Five-Star's Big Board: UCLA
Verbal commitments, signings and priority targets
Over the course of the college season, Five-Star will be on the grind, gathering recruiting intelligence for some of the nation's premier programs -- outlining each team's current roster and program needs, commitments and signees, and top recruiting targets for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes.
Today, we'll peek inside the UCLA war room and answer the following questions: What are the immediate and longer-term needs? Who are the Bruins after? Which players have decided to take their talents to Westwood?
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The Big Board: Verbal Commitments, Signings and Priority Targets:
Kyle Anderson (signed)
Current Roster and Program Needs:
Immediate Needs – 2012
- With the departures of guards Jerime Anderson and Lazeric Jones, the exit of forward Reeves Nelson and the scholarship they already had available, UCLA had four scholarships to give in this class. They would love to add Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker to the backcourt duo ofKyle Anderson and Jordan Adams.
- UCLA coach Ben Howland loves to have multiple point guards on the floor and envisions using the multi-talented 6-8 Kyle Anderson everywhere from point guard to power forward. The Bruins also have 6-3 freshman guard Norman Powell in the fold. Ideally, the Bruins would like to add another small, quick guard who can defend opposing point guards. That may have to wait until 2013.
Longer Term Needs – 2013
- Above all, UCLA wants to become more athletic and have better shooters going forward. Ish Wainright is the prototypical athletic Howland player, and is a very high priority in this class. He is big, strong wing player who is tough and guards well.
- They also want another point guard, such as Zach Lavine or Solomon Poole, to potentially play alongside Kyle Anderson, or perhaps replace him should he be one and done.
- Parker Jackson-Cartright, 5'7", PG, Loyola (Cal.) High
- Stanley Johnson, 6'5'', SF, Mater Dei