Thursday, September 22, 2016

Here we go! Here we go! First Pre-Season Annual out of the gate -> Lindy Sports

Highlights:
  • Lindy's picks UCLA #13 and a Sweet 16 participant. They picked us #28 last year which we totally bombed. So hoping they get this year right. 
  • Coach Steve Alford on the hot seat?
  • UCLA will finish 3rd in the Pac-12 behind Oregon and Arizona 
  • UCLA has the top backcourt in the land this season
  • Lindy's picks the Oregon Fighting Ducks to take it all in March/April
  • UCLA's Freshman class ranked #5
  • Player rankings: #2 Lonzo Ball, #17 T.J. Leaf, #64 Ike Anigbogu












15. Louisville 16. UConn 17. Cincinnati 18. St. Mary's 19. Colorado 20. Gonzaga 21. Georgia 22. Notre Dame 23. West Virginia 24. Miami 25. Syracuse 26. Dayton 27. SDSU 28. Creighton 29. Ohio St 30. Wichita St. 31. Virginia Tech 32. FSU 33. Cal 34. Rhode Island 35. Oregon St 36. Texas A&M 37. Maryland 38. Indiana 39. Butler 40. Oklahoma.  



2017 Target Kris Wilkes 6-8 195 SF (No Central HS, Indianapolis, IN) - 247sports.com #18 ESPN #14

247sports.com's take: UCLA leading IU on Wilkes (link). 

Wilkes visits UCLA this weekend along with fellow target SG Gary Trent Jr

A scheduling SNAFU? Join the discussion on BZ (link). 



from 247sports.com (link)

from ESPN.com (link)



Monday, September 19, 2016

2017 Target Gary Trent Jr. SG 6-5 200 (Prolific Prep, Napa, CA; Apple Valley, MN) - ESPN #8

UCLA makes Final Four cut







Gary Trent Jr. Sets Four Official Visits



By Adam Zagoria | Sep 18 | 9:41AM | Article Link


Trent Jr. recently cut his list to include those four schools plus Kentucky.
"In no order I'm down to: Arizona, Duke, Michigan State, UCLA and Kentucky," he wrote on his recent USA Today blog. "I have four of the visits locked down and I have to plan one more then I'll release all those dates.
"I'm definitely looking forward to those visits!
"I want to see the campus life, talk to the coaches about what they can do for my life, hangout with the team and things like that. I just want to see everything firsthand basically."
Trent Jr. opted to transfer to Prolific Prep from Findlay Prep (NV) before the season.
"I was texting with Josh Jackson before I went out to Prolific Prep because that's his old school and I knew he'd keep it real with me," he wrote. "He had nothing but positive things to say about it and everything he said was true.
"We're gonna be strong; we've got a great point guard in Paul Scruggs, he's in the top 30 of the 2017 class. Then we've got another player who's not in the top 100 but should be, his name is Abu Kigab. He played on the Canadian U18 National team in Chile this summer. He's a great player that does all the little things that most players don't want to do.
"We got another couple big men and a young point guard who's really smart so I'm really looking forward to the season. I feel like we're gonna win a lot of games."
Prolific Prep coach Billy McKnight told me:
"Paul, fits the mold perfectly for the type of guard we look to bring in at Prolific Prep," he said. "He's a high assist to turnover player whose unselfish play and scoring ability makes everyone around him better. He's been blessed with great size for a point guard standing 6-3 with a 6-10.5 wingspan. We couldn't be happier to have him here to add to our already incredibly competitive practices."

Just last month...

Just weeks after losing its head coach, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) lost its best player, new transfer Gary Trent Jr.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard announced via Twitter that he would be leaving the Pilots to attend Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.).

With changes @findlayprepbbal, my family + I have decided to attend @ProlificPrep after being floored by program. Serious players must look

“I’m excited,” Trent told USA TODAY High School Sports. “We have some great pieces. Can’t wait to fit them together.”
This summer, Trent, who is ranked No. 8 overall in the ESPN 100, led Howard Pulley (Minn.) to a dominant 16-2 record in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League regular season. He finished third in scoring (22.2 ppg.).
In two years at Apple Valley (Minn.), where he played before announcing his initial transfer to Findlay Prep, Trent led the Eagles to a 60-4 record and won a state title in 2015.
Last season, Trent averaged 26 points per game and led the Eagles to the state semis.
Coach Andy Johnson left Findlay to join former Findlay head coach Todd Simon’s staff at Southern Utah. Paul Washington Sr., father of five-star forward P.J. Washington, was named head coach.

ESPN Recruiting info prior to Kentucky scratch (link)






Saturday, September 17, 2016

2017 Target Cody Riley PF 6-7 260 (Sierra Canyon HS, Chatsworth, CA) - ESPN #45


from SLAM #201 Sept 2016 

from ESPN Recruiting (link)



Sierra Canyon's stacked 2016-17 roster including ESPN #1 player for 2018 and UCLA target Marvin Bagley III (from MaxPreps, link).