Kevin Love, the 6-9 junior center from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, one of UCLA's top recruiting targets, didn't play Thursday in the first game of his AAU team, the SoCal All-Stars. But we've been told he's coming in today and will be available for SCA's two games.
Kyle Singler, the 6-8 forward from Medford (Ore.) South Medford, the other top target on UCLA's list, is scheduled to play with his AAU team, the Portland Elite Legends, in three pool games Friday.
The general word around Vegas is that UCLA is in the clear driver's seat for Love. There is less of a feeling about Singler, but most close to the situation believe UCLA is either neck and neck with Duke, or leading the Blue Devils.
Chace Stanback, the 6-6 wing from Los Angeles Fairfax had the best showing of any prospect we saw Thursday (Greg Hicks will have an evaluation later). We've heard from sources that Stanback, after UCLA's run to the Championship Game, has the Bruins far in the lead.
James Harden, the 6-5 wing from Lakewood Artesia, is probably the other top local L.A. target for UCLA. Harden isn't playing here this weekend, but we've heard that the Harden family recently has contacted UCLA.
Harper Kamp, a 6-6 power forward from Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View, who UCLA has shown some interest, recently took unofficial visits to both California and Stanford. The word is that Cal could be getting a commitment soon.
Taylor King, the 6-6 junior from Santa Ana Mater Dei, who de-committed from UCLA and verbally committed to Duke, played in the tournament Thursday, and didn't look very good. While we maintain that King will be a good college player, after watching him again Thursday it's clear King hasn't continued to develop. With how well UCLA is doing in recruiting, that is, possibly leading for such top 10 players at Love, Singler and maybe even Alex Legion, the 6-4 shooting guard from Beverly Hills (Mich.) Country Day, it all now retrospectively appears to have worked out well for UCLA.
The two freshmen twins from Santa Ana Mater Dei, Travis Wear and David Wear, are truly two of the best-looking young prospects we've seen in recent years. They're not a solid 6-8, and could be edging toward 6-9, and what's phenomenal is how well they move for their size at their age. Usually a kid with that size as a high school freshmen doesn't quite have control of their body, especially ones that look as baby-faced as the Wears, but they have exceptional feet and lateral quickness. And their skill level, for freshmen big men is very impressive. What's really exciting is that, with how much they've continued to grow this year (probably adding a inch in the last year), and how they look – big feet, not much muscle mass, appearing very young, like colts – they could end up 6-10. It appears, too, that Travis is more suited for the four position, with better quickness and perimeter feel, and David is better with his back to the basket.
We've heard that UCLA has a good connection through the Wear twins, with UCLA assistant Donnie Daniels knowing the Wear's father well. The Wears are in the 2009 class, the year that UCLA could potentially have six scholarships available.
Evaluations of players we saw Thursday are on the way...