We're hearing that Deonte Burton, the 6-2 shooting guard from Compton (Calif.) Centennial, now has an offer from UCLA. He is officially visiting Cincinnati this weekend, and he very well could end up a Bearcat. Apparently, there could be some resentment from the Burton camp that UCLA delayed offering him for so long, as they waited to see what Ray McCallum, the McDonald's All-Amerca point guard, would do (He chose to commit to his father's program at Detroit).
Nevada is also part of the equation, having been recruiting Burton the longest.
Burton could decide pretty quickly after returning from his Cincinnati visit.
The Bruins are now looking at a few foreign players.
One that has already been reported on is Emerson Murray, the 6-2 combo guard from Vancouver (B.C., Canada) St. George School. Here's a report done by the Scout.com Washington State site a couple of weeks ago: WSU on Murray.
UCLA hasn't offered Murray to our knowledge.
Here are some Youtube Clips of Murray.
There are at least a couple of other foreign players UCLA is also investigating that we can't reveal at this point. In fact, one could be visiting campus this week.
There are also strong rumors that persist about some existing college players considering transferring to UCLA.
We've also heard that Austin Rivers, who is considered the #1 point guard in the nation for 2011 and recently opened up his recruitment after being committed to Florida, is now considering UCLA. We know he's also strongly considering Duke and North Carolina.
We previously reported that it looked very likely that Phil Matthews, the assistant at Nebraska, would fill the open UCLA assistant coach position, and we're hearing more and more that is the case. Matthews is an excellent recruiter, with deep ties to the Southern California recruiting scene.