Some Hoops Recruiting Tidbits

Lazeric Jones, the JC point guard, officially visited UCLA the last couple of days, and he has an interesting situation in his recruitment. There are also a few other guards UCLA is recruiting, and a local one they could be getting serious about...

With three scholarships open for next season, and some glaring weaknesses and lack of depth on the current team, UCLA is dedicating a great deal of time recruiting more prospects for next fall.

The latest development was the official visit of Lazeric Jones, the 6-1 point guard from Carterville (Ill.) Logan JC. He visited UCLA from Monday to Wednesday and he told us in an e-mail that the visit went well.

"It was great," Jones said. "I really enjoyed myself. The players were cool and I really like the coaching staff."

He didn't verbally commit, even though he left that open. "I still have to talk to my parents about what we will do," he said.

He has an official visit scheduled to Wisconsin for December 27th, but he wasn't sure if he was going to go through with it and take the visit. Arizona, Oklahoma and Tennessee have also being showing interest recently. Jones might try to also visit Arizona during Christmas break.

Jones had indicated before that he didn't want to wait until the end of his JC basketball season to make a decision. But he's unable to take official visits during his season, which starts back up after Christmas break. So, he's forced to try to get in whatever visits he could during the break. It could give UCLA an advantage, if he wants to make a decision fairly soon but doesn't have time to take many visits.

UCLA is still recruiting Ray McCallum, the 6-1 point guard from Bevery Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day, and Trey Zeigler, the 6-4 shooting guard from Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High. Both probably won't make their decisions until closer to the spring signing period in April.

UCLA has been out scouting many other prospects.

There's Deonte Burton, the 6-1 guard from Compton (Calif.) Centennial. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland has seen Burton twice in the last several weeks, and the word is that UCLA is very interested. Burton doesn't have a UCLA scholarship offer, but it's a definite possibility.

UCLA is still scouting Jordin Mayes, the 6-2 combo guard from Los Angeles Westchester.

It doesn't appear that UCLA will move on Ken Brown, the 5-11 point guard from Cerritos College.

There are a number of other guard prospects UCLA has scouted or shown some degree of interest, but nothing on a serious level.

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