Advanced Skills Camp Preview

The UCLA Advanced Skills Camp gets underway Friday morning and we have a look at some of the top prospects who are expected to participate in the camp...

The UCLA Advanced Skills Camp gets underway Friday morning and will continue until Saturday evening. This camp is always very interesting, as it gives the UCLA coaches a chance to look at some of the prospects they're currently recruiting, as well as some of the better younger prospects in the area. Additionally, this edition of the camp will also feature incoming Bruin freshmen Jrue Holiday, Jerime Anderson, Drew Gordon and J'Mison Morgan.

In terms of the 2009 class, there aren't a lot of potential UCLA recruits that will be in attendance. It appears, however, that committed power forward Reeves Nelson will be at the camp. Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7 SR SF Sylmar (Calif.) High, will be at the camp and this will be the Bruin staff's first chance since April to evaluate him. Honeycutt, the #1 rated small forward in the west, is very skilled and he's shown tremendous improvement in the last year. With continued development, he should be one of the top players in the country for the class of 2009.

Another big-time 2009 recruit expected in Westwood this weekend is Michael Snaer, 6-4 SR SG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Snaer will be out of town on Friday, but he's expected to attend Saturday's session of the camp. Snaer fits the mold of a Ben Howland guard in that he's got good size, he's an above average athlete, good shooter and very good defender. Snaer has been terrific every time I've seen him in the spring, as his shot is much more consistent and he's playing with a whole new level of confidence.

One of the few out of state players that will be at the camp is Stephan Van Treese, 6-8 SR PF Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North. I haven't seen Van Treese, so I have no comment on him as a prospect. He is ranked #50 in Scout.com's national rankings.

Anthony Stover, 6-8 SR C La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance Academy, is a possibility to attend, but he has not been confirmed for sure yet. Stover is a potential big-time defender down the road. He's got a ridiculous wingspan and good timing as a shot blocker. As he gains strength, I expect he'll become a very good offensive weapon as well.

From the 2010 class, committed guard Kendall Williams will be in camp. Joining him from the Inland Empire will be Tyler Lamb, 6-4 JR SG Ontario (Calif.) Colony. Lamb is in the hunt for top West Coast guard in the 2010 class. He's got a solid frame, deceptive athleticism, a high skill level and good feel for the game. I expect Lamb to be recruited by many of the top schools in the country before his recruitment is finished.

Steven Adams, 6-7 JR PF Pasadena (Calif.) High, is a very impressive 2010 big man and he may be at the camp. Kind of in the mold of a Deon Thompson, Adams is a big boy and is very light on his feet. He's got great hands and a good touch around the basket. Hopefully, he'll be at the camp so the UCLA staff can get a look at him.

Another out of state prospect expected to attend is Trey Zeigler, 6-3 JR SG Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High. Zeigler is the son of former Bruin assistant Ernie Zeigler and this isn't just a case of the Bruin staff taking care of one of their own. Zeigler is a pretty good prospect and it'll be interesting to see him in this environment.

Allen Crabbe, 6-4 JR SG Los Angeles (Calif.) Price, is another intriguing 2010 prospect. Crabbe is still growing into his body, but he's got a very nice stroke and a good feel for the game. He could be one to watch in the future.

Kevin Panzer, 6-7 JR PF Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley, may be in attendance. Panzer is an excellent shooter and he's a pretty good athlete. He might be one to watch in the future.

Josiah Turner, 6-0 SO PG Sacramento (Calif.), is a great-looking young point. He's the best 2011 point guard I've seen to date and the UCLA staff should be all over him by the end of camp.

Norvel Pelle, 6-8 SO PF Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, is an outstanding young prospect with tons of upside. He's very long and bouncy, with a surprisingly good skill set. He has a chance to be one of the elite players in the country for 2011.

Kevin Johnson, 6-8 SO C Gardena (Calif.) Serra, is among the elite big men in the West Coast class of 2011. He's got a great frame, with soft hands and good feet.

Kyle Caudill, 6-10 SO C Brea (Calif.) High, will no doubt have some battles with Johnson. Caudill is a massive kid and his skills are coming along pretty well.

Jabari Brown, 6-2 SO SG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian, is a very advanced young two guard with a knack for scoring. He's one of the top 2011 guards in the west.

Nick Johnson, 6-2 SO SG Highland (Ariz.) Gilbert, is the son of former player Joey Johnson. Nick has a terrific stroke and gets great lift on his shot. He's got a chance to be one of the top guards in his class.

Finally, there will be a couple 2012 prospects in attendance. Xavier Johnson, a 6-2 wing who will enter the 9th grade at Chaparral HS in Temecula this fall, will make his first appearance in front of the Bruin staff. Look for Johnson to be high on the recruiting wish list for the Bruin staff by the end of the weekend. Joining Johnson from the 2012 class will be Brendyn Taylor, the younger brother of former Oregon Duck Bryce Taylor. Brendyn played with the younger Pump N Run team a little bit in the spring and he looks to be a promising prospect in his own right.


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