And it's a dream class that could come true.
Of course, many fans are wondering where UCLA will get the scholarships, with the commitment of 6-2 senior guard Russell Westbrook and with Mark Spica, the 6-9 center from Serbia Montenegro, still trying to qualify.
We'll get into all the details Monday, when we're back in Los Angeles, but suffice it to say that there's no need to worry about scholarships. UCLA wants to ideally get three players in the 2007 class, and it's a pretty good bet they'll get enough scholarships by some current players going pro by the end of nex season, or other ways.
In Houston for the Kingwood Classic, most of the big UCLA-related news pertans to Love and Singler, who continued to look exceptional this weekend.
Kyle Singler, 6-9 JR PF/SF Medford (Ore.) South Medford, at least for this weekend, has been the most impressive West Coast player we've seen. His added weight and strength has helped him inside, but it's his ball-handling that has really been eye-opening. He's made plays in the open court that you just don't see from 6-8 juniors. He's crossing over guys who are six inches shorter than him, then stopping on a dime to pull up from twenty. The Portland Legends' offense runs through him and he's also made some superb passes. He's going to be able to play the three, or even two, on offense at the next level, but he'll probably be best suited to defending a four. Whatever position he ends up at, Singler is an immediate high impact guy at the college level.
There's not much to say about Kevin Love, the 6-9 JR C from Lake Oswego (Calif.) High, that hasn't been said many times before. He's a dominant presence inside at this level, at both ends of the court. One thing we noticed the past couple days, though, is how well he is passing the ball and the effect that has on his Southern California All-Star teammates. SCA is a team loaded with offensive talent, but they haven't always done a good job of looking for one another in the past. Love's passing seems to be infectious with these guys and they've been playing awfully well the past two weekends.
A player who UCLA is recruiting that we got to see for the first time was Corperryale Harris, the 6-4 point guard from Detroit (Mich.) Redford. We really liked Harris, reminding us of Quentin Thomas a bit in high school, with the same type of skinny but flexible body that could obviously get bigger, great lateral quickness, and an instinct to pass the ball and set up his teammates first. He's someone that, if UCLA doesn't get Love or Singler, they could really opt to recruit heavily, since he is the legit backcourt ball-handler they could use on their roster if Jordan Farmar goes pro.
Malcolm Lee, the 6-3 sophomore point guard from Riverside (Calif.) North, was also impressive here. Lee has very good size and a body himself that looks like it could get quite a bit bigger. He has a very good handle and good quickness for his size and showed again he can really shoot it. He'll definitely be among the sophomore guards UCLA scouts and, in fact, Head Coach Ben Howland was at a couple of Lee's games on Saturday.
We've also heard that sophomore point guards Jerime Anderson, the 6-2 prospect from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, and Larry Drew, 5-11, Woodland Hills Taft, looked very good in the Vegas Pump tournament. UCLA assistant Donny Daniels was in Vegas, and assistant Kerry Keating is there Sunday. It will be interesting to see what happens among those sophomore point guards, and if UCLA tries to get a commitment from one of them fairly soon.