Athletic big men? How about no big men at all? Unless you consider Luc and Keefe at the 4 and 5 to be the answer.
There was reportedly concern that a Harden recruitment would affect commitments in this incoming class. So we'll see if that trade-off was worthwhile. FWIW, I think the Bruins were well aware how good Harden was, and it was never a choice between Stanback and Harden as much as it was a present vs. future needs decision.
The Bruins targeted guards for '08, knowing they'd be getting thin, and they pretty much nailed every target including Larry Drew, Jr. They offered, he (his dad) hedged, and they took Jerime Anderson instead (which looks like a good move in retrospect) leaving no scholies for Drew, who then got an offer from UNC.
Next class, the primary target is big men, and they've been offering top prospect big men across the country (with little success at this point). They're going to have a ridiculous number of scholarships, and with lots of holes they may be forced to use many of them despite the class imbalances it may perpetuate.
Mata-Real is done. Gonna miss him.
And according to Tracy Pierson at Scout.com...
... Love is gone...
... Collison has planned all year to leave...
... Westbrook is currently leaning toward leaving...
... Mbah-a-Moute and Shipp are both considering putting their names in (sans agents)...
... Aboya may leave a year of eligibility behind because he's done academically with his degree...
... Dragovic is considering going back to Europe, but there's pressure for him to finish his education...
And here's how the scholarship situation looks:
Originally Posted by Tracy Pierson
ASUCruz, I may have been wrong about Harden. I've read lately that the Bruins were in fact LATE in recruiting him. Not sure that meant there was a choice to be made between him and Stanback, however.
UCLA has shown "interest" for as long as anyone, but they've consciously NOT offered him ever.
Sidney is the best big man in the West, in our backyard, and we have a serious need... and we haven't offered him and probably won't.
Like OJ Mayo and other big name recruits who don't get offers from big name schools, it raises some eyebrows. AFAIK, no major schools have offered Sidney to date.
The rumor is that the Sidney family might be looking for some incentives.
Perhaps worse than that, this kid has character issues that are well-advertised. Doesn't play hard, not well-conditioned, allowed by his dad/coach to be a prima donna on his team, acts out on the court.
I don't want UCLA to get Renardo Sidney. And right now, Howland's staff is reportedly only slightly more interested than before and still unlikely to offer, barring some major changes on Sidney's end.
Howland has been very picky at UCLA. This guy doesn't "fit."
Sources say Love, Collison will leave UCLA - Los Angeles Times
Dominoes start falling.