2009 Hoops Recruiting Update

It's a big week for UCLA basketball recruiting, with its #1 post target reportedly making a decision by the end of the week, and UCLA's #1 guard target officially visiting UCLA this weekend...

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland was in Ames, Iowa, Monday, checking out the consensus #1 junior in the country, Harrison Barnes, the 6-6 small forward.

It must look like am elite college basketball coaches' convention at Ames High School, with many coaches from around the country coming in to make an appearance for Barnes.

UCLA, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Louisville, Iowa, Iowa State, USC, Purdue and Wisconsin have reportedly offered Barnes a scholarship.

Sources back east have confirmed that Howland is one of a number of coaches that is scheduled to come to Beckley (West Virginia) Mountain State Academy Wednesday to see Deniz Kilicli, the 6-9 senior post originally from Turkey. Kilicli could be one of the few hottest recruits in the country right now, having shown some very advance skills to go along with a 245-pound body. Kentucky, Connecticut, LSU and North Carolina State have offered, without even knowing if Kilicli could qualify to play college basketball in the States.

From what we're hearing, it looks good for Kilicli to qualify. If so, UCLA very well could offer him and the Bruins look to have a good chance of getting an official visit from him.

Whether UCLA has a spot for Kilicli will be determined by the end of this week, when 6-9 Anthony Stover from Los Angeles Windward makes his decision. Stover visited UCLA officially last weekend and reportedly enjoyed his visit tremendously. Stover spent a great deal of time with the team and with his friend, UCLA-committed wing Tyler Honeycutt, who was also on his official visit. Accompanying Stover on the visit were his mother and father, and the word is that they were very impressed with the UCLA coaching staff.

Again, UCLA ideally would love to get Stover, a local prospect who is very much a "UCLA-type" of kid, from a good family and with good academics. It's been made very clear to Stover that he will be able to come in and immediately have an impact at UCLA as a freshman.

It's thought to be a UCLA/Arizona battle for Stover. Arizona State, we've heard, is out, and Creighton is clearly running behind the two leaders.

The only official visit on UCLA's horizon right now is one from Michael Snaer, the 6-4 elite shooting guard from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Snaer has arranged to visit UCLA this coming weekend, which is big news for the Bruins since there was a chance he wouldn't visit UCLA officially but use the visit to trip to Stanford.

Snaer, the #22-ranked player in the nation, has already officially visited Florida State, Marquette and Missouri, and plans to visit Kansas for its Midnight Madness in mid-October.

We had heard that it was between UCLA and Missouri, but that was before the Jayhawks got involved a few weeks ago. Snaer's recruitment is one that seems to change almost daily.

There is still a possibility that UCLA could bring in a couple of more prospects for official visits. Durand Scott, the 6-5 shooting guard from New York (New York) Rice, who is the #27-ranked player for 2009, and Matt Vogrich, the 6-3 shooting guard from Lake Forest (Ill.) High, are still possibilities.

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