Quick Hoops Recruiting Update

There has been a flurry of developments in terms of UCLA basketball recruiting, with UCLA being added to the list of an elite high major guard, and many top prospects coming to UCLA's campus over the next few weeks...

Much of this news has been public in various other reports, but it's good to consolidate it for those who haven't seen it all.

Alex Stepheson, the 6-9 transfer from North Carolina, will visit Arizona State soon.

UCLA is still thought to be the odds-on favorite for Stepheson, even though he's expected to take his time to make a decision.

The Adidas Nations teams will be working out at UCLA this Friday and Saturday. It's a great opportunity to get some elite national prospects on UCLA's campus from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 classes.

Reeves Nelson, the UCLA-committed power forward from Modesto (Calif.) Christian, will be there, along with UCLA target Brendan Lane, the 6-9 junior power forward from Rocklin (Calif.) High. We've also heard that elite 6-9 sophomore center Josh Smith from Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, will be among the players working out. Smith is currently the #3-ranked player in the class of 2010 and the #1 center. Smith currently has a UCLA scholarship offer and the Bruins are thought to be doing very well with him.

Also possibly attending is Lance Stephenson, the #1-ranked small forward in the country for the class of 2009, from Brooklyn (New York) Lincoln. Stephenson recently said he's narrowed his list of schools to Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. We are, however, very skeptical that Stephenson will end up a Bruin due to "fit" issues.

Tony Wroten, the 6-4 wing in the class of 2011, from Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, who is considered an early elite prospect, is also believed to be attending.

Stephan Van Treese, the 6-9 post from Indianapolis (Ind.) North, is planning to attend UCLA's Elite Camp later this month.

It was also big news that Michael Snaer, the 6-4 wing from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, is planning to attend the camp. Snaer has really improved this spring, and improved his stock, and could be considered among the top 40 players in the nation for 2009 by the end of the summer. UCLA has been recruiting him, but for him to garner a UCLA scholarship offer, it's critical that he get in front of UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland at the camp. Snaer recently visited UCLA's campus.

UCLA looks to be doing well with wings and guards in the class of 2009. With Snaer becoming more of a possibility, add him to the list of Avery Bradley, the elite 6-2 guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep, and Elijah Johnson, the 6-1 combo guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. There is also Tyler Honeycutt, the 6-7 small forward from Sylmar (Calif.) High, who is scheduled to be at the camp, who we recently ranked as the #1 small forward in the west. It's critical for Honeycutt, too, to get in front of Howland.

Another addition to the list is Abdul Gaddy, the 6-3 point guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep. Gaddy, who has really proven this spring that he's the #2-ranked point guard in the nation, de-committed from Arizona recently. He is best friends with Bradley, and the two have said they could possibly be a package for college, but Gaddy hadn't included UCLA on his list – until now. Gaddy just recently, in this story, said UCLA is now on his list, which is very encouraging for the Bruins. If Gaddy hadn't considered UCLA, it was believed it could hurt UCLA's chances with Bradley. But as we anticipated, it looks like the Bradley-Gaddy relationship has worked to benefit UCLA, getting Gaddy to now consider the Bruins.

Also, we've heard that Shawn Williams, the 6-5 sharp-shooting wing from Duncanville (Tex.) High, currently the #46-ranked player in the nation for 2009, could be a UCLA lean. It was thought he favored hometown Texas, but the rumors are that he has UCLA currently as his #1 school.

Nate Lubick, the 6-8 post from Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark's, is unofficially visiting UCLA today.


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