UCLA Hoops Official Visits

There are two recruits in the 2011 class that have arranged official visits to UCLA, and it looks like the Bruins are gearing up for one big recruiting weekend in late September...

We had reported that Patrick Connaughton, the 6-5 wing from Danvers (Mass.) St. John's Prep, would visit UCLA officially on September 18th, but that visit has been moved to September 25th.

Even though there is a home football game on the 18th against Houston, it seems the weekend of the 25th is preferable since the students are on campus, as well as UCLA's current players.

In fact, UCLA is trying to load up for a big recruiting weekend on the 25th.

Adonis Thomas, the 6-6 small forward from Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose, who is the #8-ranked player in the nation, is indicating he could visit UCLA that weekend.

Quinn Cook, the 6-0 point guard from Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) Oak Hill Academy, the #20-ranked player in the nation, could also visit officially that weekend. Cook recently suffered a partially torn ACL.

The other prospect UCLA is expecting to visit officially is Norman Powell, the 6-2 shooting guard from San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, but he has yet to arrange his visit. He very well also could visit the weekend of the 25th.

UCLA is already getting an official visit from Josiah Turner, the 6-2 point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, who is the #24-ranked player in the nation, on September 10th.

UCLA is thought to be a longshot for Thomas, who has arranged official visits with in-state Memphis and Tennessee, and the word is that Florida and Kentucky are high on his list also.

UCLA is believed to have a reasonable shot with Cook. It's uncertain how his injury will affect his recruitment; Duke was considering offering Cook, depending on a few other factors, and it will be interesting to see if they do indeed now. It could be that suffering a torn ACL and the impending recovery might make Cook that much more of an uncertainty for Duke.

UCLA is believed to be doing well with Connaughton. An elite baseball pitching prospect, Connaughton wants to go to a school that will allow him to play both sports, and UCLA's Ben Howland has told Connaughton he could if he were to become a Bruin. UCLA baseball coach John Savage is working together with Howland in recruiting Connaughton.

Connaughton was being recruited by mid-majors until a big July, where he performed very well in some east coast events. Boston College, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are UCLA's competition. We haven't heard that he's arranged official visits with any other school to date.

Turner, of course, continues to be a top priority for UCLA. Having practically been out of Turner's recruitment just a few months ago, and competing against some pretty big-named programs, it's been an accomplishment on its own just to get Turner to visit UCLA officially. He cancelled an official visit to Connecticut to visit UCLA. He is visiting Louisville this coming weekend, and after the UCLA visit will then will see Oregon on September 18th, Kansas on October 16th, and then Arizona October 23rd.

Powell, another top priority for UCLA, has yet to arrange his UCLA visit, as we said. UCLA is thought to be the leader for Powell at this point, with Arizona and San Diego State the other two contenders.

If UCLA could pull off a recruiting weekend on the 25th in which they receive official visits from Connaughton, Thomas, Cook and Powell, it would be quite a coup.

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