Babbitt to OSU; Gordon is Focus

Luke Babbitt, the 6-7 forward from Reno, will announce Friday he's going to Ohio State over UCLA. So, where does that leave the Bruins in recruiting big men for 2008? Drew Gordon, the 6-9 athlete from San Jose Archbishop Mitty, now becomes UCLA's frontcourt focus...

Barring a last-minute change of heart, Luke Babbitt, the 6-7 power forward from Reno (Nev.) Galena, will announce for Ohio State on Friday at his press conference, according to sources.

Babbitt is currently ranked #24 in the nation for the class of 2008.

While Babbitt didn't fill a position of need for UCLA -- the Bruins have three young guys in the 6-7 to 6-8 range with James Keefe, Nikola Dragovic and Chace Stanback -- Babbitt is going to be a very nice player for the Buckeyes. The best thing about him as a prospect is he's almost certainly a four-year guy. He doesn't project as a pro prospect, but he should be a terrific college player.

The only bright side for UCLA missing on Babbitt is that the Bruins really do need a bigger player in the 2008 class. The problem is finding that guy and every other school is looking for him as well. In the west, Drew Gordon, the 6-9 post from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty ranked the #10 prospect in the national class of 2008, is currently the only big guy that projects at UCLA's level. The Bruins are definitely in the mix for Gordon, but so are Arizona, California, Washington, and Texas. Duke and North Carolina have shown interest, but apparently haven't offered Gordon a scholarship yet. Gordon doesn't appear close to making a decision.

UCLA currently has commitments from two players for 2008, guards Malcolm Lee of Riverside North and Jerime Anderson of Anaheim Canyon. With their two verbal commitments, UCLA would be at its limit for scholarships for the 2008-2009 season. In order for UCLA to give out more scholarships to the 2008 class, then, they'll need scholarships to open up. UCLA is also still recruiting the #3 player in the national class of 2008, 6-3 guard Jrue Holiday of North Hollywood Campbell Hall.

Of course, more players could emerge as UCLA prospects this spring and summer. We'll have a more complete recruiting update for you soon.

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