UCLA Tries With Top Ten Prospect

UCLA has been trying to get involved with the top ten national prospect, 6-9 Darrell Arthur from Dallas, Tex. While in L.A. for a tournament, Arthur filled us in on his recruiting situation last Friday...

Darrell Arthur, the 6-9 forward from Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff, and a top ten national prospect, was in Los Angeles last week for the Reebok Summer Classic West tournament.

We had reported that Arthur could possibly take an unofficial visit to UCLA while in California, but on Friday Arthur said he more than likely wouldn't.

"UCLA had wanted me to come by but I think I'm just going to go home," he said.

When asked what schools he's interested in Arthur said, "North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, SMU and Baylor."

He said that North Carolina and Indiana were two schools he was pretty certain he'd want to visit officially, too.

When asked about UCLA, Arthur said, "They've started to show me more interest, so I'm going to definitely look at them."

Arthur said he didn't think he'd necessarily sign in the early November signing period. "I could wait until spring. Get my five schools by November and then see what happens," he said.

But sources close to Arthur have asserted that he'll narrow down his list to five schools and begin taking official visits by September, with the intention of signing in November.

UCLA's only hope is to get on that list of five and get an official visit from Arthur. You'd have to think that if UCLA could get him on campus for an official visit, they could then have a fighting chance.

Arthur said he's fine academically, with a 3.O GPA and a 980 on the old-style SAT.

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