We've learned further that Love, the 6-9 center from Lake Oswego (Ore.) High, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The exact time will be determined by his game schedule in the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas. We've heard that Love will hold the press conference at Foothill High School, the tournament headquarters.
While we might get the wrath of North Carolina fans, as we have throughout the Kevin Love recruitment, we are still hearing that Love is going to commit to UCLA.
It will be the biggest commitment of the young Ben Howland era.
The two Los Angeles schools would certainly be taking over center stage in the college basketball recruiting world with announcements from the number one- and number two-ranked players in the nation.
Love and his Southern California All-Star team, in fact, faced off against Mayo and his D-1 Greyhounds this evening. SCA pulled out to a dominant lead and never looked back, beating the Greyhounds by about 20. The Greyhounds' Bill Walker sat out the game and SCA was just too talented.
The bigger story was the spectacle – with the Foothill gym packed to beyond capacity that, in fact, the Fire Marshal made an appearance. Hundreds, apparently, were also turned away at the door.
Love had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, even though SCA didn't post him up much, even when he had considerable mismatches down low. Mayo had 11 pretty quiet points.
The popular topic for discussion in recruiting circles is how good, historically, this SCA team is. It compares with the SCA team of Tyson Chandler, Josh Childress, Jamal Sampson and Cedric Bozeman. In fact, that team lost games, while this current one has let to lose this spring or summer. It also really boosted the firepower of this current SCA team when Renardo Sidney, the 6-9 post and the #1 player in the 2009 class nationally, joined the team in July. If you were unaware, Sidney, formerly from Mississippi, is trying to enroll at Lakewood Artesia. He has been on UCLA's campus for an unofficial visit and recently said UCLA and USC were his current favorite colleges.
While the SCA/Greyhounds was anti-climatic, ne of the most dramatic games of the summer took place Sunday morning, when Mayo took on Meanstreets Express, featuring elite prospects Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose. Meanstreets led for most of the game, with Gordon and Rose playing superbly. Meanstreets led by 3 with about 10 seconds left on the clock when Mayo pulled up from about 25 to tie the game. He was fouled by Rose, and the shot miraculously went down. Mayo then converted the free throw to win it.
Gordon and Rose are clearly future NBA guards.
Probably in terms of UCLA, the next biggest news besides the announcement of Love is the further emergence of 6-10 senior center Clint Chapman, from Canby (Ore.) High. Chapman seems to improve with just about every game, and he's had some good ones in the last couple of games in Vegas, showing great fluidity and athleticism, with an ever-expanding skill set. The entire Pac-10 is on Chapman, including Oregon, California, and Stanford. UCLA's Ben Howland and assistant Kerry Keating were in attendance at his games (his team, the Portland Panthers, also features UCLA prospect, 6-11 junior Andy Poling). It will be interesting to see if UCLA goes strongly after Chapman. If they do get Love, along with the commitment of Chace Stanback of Los Angeles Fairfax, they'd be one over the scholarship limit to give one to Chapman. But Chapman is looking so good, in fact, possibly good enough to crack the national top 50, that he could be too good for UCLA to pass up. It would be gambling that a scholarship would open up by next spring, with possibly Arron Afflalo going pro after his junior year, or one opening up some other way. Chapman's mother, if you remember, went to UCLA, and Chapman attended UCLA's Advanced Skills Camp. The general rumor is that Cal could be leading for him, but that things would change if UCLA offered. Chapman, coming in with Love to UCLA, could redshirt, and then, by his redshirt sophomore season, be the clear incumbent to start at the center position.
We'll have more later Monday, with a rundown on more UCLA prospects in Vegas and interviews.