Kevin Love Visits Unofficially

Kevin Love, the 6-9 center who is ranked the #3 prospect in the country for the class of 2007, has been unofficially visiting UCLA's campus in recent days...

Kevin Love, the elite 6-9 junior center from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, has been on an unofficial visit to UCLA for the last several days.

Love, the #3-rated player in the high school class of 2007 nationally, has been visiting his extensive family in the Los Angeles area since Friday, and has come to UCLA's campus a number of times during that time.

He watched UCLA's practice on Saturday, and again Monday. He has met with various athletic department staff, and spent a great deal of time with Head Coach Ben Howland and his staff. The current players have also spent some time with Love.

Love also had a conversation with former UCLA coach Jim Harrick while on campus.

The plan is for Love to return to Oregon today.

Love is probably the biggest recruiting target for Howland in the three years he's been UCLA's coach. Love is an incredibly skilled low-post scorer, probably the best in the country regardless of class. He would probably start for a vast majority of college programs right now, as a junior in high school.

The prevailing sentiment is that UCLA has been leading for Love since last summer. It's known that his father, former NBA star Stan Love, is close with Howland, and that Love is enamored with UCLA's basketball tradition and having so much family in the Los Angeles area.

Love said recently that UCLA will probably be the only school he will visit unofficially during the school year. That's significant, given the new NCAA rule that now prohibits high school prospects from officially visiting schools until they are enrolled as seniors. So the fact that Love will have visited just UCLA unofficially before next summer would probably play a major impact on him if he chose to commit early. If he decided to commit before his senior year, he would do so without having taken official visits to the other schools he's considering, such as North Carolina, which would be a huge advantage for UCLA.

If UCLA were to get a commitment from Love, it would be a monumental get, Love representing the elite low-post talent that is missing from a projected UCLA roster for the next couple of years. Many believe, with the talent in the program, that a commitment from Love would elevate Howland's program to the next step, to be Final Four caliber.

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