UCLA Gets Two Letters of Intent

Today is the first day of the early signing period for basketball, and UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland received two signed National Letters of Intent, from the #3-ranked player in the country, center Kevin Love, and #65-ranked prospect, wing Chace Stanback...

UCLA received two signed National Letters of Intent today, the first day of the basketball earl signing period.

One came Lake Oswego (Ore.), signed by the #3-ranked player in the nation and the #1 center, 6-9 Kevin Love. Love is the biggest recruit recruited to UCLA so far by Head Coach Ben Howland. Most scouts believe that, if Love played in the Pac-10 right now, he's good enough to be averaging 13 and 10, and could have played in the Pac-10 easily as a sophomore in high school.

The other NLI came from Chace Stanback, the 6-7 wing from Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Stanback is currently the #65-ranked player in the nation, with very good skills and feel for the game.

The two signings will officially fill all of UCLA's allotted 13 scholarships for the 2007-2008 season. It would be the first time in Howland's career at UCLA that he would have a season with all 13 scholarships filled.

Of course, current UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo is thought to be headed to the NBA after next season. Because of that possibility, it does open up the potential for UCLA to sign another player during the spring signing period in April. As of right now, there aren't any clear-cut candidates. UCLA, in the last month, has been doing its due dilligence in scouting out all potential big men, but the Bruins haven't begun to seriously recruit any further 2007 prospects. It's a long time between now and next April and, as is common, a viable recruit could emerge.

UCLA might also want to save any scholarships that do become available for the 2008 class. UCLA currently has a verbal commitment from 6-1 junior point guard Jerime Anderson from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, the #37-ranked player in the 2008 class nationally, leaving the Bruins with just one more open scholarship for 2008. That recruiting class is a talented one, with many elite prospects liking UCLA early, such as Jrue Holiday, the 6-2 guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, the #3-ranked player nationally in the 2008 class. There is also #24, 6-8 forward Luke Babbitt from Reno (Nev.) Galena; and Malcolm Lee, the 6-4 guard from Riverside North, the #33-ranked player in the country. It is believed that UCLA could recruit the 2008 class with the assumption it will have more than just one scholarship to give to the class, with the possibility of someone currently on the roster among the current sophomores or Kevin Love leaving early for the NBA.

So, with scholarships a high commodity, it would take a very special prospect for UCLA to give out a scholarship this spring to another player in the 2007 class.

Fox Sports will tape Kevin Love signing his NLI today and it is intended to be aired on next The Gauntlet show on Fox Sports Net.

Click on the links attached to both Love and Stanback above to read their entire Scout.com archive and access many videos of the two new Bruins.

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