Developments in Hoops Recruiting

UCLA will have another official visitor -- a fourth -- for its big recruiting weekend. UCLA is hoping verbal commitments get infectious, and they pull in a number of them Saturday and Sunday...

UCLA basketball will have its big recruiting weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

We've learned that the Bruins will have another official visitor, Trey Zeigler, the 6-4 shooting guard from Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High, who is ranked the #34 player in the nation.

He'll join his friend and AAU teammate, 6-1 point guard Ray McCallum, from Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day, on the visit.

Also visiting is much-coveted big man, 6-9 center Josh Smith from Kent (Wash.) Kentwood, and UCLA-committed Tyler Lamb, the 6-4 shooting guard from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.

From what we've learned, Zeigler has been offered a UCLA scholarship.

Smith is ranked the #13 player in the nation, McCallum #20, and Lamb is #60.

Not only are Zeigler and McCallum close friends, but McCallum has also developed a friendship with Smith.

Among prospects still uncommitted, UCLA also has scholarship offers out to Anthony Brown, the 6-6 wing from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View, the #41 player in the nation; Harrison Barnes the 6-6 wing from Ames (Iowa) High, the #1 player in the nation; the 6-6 small forward Jelan Kendrick from Marietta (Georgia) Wheeler; Terrence Jones, the 6-7 power forward from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, the #20 player in the nation; and Roscoe Smith, the 6-7 small forward from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill, the natio's #32-ranked player.

We've learned that UCLA will sign up to five recruits in the 2010 class, if they can fill the scholarships with guys on their offer list. That would include getting one big (hopefully Smith), one point guard (hopefully McCallum), Lamb, and two others, most likely wings.

Signing five recruits in November would put UCLA one over the limit of 13 for the 2010-2011 season, providing every player currently on the roster who is slated to return next season does, in fact.

UCLA is thought to still be leading for Smith, and it's believed there's a very good chance the big man could verbally commit on his visit this weekend. If he does, UCLA is hoping for a snowball effect, with hopefully McCallum and Zeigler verbally committing also.

Brown is expected to make a decision fairly soon. He's completed all of his official visits, having visited UCLA on September 5th, Cal on September 12th and Stanford last weekend. It's believed it's a UCLA-Stanford battle.

The Bruins would be very happy with a class consisting of McCallum at point guard, Smith at center, and Lamb, Brown and Zeigler as wings.

Of course, there is still the issue with McCallum and Brown of whether they'll choose to play for their father coaches at the University of Detroit and Central Michigan.

It's believed that McCallum has indicated he wants to play at a bigger school than Detroit.

Zeigler is, of course, the son of Ernie Zeigler, the former long-time assistant under Ben Howland, including at UCLA. It's accepted that Zeigler would want his son to play for his former boss.

Zeigler recently indicated he could wait until spring to decide.

McCallum still has two official visits arranged, for Florida October 17th and Arizona October 31st. He's already visited Oklahoma.


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