July Period: 2011 Prospects

The second session of the July Evaluation Period starts tomorrow, and most of UCLA's targets and prospects for 2011 are in Las Vegas. Check out who UCLA is targeting among high school seniors, and who they're still watching...

The second session of the July Evaluation Period begins Thursday, and actually not much has changed for UCLA's recruiting.

Mostly the names remain the same.

The primary targets for 2011 are the prospects UCLA has offered, and they didn't offer any additional players in the week break between sessions.

Except for one guy, every recruit UCLA is pursuing – or even just scouting – will be in Las Vegas starting tomorrow, to play in one of two tournaments – the Adidas Super64, and the Fab 48.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland will spend the first few days in Las Vegas, mostly following around Norman Powell, the 6-2 guard from San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, who returned to his former AAU team, the San Diego All-Stars, for Las Vegas; and Josiah Turner, the 6-2 point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, who plays with the Oakland Soldiers.

Also in Vegas, among 2011 prospects, are:

Quinn Cook, the 6-0 point guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill, playing with DC Assault. Cook spent the first half of July playing with the USA Basketball U-17 team in Europe, and actually led them to a championship.

Jahii Carson, 5-11 point guard, Mesa (Ariz.) High, is playing with an AAU team called The Magic. It's looking more and more like Arizona is in the pole position for Carson, but UCLA will continue to try.

D'Angelo Harrison, 6-2 guard, Sugar Land (Tex.) Dulles. He lit it up in the first half of July, and got a great deal of attention, and UCLA is checking him out.

Jabari Brown, 6-5 shooting guard, Oakland (Calif.) High. He's one of the best at his position in the country, and UCLA is playing catch-up trying to get involved. He plays on the same AAU team as Turner, so it's easy to see both.

Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-4 point guard, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. He's running the show for the #1 Pump team in Las Vegas, so UCLA coaches will see him quite a bit. He had a good performance at UCLA's camp, and the word is that he'd come to UCLA if they offered.

Juan Anderson, 6-5 small forward, Casto Valley (Calif.) High. He's been turning heads, with athleticism and skills. He's jumped from mid-major offers to high-majors, with offers from Cal, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Clemson and more. He's definitely on UCLA's radar screen.

Amir Williams, 6-9 center, Bevery Hills (Calif.) Detroit Country Day. Williams was on the same AAU team as Ray McCallum, UCLA's big target in the 2010 class, and Williams keeps talking like he has interest in the Bruins. It's thought that UCLA doesn't have much of a chance, however.

Daniel Gomis, 6-9 center/power forward, Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill. A tremendous athlete, Gomis is verbally committed to Oregon State, but the word is that he'll end up somewhere else. The Bruins will be checking him out, like many other programs.

Kenyatta Smith, 6-7 center, La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge. UCLA probably wouldn't get to Smith, but he's probably the best center in the west for 2011, so the Bruins have to be involved.

Norvel Pelle, 6-9 power forward, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. UCLA and Pelle have cooled quite a bit, but the Bruins are still watching.

The guy who isn't in Vegas, but playing in Orlando in the Super Showcase is Branden Dawson, the 6-6 power forward from Gary (Ind.) Lew Wallace.

Three UCLA coaches will be in Las Vegas for the first few days, and then Howland will head to Orlando to watch Dawson in the Super Showcase.

From Vegas and Orlando, a few of the AAU teams of interest will then go to the Desert Duel July 27th and 28th, and then most of them will be in Los Angeles, for the Pump's Best of Summer, July 27th thru the 30th.

Dawson will stay in Orlando to play in the AAU Nationals, and a UCLA coach will more than likely make it out there to see him at one point.


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