Advanced Skills Camp Prospects

The basketball staff will conduct an Advanced Skills Camp this weekend and we have some insight as to possible prospects attending the event...

The UCLA Advanced Skills Camp takes place June 26th and 27th at UCLA and a number of top prospects are expected to attend. As happens every year we won't know for sure until players actually show up on campus but, after talking with various players, AAU and high school coaches, here is our current best guess as to possible attendees.

In the 2010 class, Matt Carlino, Tyler Lamb and Josh Smith will all be in attendance. In addition to the incoming freshmen, Lazeric Jones, David Wear and Travis Wear may also be at the camp. However, the presence of the three transfers is not yet a certainty.

In the 2011 class, Norman Powell, Josh Richardson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kenyattta Smith, Hikeem Stewart and Collin Woods are all expected to attend. Of that group, Powell has a UCLA offer and Richardson is a big-time athlete with a chance to become a priority recruit for the Bruins after this weekend. Dinwiddie, Smith, Stewart and Woods are all high major prospects with the potential to impress the coaches this weekend. Kevin Bailey, one of the elite athletes in the west, is a possibility as well, but is not yet confirmed for the camp.

Some of the top 2012 prospects scheduled to be at the camp include Ryan Wright, Tyrone Wallace, Skylar Spencer, Victor Robbins, Katin Reinhardt, Dalante Dunklin, Nicholas Stover and Demarquise Johnson. Of that group, Wright, Wallace, Robbins and Spencer currently project as UCLA-level prospects and Reinhardt, Dunklin, Stover and Johnson are all very intriguing as well. Elite national prospect Shabazz Muhammad and his very talented teammate, Rosco Allen, will be attending a team camp with their high school team at BYU, but may stop by for a portion of the camp. Robert Upshaw, one of the top centers in the west for 2012, is a possibility as well.

The 2013 group includes Jordan Mathews, Maurice Kirby and Chance Murray, while 2014 is represented by, among others, Shaqquan Aaron. Mathews, the son of UCLA assistant Phil Mathews, is a terrific shooter and he will be a sophomore at Santa Monica High this coming year. Shaqquan Aaron will be a freshman at Mater Dei next season and he figures to be a significant target for UCLA in the coming years. I try not to hype young players too much, but it is safe to say that Aaron is the best incoming 9th grade prospect I've seen in the ten years I've been scouting. Of course, there is no guarantee that he will ever turn out to be a great player. However, at this stage of his development, Aaron is an extremely impressive young prospect.

The camp begins Saturday afternoon and concludes Sunday afternoon. We will have coverage of the camp, with video and evaluations, beginning on Monday.

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