Recruiting Weekend Preview

It's a guide to following the recruits UCLA is following this weekend at the biggest event of the spring, the Kingwood Classic in Houston. The Pump team, with UCLA-committed Jerime Anderson, and UCLA recruits Jrue Holiday, Larry Drew, Reeves Nelson and the Wear twins, will be there...

There will be a very big contingent of UCLA prospects at the Kingwood Classic in Houston this weekend.


That's why UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland and assistant Donnie Daniels will be in Houston (while new assistant Scott Duncan will be in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Jam Fest).


These are the recruits we know UCLA will be watching this weekend, at least at the Kingwood Classic.


Pump N Run Elite


Pump N Run Elite won the Real Deal on the Hill in Arkansas two weeks ago, with a roster filled with UCLA recruits.  Now, they'll be going to the Kingwood Classic, a tournament the Pumps have never played in.


Jerime Anderson, 6-1 JR PG, Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, Committed to UCLA. Played very well in Arkansas, with Howland watching. That has to make Howland feel good about taking Anderson.

Jrue Holiday, 6-3 JR SG, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Holiday's the big target, and recent word trickling out is that UCLA is doing better with him.

Larry Drew, 5-11 JR PG, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. He didn't play for Pumps in Arkansas, so it should be an interesting dynamic with Drew added to the mix.  The word is that UCLA would be the team to beat for him if they offered him, but as of right now, it doesn't appear there is a plan for that.

Travis Wear, 6-9 SO PF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. 

David Wear, 6-9 SO PF, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Both the twins are starting to assert themselves and making big, national impressions. They said recently that their two favorites are UCLA and North Carolina.

Reeves Nelson, 6-6 SO SF, Modesto (Calif.) Christian. He's been a big target of UCLA's since he came to their camp last year, and he's been offered. Howland just saw him this week, too, at his high school.

Oakland Soldiers


Drew Gordon, 6-8 PF/C, San Jose (Calif. Archbishop Mitty. It will be his first appearance of the summer and it's certain to draw a big crowd of coaches. It will be interesting to see if his performance garners an offer from North Carolina, which could be UCLA's biggest competition for him.


Tim Harris, 6-3 SO SG, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian. One of the best sophomore guards in the west.



Malcolm Lee, 6-4 JR CG, Riverside (Calif.) North. Committed to UCLA.  Played exceptionally well in Vegas two weekends ago. His team, Inland, isn't in the elite bracket, however, so he might get missed by the national scouts.

Michael Snaer, 6-4 SO SG, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. UCLA coaches are bound to spend some time watching Snaer since they're watching Lee.


Tyreese Breshers, 6-6 JR POST, Los Angeles Price. Breshers will more than likely get some more national attention this weekend, and UCLA coaches will be watching. Branch West Team Reebok.

Brendan Lavender, 6-4 JR SG, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View. Arizona Magic. One of the 2008 shooting guards in the west, it sounds like he's Arizona's to lose. UCLA hasn't really recruited him seriously.

Jared Cunningham, 6-2 SO CG, San Leandro (Calif.) High. Looked like he matured physically when we saw him in Vegas. Definitely has a chance to be a big-time prospect in 2009 class.  Bay Area Hoosiers 16s

Elijah Johnson, 6-1 SO PG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Showed how talented he was two weeks ago in Vegas, now hopefully he'll get some more playing time with Houston Hoops.

Colin Borchert, 6-8 PF Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge. Has a real chance, with great mobility and aggressiveness. Just needs to hone his skills.  Southwest Rebels Top Prospects

Jerry Brown, 6-5 SF San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart. It will be our first look at Brown this spring, who showed a great deal of promise last year.  EBO

Jordan Hamilton, 6-6 SO SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. He's getting some national hype, but he still needs to convince the west coast. He can shoot, but can be a gunner.  This weekend will be big for him.  I-Can All-Stars

Anthony Marshall, 6-2 SO SG, Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave. Las Vegas Prospects. He was impressive two weeks ago in Vegas, now he'll get a chance to do it with more exposure in front of college coaches.

Avery Bradley, 6-2 SO SG, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep. A prospect with a great deal of promise.

A Few Other Names:

Romero Osby, the 6-8, 230-pound junior post from Meridian (Louisiana) Northeast Lauderdale, the #16th-ranked player by in the class of 2008, will be playng in Pittsburgh.  UCLA is trying to see if they can get in on him.

Chase Tapley, 6-1 SO CG, Sacramento (Calif.) High. Tapley is thought to be playing with Pump #2, which will be in Pittsburgh.

We're hoping to get a first look at a player whose getting some pub from the class of 2010, Jeremy Tyler, a 6-9 post from San Diego High. We're not sure what team he plays for, but we're hoping he'll be on a San Diego team in Houston. 

Also, Rome Draper, the 6-4 SO SG from Etiwanda (Calif.) High, was on the Compton Magic roster in Vegas two weeks ago but didn't show, and we're hoping he does this weekend.



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