2007 & 2008 Prospects in Vegas

Here's a crib sheet of the juniors and sophomores UCLA will almost certainly be scouting in Las Vegas when three big tournaments begin tomorrow. Kevin Love is the headliner, but there is an emerging elite 6-8 sophomore to keep an eye on...

While there is a small, tight list of 2006 prospects UCLA will be watching primarily in Las Vegas, there is a bigger list of 2007 prospects.

That is, despite really only having one scholarship available possibly for the 2007 class.

UCLA very well could have more, though. If it only gives out one scholarship for 2006, to James Keefe, it would then have three to give in 2007. If it gives out two in 2006, then, naturally, it would have two to give for 2007.

There is also the possibility that someone could leave the program early for the pros by then.

So, it's not a stretch to figure UCLA could have 2 or 3 scholarships to give to the 2007 class.

And that's good, since the class is pretty talented.

The big daddy of the 2007 class is, of course, Kevin Love, the 6-9 post from Lake Oswego (Calif.) High.  A flap occurred in the first half of the July evaluation period when Love decided to attend the Reebok ABCD Camp, not the Nike All-America Camp, which was the shoe affilation of his AAU team, the Portland Legends. Nike responded by announcing Love couldn't ever play in a Nike event, so Love will play with the SoCal All-Stars in the Reebok Big Time this week.  UCLA has a very good chance of getting Love, with also one of the Carolina schools (UNC, Duke) and Arizona. With some strong connections to the L.A. area, UCLA will be right there for him. If Head Coach Ben Howland can get Love, it would be his biggest recruiting coup to date. 

Alex Legion, the 6-5 shooting guard, Detroit (Mich.) Country Day, is another McDonald's All-American level player UCLA will have a serious shot of getting in the 2007 class.  He'll play with the Michigan Hurricanes in the Reebok Big Time.

Alex Tyus, the 6-7 small forward from Cincinnati (Ohio) Harmony Christian, is now in the 2007 class, but is still a potential target for UCLA.  Tyus is playing with one of the higher profile AAU teams in the country, the D-1 Greyhounds, featuring O.J. Mayo, at the Reebok Big Time.

Darnell Gant, 6-7 combo forward from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, emerged this spring and attended UCLA's camp, where he certainly impressed the coaches.  He'll play for the Rising Stars of America in the Reebok Big Time.

Coming off a good performance at the Nike All-America Camp, Chace Stanback, 6-6 wing, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, will definitely have coaches coming to the Main Event in Las Vegas to watch the Fairfax Westsiders, which is the Fairfax High team.

Anthony Randolph, 6-10 power forward from North Little Rock (Ark.) High, is thought to be transferring to SoCal, where he lived until he was 14.  He'll play with the L.A. Paladins in Las Vegas.

Elijah Holman, 6-8 center, Richmond (Calif.) High. A long, athlete who is just getting discovered now, UCLA coaches will be out scouting him. He plays for an AAU team called Shakur Village, which is in the Main Event.

Sean Williams, the 6-10 center, and Drew Viney, the 6-5 wing, are both from Villa Park (Calif.) High, and will play in the Big Time.

Jamelle Horne, the 6-6 small forward from San Diego Hoover was injured and sat out the Adidas Camp, but will play with Compton Magic in the Adidas Super 64.

UCLA will be watching Robert Sacre, the 6-10 center from Vancouver, Canada, who proved at the Adidas Superstar Camp that he is a legit high major prospect, and he has UCLA on his short list. He'll play with B.C. Provincial in the Reebok Big Time.

Omondi Amoke, the 6-5 small forward from Oxnard (Calif.) High, hasn't played well this spring and always seems to be hampered by injury. He'll play with Pump N Run #1 or #2 in the Adidas Super 64.

Alex Jacobson, the 6-11 center from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, is among the best post players in the west for 2007. He'll play with Mater Dei in Vegas, along with Kamyron Brown, the 6-2 point guard. 

Others to Note:

Zane Johnson, 6-5 small forward, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
Jon Reed, 6-5 small forward, Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Kenton Walker, 6-7 power forward, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Harper Kamp, 6-6 power forward, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View.
Quinton Watkins, 6-4 wing, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Austin Daye, 6-5 wing, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge
Justin Holiday, 6-6 small forward, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Dane Suttle, 6-3 CG, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester

There are a few others, too, that actually won't be in Las Vegas, but at the Nike tournament in Orlando, Florida or, even, not playing anywhere.  UCLA is reportedly on the list of 6-2 junior point guard Derrick Rose from Chicago (Ill.) Simeon, currently the #2-ranked point guard in the 2007 class nationally. There is an African AAU team that will attract many coaches, including one from UCLA, that is supposed to have a couple of seven-footers.  Also, the high school of incoming freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Montverde Academy, is also supposed to have a 7-foot sophomore center from Africa, and possibly Luc's young brother, a 6-8 sophomore power forward.

2008 prospects you can bet UCLA coaches will check out in Vegas:

Drew Gordon, 6-8 power forward, San Jose (Calif.) Bishop Mitty, is emerging as one of the best players in the west for 2008, a real elite high major and potential top 25 national player. He's got a great frame, and really good feet, and very well coordinated for a young big.  UCLA is on him already, and Gordon will play with the Oakland Soldiers in the Big Time.

Larry Drew, 5-11 PG, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Brandon Jennings, 6-0 PG, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Jrue Holiday, 6-2 SG, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Andy Poling, 6-10 C, Portland (Ore.) Westview
Luke Babbitt, 6-7 PF, Reno (Nev.) Galena
Jeff Withey, 6-10 C, San Diego (Calif.) Horizon
Malcolm Lee, 6-2 PG, Riverside (Calif.) North


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