in-home visit with one of their big targets, Jon Brockman, 6-7 PF, Snohomish (Wash.) High, September 10th. While the UCLA coaches are in Washington, they'll probably also visit Martell Webster, 6-6 SF, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep, and Mitchell Johnson, 6-0 PG, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea. Brockman has plans to officially visit Duke on September 16th. It's thought by many close to the situation that he won't last much after that in making his decision. UCLA and Washington are still apparently the leaders, with Duke the other best possibility.

The two prospects originally from Cameroon, Alfred Aboya, 6-7 PF, Tilton (NH) Tilton School, and Luc Mbahmoute, 6-6 SF, Montverde (Fla.) Montverde Academy, will probably visit UCLA sometime in October together.

UCLA has been lining up some other in-home visits and potential official visits, with recruits they haven't offered as of yet:

Ian O'Leary, 6-7 SF, Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian. O'Leary is a well-rounded player, a good athlete with good skills who can shoot out to three.

Sam Warren, 6-9 C, Denver (Col.) Cherry Creek

Chris Oakes, 6-8 PF/C, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont

Brayden Bell, 6-9 C/PF, Salt Lake (Utah) Brighton

D'Andre Bell, 6-4 SG/SF, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) Palisades

Larry Gurganious, 6-5 SF, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's.

As we get more info and dates of any in-homes and official visits, we'll definitely pass them along.

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