Hoops Recruiting for 2012

We've chronicled UCLA's on-going recruiting effort for 2010, and looked at the prospects for 2011. Here are the early targets for the current high school sophomores, the class of 2012, which is a talented one and includes Xavier Johnson, Jordan Tebbutt, and more...

We've kept you up to date on UCLA's recruiting for 2010, and recently reviewed UCLA recruits for 2011.

Projecting UCLA's recruiting for 2012 is a pretty tough task, given how much recruiting is still ahead of them for the classes of 2010 and 2011. Also, 2012 prospects are currently sophomores in high school, and have a long way to go int their development.

There is also the factor of how many scholarships UCLA will have available for the 2012 class and what will be its needs.

UCLA should have a good number of rides available. UCLA will have scholarships become available when the current UCLA sophomore class graduates in the spring of 2012 – and that includes Jerime Anderson, Lazeric Jones, Malcolm Lee and J'mison Morgan. So, if everyone stays at UCLA, and everyone goes a full four years, UCLA would have four scholarships to give. Of course, a player could leave the program early, either due to transfer or going to the NBA, and UCLA could then fill that scholarship earlier.

But then, on the other hand, other players could leave the program, too, and rides could become available.

It's impossible to know the exact number, but suffice it to say, UCLA should have plenty of scholarships available for 2012, possibly four or even more.

It's also good timing since the 2012 class in the west is shaping up to be a talented one. And it's still early and more UCLA-level recruits will undboutedly emerge.

So, to date, here are the 2012 players that we've recognized as recruits UCLA is either already recruiting or will probably eventually recruit.

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-4 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. An explosive lefty with the whole package, Muhammad is one of the top ten prospects in the class nationally at this point. Highly skilled, great athlete and a terrific approach to the game. UCLA has offered.

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral. One of the elite prospects in the country, Johnson has been a Bruin target virtually from the moment the staff heard about him. Another lefty with a remarkably complete game for a young player, Johnson has been to UCLA's Advanced Skills Camp and UCLA has offered.

Jordan Price, 6-4 SG, Chattanooga (Tenn.) McCallie. Considered the #1 shooting guard in the country at this stage, Price has said he has interest in UCLA.

Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. In our opinion, one of the top prospects in the country, Ashley was at UCLA's Advanced Skills Camp last year. Excellent body control for a young big kid and he's grown an inch or two in the last year. UCLA has offered.

Grant Jerrett, 6-7 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Very good feet and quickness for a post player, to go with a high skill level. He has a chance to be one of the elite prospects in the class. His teammate at La Verne Lutheran, Eric Cooper, is one of the elite prospects in the class of 2013.

L.J. Rose, 6-2 PG, Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist. The #1-ranked point guard in the country for 2012, UCLA has show interest, like just about every one in the nation has. Rose already has offers from Kentucky and Texas.

Robert Upshaw, 6-10 C Fresno (Calif.) Edison. Very intriguing big man with some impressive physical tools. He's got some stuff to work on, but there is a huge upside here. He came to UCLA's camp last summer. He plays with Xavier Johnson on the Pumps AAU team.

Roscoe Allen, 6-7 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Highly skilled Euro transplant with a very advanced game and a b-ball body. Teammate Shabazz Muhammad gets a lot of attention, and rightfully so, but Allen is a big-time prospect in his own right.

Tyrone Wallace, 6-2 SG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Talented lefty with a very advanced feel for the game. More of a scorer than pure shooter, but does a little bit of everything on the court.

Richard Longrus, 6-5 SF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. Similar to Luc Richard Mbah A Moute in terms of defensive ability, and versatility, to go with a great motor.

Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5 SF Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian. A very skilled forward with a terrific motor, Tebbutt has drawn plenty of early interest from UCLA. There's some question as to what position he ultimately plays, but Tebbutt is one of the top prospects in the west for 2012.

Ryan Wright, 6-5 SF/PF Palmdale (Calif.) High. Wright attended the Advanced Skills Camp and he has improved quite a bit in the last year. Position is still up in the air, but he has a very good body and projects as a likely high major prospect.

Sam Beeler, 6-8 C Poway (Calif.) High. A slender post with pretty good ball skills, Beeler attended the Advanced Skills Camp. There's some question about how much weight he'll be able to add, but Beeler is an interesting prospect.

Brendyn Taylor, 6-1 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park. The younger brother of former Oregon player Bryce Taylor, Brendyn has improved quite a bit in the last year. He projects as a potential high major recruit.

Landen Lucas, 6-7 C Portland (Ore.) Sunset. A notch below some of the other elite post prospects in the class, but he still projects as a likely high major prospect.

Matt Shrigley, 6-5 SF/PF Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon. Sharp shooting forward with an advanced feel for the game. Just a fair athlete, but he's very skilled and a likely high major prospect.

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