Recruiting Update for Hoops

There have been a few developments in basketball recruiting, including a recent unofficial visit, and a planned official visit by a 2011 wing that just recently got on UCLA's radar...

Patrick Connaughton, the 6-5 wing from Danvers (Mass.) St. John's Prep, will take an official visit to UCLA on September 17th, the weekend of the home football game against Houston.

Connaughton, a top baseball prospect, is reportedly being recruited by Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Clemson, Boston College and Tennessee, among others.

UCLA saw Connaughton in an event in late July in Florida, and has been recruiting him since. He visited UCLA unofficially last week when he was in California for the big baseball event, the Area Code Games.

Connaughton wants to play basketball in college, despite his status as an elite baseball prospect. He very well might not even play baseball in college, even though UCLA's baseball coach John Savage met with Connaughton during his unofficial visit.

There is some talk that Josiah Turner, the 6-2 shooting guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, considered the best at his position in the west, could take an unofficial visit to UCLA in the next month or so.

Jahii Carson, the 5-11 point guard from Mesa (Ariz.) High, is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to UCLA on August 25th. Carson is the #2 ranked PG in the west behind Turner.

Robert Upshaw, the 6-11 junior center from Fresno (Calif.) Edison, was on campus Saturday for an unofficial visit recently. Upshaw has been to campus a couple times before, as he participated in the last two UCLA Advanced Skills Camps. As of now, Upshaw is the clear-cut #1 center prospect in the west for 2012.

On a related note, Kyle Caldwell, a junior volleyball player at UCLA, is interested in playing basketball.

Caldwell is a pretty skilled, 6-9 post player, who was recruited pretty aggressively out of Newport Harbor High School at the mid- to lower-high-major level. He's not greatly springy, but he's very skilled around the basket and is probably someone who could help the team.

From what we hear, though, Caldwell has some academic hurdles to overcome to be eligible for either basketball or volleyball.

If he did remain a scholarship athlete at UCLA, and did join the basketball program, his scholarship would go against the count for basketball. UCLA currently has one remaining scholarship slot for the 2010-2011 season.

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