Update on July Evaluation Period

It's the fourth day of the July Evaluation Period. Do you know where your UCLA coaches are? Here's a rundown on some of the 2011 prospects UCLA has been watching so far this week...

Ben Howland spent the first couple of days of the evaluation period in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational.

Of course, Howland was at most of the games of the two Pump teams that were there, as well as the games of Dream Vision, which features Norman Powell, the 6-2 combo guard from San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, and 6-5 junior wing Shabazz Muhammad, from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

Reportedly, Powell didn't do particularly well, which is actually good for UCLA. The Bruins have already offered Powell a scholarship and want him, and would take a commitment from him immediately. So, if he doesn't show well at some national tournaments in front of other coaches from around the country, which might make those programs not offer or move on Powell, the better for the Bruins.

Spencer Dinwiddie, the 6-4 point guard from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, played generally well for one of the Pump teams. As we've said, it's going to be interesting to see, if Dinwiddie continues to play well throughout July, what the Bruins will do.

UCLA coaches were watching Chane Behanan, the 6-6 power forward from Bowling Green (Kent.) High, who was the MVP of the recent NBA Players camp.

Shane Larkin is another player UCLA scouted in Indy. The 5-11 point guard from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips is the son of former Cincinnati Reds player Barry Larkin. He's a high scoring lead guard with a very good shot.

In Cleveland, at the King City Classic, UCLA assistants Phil Mathews and Scott Duncan were there on different days. Among the 2011 class, they were primarily interested in Branden Dawson, the 6-6 forward from Gary (Ind.) Lew Wallace; Jahii Carson, the 5-10 point guard from Mesa (Ariz.) High; Jabari Brown, the 6-5 shooting guard from Oakland (Calif.) High and Josiah Turner, the 6-2 point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High.

Howland returned to Los Angeles Thursday and has been attending the two local events, watching mostly younger west coast players. He'll then head to the Peach Jam in Florida, to see the players who primarily play for Nike AAU teams (those that played in the King Classic), and then he'll also attend the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the tourney that Dream Vision is playing in, to continue to monitor Powell and Muhammad.

Assistant Scott Duncan will go to Seattle for a tournament, probably to check out Hikeem Stewart, the 6-2 combo guard from Seattle Rainier Beach.

From what we're hearing, UCLA is out of the running for Austin Rivers, the combo guard from Florida.

Quinn Cook, the 6-0 point guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill, is in Europe with the USA Basketball team, and won't return until next week. It's believed he won't participate in any event until the second session of the July evaluation period, and will go to Las Vegas and then Los Angeles with his DC Assault AAU team.

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