Could UCLA Get a Big Package Deal?

There are some big basketball recruiting developments involving the #2-ranked player in the class of 2009, post player Renardo Sidney, and the #3-ranked player in the nation, 6-5 small forward Lance Stephenson...

BRO has learned that Lance Stephenson, the 6-5 small forward from Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln, the #3-ranked player in the nation for the class of 2009, wants to go as a package to college with his buddy, Renardo Sidney, the 6-9 post from Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, the #2-ranked player in the nation.

Stephenson visited UCLA's campus on Sunday.

He was in Los Angeles playing in an AAU event on Sidney's team, the L.A. Dream Team.

The most recent information we have from Sidney is that he wants to stay on the west coast, in Los Angeles preferably. The schools at the top of his list are UCLA and USC, and we've heard ASU is the other he's considering.

We've also heard that if Stephenson does do the "package deal" with Sidney, and comes to the west coast for college, both Sidney and Stephenson prefer that college to be UCLA.

Sources have indicated that if Sidney can get past UCLA's academic admissions, the Bruins will more than likely offer him a scholarship.

Of course, there has always been talk of package deals, and they very rarely work out, but the word is that Sidney and Stephenson intend to go to college for a short time, perhaps just one year, before going to the NBA, and want to play together.

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