June 27, 2010

Hoops Recruiting Update: Class of 2012

It is very early to handicap the Bruin's chances with the Class of 2012. Right now the primary efforts are focused on the upcoming July evaluation period with the obvious emphasis on the Class of 2011 who can sign letters of intent in early November. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to look at where UCLA stands early with the potentially outstanding players in the class of 2012.

This is particularly important when you consider that the Bruins potentially could have a number of scholarships to offer this group of players.

Here is a look at what things look like at the moment with some of the key young players UCLA is actively recruiting going into the month of July. Keep in mind it is very early and things can change quickly:

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-4 wing Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

We have already written extensively regarding the vast potential of Muhammad and nothing has happened to change our mind. We saw this lefty last weekend where he was a bit inconsistent but we still believe he is capable of moving to the very top of his class. He is a phenomenal athlete who can slash to the basket or just as easily nail a trey. He is also an outstanding very competitive young man who should have no problems academically. Muhammad has been compared to James Harden but has the potential to be even better. UCLA is off to a very good start with Muhammad and may indeed be the early leader. (Muhammad told us In February that he "loves UCLA". ) However, before everybody's hopes are raised too high, keep in mind that he is the son of former SC player Ronnie Holmes and SC is strongly recruiting him along with just about every other elite program in the nation. This is going to be a war for the Bruins to get his name on a Letter of Intent in about 18 months from now.

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