2010 Hoops Recruiting Update

It's been a long road for UCLA in recruiting the 2010 class and, while it's not over, it's getting closer to the end with the signing period starting in just a few weeks. Here's a look at the remaining possibilities for UCLA in the 2010 class...

UCLA continues to recruit to fill out its 2010 recruiting class. With the signing period beginning April 14th, and that being only three weeks away, some things might be happening fairly soon in terms of recruits making decisions.

Remember, though, the late signing period runs over a month, from April 14th to May 19th, so recruits can still wait to sign until the middle of May.

But, at the very least, signing day is getting closer, and that should make some things happen.

With UCLA not participating in the NCAA Tournament, UCLA coaches have been able to be out around the country watching recruits at their high schools, and from March 16th to the March 22nd, which was a contact period, they were able to conduct in-home visits. The evaluation period – when coaches can go to a recruit's high school to watch him -- runs through the end of the month, then it goes into a dead period until April 8th. From the 8th to the 12th and then the 15th through the 21st are two more contact periods, when coaches can have in-home visits and watch recruits at their high schools.

UCLA is still aggressively pursuing Ray McCallum , the McDonald's All-America point guard from Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day. By all accounts, UCLA is still hanging in there, and has just as good a chance as Arizona or Florida with McCallum if he decides not to play for his father at Detroit. The word is that things might start developing with McCallum once his season is over this weekend, when his high school team participates in the Michigan state championship.

The Bruins are still in it for Terrence Jones, the 6-7 forward from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. There are issues of whether Jones will be eligible academically, however, and many recruiting observers believe UCLA is somewhat of a longshot anyway.

Trey Zeigler, the shooting guard from Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High, is still a target.

Those three have already visited UCLA officially. But there are other prospects who could still take official visits to UCLA.

The potentially big recruiting weekend is April 10th and 11th, the weekend after the Final Four, when UCLA could possibly have a number of recruits taking official visits. It's the next weekend (other than this coming weekend) that, by NCAA rules, you can entertain official visits, but it's spring break for UCLA so no official visits are planned.

We've heard that there is a decent possibility C.J. Leslie, the 6-8 power forward from Raleigh (North Carolina) Word of God Christian, one of the three top remaining unsigned seniors in the country and a McDonald's All-America, could visit that weekend.

There is also the chance that Jesse Perry, the 6-8 power forward from Carterville (Ill.) John Logan JC, could visit that weekend. Perry is the teammate of UCLA-committed JC point guard Lazeric Jones. UCLA got in on Perry a bit late, so there is an uphill battle. He will officially visit Arizona this weekend, and many believe he'll verbally commit to the Wildcats.

Other official visitors that weekend could be Jon Loyd, the 5-10 point guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, and Deonte Burton, the 6-1 combo guard from Compton (Calif.) Centennial.

We've heard that UCLA is now pretty much not recruiting Will Yeguette, the Cameroonian power forward playing in Florida. Bruin coaches, though, are still investigating other spring signee possibilities, including other Juco players, so there is still the possibility that more names could emerge.

UCLA's Ben Howland has also been out watching 2011 prospects. In fact, on a swing to Washington in the last couple of days to see UCLA signee Josh Smith, Howland watched Gary Bell, the 6-2 combo guard from Kent (Wash.) Kentridge, who UCLA has offered a scholarship, and Tony Wroten, the guard from Seattle Garfield. Both Bell and Wroten played with Smith on their AAU team, Seattle Rotary.


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