Women Pursue National Recruits

UCLA already has commitments from three highly-rated players, two of which are ranked in the HoopGurlz.com Top 100, but this last weekend the Bruins hosted four more recruits -- all of whom are Top 100 national prospects, including #15-ranked Alex Montgomery...

UCLA's women's basketball team had a big weekend for recruiting, when four Top-100 national recruits took their official visits to UCLA. With seven scholarships to give, UCLA's women's basketball team already has commitments from three players in the class of 2007, two who are also ranked in the national top 100 and another considered one of the best at her position in the west.

To add to that recruiting coup, UCLA hosted four more top-100 national players on official visits this last weekend.

Here's a rundown on the prospects who visited:

Alex Montgomery, 6-1 Forward, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln, #15-ranked player nationally. A great athlete who can score. Montgomery was verbally committed to Georgia Tech but has now opened up her recruitment. She still very well could go to Georgia Tech, but UCLA now has a shot with her.

Christina Nzekwe, 6-3 Forward, Seattle (Wash.) Sealth. #32 player nationally. She's a great athlete for her size, which translates into a good rebounder and defender. He offense is still coming along, but considered to have great upside. Washington is involved, as is Louisville. Nzekwe is a good student and wants good academics. Stanford fell off her when they received other commitments and that could help UCLA, which might have a good chance to get her.

Regina Rogers, 6-4 Center, Seattle (Wash.) Sealth. #42-ranked player nationally. Her father was Reggie Rogers, the Washington football standout and younger brother of former UCLA great Don Rogers. She's regarded as the #1 center on the west coast, weighing 200 pounds and being a horse inside. Washington is obviously a major player for her, but UCLA, after this trip, has a shot.

Montgomery, Nzekwe and Rogers, all being from the Seattle area, are all close.

Doreena Campbell, 5-10 Combo Guard, Alexandria (Virg.) Edison. #83 in the nation. Campbell is considered one of the best combo guards in the country, combining very good scoring ability with handling and passing. Distance could be a factor, since she's also going to visit Vanderbilt and Virginia, which are obviously much closer. She came to UCLA's camp two years ago and liked the school, and got to know Head Coach Kathy Olivier. She had a good trip and likes UCLA, it's just a matter if she'll come this far.

Players Already Verbally Committed to UCLA:

Candice Brown, 6-3 Forward, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. Ranked #62 in the nation and one of the top players in California.

Nina Earl, 5-11 wing forward, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. #73 in the nation. The CIF 3-AA Player of the Year, Earl is a great athlete who had a very impressive summer. Her athleticism makes her versatile, especially defensively.

Darxia Morris, 5-7 Point Guard, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir. Athletic, tough spark plug, considered one of best point guards in the west.


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