Other UCLA Prospects in Vegas

Since we thoroughly scouted the UCLA prospects who play on the Pump teams in Denver a week ago, when we went to Las Vegas this weekend for another Pump Tournament we concentrated on the UCLA prospects not on the Pump team, like Avery Bradly and Solomon Hill...

Since we had seen the Pump N Run teams numerous times the previous weekend in Denver, we didn't see them in Las Vegas this weekend. Here are some of the other prospects that participated in the Pump Tournament in Vegas that are pertinent to UCLA's recruiting.

Avery Bradley, 6-2 JR SG Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep. Bradley is a hot commodity among college coaches right now and it's easy to see why. He's a terrific athlete who plays hard all the time and he can really defend. He's been more of a slasher than scorer in the past, but his shot looked good this weekend. He knocked down three deep shots in about a five-minute span in one game. He loves to attack the rim, but if he can shoot consistently to three-point range his game goes to a whole different level. A high major prospect that UCLA is now looking at very seriously. There could be concern about academics.

Solomon Hill, 6-6 JR SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Hill plays kind of a point-forward type of game. He's a very good passer with a nice feel for the game and he plays unselfishly. He's also a very good athlete who can rebound, defend and handle. His outside shot is a work in progress and that's one area where he needs to improve. But his versatility and potential make him a very interesting prospect. He's got an ideal body for a wing and he should be able to defend the two or three and possibly even some fours. He's one of the best sleepers in the west and a definite high major prospect. UCLA is beginning to show interest.

Michael Snaer, 6-4 JR SG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Snaer has good size and athleticism for a two-guard, along with the ability to be a solid defender. The one noticeable difference for him this weekend from when I saw him earlier in the year was his shot. His stroke was much smoother and he shot the ball very well from well beyond the stripe. Previously, he took some time to set up his shot. In this game, he was firing with no hesitation and it looked smooth and effortless. If he becomes a consistent three-point shooter, he's an elite, high major prospect. He's still on UCLA's to-watch list.

Joe Burton, 6-7 JR C Hemet (Calif.) West Valley. Burton has a lost a considerable amount of weight in the last year, but he's still a very big boy. He's a surprisingly good passer for a five man and he's got good hands. He can score in the paint and he's got pretty good feet for a guy his size. He's not real explosive though – not much lift – and he may not get any bigger. At his size, there is some question about his ability to defend and rebound against high major fives. However, the WCC and Mountain West should be all over him. With the 2009 West Coast bigs being rather thin in talent, he's likely to get high major offers, but probably not from UCLA.

LaBradford Franklin, 6-1 SO PG Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta. Talented young guard with solid skills. His frame is slightly narrow, but he still has a couple years to fill out. Nice stroke and plays with a good demeanor. One to watch in 2010.

Nick Johnson, 6-2 FR SG Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland. The son of former ASU player Joey Johnson, Nick appears to have quite a bright future of his own. He elevates very well on his jump shot and his stroke is solid. He plays within himself, makes good decisions and looks to have a very good feel. He's one of the better freshmen I've seen in the west to date.

Darius Middleton, 5-11 FR PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Great-looking lefty with very good body. Showed good instincts and has an advanced little runner that he likes to shoot in the lane. He appears to have quite a bit of upside.

Angelo Chol, 6-7 PF/C, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Chol plays on the younger Pump team, and we didn't see him this weekend, but we're including him here because we heard he was impressive, and that he has a very good chance of becoming a prime UCLA target in this class. He's still very raw, but a very good athlete, with incredibly long arms, which enables him to play a few inches above most of his competition. His skills are improving, looking more comfortable shooting face-up jumpers than he did a year ago. Expect him to be on any list of 2011 UCLA prospects.


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