Landing a player of Baugh's stature would catapult coach Kathy Olivier's 2007 recruiting class to a high national level. She has six scholarships to offer - with the possibility of a seventh - in 2007. With three prospects already ranked among the country's 100 best, the UCLA class already is more than solid.
The centerpiece so far is Candice Brown, a four-star post prospect out of Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif. Brown is 6-4, smooth on the blocks and considered by HoopGurlz to be one of the most unsung inside prospects on the West Coast. She is No. 62 in the HoopGurlz National Hot 100.
Brown is joined among Bruin commits by her Finest Basketball Club (FBC) teammate Nina Earl, a wing out of Diamond Ranch High in Pomona, Calif. Earl, an extremely athletic 6-1, is No. 73 in the Hot 100. She can come in and immediately make a difference at UCLA on defense and, with development of her shooting and ballhandling, could contribute throughout the lineup.
UCLA's third Hot 100 verbal, Doreena Campbell, is significant because Olivier coaxed her all the way from Alexandria, Va. Campbell was open to the long-distance commitment because she is from a military family and has an aunt who lives in Los Angeles. A four-star guard who is No. 83 overall in the country, the wiry Campbell has a good one- or two-dribble, pull-up jumper, gets to the basketball pretty well, and has the long arms, active hands and feet and fundamental grounding to be a good defender against all but the most athletic guards.
UCLA also is on the finalist list of Regina Rogers, a 6-4 post from Seattle, Wash. Rogers is built like a linebacker and can be explosive if, in a college environment, she overcomes her chronic issues with conditioning. At No. 42, Rogers would be the highest-ranked Bruin commit, if they don't snare Baugh. UCLA's main competition for Rogers is hometown University of Washington.
In the Pac-10, Stanford (No. 4 Kayla Pedersen, No. 22 Jeanette Pohlen, No. 44 Hannah Donaghe and No. 72. Ashley Cimino) and Washington (No. 35 Kali Bennett, No. 65 Sarah Morton and No. 80 Candace Nichols) are the only other schools with at least three commitments from the Hot 100. The Huskies also still are in the running for Rogers, No. 13 Melissa Jones of Thornton, Colo., and No. 32 Christina Nzekwe of Seattle, Wash.
Baugh may trump them all, of course. She already is devastating in the open floor, as a lead or finisher, and extremely difficult to stop when attacking the basket in halfcourt situations, at least on the high-school level. She is scheduled to visit Oklahoma on Oct. 20, LSU on Oct. 27 and is considered by some to be a lean to Tennessee, but has been an extremely hard recruit to read all summer and into fall.
Adding Baugh to a class that already addresses every position except, possibly, point guard, UCLA would distinguish itself as one of the country's top 10 in 2007.