Basketball Recruiting Update

A few names pop up onto UCLA's basketball recruiting list at the Adidas ABCD Camp Wednesday. Here's a rundown on what's happening. <b><i>COMING SOON: VIDEO INTERVIEWS</b></i> of three of UCLA's recruits...

With only one scholarship to give, UCLA has a small list of players that it's recruiting – or that is expressing interest in UCLA at this time.

The primary focus is on point guards, and the primary target is still Aaron Brooks, 5-11 PG, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin. Brooks, reportedly, played very well at ABCD before Wednesday, and then played exceptionally well in his first game of the day on Wednesday. In fact, he probably turned in the best performance by a point guard in the camp for the day. On Wednesday, Brooks told us that if he had to narrow down his list, his leaders would be UCLA, Oregon and Washington.

UCLA has been scouting other point guards at the Nike and Adidas camps, but it's indefinite whether they'll formally begin recruiting any. There are prospects like Gary Ervin, 5-11, Brooklyn (New York) Robeson, or Chris Paul, 5-11, Lewisville (North Carolina) West Forsythe, who looked good at the Nike Camp, that have caught UCLA's eye.

Even though UCLA wants a point guard, the coaching staff is also considering a scoring wing, in case the prospects of a point guard fall through. The most elite in this group is Charlie Villanueva, 6-9 SR SF, Brooklyn (New York) Blair Academy, who is listed among the top 20 players in the class nationally. Villanueva expressed interest in UCLA a year ago when he was a standout rising junior at the ABCD camp, and he's been on UCLA's list since. He expressed interest in visiting UCLA at this year's ABCD, and is interested in local Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova, as well as Illinois. Villanueva has also expressed interest in jumping to the NBA early, but that's considered more or less a longshot by many scouts at this point.

Another wing that has expressed interest in UCLA recently is Trevor Ariza, 6-7, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Ariza had previously said he didn't have interest in UCLA – or staying in Los Angeles – but was considering the likes of Florida, North Carolina and Indiana. His father played basketball in Florida, he has family there and Florida was considered the favorite, and still could be. However, Ariza told us Wednesday that he contacted UCLA and USC recently to inform them he'd now be interested if they'd recruit him. He was on UCLA's campus officially a couple of weeks ago, where Ariza said that the UCLA coaching staff offered him a scholarship. He said that USC had also offered. On Wednesday, Ariza said that he didn't have a clear cut favorite at this time.

Sean Marshall, 6-4 SF, Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower, has been blowing up in the last month or so and has continued to play really well at ABCD. He's another possibility for UCLA's list.

We'll have video interviews on BRO with Brooks, Villanueva and Ariza within the next few days where they discuss their recruitment and interest in UCLA.


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