More Vegas Recruiting Tidbits

UCLA continues to evaluate a hot-shooting guard from the midwest, there is some more inside news about Tyler Honeycutt, one of UCLA's main wing targets, there could be a new center prospect on the radar and more...

The main UCLA news from Thursday in Las Vegas is UCLA continues to evaluate to Matt Vogrich, the 6-3 shooting guard from Lake Forest (Ill.) High, according to sources.

We saw Vogrich Thursday for the first time, and also in the gym were UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland and assistants Donnie Daniels and Scott Duncan.

Vogrich is an intriguing prospect. He only hit three three-pointers in the game we saw, going three for 10 from behind the arc. We say only because the day before he made 8 threes in a game, so Vogrich was a little off shooting 30% from three in his Thursday game.

He's clearly a great shooter, with a smooth release. But that's not all he is. Vogrich is a good ballhandler and an excellent passer, with very good vision and court sense. Probably his biggest drawback is his size, being smallishly built for 6-3. But he has decent quickness and a good first step, and isn't afraid to take the ball into the paint, or to mix it up inside for rebounds.

If you want to envision him physically picture a 6-3, shrunk-down version of Mike Dunleavy.

In the gym watching Vogrich besides UCLA were Gonzaga, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

In that same game, playing against him was Lance Stephenson, elite small forward who lists UCLA. Stephenson didn't do much in the game, and had a pretty bad attitude during one stretch. USC's Tim Floyd and an assistant were there to watch Stephenson, as were coaches from Memphis and Kansas.

Probably the other new name to blip onto UCLA's radar is Steven Bjornstad, the 6-10 center from Vancouver (Wash.) Columbia River. Bjornstad, who plays with Terrance Jones (and Terrance Ross, when he's healthy) on Team Jones, is starting to generate some attention from mid- to high-majors. There just aren't a great deal of bigs out there, so someone like Bjornstad, a big body (probably weighs 230) who can move fairly well and is physical while having some athleticism, is going to get some interest. Bjornstad has offers from Eastern Washington, Montana and Utah State, but we've heard that Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Cal, and maybe other high majors, could be offering him soon.

Reports are that UCLA is checking into Bjornstad.

Of course, they have an offer out to 6-9 Anthony Stover, from La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance, but the Bruins need another option in case Stover decides to go elsewhere.

Along those same lines, we've heard that UCLA isn't the current leader for Michael Snaer, the 6-4 shooting guard from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. We weren't told who was, but were told it's not UCLA. Snaer could have some influences around him steering him elsewhere.

Elijah Johnson, the 6-2 combo guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne, played with the Las Vegas Prospects Thursday, and played well. He makes up a pretty formidable backcourt teaming with Anthony Marshall, the 6-2 shooting guard from Las Vegas Mojave.

Donnie Daniels and Scott Duncan were in attendance at the Prospects' game today, with UCLA scouting Marshall. If Johnson had the academics you could be sure that UCLA would be all over him.

Johnson told Scout.com's Evan Daniels that he has a top five of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA and UNLV.

Howland wasn't present at the Prospect's game, but took in the game of Shawn Williams, the 6-5 wing from Duncanville (Tex.) High. The general opinion is that Williams hasn't played well in Vegas and that he's probably not good enough for UCLA to offer.

We're hearing that UCLA is still showing interest in Noel Johnson, the 6-6 shooting guard from Fayetteville (Georgia) Fayette County, even though we've also heard he's a longshot for UCLA.

Avery Bradley, the 6-2 shooting guard from Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep, went off for another 35 points, and now is averaging 31.8 points per game in Vegas.

The Pump N Run Elite team won it's only game easily today, by 30+ points. Tyler Honeycutt, the 6-7 small forward from Symar who is a main target for the Bruins, scored in double figures, getting at least three baskets on well-timed back-door cuts. Feeding him the ball often was UCLA-committed junior Kendall Williams, from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. Williams has a rapport going with Honeycutt and he definitely has a knack for making the flashy half-court pass.

We're hearing that the Honeycutts don't want to make a decision soon, as in the next couple of weeks, but want to hold out to see Arizona State's campus. Honeycutt told Scout.com's Evan Daniels that his favorites are UCLA, USC and ASU.

Tyler Lamb, the 6-4 junior shooting guard from Ontario (Calif.) Colony, played for Pump today, and was a bit rusty. He does everything well, but his outside jumper looks a bit broken at the moment.

Talking about junior guards, we took in another game of Daniel Bejarano, the 6-4 senior guard from Phoenix (Ariz.) North. Seeing him the second time confirmed what we had seen the first time: He's a very good shooter, and a good passer, with good hops, throwing down a couple of alley-oops, while his drawbacks are just average lateral quickness and a body that could be done developing. With that shooting and passing ability he's probably for certain will be taken at the high-major level. In fact, Memphis assistant and one-time Arizona assistant Josh Pastner was at Bejarano's game, possibly trying to set himself up to stealing one from his old alma mater.


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