2011 Hoops Recruiting Update

It looks like a UCLA recruit is close to announcing his decision, the Bruins have a big official visit this weekend, and a new name pops up on the UCLA recruiting radar...

Norman Powell, the 6-2 shooting guard from San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, has posted a message on his Twitter page that read: "About to verbal next week."

He posted it Sunday, so whether that means this week or actually next week is anybody's guess.

We do know that Arizona has stopped recruiting him and it's between UCLA and San Diego State.

There was some talk that Powell would take an official visit to UCLA this weekend, but we've heard that won't be the case, but more than likely he plans on going to UCLA's football game Saturday.

There is a tentative plan, too, for a UCLA in-home visit with Powell Sunday night.

To our knowledge, no other program has arranged an in-home visit with Powell.

Taking an official visit to UCLA this weekend will be Josiah Turner, the 6-2 point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High. If you're a Bruin fan, you'd have to hope that Turner and Powell have a relationship and both could help UCLA chances with the other.

Turner visited Louisville last weekend, and also has plans to visit Oregon (9/18), Kansas (10/16) and Arizona (10/23). While it's been believed that Kansas was the possible leader for Turner, we're hearing that UCLA and Arizona are surging right now.

Quinn Cook, the 6-0 point guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill, went in for surgery for a torn ACL, but during the operation it was discovered that there was no damage to the ACL but that the meniscus in the knee had some damaged that was cleaned up. Cook is now expected to be sidelined for just six weeks.

UCLA is in the process of arranging in-home visits with all the usual suspects: Powell, Turner, Cook, Patrick Connaughton, the 6-5 wing from Massachusetts, and Adonis Thomas, the 6-6 wing from Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose, who is the #8-ranked player in the nation.

Connaughton will take an official visit to UCLA September 25th, and there is a possibility that Thomas, Cook and even Powell could take official visits that weekend.

We've also learned that UCLA has contacted Rodney Hood, the 6-7 small forward from Meridian (Miss.) High, the 49th-ranked player in the nation. Hood has shown some interest in UCLA, and there is a possibility UCLA coaches could have an in-home visit with Hood. Georgia Tech and Mississippi State are thought to be the leaders, while Louisville has been attempting to get involved.


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