Players Coming to UCLA Camp

It's a list with a great deal of talent, especially among the 2009, 2010 and 2011 classes. But it also includes one of UCLA's biggest remaining targets in the 2008 class, a 6-10 center from Texas, as well as all of UCLA's committed players...

The UCLA Camp begins Sunday and goes through Tuesday. Since Ben Howland has been Head Coach at UCLA, the camp has been an excellent event, bringing in some of the best talent in the west and giving Howland a chance to work with many of the recruits on a one-to-one basis.

In many cases in recent years, the camp has been instrumental for Howland in determining whether he'd recruit a player or not.

This year, with UCLA having three commitments in the 2008 class and not necessarily pursuing many others, the camp consists of many younger prospects.

This is not, by any means, a comprehensive list of attendees, but just prospects we've heard were attending from various sources.

The big news is that J'mison Morgan, the 6-10 senior center from Dallas (Tex.) South Oak Cliff, is, as of today, attending UCLA's camp. Morgan is the #39-ranked player in the nation and one of UCLA's biggest targets to fill a spot earmarked for a center.

Ralph Sampson, the 6-11 senior center from Hyntsville (Ala.) Butler, the #74-ranked player in the nation, will also be attending. In Sampson's case, the UCLA staff hasn't seen him much, so his performance at the camp will go a long way in determining whether UCLA offers Sampson and pursues him aggressively.

As we reported yesterday, it's still unknown whether Tyreese Breshers, the 6-6 post form Los Angeles Price, will attend. (Yesterday's Story)

UCLA's three committed players are scheduled to make an appearance. Jerime Anderson, the 6-1 point guard from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon; Malcolm Lee, the 6-4 guard from Riverside (Calif.) North, and Drew Gordon, the 6-8 post from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, will all be there for different amounts of time. Gordon will not play since he recently broke a bone in his hand.

It's uncertain if Jrue Holiday, the 6-3 guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall and the #5-ranked player in the nation, will make an appearance.

Another senior of note attending the camp is James Rahon, the 6-2 shooting guard from Encinitas (Calif.) Torrey Pines, who is the best pure shooter in the west and getting some Pac-10 interest.

Among the class of 2009 attending the camp:

David Wear and Travis Wear, the 6-9 twins from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, are probably coming for a day, which is a big indication of their interest in UCLA. They came last year and wouldn't necessarily have to come this year, especially with how busy these kids are at this time of year playing in events, but the Wears thought it was important to come.

Jared Cunningham, 6-3 guard from San Leandro, potentially one of the best guards in the 2009 class in the west, attending for a second year shows his interest in UCLA.

Michael Snaer, 6-4 SG, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, is considered the #1 shooting guard in the west for 2009, is a good student, likes UCLA and is Malcolm Lee's AAU teammate.

Victor Rudd, the 6-7 small forward, Van Nuys (Calif.) High, is though to be one of the best wings in the class, reminiscent a bit of Trevor Ariza.

Hollis Thompson, 6-6 small forward, Los Angeles Loyola, blew up this spring, and is now on many national lists for 2009. A 4.0 student, if there's a prototype UCLA kid, this is it. The camp will be key for him to prove to the coaching staff that he's good enough.

Tyler Haws, 6-4 shooting guard, Lone Peak (Utah) High, is thought to be one of the best at his position for his class in the west. It's significant that he's coming out for the camp.

Others from 2009 of Note:

Keegan Hornbuckle, 6-5 SF, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Anthony Stover, 6-8 C, La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance Academy
Robert Smith, 5-10 PG, Perris (Calif.) High
Chase Tapley, 6-2 SG, Sacramento (Calif.) High
Jordan Finn, 6-4 SG, Etiwanda (Calif.) High
Xavier Thames, 6-2 SG, Sacramento (Calif.) Pleasant Grove
Demetrius Walker, 6-3 SF, Fontana (Calif.) High
Chris Cunningham, 6-8 C, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch

In the 2010 class (rising sophomores), some of the best guards and wings in the west will be attending.

Kendall Williams, the 6-2 guard from Los Osos, is on the short list of the best lead guards in the west for 2010. Two very promising players, Anthony Brown, 6-4 SG/SF, and Avery Johnson, 6-2 SG, both from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View, will attend. Participating is a prospect already getting noticed nationally -- Tyler Lamb, 6-4 shooting guard from Colony. Deonte Burton, the 5-10 point guard Long Beach Cabrillo, and James Johnson, the 6-5 center from Campbell Hall.

Trey Zeigler, the 6-3 wing from Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High, who is the son of former UCLA assistant Ernie Zeigler, will be at camp.

UCLA's big target in the 2010 class, 6-9 center Jeremy Tyler from San Diego (Calif.) High, is not scheduled to attend. However, Tyler was on campus this week with his AAU coach to play in the pick-up games and he met with Coach Howland.

From the the 2011 class, those that will be freshmen in high school this year, there are some very promising prospects attending.

Perhaps the one creating the most buzz is Kyle Caudell, the 6-10 center who will attend Brea (Calif.) Brea-Olinda. Reports from some very good scouting sources say he's the real deal – perhaps a bigger version of Jon Brockman.

Matt Carlino, the 6-1 point guard from Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland, is coming out for the camp, which is significant. Carlino is talented, so much so that Arizona's Lute Olson has already offered him a scholarship.

Othere freshman-to-be prospects that are getting some early praise that will attend are Damion Cain, the 6-5 forward from North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake, Angelo Chol, the 6-7 post from San Diego (Calif.) Hoover, and Michael Atwater, the 6-6 post from Villa Park (Calif.) High.

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