2005 Hoops Recruiting Update

It's crunch time for UCLA basketball recruiting for the 2005 class. UCLA is coming off a big recruiting weekend, and today is the last day college coaches can be out -- with many of UCLA's recruits probably deciding in the next few weeks...

It's crunch time for UCLA basketball recruiting.

They're essentially down to three recruits in the 2005 class that they've offered – the three that were on their official visits to UCLA this last weekend.

Signing day is just a little over a month away, and the three offered prospects will probably all make their decision far sooner than that.

Also, today is the last day that college coaches can be out evaluating and for in-home or in-school visits.

So, this is it.

Ryan Wright, the 6-8 power forward from Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Loyola Catholic, returned home late Sunday night from his visit to UCLA. All reports from the visit were that he had a very good time. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland had an in-home visit with the Wrights last night, Monday night. It does appear that Wright will in fact take his final official visit to Stanford this weekend, with his father. A source indicates that Wright has completed his Stanford application. Wright visited Michigan State, the third school he's considering, September 18th. When he returned home from his visit to Michigan State he said the Spartans were leading, but days later said all three schools were even. He should decide pretty quickly after his Stanford official visit.

Alfred Aboya, the 6-7 power forward originally from Cameroon who plays his high school ball at Tilton (NH) Tilton School, will take his final official visit to Georgetown in two weeks. He, of course, visited UCLA this last weekend, and Virginia September 18th. As of now, the prevailing sentiment is that Georgetown is UCLA's main competition for Aboya. When he came to the States from Cameroon a year ago he verbally committed to Georgetown, but later opened up his recruitment. He is close to another Cameroon basketball player and former Hoya, Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, currently of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is reportedly pushing him to Georgetown. UCLA apparently made a very good impression on Aboya, but is facing a tough fight against Georgetown and the influence of Boumtje Boumtje.

Aboya will almost certain wait until after his Georgetown official visit before he decides. UCLA assistant coach Ernie Zeigler was reportedly visiting Aboya yesterday.

Luc Mbah a Moute, the 6-6 small forward who plays at Montverde (Flor.) Montverde Academy but is also from Cameroon, visited UCLA officially this last weekend as well. Mbah a Moute was reportedly very impressed with the school. His father and family, who are in Cameroon, have academic reputation as a high priority for Luc. So UCLA has a good chance against the other schools Mbah a Moute is considering – South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Georgetown, The word is that South Carolina is UCLA's main competition. He visited Virginia Tech the weekend of September 24th and will visit South Carolina this weekend. There is a plan for him to visit Georgia October 22nd, which he's already visited unofficially, and he could also visit Georgetown.

Howland is reportedly on his way to Florida to visit Mbah a Moute on the last day coaches can be out.

We'll have an interview with Mbah a Moute later today or tomorrow.

UCLA has now started to show some interest in and is scouting Cem Dinc, a 6-10 post from Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, originally from Turkey. Dinc had verbally committed to Buffalo before arriving in the States just a few weeks ago, but has opened up his recruitment as he's gotten more attention from higher-profile schools, including UCLA, Illinois, Purdue, Florida and others. Dinc is reportedly pretty skilled and can step out and score.

There are a couple more prep school prospects in the 2005 class that UCLA is scouting, specifically a couple of wings. We'll fill you in on them as soon as we can.

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