Hoops Recruiting Update

UCLA basketball recruiting is concentrating on two primary targets for the fall signing period, small forward Trevor Ariza and post Sean Phaler. Here's the lastest on their recruitment...

Sean Phaler, 6-9 SR PF, Villa Park (Calif.) High, was scheduled to take his official visit to UCLA last weekend, but the plan was changed. There is a tentative plan for him to come in this weekend, but that still might not happen due to scheduling conflicts for Phaler. If not this weekend, Phaler could still trip at a later date.

Phaler, though, has visited UCLA unofficially a number of times, and been to a couple of UCLA football games. He very likely could make his decision without having visited UCLA officially.

He visited Washington two weekends ago and, reportedly, enjoyed it quite a bit.

It was thought that UCLA and Washington were the two finalists -- that he had dropped Indiana more or less -- but the Hoosiers are making a last-minute push for him. The word was that Phaler didn't have a great trip to Indiana when he visited there in September, and the general thought was that Indiana had been dropped from consideration at that point. But they now have new life.

UCLA is thought to be the kid's favorite, wanting to stay close to home and valuing UCLA's academics.

UCLA's other main recruiting target for fall is Trevor Ariza, 6-7 SF, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Ariza has visited four other schools – Florida, Indiana, Georgia and UNLV. His official visit to UCLA hasn't been scheduled to date, but it's expected he will visit officially. Some close to the situation think it's between UCLA and Florida, but other sources indicate that the field hasn't been narrowed to those two schools.

UCLA is also recruiting Harvey Thomas, 6-8 SF, Northeastern Oklahoma JC. At this point the word is that Thomas is a backup plan if Ariza and/or Phaler go elsewhere. If both decide to go elsewhere UCLA could step it up with Thomas to try get a commitment from him this fall. If not, and even if UCLA doesn't get Ariza or Phaler, Thomas could be more of a spring option for the Bruins.

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