Love & Singler at Tourney

Probably the two biggest recruiting targets for UCLA basketball both played in the Les Schwab Invitational Tourney in Oregon in the last couple of days. Here's our analysis of the games of Kevin Love and Kyle Singler...

Kevin Love, 6-9 JR C Lake Oswego (Calif.) High. Love has been the best prospect in the west since he was in the 9th grade. Now he's in better shape, quicker, stronger and more explosive. In other words, he dominates at the high school level, as he is truly a man among boys. What we found particularly impressive about Love in our latest viewing is how he plays under control. Most big men are anxious to get the ball up quickly when they're in the post. But Love will wait to see how the defense plays him and then make a quick, explosive move to the basket without committing an offensive foul or losing his balance. He does a great job of staying on balance. He's got exceptional hands and catches everything that comes near him. Love has great rebounding range and other players just bounce off of him when he's in pursuit of a rebound. On defensive rebounds, he gets an outlet pass out faster than any high school player we've ever seen. But what makes Love a special prospect is not just his skill level and physical attributes. He's also got every intangible you look for in a player. He's tough, competitive, team-oriented and he plays with a bit of a mean streak. He won't be in college for long, but he'll have a huge impact at whatever school he ends up at two years from now.

Kyle Singler, 6-8 JR SF Medford (Ore.) South Medford. Singler has lengthened out a bit since we last saw him in July. He looks longer and leaner, so he might still be growing. What hasn't changed, though, is the high basketball IQ and skill level that Singler possesses. He's very good with the ball, whether he's on the perimeter or inside. He can shoot it well to the stripe, but he's also got a great touch around the basket. He moves very well for someone his size and he can handle the ball like a guard. He played point guard in the first half of one game when the starting point guard was benched for a half. Like Love, Singler has a great feel for the game. It's not surprising that the two players enjoy playing with one another. Singler moves very well without the ball and understands things like setting up his man for a pick or how to hold position when posting up inside. When you combine that feel for the game, with an extremely high skill level and very good athleticism, you have one of the elite prospects in the country.

A video interview with Love and highlights of both Love and Singler are coming soon...


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