"It's definitely a lot different [this year]," Travis Wear said. "We have more of a leadership role basically with Taylor not here to be the leader of the team. He hit big shots when we needed them, so now we have to step up and take that role from him."
So far this season the twins have accepted their new roles and it shows in their production. Last year each averaged just under 10 points a game. This year, they have doubled their averages.
"I have played five games so far," he said. "We are both doing good. We are both averaging about 20 [points] a game and my brother is averaging 11 boards a game and I'm averaging 9 boards a game."
"We are both playing real well and have stepped it up from last year," Travis, who is ranked No. 27 overall in the class of 2009, said. "We are just playing pretty well and everything is going good."
As far as recruiting goes, it appears the Wears are starting to figure things out. At this point they are considering five schools, with three of the schools sitting at the top.
"At this point North Carolina, UCLA and Arizona are sticking out, but Stanford and Washington are still priorities, too."
Four of the five schools recently visited the twins for practices or games. Roy Williams took in one of their practices last week, while Arizona, Stanford and UCLA were present for a game.
The Wear twins have also taken a handful of unofficial visits and have visited each of their top three schools. The most recent visit was to North Carolina for their season-opening festivities.
"It was really good and it was a great experience," Travis said. "We really had a great time. The players showed us the town and it was just a really good experience. North Carolina is a really good school and I liked it there."
Travis and the Tar Heels head coach, Roy Williams, have gotten close. Apparently the Hall of Fame coach is recruiting the twins personally.
"We talk all the time," he said about the UNC coach. "Coach Williams is a great guy and a great coach. I love his style of play and the players that he recruits. It's a great program and it's North Carolina, there's not much better than that."
UCLA has also made a big impact on the Wears' recruitments and with their program just a short drive from Santa Ana, they have taken a handful of unofficial visits there. Ben Howland and his assistants have also been frequent visitors to Mater Dei practices.
"It's close to home obviously and they have a good coach and I like their style of play," Travis said about the hometown school.
The third school in the Wear twins' top three is Arizona. According to Travis, he and his brother like the Wildcats for a number of reasons, but the fact that they have put a ton of players in the NBA is among the biggest reasons.
"Arizona has a good coach, but Lute's gone and Coach O'Neill is a good coach, too," he said. "I love their style of play and it's still pretty close to home. They also put guys in the NBA and they have a pretty good recruiting class coming."
Travis, who is up to 6-foot-10 and weighs in at 225 pounds, said that they didn't have an immediate time table on a decision, but he thinks a decision could come as early as mid-high school season.