UCLA Coaches On Road

It's difficult to try to piece together who UCLA basketball coaches are out visiting during the current spring evaluation period, but here's a general idea of the recruits the coaches are seeing this week, including <b>Alex Stepheson</b> and <b>Drew Viney</b>...

It's been tough to collect, but we've pieced together some rough itineraries for the UCLA basketball coaches this week during the spring evaluation period.

We know that Head Coach Ben Howland will visit Taylor Harrison, the 6-9 junior center from San Clemente (Calif.) High, at his high school today.

It's expected that UCLA will offer Harrison a scholarship during the visit.

An AAU basketball source told us that Howland is also expected to visit Chase Budinger, the 6-7 junior small forward at his high school, Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, Thursday.

We've also heard from another AAU source that Howland is expected to visit Alex Stepheson, the 6-8 junior center at North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake on Thursday.

Howland, then, will be in Houston for the Kingwood Classic tournament this weekend.

Assistant coach Kerry Keating visited the campus of Villa Park earlier this week to check out 6-5 sophomore wing Drew Viney. We believe Keating will accompany Howland to San Clemente today to visit Harrison, since Harrison is Keating's recruit. Keating will be in Houston with Howland this weekend.

Another source told us that assistant coach Ernie Zeigler is in Vancouver, Canada, to watch 6-9 sophomore center Robert Sacre at the Handsworth School. The word on Sacre is that he more than likely wants to stay on the west coast for college, and is entertaining the possibility of playing his last two high school years in the States, somewhere on the west coast. He has shown some strong interest in UCLA.

A source close to the east coast prep school scene indicated that coaches at Montverde Academy in Florida expect to see Zeigler at their open workout later this week. Zeigler will see UCLA signee, Luc Mbah a Moute, of course, while also checking out Montverde's other prospects, which include Luis Colon, a 6-9 junior center, and 6-7 junior wing Frank Ndongo. Montverde reportedly also has a few other foreign players on campus now. The word is that one could possibly be Luc Mbah a Moute's younger brother from Cameroon. The younger Mbah a Moute is supposedly the age of a freshman in high school, and bigger and potentially better than Luc.

As we reported earlier, Zeigler will then go to what was formerly Yugoslavia in search of bigs.

Howland will also go in search of bigs in Australia next week. Apparently there is a post player that some are comparing to Utah's Australian center, Andrew Bogut.


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